Super sports, super successful
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of competitors in the five kilometre road race at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Facility on July 20.
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.
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.
Morrow & Morrow pitcher Jim Whelan delivers a pitch to the plate.