Foot­ball in Car­bon­ear

Avalon Mi­nor Foot­ball holds high hopes for sport’s fu­ture

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS [email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

The first year of mi­nor foot­ball went well ac­cord­ing to an or­ga­nizer, who is hop­ing for an even big­ger turnout in 2019.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful two sea­sons, there’s no doubt that foot­ball will be com­ing back to the Car­bon­ear area in 2019.

It was back in Septem­ber of 2017 when board mem­bers of the rel­a­tively new Avalon Mi­nor Foot­ball League got to­gether with the goal of bring­ing both flag and tackle foot­ball to the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion, and giv­ing young ath­letes the chance to take part in a sport that, prior to that, did not have much of a pres­ence in the area.

The fol­low­ing year, in 2018, AMF kick-started the first spring sea­son for the re­gion, fol­lowed by a fall sea­son later in the year that wrapped up in Novem­ber, com­plet­ing the first year for the or­ga­ni­za­tion in Car­bon­ear.

Chad War­ren, a board mem­ber with AMF, told The Com­pass that both sea­sons saw a lot of suc­cess, which bodes well for play­ers hop­ing to get right back into the game in the new year.

“In the spring, we had a re­ally good sea­son with two home games, and in the fall we had three home games – min­i­mal in­juries, and the kids had a blast,” War­ren said, adding that with the regis­tra­tion num­bers the or­ga­ni­za­tion saw this year, there’s a good chance that they will go from hav­ing three teams for the CBN War­riors (U10, U14, and U18) to four teams, with the pos­si­ble in­clu­sion of a U16 team.

War­ren also at­trib­uted the suc­cess of the sport to the level of sup­port they re­ceived from the Town of Car­bon­ear.

War­ren said there were never any is­sues with the teams mak­ing use of the town’s field when they needed it and that the town did ev­ery­thing it could to help the sport thrive, in­clud­ing paint­ing the field with the ap­pro­pri­ate lines and al­low­ing the play­ers to make use of the lit soft­ball field when the days got shorter.

“Go­ing for­ward, I think we’re in a good po­si­tion,” War­ren said. “There are some small things we want to iron out now in the win­ter ses­sion be­fore next year gets un­der­way, like some schedule ad­just­ments to try and avoid play­ing later in the year when it gets dark ear­lier.”

Judg­ing by the reception over the last year, War­ren is op­ti­mistic that Car­bon­ear could prove to be the cen­tre for foot­ball in the re­gion.

“Things are run­ning smoothly, and I think it’s safe to say there’s an ex­cit­ing fu­ture ahead for foot­ball in Car­bon­ear.”

“Things are run­ning smoothly, and I think it’s safe to say there’s an ex­cit­ing fu­ture ahead for foot­ball in Car­bon­ear.”

— Chad War­ren

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The CBN War­riors saw high regis­tra­tion num­bers in 2018, pro­vid­ing a promis­ing fu­ture for foot­ball in Car­bon­ear.

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