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NORTH DURHAM: After fall and spring tryouts, months of training in gyms, and getting some practice in, on the grass outdoors, regular season league play is finally here. The 2017 DRSL schedule, for the North Durham United Football Club competitive rep teams, kicked off this past Monday, with the U14G team taking on Peterborough.
The 15G open their season against Cavan, and the U13G travel to Peterborough for their debut.
A simultaneous double-header is scheduled for Wednesday, at the Herrema fields in Uxbridge, with the U13B taking on the Oshawa Kicks, and the always tenacious U17B going up against Pickering.
The U18G, coached by soccer volunteer legend Grant Oliver, will begin their Huronia Soccer League season on June 1st, at the Police Shed against Newmarket. This venue challenges Herrema for the most mosquitoes on any given night, so don't forget the bug spray.
This Saturday, May 27th, the Scugog Soccer Fields are hosting NDUFC's Picture Day. Events kick off at around 1:30 p.m., and run until 7 p.m. or so. Besides team and individual photos being taken, the day is filled with fun competitions, prize giveaways, ball jugglers, scrimmages, bbq, and a group photo of all the members of the soccer club. It is always a fun day, with lots of kids and parents having fun, and the event is open to anyone who would like to come by and take in the great atmosphere.
In case of inclement weather on Saturday, the event will take place the next day, Sunday, May 28th.
A big thanks, to all the student volunteers who will be helping out throughout the day, especially Martina Magnante, who will be in charge.
It was a weird night for TFC in New York, last Friday, as they came away with a 1-1 draw. The Reds missed a penalty and a few late chances to secure the 3 points, but still remain with only one loss for the whole season. Send me you info, at email@example.com.
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NORTH DURHAM: The U17B team, representing North Durham United Football Club, competed in the ultra-difficult Frank Sobil Tournament in Oshawa this past weekend, and did their usual thing in providing entertaining and physical soccer, in all three of their games. The boys, coached by veteran Mark Cole, earned a tough tie against Pickering, while making things difficult for their two final opponents, both from Toronto centres.
Julian F. led the defense with some great challenges and timely tackles, and the offense created chances and goals all weekend.
Liam W. and Gibson B. were powerhouses in all the games, to go along with Alistair S., who played all over the field while celebrating his 16th birthday on Saturday.
The club's longest running and successful teams, sponsored by Trading Post Quality Foods, solidified their reputation as being the team nobody wants to play, due to their tenacity and team unity. The boys are all friends and get along great, which shows on the field, as they stick up for each other and share a win or loss as a group, not falling on individual shoulders. The regular season kicks off in the next couple of weeks, for all the NDUFC teams, along with house league play in Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge.
TFC do nothing but win, as they won their 6th straight, last Saturday. Depth and home-grown Canadian talent is providing for different players coming up big each game.
If you coaches, managers, and administrators have any local soccer news to share, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and good luck outrunning the mosquitoes out on the fields.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: “We’re actually one of the busiest chapters in the whole country,” said Amanda Ferraro of Jumpstart Uxbridge, at an Uxbridge council meeting on Monday.
Since Jumpstart Uxbridge’s inception in 2005, it has raised over $300,000 in the community and assisted over 3,200 kids.
Mrs. Ferraro says, one of the best parts about donating to Jumpstart Uxbridge is, the money is spent here, stimulating the local economy.
“If you donate in Uxbridge it stays in Uxbridge,” she said.
In 2016 alone, the organization raised a bit over $46,000, to fund various programs and offer assistance to 561 families.
When Jumpstart Uxbridge was founded, its vision was to financially help every kid who couldn’t afford to enroll in sports programs, so they could still play. The organization has since been successful in achieving their vision.
“We are able to help everybody who asks. We have never turned a child down,” Mrs. Ferraro said.
Jumpstart Uxbridge isn’t only for subsidizing low income families so they can participate in competitive sports. They also run youth leadership training programs, to prepare them for future employment and volunteering.
Through a partnership with Uxbridge Secondary School, they have also been able to bring things to the school, like a free yoga program, at lunch.
“Our current yoga instructor is teaching individuals how to relax, meditate and just get ready for the exams and sort of debrief,” said Mrs. Ferraro. “We feel that it is so important to offer something like that in the schools and give kids those resources and tools.”
Part of the new partnership involves Jumpstart Uxbridge helping support 180 kids who want to go to leadership camp, and donating wrestling mats to the school.
Jumpstart is also working with the community to install outdoor fitness equipment, along with two ping pong tables in Elgin park.
“It’s going to be an amazing thing at Elgin park, it’s great for the kids and great for the adults,” said Rebecca Harman, of Jumpstart Uxbridge. “It’s just going to become a really neat hub for family activity.”
Jumpstart Uxbridge is holding their third annual Jumpstart Games, on July 14th, at Elgin Park. Kids can play in the splash pad or participate in wheelchair basketball, accessible volleyball, and soccer baseball, or other fun activities during the games.
“We’re just getting kids active throughout the day and it is a free program, so we are hoping that it is popular again this year,” Mrs. Harman said.
Any families that cannot afford to enroll their children in sports are encouraged to reach out to Jumpstart Uxbridge. Sports programs not only help kids get active, make friends and have fun, but they also put them onto a path of healthy living for years to come.
Uxbridge Mayor, Gerry Lynn O’Connor said, “Keep a kid active in their younger years and they won’t be a problem in their older years.”
DAN CEARNS The StandardSCUGOG: Cartwright Sports and Recreation (CSR) is going to be holding their annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 3rd.The event will be held at Sunnybrae Golf Course in Port Perry. Funds from the tournament will go to
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Cartwright Sports and Recreation (CSR) is going to be holding their annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 3rd.
The event will be held at Sunnybrae Golf Course in Port Perry. Funds from the tournament will go towards upgrades to the facilities on Cartwright Fields.
“This year, we have two major projects on the go. We are installing a fence on the bottom [baseball] diamond, and at the end of the season we will be installing LED lighting on the top [baseball] diamond,” CSR board chair Crystal King told The Standard.
The tournament will include 18 holes, with a power cart, a barbecue lunch, steak dinner and prizes. The event will start at noon, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Registration is $120 per player.
“It’s a community effort. Without the support from the community, Cartwright Fields wouldn’t be what it is,” Ms. King said.
To play in the tournament, sponsor a hole, donate or volunteer, contact Melanie Wright at 905-986-4201. For more information on the tournament, go on-line to www.cartwrightfields.ca.
Uxbridge/Stouffville’s very own Air Force Mavericks All Star Cheerleaders took to the stage for the last time this season in Mississauga. These athletes competed an action packed two-and-a-half-minute routine, consisting of stunting, tumbling, jumps, and dance. This performance marked the culmination of a season-long journey of progression, perfection, skill building, and teamwork in the newly-sanctioned Olympic sport of competitive Cheerleading.
All Star Cheerleading, now commonly just referred to as ‘cheer’, has changed considerably from the early days of pom-poms and sideline cheers at football games. Cheer routines now combine the artistry and athleticism of a gymnastics floor routine with the energy and group choreography of a dance performance, topped off with the stunting acrobatics cheerleading has always been known for.
As one of Canada’s fastest growing youth sports, cheerleading welcomes male and female athletes, from ages 4 through to adult, who want to join in the high-flying fun.
The Air Force Mavericks have just wrapped up their 4th season, and are gearing up for even bigger and better things, with season 5 team placements set to take place early next week. With well over 100 athletes already in the program, the Air Force Mavericks are steadily growing, as interest in the sport spreads through word of mouth and involvement in Uxbridge/Stouffville community events.
Last weekend the Air Force Mavericks had 7 teams competing in different age categories and divisions, at Cheer Evolution’s ‘Red Carpet’ competition, held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Across these 7 teams, athletes, ranging from 3 years old to 18 years old, brought home 6 first place finishes, against some strong programs from Ontario, and as far away as Newfoundland. Among these wins also came ‘Grand Champion’ titles for the Youth level 1 ‘Lieutenants’ Team, the Junior level 2 ‘Captains’ team, and the Senior level 3 ‘Marshals’ team, for achieving the highest scores competition-wide in levels 1, 2, and 3.
Red Carpet was the fifth and final competition of the season for the Mavericks, and turned out to be the ‘cherry-on-top’ of an incredibly successful year. Early in the season teams work on building the skills necessary to put together an elite routine, before competitions start in November and run until May. This year, the Mavericks brought home a Provincial Championship title, in the ‘Mini’ age division (the ‘Cadets’; 7 – 8 yrs old), and a National Championship title, in the ‘Tiny’ age division (the ‘Recruits’; 4 – 6 yrs old).
As the last practices of the season wind down this week, the Mavericks are set to open their doors to a new set of hopeful cheerleaders, at team placements, on May 15th to 17th. They expect, with all the interest this sport is generating in the community, they will be expanding the number of teams they offer, from 7 this year to 13 in the next season. With the international Olympic Committee having just recognized 'cheer' as an Olympic-sanctioned sport, it is likely many more enthusiastic future-Olympians will be making their way to the Mavericks for their shot at gold.
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NORTH DURHAM: Two of the NDUFC Girls teams participated in the Frank Sobil Soccer Festival this past weekend in Oshawa, and came away with a great couple of games against tough opponents.
The U11 girls, coached by Myra Saunderson, went up against Barrie and the Richmond Hill Raiders, two teams that gave the local girls a tough test.
The U12 girls, coached by Paul Bussiere, had games versus Barrie and North Toronto Nitro. Both teams played hard and did a great job representing their club, coach and community. Due to the wet weather, tournament organizers were forced to change the venues from outdoor to artificial turf.
The boys tournament in Oshawa runs next weekend, with the regular season kicking off after that.
Schedules for the competitive teams are now posted and can be found on the DRSL website, at email@example.com.
One of the goals of the North Durham United Soccer Club is to help with player development and encourage kids to play at the highest level they can, even if that means they leave the club for bigger centres, with higher leagues. There have been numerous kids who have gone on to play at top levels, after learning their skills locally, and there is news of yet another former player who has found big success.
Allie Shipp, who started playing in the Brock Soccer system and then went on to star for NDUFC, has been given an Offer To Play by the coaching staff at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi. The famous Division 1 Texas school had their coaches recruit Allie, after weeks of watching her play with her Texas Rush soccer club in Houston. Since she is still a junior at school, NCAA D1 rules stipulate she can't sign until her senior year. The national signing day will be Feb 1st, 2018. Congratulations to Allie, her dad Bryan, an original NDUFC board member, and mother Jill.
TFC are cruising through their schedule after a road win against Seattle; who beat the Reds in the finals last year, despite registering a single shot on net; while resting four of their regular starters.
SCUGOG: Port Perry Minor Bantam is competing to win a garden made from 100% recycled TerraCycle material, through the third, and largest, annual “Febreze Frenzy” contest, courtesy of Febreze and recycling company TerraCycle. The team is hoping to recycle the most air and home care waste, such as spray trigger heads and bottles, before May 31st.
Participants earn two points for each piece of air and home care waste sent to TerraCycle for recycling, during the contest period. This year’s contest is the biggest in TerraCycle Canada's history, with $8,650 of charity donations being shared among the top ten winners.
The contest is part of TerraCycle and Febreze’s innovative collection-and-recycling program, called, the Air and Home Care Recycling Program, a free, national program, operated by Febreze and TerraCycle, which enables any brand of air-freshener cartridge or home-cleaning packaging to be recycled. Anyone in Canada can sign up, and all are welcome to participate in the contest.
The Air and Home Care Recycling Program recently hit a nationwide milestone of nearly 150,000 units recycled and over $13,000 dollars raised for charity. The program is an ongoing activity, open to any individual, family, school or community group. For each piece of waste sent in using a pre-paid shipping label, participants earn points which can be translated into cash donations to the school or charity of their choice. For more information on the Air and Home Care Recycling Program and the Febreze Frenzy Contest, please visit http://www.terracycle.ca/en-CA/brigades/air-care-brigade.html.
TerraCycle Canada, a Progressive Waste Solutions partner, takes difficult-to-recycle packaging and turns it into affordable & innovative products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. It repurposes the waste into sustainable, affordable materials and consumer products. In 21 countries, the waste is collected through programs that donate money to schools and charities. To learn more, visit www.terracycle.ca.
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SCUGOG: With a flip of the page on the calendar, teams are in full soccer mode, with May bringing the onset of league, festival, and tournament play, for the 2017 outdoor soccer season.
The Frank Sobil tournament in Oshawa is coming up over the next two weekends, with the girls this Saturday & Sunday and the boys going next weekend. NDUFC (the North Durham United Football Club) will be proudly represented, with six teams set to compete, in what is a great way to get some games in before the start of regular season matches. For information on this event and anything else relating to the club, visit the website, at www.northdurhamunited.com, and get caught up.
Parents are encouraged to check the new links on the site regarding concussion protocol, return to play guidelines, and concussion recognition. Player safety is of the utmost importance, and top priority to the club, always has been, and will continue to be. A reminder, the DRLS mandatory coaches/managers meeting is on May 1st, at the Abilities Centre in Whitby. Coaches meet from 6-7 p.m., and managers have theirs from 7:15-8 p.m.
The Scugog Soccer Association has done a terrific job in acquiring an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which will be placed at the fields by the club house. The cost of this portable heart defibrillator has been generously covered by Veridian Hydro and the Port Perry Dental Centre. Well done to everyone involved, particularly Amanda O'Connor, who is the club's administrator and driving force in obtaining this important piece of safety equipment.
TFC had a an easy time beating Houston 2-0 at home last week. Big Altidore scored both goals. There was another huge crowd out to sing and cheer the Reds on at BMO Field, now it is back on the road for TFC. See you at the fields!
Cherie Piper (left) Three-time Olympic gold medallist, OWHA represenative and Chavonne Truter.
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Chavonne Truter scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist as the Durham West Lighting claimed a 4-1 victory over the Pembina Valley Hawks, in the 2017 Esso Cup bronze medal game Saturday afternoon.
Truter said she was nervous going into the third period, with the game tied 1-1. But the team spent the intermission sharing words of encouragement to calm the nerves.
"We can do this, we were all over them, beating them in shots, we just had to bury our chances," Truter said.
Breaking away from the wing and into the slot, Truter took a shot off her front foot, sending the puck into the side of the net Halle Oswald had just vacated. That goal made it 2-1 for the Lightning and gave Durham West the momentum.
Eight minutes later, Truter was at it again. This time the play was started by Brooklyn Donaldson, who was set up near the corner of the Hawks' end. Truter snuck into the slot, and was all alone, when Donaldson sent her the pass. A one-timer ended up as a knuckle puck and floated over Oswald, adding some insurance for the Lightning.
"Everyone took a deep breath [and] just played defensive, to make sure no one got in our zone," Truter said.
The plan worked so well Mackenzie MacDonald scored on a breakaway for Durham West, with just over five-and-a-half minutes left in the third, to secure the win.
"It's been amazing," MacDonald said of her time in Morden. "Just to be here, it's just like ... a dream come true.”
"I'm ecstatic, this has been an amazing year, winning the gold at provincials and then getting a bronze here at the national championship," said Pat Teggart, Durham West head coach. "It's been long road from August until now, and it's my best year I've ever had in minor hockey.