GET­TING SWEPT UP: New broom­ball league looms

Seaway News - - SPORTS -

CORN­WALL, On­tario - A meet­ing was held on Mon­day at the Ben­son Cen­tre to be­gin the process of re­viv­ing the sport of broom­ball in Corn­wall.

Or­ga­niz­ers will use the meet­ing to be­gin lay­ing the ground­work for the de­vel­op­ment of an adult broom­ball league next sea­son.

Broom­ball player and chief or­ga­nizer Eric MacDon­ald said he is look­ing to con­nect with po­ten­tial or­ga­niz­ers who would be will­ing to as­sist with form­ing teams and build­ing a league sched­ule.

“The in­ter­est in the sport is there, it’s just a case of pulling it all to­gether,” said MacDon­ald, who cur­rently plays with the Maxville Preda­tors.

The idea is to form an adult league fea­tur­ing sev­eral dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions, with games be­ing played out of the Ben­son Cen­tre. To sup­port the re­vival of the sport in Corn­wall, the City’s Recre­ation Depart­ment is plan­ning to roll out a 6-week ‘ In­tro­duc­tion to Broom­ball’ pro­gram for chil­dren in late win­ter or early spring.

“Broom­ball is an ex­cit­ing and af­ford­able sport to get in­volved in, and we’re look­ing for­ward to adding it to the list of sports that are played at the Ben­son Cen­tre,” said Lorne Tail­lon, Leisure Arts Co­or­di­na­tor.

The sport of broom­ball re­ceived some at­ten­tion in Corn­wall ear­lier this year when the Ben­son Cen­tre played host to the East­ern On­tario Re­gional Broom­ball Cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary as well as the 2013 Cana­dian Ju­ve­nile Broom­ball Cham­pi­onships in April.

Broom­ball has a long his­tory in Corn­wall. In the 1980s, for ex­am­ple, the Corn­wall Re­gional Broom­ball As­so­ci­a­tion op­er­ated an adult league with nu­mer­ous teams com­pet­ing in the Elite, In­ter­me­di­ate and Ju­nior di­vi­sions. In ad­di­tion to that, a sep­a­rate in­dus­trial leagu e was in ex­is­tence while a third league was in op­er­a­tion in nearby Long Sault. The sport con­tin­ues to en­joy a strong foothold in many parts of East­ern On­tario, in­clud­ing a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties in Stor­mont, Dundas and Glen­garry.

At present, there is a group of broom­ball play­ers who gather in­for­mally on Fri­day nights at the Ben­son Cen­tre to play. Through the up­com­ing meet­ing, Mr. MacDon­ald is hop­ing to take that to the next level.

“We’re ask­ing ev­ery­one who is in­ter­ested to come out and help us get the ball rolling,” he added.

Those who are in­ter­ested but un­able to at­tend the meet­ing can call MacDon­ald at (613) 936-2299 for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

From left are Eric MacDon­ald and Lorne Tail­lon.

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