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The young soccer players representing North Durham United Football Club and their coaches enjoyed getting outside on real grass this past week, as some of the teams were running practices and tryouts at the Scugog Soccer Fields. Thanks Brian.
The season kicked off for the U12 boys team, as they traveled to Darlington for an early soccer festival. The players have been training in the gym since October, so it took the kids a few minutes to find their footing outdoors.
The first game was against a powerhouse from Mississauga, that saw the NDUFC squad hang in and score 3 goals against the tough opponent.
Their second game put the team up against the local rivals from Kawartha Lakes. The game was a back and forth, wide open affair that showcased offense. Officially, scores are not kept at this level (LTPD), but the word on the street had North Durham outscoring their opponent by a 6-4 count. The coaches were very pleased with how the kids played and conducted themselves at this event.
The next board meeting is this Thursday April 27th, contact the administrator if you plan on attending.
The teams are still waiting for the official schedules to be put out by the DRSL for the regular season and cup matches, which should be out this week.
Toronto FC had a big win last Friday against an improved Chicago Fire team, which recently signed German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Atomic Ant had a pair of beautiful goals and was not happy being subbed out before getting a chance at a hat-trick.
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SCUGOG: This year the Port Perry Fair will be featuring “The Toughest Udder Obstacle Race” with cash prizes up to $500.
The race is based on a series of team-based races, where competitors work together to overcome obstacles in the mud and reach the finish line.
The course will feature six obstacles over the span of a one kilometer track. Teams of four will race using ankle timers to determine the fastest teams.
Bonnie Cohoon, Toughest Udder organizer, is eager to bring the race to the Port Perry Fair for the very first time.
“The fair board and I are very excited about the event. It's new, fun and will bring family members out to support the teams,” She said. “We hope it goes well enough that people will make it a tradition for future Port Perry Fairs.”
All participants must be 18 years or older to compete and each team must consist of two males and two females. Teams are also required to wear a team shirt or team colour.
All proceeds will go to the Port Perry Fair.
Early registration, before July 1st, is $100 per team, $25 per person.
Between July 2nd and August 1st teams can register for $125, and from August 2nd until the day of the race, teams can register for $150.
To register online visit www.toughudder.ca and sign up. If anyone has any questions they can contact Bonnie, at email@example.com.
The 2017 outdoor soccer season officially kicks off this week, with tryouts at the Scugog soccer fields.
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SCUGOG: The NDUFC U12 boys team will be kicking off their campaign during the Darlington Festival this Saturday. The team, coached by Tom Mueller and Andrew Parratt, will be playing a couple of tough games, against North Mississauga and local rival Kawartha Lakes.
I've been asked by a few people about what the differences between a tournament and a festival are.
Basically, a youth soccer tournament is for teams at the U13 age level and up, with scores & standings. A festival is run for the kids playing at the U12 age group and younger, games being played without official scores being kept.
This is is known as the the LTPD (Long Term Player Development) level, and was brought in by the soccer bosses in Canada, a few years ago. The idea is, that if younger kids are able to play without scores and standings, it will aid in keeping more kids playing the sport in their later youth years. This LTPD program has been in place in various countries throughout the world, with a variety of results.
I am not a fan of "non-competitive" rep soccer, but the goal of keeping kids interested in playing the sport, past their younger years, is good enough to give it a go.
This concept is already being looked at in other youth sports throughout Canada, so soccer will be a good template to judge the success or failure of a LTPD program.
This year's TFC club seems to be running in circles, as they have only one win and yet only one loss, after six games this season. The Reds have kept almost the same roster as lost in the league finals last season, but some of the jump and urgency seems to have been left behind during the winter break.
I'm sure they will turn things around, but I wouldn't wait for too long, as teams are already well ahead of them in the standings. Go Leafs Go!
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Canadian Tire beat out Herrington’s to win third place for the season. The score was 12-0 for Canadian Tire. Scoring goals were Abigail Heasman (5), Charles Langford (2), Julia Leith (2), Kayleigh Malarczuk (2), and Bradley Cloutier. Herrington’s had a lot of fun all season. It was a close game to determine W.O. Insurance as the champs with a score of 5-4 against Race Trac. W.O. Insurance goal scorers were Levi Hudgin (3) and Cole Millison (2). Luke McLaughlin (2) and Caitlyn Milford (2) scored the Race Trac goals.
J.F. Construction finished third as they beat Eco Water in the final game. The score was 17-2 for J. F. Construction. J.F. Construction’s goals came from Franklyn Sleep (4), Brock Joyce (3), Charlotte Frew (3), Elizabeth Heasman (3), Austin Dale (3), and Maeve Hamill. Earning assists were Dale and Sleep. Eco Water had two goals from Brendan Potter to finish out the season. Taking top spot this season was Shagg’s as they beat out Krown Rust Control, 6-0. Scoring for Shagg’s were Nolan Keith (4) and Liam Kench.
Low & Low came up ahead in a close game against ChrisMcAuley.ca. The final score was 4-3 placing Low & Low in third place to conclude the season. Low & Low’s goals were all from Noah Graziotto (4) with an assist from Simon Stryde. Scoring for ChrisMcAuley.ca were Ian Barkey (2) and Thomas Langford with an assist from Owen Chaikosky. Buck’s Construx was declared champions after winning against Port Perry Dental, 9-6. The Buck’s Construx goals came from Jake Zekveld (9), and were assisted by Cole Casserly, Derek Radtke and Caden Aspin. Port Perry Dental’s goal scorers were Adam Goble (5) and Nathan Watson.
Goble Transport beat out Cochrane Tree Service, 7-2 and placed third in the finals. Goble Transport’s goals were by Jacob Buchanan (5), Emily Goble and Chad Arney. Buchanan also made an assist. Cochrane Tree Service had goals by Jack Farrugia and Aidan Lazure. South Scugog Auto became champions after beating All Flags Auto, 3-2. Grant Barkey earned a “hat trick” for South Scugog Auto. All Flags Auto’s goals were from Brody Jay and Leah Seeney.
Omnific Design took the win against Denault Contracting, 7-5. This win put Omnific Design in third place. Scoring for Omnific Design were Tim Rudkin (3), Katie Brown (2), and Cameron Murphy. Assisting were Hannah Buchanan (2) and Rudkin. Denault Contracting had goals from Brandon Yeomanson (2), Robbie Boadway, Jazen Conners and Allison Brewster. Earning two assists was Cameron Barkey. Luchka Float Service took top spot by winning against Urban Landscape, 7-3. Scoring for Luchka Float Service were Brandon Sinclair (4), Sierra Frew, Sean Ashby and Tyrus Jay. Karrah Mulligan earned an assist. Urban Landscape’s goals were from Kadin Martin (2) and Benjamin Sargent with an assist from Natasha Ashby.
UXBRIDGE: Residents of Uxbridge will have a chance to get some exercise, when the 10th annual Run for the Diamond returns to Wooden Sticks golf course, on Saturday, April 15th.
“It is the beginning of running season, so people will be get out, stay fit and stay active,” Jay Glassman told The Standard.
The event will include a half marathon, a five or ten kilometre run or walk, as well as a kids dash.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital, and every participant will have the chance to win a diamond from Rutledge Jewellers, valued at $5,000. Everyone who finishes the run or walk will also receive a medal.
“To maintain the services of the hospital, the community needs to be involved,” Mr. Glassman said.
The five and ten kilometre walk will start at 8:45 a.m., followed by the kids dash at 8:50 a.m. The half marathon will begin at 9:15 a.m.
For more information about the event, and how to register, visit www.uxbridgehalfmarathon.ca.
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NORTH DURHAM: The snow is finally gone, the ice has melted and the grass is green again. With the spring weather comes the beginning of another exciting soccer season for the boys and girls of North Durham. I want to thank The Standard for their support of local soccer, and for running this column in their sports section for a third year running.
North Durham United Football Club, which is the rep soccer organization that provides teams from U8 to U18 for both boys and girls, is entering their 7th season. An anticipated 15 different teams will be playing in the Long Term Development Program (LTPD) schedule for ages U12 and under, the newly formed Durham Regional Soccer League (DRSL) for the U13 and competitive teams, and in various League Cup matches.
The teams will also be representing their home club in tournaments throughout Ontario and in local Festivals. One of the big events of the year is the 5th Annual Summer Soccer Festival, which is hosted by North Durham United FC, running on the weekend of July 8th and 9th, at the Scugog Soccer Fields in Port Perry. The event will include soccer games, a BBQ, skills contents, ball jugglers, a silent sports memorabilia auction, and plenty more for the kids and parents.
The big news around the local soccer community is the press release of a possible merger of NDUFC with the Uxbridge and Scugog Soccer Clubs. There is still a lot of work and organization to be done, but the hope is for amalgamation to occur in time for the 2018 outdoor soccer season. The benefits of uniting the three clubs into the North Durham United FC umbrella are that it would make for a much stronger pool of players for the rep programs, along with promoting youth soccer at all levels and ages.
There are still a few teams looking to round out their rosters for the 2017 and the board is always looking for more volunteers. There are also spring tryouts set for the 3 or 4 remaining roster spots on the U17 Boys team (born 2000 & 2001), with dates of April 18th & 24th in Scugog. You can contact coach Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or NDUFC for more information. For information on all the teams, coaches, and news, visit northdurhamunited.com, email at email@example.com or call 905-982-8777.
Good luck to all of our young athletes as they represent North Durham with their usual fast-paced and aggressive brand of soccer, which is always complimented by a true spirit of sportsmanship and team unity.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Tai Chi Club hosted a special class, March 31st, to celebrate their fifth anniversary.
Almost 50 people from Lindsay and its surrounding areas came to Tai Chi class Friday morning, to see friends, enjoy a free lunch, and do some Tai Chi.
Five years ago, when the club first began, it was a fraction of the size it is today, according to Nicole Chamberlin, who is one of the instructors.
“When we started five years ago, we were just a group of five or six people,” she said. “Now our membership is over 60 people.”
Members pay $40 every three months to be a part of the club. The money is used for office supplies, and to rent the space they use. The Tai Chi Club is run completely by volunteers.
Any extra money left over from membership fees is donated to local organizations, such as Lindsay’s women shelter, homeless shelters, the food bank, Habitat For Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, and Lindsay Crisis Pregnancy Centre.
The club likes to keep the money in the community, so they only donate to organizations in and around Lindsay, according to Tai Chi instructor, John Williamson.
“We have donated a total of $10,000 since the beginning. Every year we have given $2,000,” Williamson said.
The club not only financially benefits the community; many members have found Tai Chi to be physically beneficial.
Pat Newcomee, a member of the club, says one particular Tai Chi exercise helps reduce her back pain.
“Before I do that, I can’t do anything without feeling pain,” she said. “Once I do that exercise everything opens up and there is no pain anymore.”
A few members in the club suffer from arthritis and find Tai Chi reduces their arthritic pain, according to Williamson.
“Doing Tai Chi won’t cure arthritis but can help greatly,” he said.
Patrick Leung, a special instructor who came in for the fifth anniversary, agrees that Tai Chi can be helpful in reducing pain and staying healthy.
“There are many benefits, it helps to retain bone mass,” Leung stated.
He also says Tai Chi doesn’t just have a positive influence on the human body, it also has a positive influence on the human brain.
“Tai Chi is a mind and body exercise, not just stretching,” Patrick Leung said. “It is like a walking meditation.”
At the end of the day, Williamson says what’s really important is, getting the community to be active for a couple of hours every week.
“The main thing is keeping in shape and having fun,” he said.
It is an easy exercise that can keep people in shape as they get older, without putting too much strain on their bodies, according to Williamson.
He says, “It’s slow moving and easy to do.”
“We cover the same moves all week, so if a person misses one day then they can come at another time,” Chamberlin says.
The Tai Chi club hosts night time classes from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and morning classes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The club is always looking for more members, no experience necessary. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to stop by and see what it's all about.
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SCUGOG: The Scugog Men’s Hockey League celebrated their 35th anniversary with a gala event, on Saturday, April 1st.
At the event, held at the Scugog Community Centre, the league honoured the 13 players who have been participating in the league since its first year.
The Scugog Men’s Hockey League was created after Jim Grosvenor and Greg Heffering found a need for it in the local community.
“They took the initiative to canvas the local people in town, on if they would like to form a league, which they did. As a result of canvassing the local community, they wound up with enough players for six teams.” league member Carl Fitzgerald told The Standard.
The league replaced the old Port Perry contact hockey league.
"It had become defunct, and there was ice time available, so a non contact league started up,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.
The requirements to register as a member of the league are: You must be at least 21 years of age and you must be a resident of Scugog Township.
“This gave a place for guys to keep playing,” league member Jim Duncan told The Standard.
The league started with one division of six teams and has grown to three divisions and 20 teams. The league has a junior division, a senior division and a masters division.
"It expanded from 6 to 8 to 10 to 12 to 20 [teams] over the years and that allowed everybody to keep playing. Some people wouldn't have been playing if we hadn't formulated a masters division,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.
Over the years, the league has raised money for local charity organizations by holding fundraisers, such as their annual golf tournament and the yearly charity game between the Port Perry MoJacks and an alumni team from the Scugog Men’s Hockey League.