Monday, June 29, 2009
Hockey years are almost like Dog years. Especially at the Junior level where you only have so many years of eligibility. I can think of some guys coming back this weekend that last played with the team in 2005-2006 which isn't really that long ago in "real world" time. In hockey time, it seems like a decade ago!
The public is invited and encouraged to take part in the Alumni Weekend by attending, or playing in, the first ever Alumni Golf Tournament this Saturday at the Alberni Golf Club in Cherry Creek.
There will be 18 holes of golf played in a scramble format, with the shotgun start at 1pm. Steak dinner, prizes, and the party will follow. So get out and have some fun and golf with an Alberni Valley Bulldog Alumni!
PS - If you have a little magic in your club, you could win a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab as it's up for a hole in one prize courtesy Dennis See and Alberni Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
If you aren't in for golfing, no problem, pick up just a dinner ticket to catch a great meal and the party, and skip the golf!
As far as I'm aware, the Dogs are still looking for hole sponsors as well, so if you'd like to support the tournament, there might still be an opportunity for your business.
To golf, to just eat dinner, to become a sponsor, call the Bulldogs office at 250-723-4412
Friday, June 26, 2009
The latest member of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs is 1992 born forward Mark MacMillan.
YES before you even have to ask, he is the brother of current Bulldog Mitch MacMillan.
He'll join me just after the 8am News/Sports/Weather update today.
With the OHA Major Midgets last season Mark played in 49 games, scoring 16 goals while adding 20 assists for 36 points.
Mark is described as a skilled puck handler and strong skater who understands the offensive side of the game.
Catch the interview on THE PEAK or on our website at www.933thepeak.com
Welcome to the team Mark.
In a related story, being the play-by-play voice of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs just got more interesting with two MacMillans in the fold!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The BCHL released it's league schedule yesterday. Kudos to the league for getting this bad boy out before July hit.
I'm not sure if this link will work or not for you (someone please let me know if it doesn't) but this should take you to JUST the Bulldogs schedule, in a nice easy to print out sheet - CLICK HERE -
After a quick glance at the schedule, I like it. I'm sure everyone can find a fault with it, but the schedule is always that way, you have some bumps and you have some "easier" stretches. I LOVE 6 in a row at home after the opening night of the season in Powell River.
The home games, broken down by day-
12 Saturday games
7 Friday games
5 Tuesday games
4 Sunday games
Not bad at all.
A couple years back, THURSDAY was the night that the bulk of the home games fell. Although any night is a good night at the 'Pound, Saturday night is THE night in Alberni. Or so it seems to me at least.
The atmosphere always seems a little different on Saturday. The upper lounge is packed, and the stands are always more full than any other night. I can also feel an increased level of energy and excitement on Saturdays. Might be due to all the visiting tournament players in town from the Minor Hockey events happening at the rink that usually attend the BCHL game that night.
The 16th Annual Charity Golf Classic goes July 10th and 11th at the Alberni Golf Club. Rob Schick, who started the tourney wayyyy back when (and also wore #16 during his career as an NHL Referee) will be the guest of honour.
I had a great interview this morning with Alberni Golf Club President Les Doiron, and A-TV Sports Anchor Mira Laurence on the 93.3 The Peak FM morning show.....I might have gotten myself into a LITTLE hot water because Mira is quite the golfer, so I thought I'd throw a little "media challenge" out to her because I have been hitting the ball well lately....WELL, the challenge was answered, but it has morphed itself into a TEAM vs TEAM challenge....I didn't want the team thing, I wanted an individual thing! Mano-a-Womano.
I suspect that with Mira's celebrity status, coupled with her connections and ins with the organizing group, that I will end up with a team that pales in comparison to hers. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to carry them.
NO, I'm not already coming up with excuses. I'm just hoping for a fair fight!
The first year I came to Port Alberni I called out the Newspaper for a Media Challenge during the Intrasquad Black vs White game during Bulldogs Training Camp. They were willing combatants, and everything seemed fine until one Mr. PUNCH MCLEAN showed up out of no where to coach the Alberni Valley Times Team right before game time. Of course Punch couldn't lose, so his team was stacked. Harrumph. It's the only time I lost the Media Challenge, I have the trophy still here at the station with a 3 and 1 record.
Long story short, I suspect Mr. Doiron had something to do with Mr. McLean showing up in Port Alberni that day. BIGDOG, don't be getting Arnold Palmer or someone like that for Mira's team please. My team? Well that would be fine and dandy.
Oh well, it's only $50.00, and it's all for charity.
To play, or to just take part in the dinner, call 250-723-5422 or visit www.albernigolf.com
Monday, June 22, 2009
Crazy busy weekend in Port Alberni, Hutchinson interview, BCHL tinkers with schedule, playoff format, Clippers/Express/Sprucies make trade.
The Serauxmen Golf Tournament at Morning Star was a blast. The Relay for Life was also a blast and a great cause. The slo-pitch tournament Saturday and yesterday was awesome, but man it was all pretty tiring!
A word about the Golf Tournament....If anyone that reads the blog knows Island Radio Staffers Ian Holmes and Marlow Weldon, please ask them if they know the name of a good chiropractor, because my back is pretty sore from carrying the team all day. Our fourth, Stu Crouse, deserves to be commended for at least pulling his weight. In all seriousness, thanks to all of the guys on the team as it was a very fun afternoon.
The Relay for Life was also a great time albeit a pretty tough night.
Here's how we stayed awake and alert!
Over 70,000 was raised! Way to go Port Alberni!
AND how about those Alport Insurance Average Joes! I'm not even sure if any of my teammates read the blog, but I hope they do because I want them to know I sincerely appreciated playing with them this season. Even better was the way we finished the season, winning 8 of 9 games, and winning TWO against the only team that beat us in that stretch to take the B Pool Title yesterday evening. What a couple of days though, and what a finish! Way to go Joes!
Here's our pregame cheer, including some mess ups, and a cheer at the end to our opponents. It's all about the fun ya know!
Way to go Joes!
Some BCHL stuff. Thanks as always to my buddy Danno for the heads up on these stories.
First, from the Nanaimo News Bulletin - BCHL REFRESHES SCHEDULE -
And from the Nanaimo Daily News - Clippers involved in 6 player deal -
These trades get more and more confusing by the day!
Lastly - by request, here's a copy of the interview I had on the 93.3 THE PEAK morning show last Friday with the newest member of the Bulldogs, Matt Hutchinson.
Click - HERE TO LISTEN -
As always, all audio is courtesy and copyright 93.3 The Peak FM and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.
Friday, June 19, 2009
So for you guys and gals, here's some stuff that might show you what the Alberni Valley Multiplex and the hockey fans here are all about, what the Valley is like, etc etc etc.
First - The Dog Pound.
The "Send off at the Summitt" from 2005-2006 Mild Language warning.
Send off on the Summit
Two years later, I have chosen to "publish" this video. Language warning, not for the kids. Nothing too bad, but beware. The players were truly shocked seeing so many people at the top of the hump to send them off to Nanaimo to face the Clippers
The Welcome Home. The 2007-2008 Alberni Valley Bulldogs are welcomed by their fans upon returning to the Multiplex after ending their season with a 4-3 overtime win over the Powell River Kings
The best regular season. 2005-2006. Highlights.
The final game of the 2008-2009 season
I'll take a guess that the Alberni Valley Multiplex hasn't been this loud since the playoffs of 2005-2006. The 2009 World U17 Challenge, and an absolutely incredible finish between two bitter hockey rivals, no matter what the age bracket.
It's not ALL hockey here. It's sports of all sorts, and it's beautiful scenery too.
Port Alberni is the home of 2008 Olympian Travis Cross....
After qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Travis Cross is welcomed by a standing ovation from 200 supporters, friends, family and sponsors as he is marched in by a piper to the Upper Lounge of the Alberni Valley Multiplex on December 18th 2007, at Port Alberni, B.C.
Thanks to Crystal for being my guide up the trail to the top of the lookout. What an incredible view of Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley! It's even beautiful with a poor quality cell phone video.
Again another incredible view of Port Alberni, the Alberni Inlet, and the Alberni Valley. This one is from Copper Mountain. Many thanks to Darryl for getting me up there to take this video with my cell phone!
Port Alberni Tall Ships 2008
On the water with Six Gill Adventures in the Alberni Inlet for the Gun Battles during the Port Alberni Festival of Sails 2008
That's about it for now.
Hello and Happy Friday!
It's the start of an incredibly busy day for me. Morning show on THE PEAK from 6am to 10am. Then I jump in the car for 18 holes of golf at Morning Star Golf Course in Parksville representing Island Radio in the Serauxmen Tournament.
As soon as that's done, I hop back in the car again and head back to Port Alberni to co-host the Canadian Cancer Society's 2009 Relay for Life at Bob Dailey Stadium. Thanks to co-Mc's Charles Mealey and Jolie McMullan for covering for me! I'm pretty sure Charles owes me from last year, and Jolie just owes me period (HA) so we're even!
This morning on the PEAK morning show, we'll change gears a little bit as the 'Dogs have announced new players and coaches for about 4 or 5 weeks in a row so far. Today Bulldogs Head Coach and GM Nolan Graham and Bulldogs Alumni Stephen Pattison will join me to talk about the Bulldogs first ever Alumni weekend coming up quick
The NHL had their awards night last night in Vegas....Alex Ovechkin was the Hart and Pearson winner, Pavel Datsyuk won the Byng and Selke Awards, while Tim Thomas was the Vezina winner. Claude Julien (what a beauty) won the Jack Adams, while another Bruin, Zedeno Chara took home the Norris.
Special congrats to my friend Perry Elderbroom from Gold in the Net in Parksville, as his pupil, Steve Mason was the winner of the Calder Trophy as the league's best rookie.
NHL.COM has some great pictures from the event, check them out HERE
That's it for now, busy busy day!
Oh yah, I also have a slo-pitch tournament all weekend. Whew!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So, my question now - What else can Sidney Crosby do, besides win an Olympic Gold Medal, or a Conn Smythe Trophy? Maybe PLAY in the Stanley Cup deciding game?
I don't know about the rest of you, but I was expecting to hear that Crosby had a torn MCL / ACL or some major injury after missing most of the second period, and only being able to play one shift in the third period.
Bobby Baun he isn't. I'm not doubting he was banged up, I just expected he'd be significantly injured to miss all that time in what was the biggest game of his career. All I heard yesterday was that an MRI wasn't even necessary. Am I the only one a little surprised?
I have never doubted an injury, and of course I have no idea how it actually felt for Crosby...I just felt at the time for some odd reason that it almost felt like pulling the chute, and now that he's not really "injured" it feels more of the same way. I'll end it with the same statement as above - Bobby Baun he ain't. For those that don't know, Baun's playing on a BROKEN LEG is one of the all-time legends about sucking it up and playing through the pain.
Anyway, I'm just happy the Wings didn't win, and I'm happy for Fleury and Malkin and all the guys on the Pens.
This will be a very fun time....
Alberni Valley Bulldogs to Host Alumni Golf Event
June 15th 2009
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are hosting an Alumni Golf Tournament Saturday July 4th 2009. The Tournament will be a shotgun start at 1:00pm at the Alberni Valley Golf Club, dinner to follow. The tournament is a scramble format.
Tyler Ruel, Stephen Pattison, Josh Bonar, Jim Patterson, Devin Timberlake, Dan Wallace, Bert Watkins, Matt Auerbach, Joe Scali, Brian Stewart, Brad Herman, Andrew Riddell, Bradyn Melrose are a few Alumni that have confirmed to be in attendance.
Here is your chance to play a round of golf and enjoy an evening with your favorite Bulldog from years past. Individual event tickets are on sale now in the Bulldogs office for only $65. Space is limited, be sure to register soon.
Golf with an Alberni Valley Bulldog Alumni (18 hole scramble)
Prizes and Social to follow dinner
In addition to team and individual prizes, there will be a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 up for grabs as a hole in one prize. Prize sponsored by Dennis See / Alberni Chrysler Dodge Jeep (certain Rules will apply, details at event).
For fans and sponsors that are not able to attend the golf in the afternoon, dinner tickets are available for only $20. Come out and enjoy a Steak Dinner with Alumni.
The Bulldogs are seeking sponsors for the event. Hole sponsorships are available for only $100.
1 entry to golf with an Alberni Valley Bulldog Alumni (18 hole scramble)
Prizes and presentation
Signage display at hole
Opportunity to promote company at hole (display, give away, etc.)
To register, sponsor a hole or purchase dinner tickets please contact the Bulldogs office at 250.723.4412
Friday, June 12, 2009
Alberni Valley Bulldogs Sign Defenseman Matt Hutchinson
June 11th 2009
Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce the signing of 91 D Matt Hutchinson.
The North Vancouver native competed last season in the Pacific International Junior B Hockey League (PIJHL) for the Abbotsford Ice Pilots. Hutchinson was instrumental in the Pilots playoff drive last season. The Pilots lost in the PIJHL league finals to the eventual National Champion Richmond Sockeyes. Due to the Sockeyes hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup (BC Junior B Championship), the Pilots received an automatic bid in the provincial Championship, where they finished 5th.
The 6’1” 195lb defenseman posted 5 goals, 16 assists and 63 PIM in 48 regular season games for the Pilots last season.
“Matt is a physical and strong defenseman, he has a great attitude, and is extremely competitive. Matt is a defenseman that finishes his checks hard and is tough to play against in the defensive zone.” comments GM/Head Coach Nolan Graham.
“Matt will help solidify our defensive core with his hardnosed competitive play. Matt has a good mind for the game, moves the puck well, and has the ability to make smart plays in all zones.” adds Graham.
Matt will be joining me on THE PEAK morning show at 8:10am today. Catch it live on our website at www.933thepeak.com if you aren't in the listening area.
Game 7 tonight....Go Pens! Sidney Crosby's playoff beard DESERVES IT.
It's a big day for the Salvation Army tomorrow...I'll be there on behalf of the station, so I hope to see you there! Please read more below.
Community Food Bank Salvation Army Corporate
Join the fun this Saturday, June 13th at Bob Dailey Stadium starting at 1230pm!
Bring a food donation and cheer on your favourite team in the Corporate Challenge Event and take part in Family entertainment and Loonie games from 1pm to 4pm. There will be Sumo wrestling, a Bungee Run, Bouncy Tent, Gladiator Arena, Guitar Hero, Fish Pond and more. You could even win one of hundreds of great prizes in the Ping Pong ball drop.
Enjoy a hotdog, hamburger, pizza by the slice, sno cones and more at the concession. All proceeds from ticket sales for activities and food will go directly to the Community Food Bank – your dollars go a long way in the effort to stock shelves with much needed supplies for the summer.
You can also make donations to the Food Drive this week at Quality Foods, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Safeway, Extra Foods, Buy Low Coastal Communities Credit Union, Jowsey’s and the AV Times.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I have received a ton of positive feedback ALREADY about this morning's interview - which is much appreciated, thanks everyone! So - click the link below to listen to if you missed it, or if you want to hear it again.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
(All Audio, as always is courtesy and copyright 93.3 THE PEAK FM and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Vancouver Canucks Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster Joey Kenward (pictured above with the Memorial Cup after the Vancouver Giants 2007 triumph) will be one of my guests tomorrow on the 93.3 The Peak FM morning show just after 8:10am. The topic of course is the Alberni Valley Golf Club's 16th Annual Charity Classic. Head Pro Bruce MacDonald will also be in to speak about the event July 1oth and 11th. If you haven't registered, you had better get on it in a HURRY. Call the Golf Club at 250-723-5422.
If you have only one event that you can attend over the course of a year, I'd suggest that the Charity Classic should be the one. It's pretty tough to have more fun than one has as the Charity, starting with the Wine and Cheese Friday night, the Golf Saturday, and the party Saturday night. All for great causes in the Alberni Valley and the Province of BC.
There will be a special tip o' the cap for Rob Schick this year, as it's the 16th year for the event. With 16 being Rob's jersey number, and Rob being the man that started the tournament, you can expect this year to be even bigger and better than ever before. And if you have been at the event before, you'd think NO WAY could it ever get better. Yet somehow it always does.
Here is another report from Travis Cross on the second leg of his training/competitive trip in Europe. He is home now if you need to reach him for further comment.
Travis wrestled well on the whole trip. In Macedonia he defeated the German who was 5th at the Olympics in Travis’ weight. He had a close one in the final and lost a last second decision to the Macedonian. He was very satisfied with his wrestling and the entire trip. Canada did well overall and they seem well poised for some great results at the Worlds in September.
If you need further comment from me don’t hesitate to call or email.
All the best.
Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know how week two of my two week tour in Europe went. After competing in Sardinia, Italy we went to Rome for a couple of days training before going to Skopje, Macedonia.
Macedonia was a pleasant surprise. Not knowing what to expect from fairly recent tough times the country has seen with war and change from communism to democracy with the breakup of Yugoslavia, we prepared for the worst.
It is a beautiful country with just over 2 million people. The religion is about 30% muslim, 70% orthodox christian. Skopje is their biggest city. They have a lot of mountains and it reminds me somewhat like BC except the trees are nowhere as big. The food they made us was delicious. We trained at a school for kids of all ages. Everyday they were playing soccer until 10pm at night. The ones not playing soccer were just hanging out and cheering. We did challenge them to a game Canada vs Macedonia. Half their team were about three quarters my height but they could play. It was alot of fun and the kids were excited. After that they were on our side and when the wrestling competition started on the weekend they were there and they made up cheers for team Canada.
I placed 2nd. My matches were as follows:
1st match vs Israel 0-1,2-0,3-0
2nd match vs Germany 2-1, 1-2, 4-1
3rd match vs Macedonia 0-1(clinch), 3-1, 1-1
I was stoked to beat the German who placed 5th at Olympics last year in my weight. I had a slow start in the final match but picked it up and took it to the Macedonian in the second round. In the 3rd rd. I didnt capitalize on a couple scoring chances and with 4 seconds left we went out of bounds and they gave him a point for the win.
We had 4 other wrestlers compete and here is their results:
55kg John Pineda Gold
66kg Haislan Garcia Gold
74kg Matt Gentry DNP
120kg Arjan Bhullar Gold
We have a very strong team, It is great to be a part of it.
We are back home now after 5 flights and 41hrs travelling including an overnighter in Amsterdam. It is good to be home.
Next up is our Canada Cup in Guelph, Ontario at the beginning of July, then after that we go to Iowa for a training camp.
I have been asked by some to see some pics of my travels. I actually didnt bring a camera but I will get some pics from teammates and send out a couple.
I received another email from Travis this morning with a link to some pictures after someone requested them last week. Check out some pictures HERE
That's it for now!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
UPDATE - http://www.bchl.bc.ca/leagues/bchl_news.cfm?clientid=1413&leagueid=2393K
Monday, June 08, 2009
First the audio...a collection of interviews from the latest members of the Bulldogs.
ALL audio is courtesy and copyright 93.3 The Peak FM and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Click the links to listen.
Assistant Coach and Assistant GM BRYAN VINES
Forward Matt Hatch
Forward Trent Dorais
Forward Josh Mitchell
And onto the video... Special thanks to Bulldogs Educational Advisor Tom McEvay for hosting me out at the lake and taking me for a ski, and to former Bulldog Alex Staudt, for taking the video and putting it up on youtube. Yes, it's quite the epic bail. I'll maintain that the ski broke - which it did. I'm not sure if the ski broke first and that's why I fell, or if my falling broke the ski. I think I like the former better than the latter! I was a little sore but I feel recovered now! 6 years since my last ski. The next morning, you wake up with muscles you didn't know you had hurting REAL bad!
Friday, June 05, 2009
Alberni Valley Bulldogs Sign Forward Josh Mitchell
June 4th 2009
Alberni Valley Bulldogs GM/Head Coach Nolan Graham announces the signing of (91) Forward Josh Mitchell.
Josh Mitchell, brother of current Bulldog Sam Mitchell, played last season with the Summerland Sting of the KIJHL. From Osoyoos, BC, Mitchell was the leading scorer for the Sting last season, and was 27th in KIJHL scoring last season. The 5’11” 170 lb forward scored 21 goals, 29 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 45 games.
“Josh is a great skating offensive forward, who sees the ice well, moves the puck well, and has the ability to put the puck in the net.” comments GM/Head Coach Nolan Graham. “Josh had many options for next season not only in our league but at the Major Junior level as well, I am very excited that Josh has decided to be a Bulldog next season.” said Graham. “Josh has the skill set and the ability to be a valuable offensive forward in the BCHL.” adds Graham.
For further information regarding this press release please contact GM/Head Coach Nolan Graham
Catch the interview with Josh this morning on 93.3 The Peak FM just after 8:10am. If you aren't in The Peak's listening area, visit our website at www.933thepeak.com to listen live via the internet.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
It's Tim Horton's CAMP DAY today! Here's all the info you need to know for the Port Alberni festivities! Please get to Tim's today to send a kid to camp!
Camp Day info.....
On Camp Day, the entire coffee proceeds from the 24-hour period, as well as monies raised through Special events and Rent A Tent revenues are donated to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.
Our local events take place from 7am to 3pm. We have many special guests joining us for the day as well to help serve customers.
Purchase an environmentally friendly reusable Tim Horton Children’s Foundation bag for $5 in support of Camp Day. Every bag contains a special prize tag with prizes ranging from donuts and muffins to iced lattes and other special prizes.
MEGA Marshmallows! How many marshmallows have we stuffed in the bucket?? Every guess is $1. The winner will be the first correct entry drawn (or the closest guess if there is no correct entry) and the prize will be awarded on Camp Day.
The BBQ will be set up on the front lot and will offer a Hotdog and a drink for $2 starting at 11am. Thanks to Buy Low foods for the donation of wieners, buns and all the fixings!
Give $’more for the kids
Special smore donuts will be featured this year … chocolate, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow fill….. yummy! A one day only special treat for a $2 donation! These are seriously good - you have to have one!!!!
Rent a Tent:
Simply donate a dollar and put your name on a 'tent' .... all for the kids :-)
Guest server schedule:
7a - 8a
Chris Jankowski (Fire Dept)
Mayor Ken McRae
8a - 9a
Al McCullough - AVMHA
Donna and Gary Brett (830a - 930a)
Heather Thompson AV Times
9a - 10a
10a - 11a
Tom Weegar - NIC
Inspector Gord Wellar
Evan Hammond (1015a - 1130a)
11a - 12p
Jenny Fortin (Shaw)
Les Norden (Fire Dept)
12p - 1p
Krista & Barb & Rose (McDermotts)
1p - 2p
Susie Quinn (AV News)
Bulldogs Crew: Nolan, Laurie, Noreen
Tim & Trevor (AV Refrigeration)
Thanks to my buddy Jade, I actually got to watch some hockey last night as the Pens got back into the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. I predicted a 4-1 Pens win. Close enough. Anyone but the Wings! Go Pens!
A final note before I go regarding the Alberni Golf Club Men's Club events that go (almost) every Sunday. Thanks to Gerry Fagan for the update!
The Men’s Club this past Sunday saw Preban Rasmussen shoot a 74 to take home 3 balls on the gross side, while Cory Nielson won 2 balls for his 76. Bob Matlock had the low net of the day carding a very suspicious 60 winning 3 balls and Wayne Johnstone took home 2 balls for his 66.
Closest to the pins were won by Steve White on No 2, which was also the charity KP and collected $23 for his effort, Ken Manhas on No 4
Jean Contant on No 13, Preban Rasmussen on No 17 and Steve White for his second shot on No 6.
This Sunday is the red white and blue competition, sponsored by Port Boat House. The way it goes is as follows, each hole you hit from a different tee marker. Just so there wont be any confusion the score cards will be marked. Every man for himself in this event, just make up your own foursomes and register in the Pro Shop. You can also register as a single and Bruce will put you in a group. The shotgun start is at 8AM, with breakfast available starting at 6:30.
Monday, June 01, 2009
Here's a couple updates from Alberni Wrestling, from Tom McEvay and Travis Cross.....
Some of you may have already received this from Travis …..
Port Alberni’s Olympian Travis Cross is in Europe on a 2 week training and competitive tour with the National Senior Men’s Wrestling team. He just finished a major international tournament in Sassari Italy and won the gold in his 84 kg weight class. He is now off to Macedonia for their next competition. He has sent the email below this morning. This tour and other events this summer are part of Travis’s preparation for the 2009 Worlds in Denmark in September. His preparation this summer will include the World Police and Fire Games in Vancouver in early August. Travis is a proud Port Alberni fireman.
Meanwhile another Alberni Wrestling alumni and current coach James Messenger is in Turkey where he is coaching Canada’s Women’s FILA Cadet team (16-17 year olds) at an international tournament in Izmir. The Canadian Women’s team did well finishing third behind Turkey and Bulgaria. Alison Sokalski of North Vancouver took a bronze in the women’s 60 kg class. Alison was part of the Alberni Wrestling tour to China last summer. James and the team get a couple of days to explore parts of Turkey before coming home on Wednesday.
All the best.
And from Travis....
Bonjuourno! I just finished our first of two tournaments this trip in Sassari, Italy. We stayed in a small town called Stintino which is on a very nice beach on the Island of Sardinia.
I had 14 guys in my weight and I took the Gold. My matches went as follows:
Match 1 vs. Senegal 6-0, 6-0
Match 2 vs. India 1-1, 4-0 pin
Match 3 vs. Greece 1-0, 2-0
Match 4 vs. Spain 3-0, 3-1 (gold medal match)
The rest of the Canadian team:
55kg John Pineda 3rd place
60kg Saeed Azerbaijani 1st place
66kg Haislan Garcia 1st place
74kg Matt Gentry 2nd place
130kg Arjen Bhullar dnp
Our team won the tournament title. I saw a couple Italians wearing Alberni Wrestling shirts.
We are back in Rome until tommorow when we fly to Skopje, Macedonia for our second tournament starting Saturday. Got to see an airshow on the beach in rome yesterday. The F-16 and Herrier were very impressive. It has been hot but is raining today. All the best to everyone back home.
LACROSSE: BANTAM TYEES DEFEAT COWICHAN
The Bantam Tyees defeated second place Cowichan Thunder in back to back games on Sunday at Fuller Lake Arena to pull within one point of division leading Victoria.
The Tyees took a while to get going against the Cowichan team who scored first on a power play during the morning game. Using speed and close checking the Tyees finally scored their first goal 12 minutes in and never looked back. They ended the first period up 4-2, then 5-2 after the second and 7-3 for the final score. Reed Garcia scored 4 goals in the winning cause. Corey Beecroft, Ryan Buse and Logan Savard added singles, and Beecroft and Buse also had assists.
In the afternoon game Alberni got on the board five minutes in and never looked back, raising the score to 4-1 at the end of the first period, 7-3 after two periods and in the end tripling Cowichan to finish at 9-3. Cowichan players were clearly frustrated by being on the losing side of the score and this was reflected in the number of penalty calls during the game. Savard led scoring for the Tyees with a hat trick. Beecroft had two and an assist. Singles were contributed by Nick Yewchyn, Beau Wilson, Connor Gagnon and Nathan Read. Also assisting were Jordan Lavertu, Gagnon and Buse (2).
This was a real team effort. As well as the depth in the scoring, the Tyees stepped up to match Cowichan’s physical game, refusing to be intimidated by their larger opponents. Hughie Watts was a physical presence on both defence and offence and Riley Kuxhaus was huge in goal in both games.
Port Alberni fans will have a chance to see how the team is coming together next weekend. The Tyees are at home at the Multiplex against Comox Wild 2 on Saturday at 9:30 and 12:30 and against Comox Wild 1 on Sunday at 11:00 and 2:00.