We had another strong week of results by the teams representing our North Durham United Football Club, as the boys and girls continue to impress.
The two youngest age groups competing in the Durham Regional Soccer League both had tough games over the last few nights and both came away with points.
The U13 Girls drew 2-2 with Peterborough City, as Angela W and Lucie C found the back of the net.
The team is sitting in third place, and is looking forward to finishing the season strong.
Ethan Cannon scored two more goals, as his U13 Boys squad beat Cavan 2-0.
The three points earned, pushes the team to within two points of the league leaders, with games still left in the schedule. As for young Ethan, he now is tied for league goal scoring, and feels there are still more left in his boots.
It was a action-packed, hugely successful, and very entertaining weekend, for the U17 Boys.
The team was involved in the Mississippi Invitational Soccer Tournament, held in Carleton Place, just outside of Ottawa, and after playing five grinding games over two days, the players earned the silver medal. The boys won three of four games before being edged out in the finals, but not without showing their usual determination and physical fair play.
Coach Mark Cole's team, which is generously sponsored by Trading Post Quality Foods, had to deal with injuries, heat, difficult competition, and some unusual officiating, to get into the championship match. There are eight players on the team that are original NDUFC members, so it was a great way to wind up the tournament season, for them and all their other teammates. Well done, to the players and parents, for another fun tournament that was a success on and off the field. The team would also like to thank manager Lisa Hoover for all the organization, and taking care of all the details needed, so that everyone had a memorable weekend.
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The teams representing the North Durham United Football Club are in the last legs of their regular season and tournament schedules. The club is enjoying success with a number of teams this year, and there was another big story this past weekend with great result at the Niagara Falls.
Tournament by the U14 Girls team. The squad played six games over two days, to get to the finals and capture the Silver Medal. The girls played terrific soccer in all their games, including a penalty shootout victory in the semi-finals. With only a few minutes rest between games, the girls battled hard in the finals, as they came away with a much deserved second place result.
Coach Beth Murray and all the coaches are extremely proud of every one of the players. The team sits at 2nd spot in their division, and have earned a spot in the Cup Finals against Oshawa later this month.
The U13 Boys continue to have a strong season, with a 3-2 victory in Whitby.
Ethan Cannon had the troika and is in second spot overall for league scoring.
The U15 Girls earned a 2-0 shutout victory over North Scarborough this past week, with goals coming from Sophie Pritt and Catriona Deacetis.
Coach Rob's team continues with another strong season, despite the loss of a handful of players over the winter.
The Trading Post sponsored U17 Boys team went into Whitby and battled with their usual physical and unrelenting style, as they just came up short for a result.
Zachary Harrison and Daniel Cehajic both provided classic top corner goals in the match, with young Owen Collins making his regular season debut, after a long absence due to an earlier injury.
Coach Cole's club heads to Peterborough this week before a tournament in Ottawa on the weekend.
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SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
DURHAM: The Epic Lake to Lake Adventure is a must ride for cyclist in the Durham Region.
Participants will have the opportunity to ride from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario, along Durham Region’s section of The Trans Canada Trail.
“The course is amazing, and the event is celebrating two amazing Canadian things. The Canada 150 as well as the Trans-Canada trail,” according to Dave Barton, Ward 3 Councillor. “The Trans-Canada trail is going to be fully connected this year”
As well, this will be the first organized bike ride event from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario.
Organizer of the event and Director of Public Works in the Township of Brock, Nick Colucci said, “This is the first lake to lake event. We completed the construction of the lake to lake trail connection, so this is the first event on that, and it’ll be something to remember.”
The ride starts at the Beaverton Harbour and works its way through the Trans Canada Trail, until the cyclists reach Uxbridge. In Uxbridge, participants will receive a complementary lunch at Second Wedge.
“That’s a fairly mild ride, probably around 45 km to Uxbridge but it’s a pretty mild 45km. It’s not very hilly,” Councillor Barton explained. “Between Beaverton and Uxbridge is a beautiful introduction to riding.”
He said the first half of the ride can be done easily by novice riders and shouldn’t be a problem for any older kids or adults who are interested in the event.
Cyclists can stop in Uxbridge and call it a day if they’ve had enough riding or they can continue the ride, from Uxbridge, through the Oak Ridges Moraine, ending at Lake Ontario.
Councillor Barton says the ride is great opportunity to see wildlife and get some exercise.
“Every time I ride that section of the trail I see great blue herons, almost every time I see a beaver, and there’s an awful lot of wildlife along that section,” he said.
The event was made possible through a grant from the Trans Canada Trail in partnership with the Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge, Pickering, and Ajax townships, as well as Durham Region and Cycle Durham.
Through the grant and funding from the townships, the ride is at a relatively low cost for participants.
“This event is highly subsidized. Typically, an event like this would cost anywhere between $45 and $100. But because of the funding and all of the labour for this being volunteer. The cost is a very minimal $20,” Councillor Barton added. “Most of that $20 goes [for] the lunch at second wedge.”
A T-shirt is also included in the price of the ticket, making this event very cost effective for participants, according to Councillor Barton.
Riders who wish to take a bus from the Ajax to the start of the ride, at Beaverton Harbour, can pay an additional $25 and will be picked up from the Ajax Community Centre, the morning of the ride.
The ride begins at 9:30 a.m., and stops at 12:00, for a lunch at Second Wedge. At 1:30 a.m., riders wishing to cycle the full 95km trail will continue and finish around 3:30 - 5:30 a.m., where there will be an end of ride photo, refreshments, and a medal presentation.
Those interested in participating in the event can register online, at www.townshipofbrock.ca/L2L. Anyone interested in volunteering for the ride can find additional information on the website as well.
Councillor Barton said, “Come out, enjoy this beautiful trail and have a great lunch at Second Wedge.”and have a great lunch at Second Wedge.”
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The annual Gary Roberts and Friends Golf Tournament, held last week, once again, reached its goal of raising $50,000 for the local Jumpstart Chapter in Uxbridge.
“This is our eighth year and we are [now] over $300,000 for our community this year. That’s just an outstanding contribution, and it really helps us do a lot with the kids in the community,” Uxbridge Canadian Tire owner Pat Higgins said.
This year’s tournament was held on Wednesday, Aug. 2nd, at Wooden Sticks, and was attended by NHLers, such as Steven Stamkos, Mark Scheifele, Chris Tierney, Devin Shore, Matthew Tkachuk and Chris and Brandon Tanev.
“Any opportunity I get to give back to any community, whether it is in Tampa [Bay], where I play, or my hometown of Markham, or coming up here with Gary [Roberts], it’s all the same, it’s all for the cause,” Mr. Stamkos told The Standard. “I grew up privileged to be able to play sports at a young age, and I realized what that did to me as a person, and as an athlete. In order to have an event like this, you need the support from the community, and Gary’s the guy that has rallied everyone together for years, and it’s been a huge success and I’m just glad to be here.”
Mr. Roberts spoke to The Standard about what it has been like for him to be able to hold this charity tournament each year.
“It’s been amazing. The game of hockey and sports gave me everything I have in my life, so, to be part of a charity that helps people get out and play sports and pay for equipment and registrations, or whatever it may be, for kids to be active is very rewarding,” he said.
Mr. Roberts, a co-owner of Wooden Sticks, also spoke to The Standard about what it has been like to hold the tournament in Uxbridge.
“It’s a great reward for us, to be able to hold the Jumpstart tournament here at our golf course,” he said.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry resident and Penn State men’s golf 2016-17 team captain, Christian Elliot was just named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.
To earn All-America Scholar status, Christian had to participate in at least 50 per cent of the team’s last three seasons, 50 per cent of the team’s competitive rounds and finish with a stroke average under 76.0. He also had to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 and recipients of the award must be of high moral character and in good collegiate standing.
“Winning this award has been a goal of mine ever since I started my golf career at Penn State because it show’s a really good balance between being strong academically and performing for my team,” Christian said. “It was something I was hoping to achieve in my time there, so to see my name on the board was definitely relieving.”
Christian was initially scouted a few years back and went to Penn State to study finance on a scholarship. He was scouted by many schools, but ultimately chose Penn State because of their superior academics and reputation.
“It wasn’t necessarily the strongest golf school when I decided to go to school there. But as it turns out during my four years there our team actually improved a lot. We ended up making the NCAA finals this year for the second time in team history so it was really cool to be part of a team that was ever growing in my four years there,” Christian said.
He enjoys representing his school on the golf course and says it took a lot of hard work to get to where he is now.
“It takes a lot of patients definitely. It takes a lot of self-motivation because you’re not competing on a team you don’t have a coach always looking over you so it’s kind of on yourself to get better each and every day. It was something that I was really passionate about so it didn’t feel like work to me it was something I enjoyed day in and day out.”
Christian has now graduated as a finance major and wants to continue his education by taking a master’s program coupled with a graduate assistant’s coaching position. He is optimistic about his future and looking forward to trying out the business world.
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SCUGOG: The amount of rain, fallen in the Scugog area this summer has, on multiple occasions, forced the township to close sports fields, and summer sports league officials to postpone and reschedule games.
“This year, the total number of games we’ve had to reschedule is 37,” Dave Weller, President of the Port Perry and District Minor Softball Association, told The Standard. “In previous years, we have not had to reschedule 10 [games].”
Mr. Weller also noted, Tuesdays have been the worst for cancelled games, with 16 cancellations.
Mike Donnelly, Scugog’s Operations Manager, said there have been 10 times the Township has had to close all diamonds and an additional five times the township has had to close the Joe Fowler North Diamond.
“It’s been a trying year, that’s for sure,” Mr. Donnelly said.
To put these numbers in perspective, Mr. Donnelly noted there were no closures of baseball diamonds in 2015 and 2016, and 9 diamond closures in 2014.
“It has been challenging even getting the grass cut at the parks and the diamonds,” Mr. Donnelly said.
It is the Township’s responsibility to notify baseball leagues of diamond closures by 4:30 p.m. After that, it is up to the discretion of the leagues whether they decide to cancel or postpone games.
When it comes to soccer, Mr. Donnelly told The Standard that a tournament was cancelled in mid May and there was one game cancelled this year due to thunderstorms.