Su­per sports, su­per suc­cess­ful

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

The sixth an­nual Su­per Sports Week­end con­cluded July 21 and or­ga­niz­ers are call­ing it a suc­cess.

The event, which fea­tured road races, soft­ball and vol­ley­bal l , at­tracted a group of en­thu­si­as­tic run­ners and 26 teams in both soft­ball and vol­ley­ball to Con­cep­tion Bay North.

All in all, it was the big­gest year for the tour­na­ment.

“It was ex­cel­lent,” said event or­ga­nizer Ian Flynn.

While both the road race and the vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment were held in Bay Roberts, the soft­ball tour­na­ment was spread out over three fields and com­mu­ni­ties to in­cor­po­rate all of the teams.

Mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing ran smooth in Up­per Is­land Cove and Har­bour Grace pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity for some lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems, but that was not the case.

“Ev­ery­thing seemed to run smoothly,” said Flynn, who is also Bay Roberts’ recre­ation di­rec­tor.

Flynn noted that the weather mostly held off, with only some only a small amount of rain fall­ing the morn­ing of July 20.

But, that weather even­tu­ally cleared and teams con­tin­ued to play through­out the day and both the five kilo­me­tre and the 10 kilo­me­tre road races were able to set off.

Pam Rus­sell was the or­ga­nizer for the road race.

Fea­tur­ing lo­cal run­ners and a num­ber of out-of-town run­ners, the races started from the Wil­bur Sparks Recre­ation Com­plex in Bay Roberts and fea­tured some strong com­pe­ti­tion.

“I thought the race turned out good,” said Rus­sell.

Rus­sell said the race will be re­turn­ing to the week­end event next year.

Con­cep­tion Bay South’s Ash­ley Hutch­ings placed first in the 5k race with a time of 22 min­utes and 21 sec­onds, while CBS res­i­dent Joanna Precore was sec­ond af­ter fin­ish­ing the race in 28 min­utes and 13 sec­onds. Jes­sika and Jana­lynn Pet­ten of Port de Grave tied for third with a time of 28.53/

In the men’s div­sion of the 10k race, CBS’s Rob Lja fin­ished in 37.45 to place first, fol­lowed by Jamie Snow of Bay Roberts (44.49) and Spa­niard’s Bay’s Justin Nose­wor­thy (46.23).

On the women’s side, Bay Roberts’s Kather­ine Brazil took the top spot with a time of 49.56. Clarke’s Beach res­i­dent Me­lanie Sea­ward fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place with a time of 57.18.In third was Car­bon­ear’s Kim White with a time of 106.43.

Soft­ball win­ners

Con­cep­tion Bay South team Kelly’s Pub went un­de­feated en route to the soft­ball tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship.

Kelly’s de­feated the Haven Home Builders Blast from Lewisporte 158 in the fi­nal at the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex on July 21.

“I re­ceived com­pli­ments from all teams say­ing that the tour­na­ment was very well run,” said Flynn.

For their trou­bles, Kelly’s re­ceived $2,000 for the win, while the Blast took home the $500 sec­ond place prize.

One thing he would like to see con­tinue is co­op­er­at­ing be­tween Bay Roberts, Up­per Is­land Cove and Har­bour Grace.

“I hope that part­ner­ship main­tains,” said Flynn.

The recre­ation di­rec­tor also com­mended the stu­dent vol­un­teers for the work they did snag­ging home runs and foul balls, as well as ref­er­ee­ing the vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment.

“To bring all of th­ese peo­ple into your com­mu­nity and show­case what you can do is what it’s all about,” said Flynn.

Vol­ley­ball win­ners

The tour­na­ment, which fea­tured 11 teams, was di­vided into a b and c di­vi­sion.

Lo­cal team AGD cap­tured the b di­vi­sion ti­tle, de­feated fel­low lo­cal com­pe­ti­tiors, The Set­ting Ducks, in straight sets.

Keep Cool and the 50-plus team fought to a third and de­cid­ing set, with Keep Cool tak­ing the c cham­pi­onship two sets to one.

Flynn said there are talks on ex­pand­ing the vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment in the com­ing year.

Pos­si­ble ex­pan­sion

There is also the pos­si­bil­ity of an ex­pan­sion for the soft­ball tourna- ment as well.

Flynn is hop­ing he will be able to run a 20-team tour­na­ment next year and bring a fourth com­mu­nity into the fold.

He said if the field in­creased, he would ap­proach Car­bon­ear about us­ing one of the two ball fields at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex.

Draw­ing crowds

Both the fi­nal in the soft­ball and vol­ley­ball tour­na­ments brought en­thu­si­asts from both sports out to watch.

Some 100 peo­ple saw Kelly’s Pub take the cham­pi­onship, while 20-30 peo­ple stuck around the take in the solid vol­ley­ball ac­tion at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate.

The only tour­na­ment left for Flynn to start or­ga­niz­ing is the Fall Brawl dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter that is fin­ished, Flynn plans on sit­ting down and at­tempt­ing to iron out a ju­nior sports week­end.

“I’d re­ally like to start over the win­ter and get the ball rolling on a ju­nior sports week­end and see where we can take that,” he said.

Sub­mit­ted photo

A group of com­peti­tors in the five kilo­me­tre road race at the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Fa­cil­ity on July 20.

Photo by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Kelly’s Pub brought home the cov­eted cham­pi­onship, along with $2,000, af­ter de­feat­ing the Haven Home Builders Blast 15-8 in the fi­nal. Mem­bers of the team are (l-r): front – Sam Mor­gan, Billy Tag­gart, Claude Locke and Justint Tay­lor; back — Aaron Stacey, Tyler McDon­ald, Cory Fowler, Adam Mur­phy, Glenn Kennedy, Mark O’Brien and Jody Cooper.

Photo by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

AGD player An­drea Simms spikes a ball dur­ing vol­ley­ball b di­vi­sion fi­nal ac­tion against the Set­ting Ducks at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts on July 21.

Photo by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Mor­row & Mor­row pitcher Jim Whe­lan de­liv­ers a pitch to the plate.

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