Crocker returning as head coach
The club had a great day to get out and drive some balls around the fairways as the sun was shining and the weather was warm.
George said the talk around the clubhouse was great, concerning the tournament.
“We got all positive feedback about it, and everyone is excited to start the season,” said George. “We’re getting a lot of support. We’re happy about that for sure.”
The idea for the golf tournament was conceived in March when CeeBees officials got together to decide on an plan of action surrounding fundraising activities for the club.
“We decided we wanted to put together a couple of more fundraising events and this was one of them,” said George.
It is unknown as to the amount of profit.
A renewed focus
The golf classic is evidence of the CeeBees renewed focus on the fundraising aspect of competing in the provincial league.
As it moves into the 2012-2013 season, the team will again run into the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and the Clarenville Caribous, two clubs that operate with huge budgets and are constantly putting off fundraising events to help offset travel costs, etc.
In the past, the Caribous have sold 50-50 tickets during the summer and tickets on a newly-built house.
Barry Manuel, director of hockey operations for the Cataracts, said fundraising makes up a big chunk of the team’s budget.
“We always have something on the go and it’s huge for us,” he said. It’s a play that backers of the CeeBees plan to copy. “We saw that fundraising is a year-round thing,” said George.
Money raised during the events will go into the everyday operation of the team and help alleviate some of the costs put on sponsors.
Plans going forward
George said that the golf classic is not the only big event the CeeBees had planned for the summer.
There are plans to roll out a massive ticket draw later this summer with the grand prize being tickets to the 2013 National Hockey League Winter Classic, being held at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbour, Michigan and will pit Original 6 teams, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs against each other.
The Alumni game will feature past players from both franchises and could include stars like Wendel Clark, Mats Sundin and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Crocker back as head coach
While the new season is still four months away, one big question surrounding the club has been answered.
Corey Crocker will stay on as head coach. Crocker came on board during the second half of the season, replacing Steve Power. Crocker managed to right a sinking ship, and the team managed to snag the fourth and final playoff spot late in the season.
George said Crocker has been making some phone calls to players on behalf of the club and “just keeping everyone in the loop on what’s going with the team and the league.”
The assistant coach also had great things to say about the possibility of a sixth team entering the league.
“The fact that Gander wants to come in and join the league … will only strengthen the league down the road,” said George.
It was announced late last week that Gander’s application for entrance into the league had been granted.
Butt’s Esso put on an offesive display last week in Carbonear men’s slo-pitch action after thumping West Side Charlie’s 14-5 at the Carbonear Recreation Complex, June 28.
Chad Parsons and Charl Clarke paced the offensive explosion with four hits apiece. Stephen Peach and Blair Parsons contributed three hits and Dennis King had two hits.
Tops at the plate for West Side was Frank Finlayson and Kevin Penney who had three hits each. Tim Burke and Grant Tobin each contributed two hits while Roy Flight, Bradley Harris and Cecil Taylor belted out one hit apiece.
Gerard Griffin had the win on the rubber and Sam White pitched the loss.
In the second game of the evening, West Side found its offense, more than tripling East Coast Concrete by a score of 10-3.
Finlayson and Burke had three hits for the winners. White and Tobin had two hits each.
Mat Powell led the losers with three hits. Brad Gallant had two hits, while Peter Tuck, Nick Rossiter, Jim King, Gord King, Brandon Hynes and Brian Tuck had singles.
Sam White picked up the win and Jim King suffered the loss.
Butt’s edged East Coat by a score of 8-7 in the first of two games, June 25.
Leading the charge for Butt’s was Jeff Parsons. He picked up three hits in victory, while Charl Clarke and Stephen Peach had two hits apiece.
Jim King and Brandon Hynes paced the losers picking up three hits each. Gord King, Mike Squires, Nick Rossiter, Harris Cornick and Chris Parsons reached base twice with two hits apiece.
Gerard Griffin toed the rubber in victory, and Gord King took the loss.
In its second game of the evening, Buttt’s stomped opponent West Side by a score of 8-1.
Charl Clarke was pounded out four hits to lead the offensive attack for Butt’s. Stephen Peach, Dennis King and Jody Doyle had tow hits for the winners.
Pacing the losers were Roy Flight and Sam White, who picked up two hits apiece. Mike Whiteway, Scott Cleary and Alf Bourne had one hit each.
Grffin again picked up the pitching win and Sam White picked up the loss.
GETTING DUNKED FOR CANCER RESEARCH — Grade 6 student Brandon Petten of All Hallows Elementary in North River raises his arms in celebration after being dunked in a tank of water on Thursday, June 20. Petten initiated a fundraiser for cancer research at his school recently, which climaxed with the wildly popular dunk tank event. The North River youth was inspired by a family member, who is dealing with the disease. The school raised more than $1,500 in this end-ofschool-year undertaking.