Of­fence ver­sus de­fence

Base­ball Is­lan­ders host Roy­als to­day at Memo­rial Field


The Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders, fresh off an im­pres­sive 9-3 win here Tues­day night against Monc­ton, en­ter­tain Fredericton to­day at Memo­rial Field.

The first game of the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League (NBSBL) dou­ble­header be­gins at 2 p.m.

Short­stop Jor­dan Duffy drove in three runs in the win over Monc­ton and played flaw­less de­fence in sup­port of ace righthander Jor­dan Steven­son, who im­proved his win-loss record to 3-3, although he de­serves bet­ter.

The Is­lan­ders have the best pitch­ing staff in the loop as Brody McDon­ald has an 1.04 ERA, sec­ond best among pitch­ers, but an 0-3 record; Jor­dan Steven­son’s ERA is 2.61, fourth best in the league, while Colin Arse­nault, Brady Arse­nault and Jake Beck have also pitched well.

Fredericton usu­ally has a solid hit­ting team and that is the case again as veter­ans Mike Washburn and Dave Barr are one-two, re­spec­tively, in the bat­tling race where less than a dozen play­ers are hit­ting above .300 and none above .400, a rar­ity in am­a­teur ball and es­pe­cially in a hit­ters league, like the NBSBL.

It looks like an in­ter­est­ing pitch­ing-ver­sus-hit­ting matchup.


The CFL is just three weeks old and al­ready it ap­pears the tough­est clubs are again in the West. Tonight, the BC Lions (2-1) travel to the Steel City to meet the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats (0-2), who just can’t seem to get their of­fence off the ground.

QB Zach Col­laros has not been able to put points on the board, one touch­down to date, and that’s not go­ing to win many games. Ot­tawa (0-2-1) is strug­gling as are the Mon­treal Alou­ettes, who are play­ing solid de­fence but the of­fence is hav­ing prob­lems.

The Toronto Ar­gos (2-1) are first in the East and with Marc Trest­man run­ning the ship, they’ll im­prove. Un­for­tu­nately, Toronto’s woes are not on the field but at the gate where just 11,219 showed up and paid to watch the last home game.

Let’s hope the Tiger-Cats tame the Lions tonight and break into the win ranks. A few Hamil­ton vic­to­ries and a trip to arch-ri­val Toronto should rekin­dle their bit­ter ri­valry and fill the stands.


The Char­lot­te­town Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Golf Tour­na­ment gets un­der­way Thurs­day not at the golf course but at Cap­tain Jacks, the yacht club with a two NHL hot stove ses­sions hosted by the ex-NHL broad­caster Ge­orge Matthews.

Ses­sion one at 8 p.m. has Ric Nat­tress, Doug Bodger, Mike McPhee and Chris Ni­lan while ses­sion two at 9 p..m has Troy Crow­der, Dar­ren Lang­don, Chris Ni­lan and ref­eree Gord Dwyer. Fri­day opens with 10 a.m. break­fast at Fox Meadow, golf and con­cludes with the East Coast Kitchen Party with Bruce Guthro, Char­lie A’Court, Trin­ity Bradshaw, Dave Gun­ning, Kyle MacNeil, Tim Chais­son, Joey Kit­son and oth­ers.

The Boys and Girls event in Sum­mer­side gets un­der­way Mon­day evening with the celebrity din­ner at Credit Union Place, re­cep­tion at 5:30 p.m., the din­ner at 6:30 p.m. and it’s been sold out with more than 1,000 to at­tend. Boys and Girls Club ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Adam Bink­ley de­serves credit for putting to­gether such an im­pres­sive cast: NHL stars past and present like Max Domi, Bryan Trot­tier, Larry Robin­son, Frank Ma­hovlich, Lang­don plus Cana­dian track leg­end Dono­van Bai­ley, wrestler Bru­tus the Bar­ber Beef­cake and big names from other sports.

The golf­ing gets un­der­way Tues­day and Wed­nes­day with three hole-in-one chances.


Wil­bur Cameron may not be a name fa­mil­iar with Char­lot­te­town hockey fol­low­ers, but he was a driv­ing force in Cra­paud mi­nor hockey, coach­ing kids and flood­ing his rink in Kinkora at all hours, en­abling his boys to get on the ice early.

Wil­bur week.

My con­do­lences to wife Ber­nice and to David, Brian, Ricky, Michael, Char­lie, Lorna and all con­nected to this gen­tle­man. passed away

Har­ness rac­ing


The $22,000 Gov­er­nors Plate, one of the great in­vi­ta­tional races in At­lantic Canada, goes tonight with a great field, in­clud­ing trial win­ners Hot Deuce and Do Over Hanover.

Hot Deuce leaves from Post 7, and trainer Pa­trick Shep­herd has clever vet­eran Wal­ter Chev­erie in the bike. Do Over Hanover has Post 2 with P.E.I.-dash win­ning leader Marc Camp­bell in the bike for Al­lard Rac­ing, Steven MacRae and a Kens­ing­ton group headed by MLA Matt MacKay.

It’s a solid field with For­ever Par­adise, Wal­ter Dale win­ner Juneb­ugs Baby, In­vic­tus Hanover, Good Fri­day Three, Al­ls­tar Seel­ster and sleeper Crombie A.

Tonight’s 16-dash card gets un­der­way at 6 p.m. and it’s a ter­rific one, es­pe­cially the three-year-old colts where Clyde River’s Don­nie Mac­Neill has his own Mick Dundee in one $12,940 di­vi­sions. This colt is in ter­rific form win­ning eas­ily from well off the pace and now he moves up and meets stake ri­vals.

The $740,000 Mead­ow­lands Pace goes tonight at The Big M and Dr. Ian Moore has Clas­sic Pro from Post 9 while Mark Mac­Don­ald han­dles Blood Line from the rail for Jimmy Tak­ter.

Mac­Don­ald also has Sun­fire Blue Chip in the $427,000 Wil­liam Houghton Memo­rial in what ap­pears to be a wide-open race.

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Jesse Mac­In­tyre and his Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders team­mates host the Fredericton Roy­als to­day in New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League ac­tion.

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