The county’s junior ‘B’ hockey clubs, traditional rivals on the ice, have joined forces for a golf tournament, to be held September 12, at Lancaster’s Heritage Golf Club.
The ‘Battle of Glengarry’ on the links is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. through noon. Entry of $100 per player includes golf, use of a cart, and lunch. Registration is available online here.
The event is open to players, alumni, and supporters. I am told that organizers are aiming to field 13 foursomes, with scoring combined in some way to highlight the Glens-versus-Rebels friendly rivalry.
Char-Lan Rebels training camp
The 2020 Rebels training camp will be held in early September, with date/location yet to be confirmed. Head coach and general manager Jeff Carter invites prospective players aged 16 through 20 to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-360-0711.
Alexandria Glens camp, announcer
Training camp for the Alexandria Glens is scheduled to be held in Alexandria, beginning Friday, September 18. Prospects for the 52nd annual edition of the Glens are asked to register online in advance.
In other team news, the Glens have announced the addition of a play-by-play commentator for the team’s home broadcasts via the Hockey TV platform. Liam Arkinson joins the organization in this capacity, having formerly served in this role with the Ottawa West Golden Knights.
Will you feel comfortable participating in curling this season? That is part of what executive members of the Lancaster and District Curling Club are trying to learn from the general membership, as planning continues towards potential re-opening this fall.
Last season came to a crashing halt in mid-May, when health authorities issued directives to help control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not much has changed in terms of risk since then, but the provincial government and local health authorities have gradually reduced restrictions, allowing sports and recreation groups to begin preparing for a return to play.
The Lancaster and District Curling Club conducted its 2020 annual general meeting remotely this year, in June, at which the new slate of executive directors was confirmed.
As part of the group’s work, plans are being explored for the 2020-21 season, including a survey of members.
Among the questions asked, the board wants to know, “If authorities allow sports to reopen in the fall, do you plan on curling with us this year?”
Should the club re-open for play, a number of health-related changes are being considered:
In an effort to spread out games, the club is looking at having league games extend through the weekend.
Members are also being asked, “Do you think it is reasonable to ask curlers to help wipe down the rocks, brooms, and door handles before each game?”
For individuals uncomfortable curling this year, the Lancaster executive asks if they will return once there “is a vaccine / effective treatment.”
Wherever possible, activities should be re-located to outdoor settings.
Indoor facility ventilation systems should be both operational and appropriate for the activities practiced within.
Designate a responsible person to oversee activities to ensure public health guidelines are followed.
Consideration should be given on how to appropriately include or accommodate vulnerable persons such as seniors, those with disabilities and persons with compromised immune systems.
Remove unnecessary communal items such as candy, magazines, and complimentary phone chargers. Where disposable water cups are provided, place a garbage receptacle close by for any used cups.
Communicate to all participants (coaches/staff, instructors, officials, participants, and their guardians, volunteers) about the risk of COVID-19 and practices that should be undertaken to mitigate risk.
The guidelines go further, specifically detailing rules for screening, prevention, and outbreak management; mandatory mask use indoors; entrance signage; capacity and scheduling requirements to maintain physically distancing; cleaning and disinfection; locker rooms; participants and spectators; equipment; and food and drink.
The EOHU document states, “Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume so long as they do not allow prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players, or if they have modifications to avoid physical contact between players.” It also suggests, “participants should be encouraged to bring their own equipment.” Any shared equipment must be “cleaned and sanitized between users.” The EOHU also recommends that organizations develop a publicly-available written plan.
Coleman MacDonald, a long-time member of the Lancaster and District Curling Club, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on June 15.
The 85-year-old Williamstown resident was predeceased by his wife Joan P. The couple were active at the curling club. Among their contributions over the years, they established the Glengarry Cup, an annual curling challenge with rinks from each of the county’s clubs competing in a friendly rivalry for county curling supremacy.
“Coleman was born at home, on the family farm – one of the few remaining bi-centennial farms in Glengarry. He milked cows with his brother, Mickey, until 2002, and continued to work the land until his passing. Coleman is known for having some of the best yielding crops in the area and was among the first to plant soybeans. Coleman made a lasting impression on those in the agricultural world, especially the young people who worked on the farm. Although he died at the house next to the farm where he was raised, Coleman was fortunate to have travelled throughout his life. He had a passion for curling and took every opportunity to sing its praises to those unfamiliar to the game. For this, he was inducted to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. He was proud to tell others of his Scottish heritage and his Glengarry roots. He will be remembered for the sparkle in his eye, the stories and jokes he told, and for his ability to make people smile.”
Mr. MacDonald was inducted into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 when he was recognized for his 52nd consecutive season of curling.
In his induction biography, Coleman was recognized for his numerous accomplishments in curling: receiving the 40-year pin (in 2012) for participation in the Moose Bonspiel hosted annually by the Alexandria Curling Club where he won all-star skip in 1986, receiving the 20-year pin for participation in the Monctonian Bonspiel which at its peak hosted over 70 teams from eastern Canada and the United States, skipping his Lancaster team at the prestigious Lord Elgin Bonspiel in Montreal a spiel that once hosted over 80 teams, and winning the 11th Annual Moose Bonspiel in 1975 playing third.
Over the years, he also won numerous awards and trophies at various local clubs, including those in Glengarry, Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury, Brownsburg, and Morrisburg.
In 1997, the Lancaster and District Curling Club granted Mr. MacDonald a lifetime membership, in recognition to his contribution, which included 29 years serving on the executive board.
In his hall of fame induction, Coleman was described as a “popular skip and an excellent ambassador for the sport he’s so passionate about.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of Coleman MacDonald’s life has been postponed, to be held at some point in the future. A mass of Christian burial was scheduled yesterday, for family and close friends, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Williamstown.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Friends of the Ruins, The Bishop’s House St. Raphael’s, or to the Lancaster Curling Club would be appreciated by the family.
A rink of ladies from the Lancaster Curling club won two games in Dundas County but fell just short, on points, of claiming the title at the Morrisburg Ladies Invitational.
Patti McLeod, Cheryl Lariviere, Heather Marsh, and Colleen MacCulloch totalled 16 points, finishing second in the final standings behind Navan, which had 19. The Lancaster ladies won the “team curling pong” 50/50.
On November 22 and 23, the Lancaster Curling Club hosted a charity bonspiel that raised funds for Hospice Cornwall. Some 64 curlers took part in the action on the ice that ran Friday evening and through the day Saturday. There was also a silent auction.
Lancaster’s Phillip Veilleux, a student-athlete at Concordia University, recently returned from competing at the Canadian University National Invitational Baseball Tournament, where the Stingers went 0 and 3, losing games to McGill (5-3), Wilfred Laurier (13-4), and Guelph (4-1).
On the experience competing at the national level, the 5 ft. 10 in., 200 lb. outfielder tells me, “It was very good calibre, and we got to face some of the best teams in the country.”
Guelph went on to beat Laurier in the final, 2-1. Other universities at the event were McMaster and Acadia.
As for Veilleux, he went 1 for 6 (hitting a single) over the course of the weekend competition in Ajax. He also had 5 walks, stole a base, and scored 3 runs.
During the regular season which ran from late August through early October, Concordia amassed a record of 6 wins and 11 losses.
“I was able to step up this year and start every single game in right or centrefield,” Veilleux notes. “Despite the loss [at nationals], it was still a great way to end my career with the Stingers, as I am graduating this year.”
Veilleux is completing his final year of studies as he works towards graduating next spring with an honours degree in urban planning.