Sports weekend continues to grow, says director
The fifth Super Sports Weekend in Bay Roberts was another overwhelming success, said Ian Flynn, the town’s recreation director.
“ It was the most successful to date,” Flynn said last week.
The event attracted many hundreds of athletes, coaches and family and friends to Conception Bay North for the weekend sports extravaganza, which concluded July 24, and injected vast amounts of money into the local economy, Flynn added.
“ I’ve heard people say this is now the goto sporting event in the province,” said Flynn.
“ Both hotels were full, people were spending their money in local businesses, and we managed to showcase our very impressive facilities.”
The event featured a 13-team men’s invitational 19-and-over slo-pitch softball tournament that was played on fields in Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace and Carbonear, an eight-team ladies’ invitational volleyball tournament played at Ascension Collegiate, a swim meet at the Bay Roberts Pool that attracted some 230 participants, and a seven-team minor provincial slo-pitch mite boys’ tournament.
“ What this event brings into the area is just unbelievable,” Flynn said. “ This event, combined with the dinner theatres and everything else that’s happening this time of year, is a boon to the local economy.”
Based on the positive feedback he has received, Flynn expects the event will continue to grow in future years.
Local teams dominate
It was also a very successful weekend for teams from the Bay Roberts area, with local teams winning all four events.
In men’s softball, the Morrow and Morrow team rebounded from a sluggish performance in the round-robin portion of the tournament to claim the championship, defeating AFN of St. John’s in the final by a score of 10-9.
Jeremy Mercer and Tyler Thompson smacked timely home runs late in the game to power Morrow and Morrow to victory.
Morrow and Morrow also defeated Tri-Town of Catalina in the semi-final, knocking off the two-time defending champions and handing the Bonavista Bay team only its second loss in three appearances at the tourney.
It was the first time a Bay Roberts team has won the men’s tourney.
Atlantic Grocery on a roll
In ladies’ volleyball, Atlantic Grocery Distributors won a straight sets victory over another Bay Roberts team, Bufu, in the championship game.
It was the third consecutive year these two teams have met in the final, and Atlantic Grocery has won each time.
Members of the winning team included the following: Andrea Simms, Carolyn Pottle, Michelle Russell, Nikita Ryan, Erin Simms and Krissie Worthman.
The tournament featured teams from Trinity Bay to St. John’s, and grew from seven teams in 2010.
Sea Lions roar in pool
In the biggest event of the weekend, the host Bay Roberts Sea Lions handily won the team competition in the Sports Weekend swim meet, racking up 620 points. The Bay Roberts team featured more than 120 swimmers.
The Clarenville Waverunners, with 46 swimmers, finished second with 314 points, while the Marystown Marlins (45 swimmers) recorded 209 points.
Other teams included the Grand Bank Southern Sharks ( four swimmers, 31 points) and the Grand Falls-Windsor Gators (six swimmer, seven points). Competitors ranged in age from seven to 18. Top achievers include the following: • under-eight — Sarah Jones, Marystown Marlins ( female); Alex Franey, Bay Roberts (male);
• ages 9-10 — Emily Stokes, Marystown ( female); Liam Best, Marystown (male);
• ages 11-12 — Emma Hacket, Clarenville ( female); Kyle Tetford and Colins Parsons, Bay Roberts (male)
• ages 13-14 — Morgan Kearley, Bay Roberts ( female); Noah Pardy, Clarenville (male);
• ages 15-16 — Kathryn Mercer, Bay Roberts ( female); Brandon Petten, Bay Roberts (male);
• ages 17-18 — Mykala Pardy, Clarenville ( female); Aaron Mercer, Bay Roberts (male).
Butlerville wins it all
A team from Butlerville went undefeated in capturing the mite boys’ (ages seven to 10) slopitch tournament, upending Southern Shore 117 in the final.
In semi-final action, Butlerville outlasted Foxtrap 11-6, while Southern Shore doubled Carbonear 4-2.
Carbonear posted a 2-1 record in the roundrobin portion of the tournament, while the host Bay Roberts team had one win in three outings.
Other teams included Conception Bay Central and Waterford Valley.
Nikita Ryan of Atlantic Grocery Distributers goes up for a block during play at the recent Super Sports Weekend volleyball tournament in Bay Roberts. Atlantic Grocery went on to win the eight-team event for the third straight year.