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Hearts/Filion soccer tournament draws community together

The October 12 Glengarry Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament at Alexandria’s Island Park once again drew strong support from the community, as 10 teams signed on to play, undeterred by the damp conditions that Mother Nature inflicted upon the region for the day.

David Filion notes, “It was great see so many people participate in this year’s annual Brian Filion soccer tournament. We saw players in their sixties and players who are in their early teens. We saw parents playing with their children. What was particularly encouraging was how many young players participated in this year’s tournament. The future looks bright for the tournament moving forward. What a terrific day!”

In all, explains Laurie Filion some 150 individuals were involved this year in the “family fun-oriented tournament.” DA MacMillan spoke at a noon ceremony recounting the history of the Hearts in Glengarry, as the program marks its 40th anniversary.

Ashton MacDonald, Molsen rep donated hockey tickets for a silent auction: 6 tickets in a suite. Winning the January 2 Ottawa versus Florida Panthers tickets was DA MacMillan and taking the 2 tickets for the November 15 game Ottawa against the Philadelphia Flyers was Matthew and Brittany Lacombe. The basket of cheer valued at $180 was won by Marty Doyle.

David Filion also spoke about the groups that benefit from the funds raised by the Filion Foundation.

One of the new features of this year’s tournament was the addition of a kids/family game.

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Participants at the 2019 Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament. (submitted photo)
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Hearts/Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament booked for October 12

The 2019 edition of the Glengarry Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held at Alexandria’s Island Park on Saturday, October 12, beginning at 9 a.m., with matches continuing throughout the day.

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The annual gathering over the Thanksgiving weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Hearts of Glengarry. The name “Hearts” lives on today in the competitive youth teams that compete in the ERSL.

This tournament each year sees many Glengarrians reunite, especially those returning to the area for the holiday weekend, enjoying the spirit of the beautiful game, whilst raising funds for the Brian Filion Memorial Fund.

Individuals looking to play or volunteer as referees should let organizers know through the event Facebook page here or by calling Laurie Filion at 613-525-5570. Each team will play three matches.

At noon, all participants will gather for a group photo. There will also be a gift table.

New this year, at 1 p.m., the younger set (children under age 11) is invited to join in the fun with family games on the smaller fields.

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High school golfers convene on Upper Canada course

On Tuesday, the Upper Canada Golf Course, near Morrisburg, hosting the annual SD&G high school tournament, featuring teen student-athletes from across the United Counties.

Holy Trinity golfers
From left are Holy Trinity golfers Zachary Dixon, Leslie Papps, Declan McDonald and Cameron Latreille. (submitted photo)

Declan McDonald was the low man on Holy Trinity’s golf team at the September 17 competition, while Glengarry DHS’ Liam Filion was his school’s lone representative, shooting 99 on the day to tie for seventh overall.

Upcoming SDGAA events

The next scheduled association-wide tournament will be tennis, booked to be held in Alexandria, hosted by GDHS on October 2, with the next day reserved in case of rain.

Plans are in the works to try a new sport this year, as Char-Lan is slated to host ultimate frisbee, in Williamstown, on October 11.

The annual cross-country running meet is booked for Winchester, on October 16.

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Brian Filion Memorial Golf Tournament celebrates legacy

At Saturday’s Brian Filion Memorial Golf Tournament, in Alexandria, friends, family, and supporters gathered to celebrate the legacy of a county sports icon and raise money for a memorial fund that continues to support the community in Brian’s memory.

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Golfers gather for a group photo before hitting the course.

The August 24 golf tournament, which saw a full slate of participants hit the course, is one of two major fund-raising events. The other is the annual soccer tournament, held on Thanksgiving weekend.

Over the past two years, the Brian Filion Memorial Fund has contributed $1,000 to Lancaster Recreation in support of a new rink, $3,000 to the Glengarry Golf & Country Club in support of the Raise the Roof campaign, to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s polar bear dip fund-raiser, $400 each year to the Bainsville Recreation Centre, $500 to the GDHS cross-country running team. $3,000 to the Alexandria Curling Club to help purchase a new ice machine, approximately $1,400 in school bursaries each year, and $4,000 to the GDHS senior boys soccer team to help with OFSAA expenses.

Brian Filion was particularly passionate about the senior boys soccer team at GDHS, a group he coached to its first OFSAA medal, in 1999. Over the past nine years, the Gaels have won five more medals, including two golds, the most recent of which came in June of this year.

In 2003, Brian was inducted posthumously into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame, in recognition of his significant contribution to county sports, as a player, coach, and mentor.

Below, David Filion speaks about his late brother’s legacy in the community. David Filion continues to coach the GDHS senior boys soccer team, along with Glen Campbell, and Laurent Rivard.

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