Sports week­end con­tin­ues to grow, says di­rec­tor

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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.

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