Planning for a 2020-21 season has been underway for some time. Representatives of the 10 teams of the NCJHL met on August 17, with all “teams expressing their intention to continue active participation in the league.”
As noted by the league, current provincial health restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic limit hockey to 4-on-4 play with no contact, “with strict rules relating to physical distancing, maximum number of players on the ice as well as how many people are able to attend games.”
“Our main concern always has been, and will continue to be, the health safety of our players, staff, officials, and fans. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.”
The Alexandria Curling Club is the 2019-20 senior men’s inter-club champion, with its rinks clinching the trophy at the March 10 finale hosted by the Vankleek Hill Curling Club.
Morning games saw Lancaster collect 10 points by defeating Vankleek Hill, while Alexandria had winds in their wings defeating Maxville to also pick up 10 points.
The leading contenders, Alexandria and Lancaster, were separated by only six points heading in to the final action.
In the second set of matches at noon, Alexandria was off and running form the first end, which saw the men score five, en route to winning over a team from the host club to collect 10 points in the standings. The other game featuring Maxville and Lancaster seesawed back-and-forth, before Maxville eventually triumphed to snag the valuable 10 points.
Both Alexandria and Lancaster finished with 62 total points, followed by Maxville with 56, and Vankleek Hill with 44. By rule, in order to claim the trophy from the holder the previous year, a club must finish with more points, in other words winning outright. In this case, Lancaster would have needed to end the campaign ahead of Alexandria. As the clubs finished in a tie, the prestigious plaque remains with the previous holder, Alexandria.
The senior men’s inter-club competition is a season-long event, with bonspiels held in each of the local clubs: Lancaster, Glengarry (Maxville), Alexandria, and Vankleek Hill.
Event convenor Claude Cuerrier extends his congratulations to the curlers from the Alexandria Curling Club. Team One was Bob Hayes, Dan Sloan, Denis Barsola, and Pius Schlauri. Team Two included Ian Fraser, Jaques Pilon, Lance Laviolette, and Raffaele Magliocco.
Cuerrier adds his thanks to all curlers representing the four clubs for ” a tremendous effort for this season. See you all, God willing, next fall. Cheerio to all, and have a good summer. We shall come out victorious at the end of this coronavirus-19 period.”
The convenor also extends his appreciation to club volunteers, icemen, kitchen workers, and all personnel involved in the senior bonspiels circuit throughout Ontario and Quebec, as well as to those involved in the Parnell and McLellan bonspiels, and a special thanks to president Phillippe Rouleau and secretary Jean-Paul Boily.
Regular-season play in the region’s junior ‘C’ hockey league concluded with the Vankleek Hill Cougars as the top team in the East Division, while the South Grenville Rangers finished first in the West.
First-round playoff series, league quarter-finals, are underway, with two games in the books for each.
VKH is tangling with the Gatineau-Hull Volant in series B, which is knotted at a game apiece.
The Cougars took the opened 6-3, but dropped the second contest 9-5. Game three is scheduled for February 26 in Vankleek Hill, starting at 7:50 p.m. The teams will then play Friday in Gatineau, before returned to the Cougars’ home ice Saturday evening, for a 7:20 p.m. match.
The North Dundas Rockets, who play out of Chesterville, are in series C with the Clarence Castors. This one is also tied at one game each. Clarence won game one 5-3, and North Dundas replied in game two with a 7-3 effort.
The next two contests are set for the Chesterville arena, February 26 at 8:15 p.m. and February 28 at 7:45 p.m.
In series D, the St. Isidore Aigles lead the Bytown Royals two games to none, on scores of 4-3 (OT) and 5-1. The Aigles are scheduled to host the third match tonight, at 8 p.m.
Series A has South Grenville (Cardinal) leading Metcalfe 2-0 in games.
NCJHL 2020 award recipients: Justin Lefebvre (regular-season MVP, North Dundas Rockets), Jacob Servant (rookie of the year, Clarence Castors), Lucas Stitt (executive of the year, South Grenville Rangers), Keean McEachern (best defenceman, VKH Cougars), Samuel Limoges-Ring (best goaltender, South Grenville Rangers), Andrew Hazard (Bédard Family award, Clarence Castors), Nicholas Castonguay (best defensive forward, VKH Cougars), Ron Harrison (coach of the year, South Grenville Rangers), Brayden Forrestell (most improved, South Grenville Rangers), and Joel Hunt (most sportsmanlike, North Dundas Rockets).
Playing on the Vankleek Hill gridiron Thursday, the Glengarry Gaels varsity football team was humbled by the Holy Trinity Falcons 32-8, dropping to a record of 1 and 2 on the season. Both losses, in fact, have come against HT.
The Gaels got on the scoreboard first with a punt single off the foot of Logan Keurentjes, and the game stayed relatively close until the second half.
Head coach Brian Dunham tells me that fatigue was definitely a factor as the game wore on, with the Gaels hampered by a smaller roster of 21 compared to 38 for the Falcons.
Glengarry also got into some penalty trouble, which certainly didn’t help their cause.
The Gaels touchdown came off a pick-six scored by Keurentjes, who also followed up by successfully kicked the convert. That came despite his limited playing time due to injury. He tells me, though, he will be ready to go for the team’s last game of the season, next week.
That match is booked for Tuesday, October 29, in Alexandria, where the St. Joseph’s Panthers will provide the opposition. Opening kickoff is set for noon.
On the heels of the folding of Tagwi’s football team, last week, the CCVS Raiders announced that they too were pulling the plug on their season, leaving just four teams to play on in the SD&G high school league.
It’s been a turbulent fall football season, with postponed games for one reason and another, along with a week of no practices or games due to UCDSB prohibition for their schools (during the CUPE workplace job action). Tagwi ended up not playing a single game, postponing three times, before finally throwing in the towel. The Raiders did manage to get one game in, a 35-0 loss to Holy Trinity.
All this left league convenor Mitch Zappitelli with some juggling to do to give players on the remaining teams some meaningful action to finish off the season.
St. Joseph’s is guaranteed to host the SD&G championship game, which has been scheduled for November 8, at 1 p.m. The opponent will be determined in the November 1 semifinal, between La Citadelle and Holy Trinity. Location and time to be determined.
The Glengarry Gaels, as a combined team between GDHS and VCI are barred from playoff participation. The squad, which has a 1-1 record thus far, will play two more regular season contests. On October 24, the Gaels will play in Vankleek Hill, hosting Holy Trinity, and on October 29, they will take to the gridiron in Alexandria versus St. Joseph’s. Both are noon starts.
The first 2019 soccer championship has been claimed, as the U14 boys squad prevailed 10-2 over Alexandria on August 12 to win the Glengarry Soccer League title.
In semifinal play the week previous, Vankleek Hill dispatched Maxville 4-3, while Alexandria needed overtime to get past Laggan / Glen Sandfield, 4-3.
Upcoming Final Matches
The U19 girls championship match, featuring Alexandria and Vankleek Hill, is scheduled to be played August 19, at 8:30 p.m., under the lights at Alexandria’s Island Park.
August 15 on the pitch at Laggan Public School, Laggan / Glen Sandfield will battle Maxville for the U17 boys title. Opening kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
Semifinals in the U16 girls category are booked for August 22, with the championship match seven days later. Vankleek Hill currently sits atop the table, with just one loss in 11 regilar-season games this season.
The U12 boys are in playoffs now. Their championship match is slated for August 28.
U12 girls semifinals are set for tonight, August 14, on fields in Alexandria and Williamstown, with the title tilt booked for August 20.
The Glengarry Soccer League’s senior men’s championship series kicked off last night in Greenfield, where the host side scored an upset 1-0 victory over top-ranked Vankleek Hill. Game two goes Friday night at VCI. More details in The Glengarry News.