Roy­als res­ur­rected

The Barrie Examiner - - SPORTS -

GUELPH (STAFF) - In­ter­county Base­ball League com­mis­sioner John Kast­ner in­tro­duced the new own­ers of the Guelph Roy­als on Mon­day. The team will re­turn to the league in 2018. The Roy­als, who ceased op­er­a­tions mid­way through this past sea­son, have been pur­chased from Jim Rooney by busi­ness­man Shawn Fuller along with Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie. Fuller, who grew up in Guelph and now lives in Kitch­ener, has had a life-long re­la­tion­ship with the Roy­als, he said, adding his mother’s house is vis­i­ble from the ball­park. Fuller and Guthrie take over a team that ceased op­er­a­tions in June af­ter go­ing 1-15 to start the sea­son. The team had strug­gled for sev­eral years and also took a leave of ab­sence in 2011. The for­mal an­nounce­ment was made at Hast­ings Sta­dium. Rooney was out of town and un­able to at­tend. Fuller, who worked in sales with Black­Berry for 10 years, is the owner of Canadaw­ide Sports, a sports equip­ment dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany that op­er­ates out of a 65,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity in St. Ge­orge. Kast­ner said Fuller con­tacted him the day af­ter Rooney in­formed him he was fold­ing the team and the process to get base­ball back in Guelph be­gan that day. “We were in so much agree­ment about what the so­lu­tion was go­ing to be here in Guelph and how the team could and would be suc­cess­ful,” Kast­ner said.

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