Lady Pipers Over­come Ad­ver­sity to Win Play-off Cham­pi­onship

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TheAlexan­der Galt Se­nior Girls Soc­cer Team won the ETIAC play off tro­phy on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon af­ter they de­feated the Stanstead Col­lege Spar­tans 2-1. The win capped off an ex­cit­ing end to the sea­son, but they had to over­come sev­eral ob­sta­cles along the way to do it.

As the sea­son be­gan coach Mark Learned was con­cerned with age and ex­pe­ri­ence as sev­eral key Se­niors grad­u­ated last year so nine ju­nior el­i­gi­ble play­ers made the Se­nior club this year. The mix­ture of rook­ies and re­turn­ing play­ers gelled as the sea­son pro­gressed and they peaked at the right time.

The team also faced a huge blow one game into the sea­son when all-star keeper Char­lene Gra­ham was lost for the re­main­der of the sea­son and no one with any ex­pe­ri­ence to re­place her. The loss of Gra­ham stunned the team as they looked at each other for an­swers. Vet­eran striker Sarah Poudrier showed her ded­i­ca­tion to the team by of­fer­ing to go in nets and learn the po­si­tion. Her drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion paid huge div­i­dends, as she was one of the main rea­sons why they would win in the end.

LastWed­nes­day evening, some of the finest French and English writ­ers liv­ing in the Eastern Town­ships read to a rapt au­di­ence in the beau­ti­ful Ba­neen Hall at Bishop’s Univer­sity.

The stage was taste­fully dec­o­rated with bookshelf back­drops, and Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies Michèle Plomer flip- flopped be­tween both of­fi­cial lan­guages as she wel­comed and in­tro­duced the writ­ers. The au­di­ence, a healthy mix of fran­co­phones and an­glo­phones, ap­pre­ci­ated the at­ten­tion given to both of­fi­cial lan­guages dur­ing the event.

The seven writ­ers on the bill, all lo­cals, were enor­mously var­ied in both the gen­res in which they write and the scope of their achieve­ments.

First, we heard from Dan­ish-born Ann Fortier, whose first novel, has been trans­lated from English into 33 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, and pub­lished all over the world to enor­mously wide ac­claim. The novel has even re­ceived a nod from Hol­ly­wood, where a screen­play adap­tion is cur­rently in progress.

traces the story of Julie Ja­cobs, a young scholar who learns she is de­scended from Gi­uli­etta Tolomei, the his­tor­i­cal 14th cen­tury woman on whom Shake­speare’s fa­mous play is based. The novel switches be­tween con­tem­po­rary and his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tive, and Fortier read an ex­cerpt in which the his­tor­i­cal Juliet meets the his­tor­i­cal Romeo at what Fortier calls “the orig­i­nal ball scene.”

Fortier’s sopho­more novel, is due to be re­leased in 2013.

Next we heard the po­etry of Huguette O’Neill, for­mer jour­nal­ist who has writ­ten for both and in Montreal. Ross Mur­ray, Stanstead res­i­dent and for­mer owner of the read next. A reg­u­lar colum­nist with the

and a con­trib­u­tor to CBC’s and

Mur­ray is well-known to read­ers in the area, and his funny, poignant vi­gnettes on mod­ern Town­ship life are al­ways a treat. He read two pieces from his 2010 col­lec­tion

the first a

You’re Not Go­ing to Eat That, Are You? satir­i­cal di­a­logue be­tween Mr. Mur­ray and an overzeal­ous Bell tele­mar­keter; and the sec­ond a fic­tion­al­ized re­portage from a cus­toms ex­ile bar­ri­caded in Stanstead’s own in­ter­na­tional No-Mans-Land: The Haskell Free Li­brary.

Fol­low­ing Mur­ray, the tone of the evening be­came a great deal more lyri­cal, as Patrick Ni­col, two-time win­ner of Le Grand Prix littéraire de la Ville de Sher­brooke, took the stage, read­ing from his most re­cent oeu­vre, Les cheveux

The sec­ond half of the pro­gram fea­tured read­ings by Plomer her­self and Anne Brigitte Re­naud, both con­trib­u­tors to

a re­cent lo­cal pub­li­ca­tion on the phys­i­cal and cul­tural his­tory of the epony­mous lake.

The au­di­ence was also treated to a small scene from Ge­orge Ride­out’s fa­mous play per­formed by two Bishop’s Drama students. Ride­out, who teaches in the Bishop’s Drama depart­ment, is the renowned au­thor of many well-known plays, in­clud­ing which was pro­duced to huge ac­claim in Montreal and across Canada, and re­counts a hy­po­thet­i­cal meet­ing be­tween play­wright Michel Trem­blay and Amer­i­can Beat writer Jack Ker­ouac in Florida.

The evening of read­ings was or­ga­nized by the Len­noxville Li­brary in cel­e­bra­tion of its cen­ten­nial year. The im­por­tance of li­braries was stressed by Plomer and the rest of the authors, as places that are in­valu­able to com­mu­ni­ties, but in­creas­ingly un­der threat by the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of elec­tronic books.

“A li­brary is a place you can still get the real thing,” Fortier com­mented, re­fer­ring to the phys­i­cal books still found in li­braries. “It’s a place you can count on—a place you can trust.”

As the sea­son came to an end the girls found them­selves in third place and the odds against them as they would have to beat two teams (Massey-Vanier and Stanstead) they had not beaten all year. On Tues­day af­ter­noon they trav­eled to Massey-Vanier for the ETIAC semi fi­nal and beat the Vik­ings 1-0. Vanessa Stevens scored ten min­utes into the game and Poudrier and the Piper de­fence held off a press­ing Vik­ing squad in the sec­ond half to claim the vic­tory.

The fol­low­ing day the girls trav­eled to Stanstead as the un­der­dogs once again and shocked the reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­ons. The two teams hit posts early in the game, be­fore Galt’s Cort­ney Burn­ham drilled a shot past a sprawl­ing Spar­tan keeper just out­side the 18-foot box. The Spar­tans looked to tie the game early in the sec­ond half, but Stevens used her speed and kicked the ball out of bounds just be­fore it was about to cross the goal line. How­ever mid­way through the sec­ond half the Spar­tans fi­nally got the equal­izer when Cather­ine Quirion fi­nally beat Poudrier with a nice shot. With some of the Galt girls look­ing tired Learned made a few sub­sti­tu­tions to get a few fresh legs on the field. The move paid off as Fred­erique Domon played hero by com­ing off the bench to score the even­tual win­ning goal with six min­utes to play. De­fender Carly Stan­dish Wal­lis played some tough de­fence throughout the game and es­pe­cially in the dy­ing min­utes as she con­tin­u­ously shut down the Spar­tan Strik­ers to pre­serve the win and cham­pi­onship for the Pipers. Learned said, «it was an emo­tional win for the girls as ev­ery­one bought into the sys­tem and played their hearts out.»

The Se­nior Boy’s Soc­cer ad­vanced to the ETIAC fi­nals as well by beat­ing Massey-Vanier 4-1 at home on Tues­day. The boys from Galt took con­trol of the game early on and scored twice in the first half off the feet of Bran­don Deruis­seau and James Mur­ray. Striker Alex Mckin­ney con­verted a nice pass­ing play early in the sec­ond half to give the Pipers a 3-0 lead, but the Vik­ings did not go away eas­ily as they scored shortly there­after to make it 3-1. With five min­utes to go in the game Galt for­ward Mikale Fon­taine made his­tory when he scored. Fon­taine be­came the youngest player to ever score a goal at the se­nior level as a 12 year old. Fon­taine’s goal so­lid­i­fied the Piper vic­tory and a trip to Stanstead for the ETIAC play off cham­pi­onship game.

The boys hoped to pull off the up­set, but the Spar­tans seemed to be a lit­tle older, stronger and quicker and de­feated the Pipers 3-0. The Spar­tans scored in the first ten min­utes of the game and con­trolled much of the game there­after. Galt coach Steve Walker said, «the boys have no rea­son to hang their heads, we had a great sea­son as they played to their po­ten­tial.» True enough, as the Spar­tans were the only team they lost to all sea­son.

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Fred­erique Domon scored the win­ning goal in the fi­nal with six min­utes left to play.

Ann Fortier’s first novel, Juliet, was trans­lated into 33 lan­guages.

Ross Mur­ray,

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