Is­lan­ders look to boost of­fence

Se­nior ball team al­ready has a great pitch­ing staff

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Fred Mac­Don­ald Fred Mac­Don­ald’s col­umn ap­pears each Satur­day in The Guardian. He can be reached at fid­dlers­facts@hot­mail.com

The Char­lot­te­town se­nior base­ball Is­lan­ders got a big boost with the re­turn of slick short­stop Jor­dan Duffy and they earned a dou­ble­header split with Chatham Iron­men here at Memo­rial Field last week­end.

If they can se­cure the ser­vices of slug­ger Dil­lon Doucette for the re­quired 10 league games to be el­i­gi­ble for the play­offs they could be tough down the stretch.

They have great pitch­ing with MVP can­di­date Brodie Mac­Don­ald, ace righty Jor­dan Steven­son and clever Jake Beck and that’s key in the play­offs. The Is­lan­ders are idle this week­end.

On the ice

Hockey fa­nat­ics can still get a chance to talk hockey right here on the Is­land with NHLers past and present and with stand­outs from other sports as both the Sum­mer­side and Fox Meadow golf cour­ses host ma­jor events in sup­port of Sum­mer­side and Char­lot­te­town boys and girls clubs.

The Novus-spon­sored celebrity golf tour­na­ment in Sum­mer­side, hosted by Ger­ard Gal­lant and Heather Moyse, gets un­der­way with the July 17 celebrity din­ner, which in­cludes guest speak­ers, live and silent auc­tion items like au­to­graphed jer­seys plus mem­o­ra­bilia and sport ex­pe­ri­ences. Larry Robin­son, Max Domi, Bryan Trot­tier, Frank Ma­hovlich and Dar­ren Lang­don will be on hand. The golf­ing takes place on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day and there’s three hole-in-one chances to win a car. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Adam Bink­ley at 902-303-4884.

The Char­lot­te­town Boys and Girls event gets un­der­way Thurs­day, July 20 and the venue has moved to Fox Meadow in Strat­ford af­ter a 20-plus year run at the Belvedere course. ExBlue Jays out­fielder Al Woods is ar­riv­ing all the way from San Fran­cisco. More on this one next week.

On the links

On the topic of golf, Greg Bryan­ton and Bobby Savi­dant knocked off Wen­dell MacEach­ern and Roger MacLauch­lan in dou­bles match play at Avon­dale.

Ex-base­ball star Marty Koughan, an Avon­dale reg­u­lar, has dom­i­nated the Is­land se­nior golfers which is no easy feat.

Alan “the Post­man” Ford is now un­der the tute­lage of golf pro Dave Bowlan so I ex­pect a marked im­prove­ment in his game.

Tif­fany Chais­son, who spear­heads the non-profit Fair­ways group which pro­vides fund­ing for un­der-priv­i­leged young un­der-18 golfers from around the world, is in the province work­ing on their be­half. The group spon­sors 20 golfers from Canada, Nepal, In­dia and Bo­livia. More later.

This and that

Ex-Is­land hockey, fast­ball and har­ness rac­ing hand­i­cap­ping star Ron “Chucker” Carmichael took a spill at the Spa last week and his nasty gash re­quired 20 stitches.

Chucker showed me a copy of the Tampa Bay Times where Light­ning public re­la­tions man Bobby Tay­lor talked about the most un­usual one-day jobs in sports. Tay­lor played the 196970 sea­son with Jersey Devils of the Eastern Hockey League in the days be­fore goalies wore masks and when pro clubs car­ried just one goalie. Tay­lor was cut for 77 stitches in the first pe­riod and scor­ing leader Jamie Kennedy took his place. He blanked John­stown the rest of the way in the Devils 2-1 win. Ask Jamie for the Coles notes ver­sion of this story.

Now that Jamie is no longer of­fi­ci­at­ing, there are oth­ers try­ing to take his place as No. 1 hockey ref­eree. Thane Arse­nault says he is, and Tommy Ford wants the ti­tle, but how about up-and-com­ing Jeff Heron who has a bright fu­ture. An­other to watch is young Alex Dil­lon who has been se­lected by Hockey Canada to at­tend the of­fi­cials Pro­gram of Ex­cel­lence in Cal­gary, July 25-29.

On the track

Live har­ness rac­ing con­tin­ues at the CDP with a 10-dash card and the $1,900 fea­ture in­cludes Don MacNeill’s red-hot and im­pres­sive Mick Dundee who is com­ing off a sharp 1:56.3 vic­tory here. Oth­ers to watch in the eight-horse field are Clic K and Rash B Hav­ior.

The Gover­nors Plate elim­i­na­tions are all set for Sun­day af­ter­noon at SRW. Rene Al­lard has en­tered Crom­bie A and Do Over Hanover and they’ll be tough to beat. Al­lard lit­er­ally saved the Gold Cup and Saucer Race the last three years, bring­ing in qual­ity horses on short no­tice al­low­ing the track to of­fer two Gold Cup tri­als. He bought a house here last year, has horses train­ing on the Is­land with mul­ti­ple train­ers, pur­chases year­lings at our sale and is an ac­tive buyer and bid­der. Al­lard is a great sup­porter of P.E.I. har­ness rac­ing.

Clas­sic Pro, co-owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Serge Savard Sr. and Ron MacLel­lan, has been given a bye into the fi­nal of the Mead­ow­lands Pace set for Satur­day, July 15 at the Mead­ow­lands. Down­bythe­sea­side and Miso Fast also have a bye. The elim­i­na­tion event goes Satur­day at the Big M with Huntsville leav­ing from the rail in a field that in­cludes Santafe’s Coach, Western Hill, Blood Line for Mark Mac­Don­ald and six oth­ers. The top colt Fear the Dragon has opted to skip the Mead­ow­lands Pace.

Also on the card, the $240,000 Grad­u­ate for older pac­ers with Lyons Sny­der, Dr J Hanover, Sin­tra and Western Fame with the out­side 10-hole for MM.

In New York Sires ac­tion, Cruisin in Style from An­thony Mac­Don­ald’s The Sta­ble won his de­but with an im­pres­sive 1:56 vic­tory vs. two-year-old trot colts. The Sta­ble’s other two-year-old trot colts Law­maker was beaten a nose at the wire in 1:56 in Penn­syl­va­nia stake ac­tion while sta­ble-mate Canale Hanover was in­ter­fered with but was fifth in an­other PA stake. In Ohio, three of the Sta­ble‘s pacing colts fin­ished 2-2-5, all go­ing for $40,000.

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