By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s probably the best news the Nelson has received all season. Now if only Castlegar coach Steven Junker could find a B.C. Hockey League team to take Andrew Walton and the Leafs may have a chance to finally beat one of the Murdoch Division heavyweights.Saturday, Rebels’ leading scorer and the top sniper in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Ryan Aynsley, played his final game for the Sunflower City franchise.Aynsley has decided to waive his final season of Junior B hockey for the brighter lights of Tier II Junior A with the Trail Smoke Eaters.“I’m a bit upset about (leaving) but it’s something I need to do,” the 20-year-old sniper from Kelowna said following Saturday’s destruction of Nelson. “I’ve been hearing it from so many people that I have to (leave) . . . I’ve got to take challenges.”It’s too bad Aynsley couldn’t leave a game earlier. He scored three times and added an assist in Castlegar 5-0 shellacking of the Leafs. The win was the fourth of the season for Castlegar over its West Kootenay rivals. “They’ll be more schools, more university scouts watching . . . it will just be better for me,” Aynsley said. Aynsley has been burning up the KIJHL this season. And for those non-believers, just ask the Leafs.In 23 games, Aynsley has 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points. The total is three points better than Stefan Jensen of the Osoyoos Coyotes. But Jensen has played seven more games.Aynsley already knows what to expect with the Smokies.In four games this season the 5’9” 185-pound forward has three goals and six assists.“Trail is a very good team, for sure,” Aynsley said. “But I will miss this (Castlegar) team and, of course, my teammates.”The loss of Aynsley leaves a significant hole in the Rebels offence. The second best scorer on the team is Taylor Anderson. However, Anderson is a whopping 26 points behind his now, former teammate and has scored 14 fewer email@example.com
Athletes from all around the Boundary, West Kootenays and as far as Edmonton, AB participated in the 2011 Pharmasave Sprint Triathalon in Christina Lake last Sunday. The short circuit allowed for fast times in all the categories ranging from Kids sprint to adults in age categories and team relays. Along with the 134 athletes at the annual event, there were numerous fans cheering everyone on throughout the race along with the volunteers who assisted with race safety, time keeping, and the many other duties that come along with race day. In all, 40 youth and 94 adults took part in the challenge. The overall fastest times posted were: Denise Uhrynuk of Nelson, women (1:24:49); Seth Bitting of Rossland, in the men’s group (1:12:44); Splash, Flash and Dash team, Laureta Boychuk (Edmonton), Keith Robine (Rossland) and Jennifer Ellis (Rossland) in 1:29:08; Sage Robine of Rossland, female youth under 13 (0:40:05); Keiran Marchand of Nelson, male youth under 13 (0:30:41); and the Mid Forkians team of Ethen Argue (Grand Forks), Jackson Phipps (Midway), and Liam McKinley (Grand Forks) (0:30:39). The adult sprint triathalon distances are: 750 metre swim in Christina Lake, 20 kilometre (km) bike ride and a 5 km run. The kid sprint is a shorter race with a 100 metre swim, a six kilometre ride and 2 km run. Check out the photos below by clicking to enlarge and view For the full race results click here
Jake Lucchini of Trail scored with three-minutes-plus remaining in the third period, snapping a 4-4 tie and lifting the Kootenay Ice to its first win of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season, a 5-4 decision over Okanagan Rockets, Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Unfortunately, the Ice could not duplicate the magic Sunday in the rubber match losing 7-0 to the Rockets.Saturday, the Ice held period leads of 2-0 and 4-3 before Okanagan captain Josh Ellis tied the game beating Kootenay netminder Kimberley Newell four minutes into the final period.However, with time running out Lucchini snapped home his second of the game to power the Ice to its first win of the season.Nelson’s Brandon Sookro also scored twice for Kootenay with Riley Brant of Trail adding a single.Justin Marreck scored twice and Harlan Orr had a single for Okanagan.Sunday, Ellis scored the first goal of the game for the Rockets 58 seconds into the game — sliding a shot past Newell from the corner — and everything went south after that for Kootenay.Newell, orginally from Vancouver but moved to Nelson during the off season, played both games between the pipes for Kootenay after goalie teammate Brett Soles was sick for most of the week.The Ice ran into a red-hot goalie in the form of Harrison Whitlock, who slammed the door on the Kootenay shooters.Whitlock was especially tough in the first period as Kootenay twice breakaways but were unable to beat Whitlock.Mitchell Cook, with a pair, Marreck, Mackenzie Fernie, Parker Bowles and Drayden Larsen also scored for the Rockets, improving to 3-3-0 on the season.Meanwhile, the Ice fell to 1-3 to remain last in the BCMMHL standings. Kootenay opened the season losing twice to the North Island Silvertips from Nanaimo.However, Kootenay is only four points out of sixth spot in the 11-team league.ICE CHIPS: Kootenay netminder Kimberley Newell accepted a hockey scholarship offer to Princeton University following a tour of some Ivy League schools. Newell, celebrating her 16th birthday last week and currently attending L.V. Rogers in Nelson, plans to graduate early from high school and head to the New Jersey-based university in the fall to begin studies in a degree in economics. . . . Seth Schmidt of Creston had two assists during Saturday’s win. . . .Jake Lucchini of Trail leads the Ice in scoring with four goals for five points. Brandon Sookro of Nelson is second with three markers. Schmidt also has three assists for Kootenay.firstname.lastname@example.org
He enjoyed an offensive breakout as a 20-year old in Kimberley, scoring 15 goals and picking up 46 points in 50 regular season games and adding 10 points in 13 playoff contests as the Dynamiters advanced to the Eddie Mountain Division finals. His 56 total points on the season were the third most by a KIJHL defenceman.The 21-year old wore the ‘C’ for the Dynamiters and was named the club’s Most Valuable Player following the season. He also spent two years in Fernie, where he contributed 49 points in 88 games and played a key role in the Ghostriders’ silver medal performance at the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup. “Mark is a smart, skilled, puck-moving defenceman coming off an outstanding season on and off the ice in Kimberley,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”His strengths fit in perfectly with the style of game that we will play this season and he adds to what is quickly becoming a very talented roster. He also has experience playing up front, so his versatility is another plus, and I expect that his leadership abilities and work ethic will both be an asset for us moving forward.” Strachan is the third defenceman to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season, joining Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL) and Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL).Selkirk also returns second-year blueliners Justin\ Sotkowy and Sandro Moser, who combined for 43 points in 48 games last season and finished third and fourth respectively in scoring by BCIHL defencemen. “I’m looking forward to furthering my academic career in the Business program at Selkirk College while having the opportunity to play at a higher level,” says Strachan, who describes himself as a playmaker who is comfortable playing at forward as well as on the blueline.”I’d like to accomplish a good balance between academics and hockey working towards a diploma and helping the team win a championship as well as improving my game at both ends of the ice.” Also committed to the Saints for 2012/13 are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL), as well as goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL). The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce a commitment from defenceman Mark Strachan (Calgary, AB) to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.Strachan joins the Saints following three seasons split between the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Fernie Ghostriders and Kimberley Dynamiters.
The Trail Smoke Eaters surrendered a late 3rd period lead and fell in overtime to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks by a 3-2 score on Friday night at the Shaw Centre. It was a bit of a feeling out process in the opening period of play as the two teams collected seven shots each with none finding the back of the net. Trail had the 1st period’s only power play that offered some strong pressure but nothing past Silverbacks netminder Ethan Langenegger, who made 7 saves as did Smoke Eaters Adam Marcoux, who stopped all 7 shots thrown his way. After another stretch of scoreless play to begin the 2nd period, Matthew Verboon opened the scoring at the 12:20 mark to give Salmon Arm a 1-0 lead. The Silverbacks won a face-off in the offensive zone as Verboon grabbed the puck and fired a wrist shot through traffic past the glove side to give the home side a 1-0 advantage heading into the final regulation period of play.The Smoke Eaters opened the period with a flurry of chances and were eventually rewarded at the 9:51 mark courtesy of a power play. Kent Johnson took a right point shot that was stopped by the blocker of Langenegger with the rebound coming loose on the right side as Hayden Rowan banged home the puck for his 15th goal of the season and tied the game at 1-1. Just 1:02 later, Trail earned their first lead of the game coming off the rush. Braeden Tuck passed along on the right side for a skating Chase Stevenson just outside of the blue line as he streamed his way to the glove side before sending a puck to the front of the net as it banked off of the left arm of Langenegger and into the back of the net for his team leading 18th goal of the season as the Smoke Eaters jumped ahead by a 2-1 score at the 10:53 mark of the middle stanza.As the period went along, the Silverbacks started to apply more pressure and came through in the final minute to tie the game with the goaltender at the bench for an extra attacker. Justin Wilson came off the bench and fired a shot wide of the net as the puck skipped to the front of the goal with Nick Unruh pushing the puck through the fray and past Marcoux at the 19:07 mark to even the game at 2-2 and force overtime.The Smoke Eaters had a chance to win the game around the minute mark of the extra session as Tuck took a pass from Stevenson just inside the blue line and had an open man on the blocker side in Trevor Zins, who missed on the one-timer chance as the puck was collected by Salmon Arm to go back the other way. Justin Wilson carried the puck up the right-wing side and kept wide on the outside before outwaiting everyone to get just below the goal line and tucked the puck inside the glove side post past a sprawled Marcoux to close the game 1:07 into the overtime period and give the Silverbacks the victory. Ethan Langenegger turned aside 30 of the 32 shots he faced in the Silverbacks net in his 13th win of the season while Adam Marcoux stopped 29 of the 32 shots thrown his way in his 21st defeat of the season.FINAL SCORE: 3-2 Silverbacks (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 32-32SMOKE EATERS PP: 1/3SMOKE EATERS PK: 2/23 STARS:1) Justin Wilson (1-1-2)2) Nick Unruh (1-0-1)3) Chase Stevenson (1-0-1)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Darren Rizzolo (0-0-0)ATTENDANCE: 841The Smoke Eaters (17-21-7-3) complete their weekend double header in the Shuswap against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (22-19-4-1) at the Shaw Centre. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM from the provincial capital with the pre-game show getting underway at 6:50 PM with the Voice of the Smoke Eaters, Trevor Miller.
Saturday, teams play in a round robin draw before the event concludes Sunday with finals at 1:30 or 3 p.m.All action is set for the Lakeside Pitch. Teams from as far away as Saskatoon, Sask. And Missoula, Mont. will be in Nelson this weekend for the 2019 Disc Break Ultimate Tournament at the Lakeside Pitch.Thirteen teams join host Homegrown from Nelson in the two day event.Hosted by the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association, the eighth annual tournament attracts some of the elite players from across Western Canada and United States.
Challenge Galway sees 25,000 descend on Galway for bumper festival weekend Challenge Galway welcomed an extraordinary field of international and national Pro athletes taking part. Galway man Kevin Thornton came home fourth in a time of 3:58:47. The race was won by British athletes taking home first and second positions; David McNamee in a time of 3:51:47 with Joe Skipper home in second place in a time of 3:55:11, third was New Zealander Dylan McNeice in a time of 3:56:50.A very strong women’s field saw Emma Bilham take home gold in a time of 4:16:35 closely followed by Lucy Gossage in a time of 4:22:09 and Laura Siddall came in third in 4:27:41.As well as a top class field of tri athletes, Challenge Galway in association with Monroes Live hosted Rock The Docks with headline acts The Riptide Movement and The Strypes rocking out to large crowds on Friday and Saturday night.“This was the first year for Challenge Galway and we are very pleased with how the event ran. It was a massive undertaking which could not have been possible without a very strong team on the ground and major support from Galway City and County Council, Failte Ireland and the Gardai. The expo village and festival element was so well received by both athletes and people attending Challenge Galway. We are hoping that our first year will give merit to this being an annual event for Galway and the west, explained Liam Heavin of Challenge Galway.For all race finishers and information log onto www.challenge-galway.eu.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The inaugural Challenge Galway, has seen close to 25,000 people descend on Galway city throughout the course of the weekend. The epic event took place from June 24th to 26th and combined both triathlon racing and a festival of music in the docks in Galway. This festival of triathlon saw thousands take to the roads and the waters in Galway to battle it out over the three disciplines on Saturday at Sprint, Olympic, Try-a-Tri a Tri distances, with Sunday showcasing both the Full and Half Iron distance events.
Roscommon confounded the critics beating Kildare to become the first holders of the Clarke Cup, ironically donated by Kildare County Board in honour of a long-serving Kildare official in the third year of the competition.The trip to glory consisted of victories over Galway, Leitrim and Mayo to become Connacht Champions and then victory over Donegal and Kildare to become All Ireland Under 21 Champions.Of the group of players four are gone to their eternal reward, Pat Reynolds, Dermot Earley, Marty Cummins and Jerome Dufficy are all deceased, however they will be represented by family members on the day. ROSCOMMON’S All-Ireland under 21 football champions of 1966 are guests of honour at the 2016 Connacht senior and minor finals to be played on Sunday next July 10th in Pearse Stadium Galway at 2pm. The team on All Ireland Final Day was:Pat Reynolds (Elphin), Pat Clarke (Boyle), Pat Nicholson (Boyle), Colm Shine (Capt/Clann na Gael), Gerry Mannion (St. Brigids), Paul Mockler (St Croan’s), Tommy Heneghan (Castlerea), Martin Joe Keane (Creggs), John O’Connor (Roscommon Gaels), Jimmy Finnegan (Castlerea), Dermot Earley (Michael Glaveys), Jim Cox ( St. Barry’s), Marty Cummins (Shannon Gaels), Jim Keane (St. Brigids), John Kelly (Elphin). Substitute used Mark O’Gara (St Croan’s).The panel to be honoured is Pat Reynolds (RIP), Pat Clarke, Pat Nicholson, Colm Shine Capt, Gerry Mannion, Paul Mockler, Tom Heneghan, John O’Connor, Martin Joe Keane, Jimmy Finnegan, Dermot Earley (RIP), James Cox, Jim Keane, John Kelly, Marty Cummins (RIP), Jerome Dufficy (RIP) , John Nicholson, Oliver Naughton, Mark O’Gara, Willie Feeley, Raymond Sheerin, Thomas Gacquin, Adrian O’Sullivan, Frank Fallon, Sean O’Donnell, James Beirne, Noel Daly. Next year 2017 will be the last year of the Under 21 Competition. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The “Jubilee” team led by Captain Colm Shine will be introduced to the crowd at a ceremony after the minor game and before the much anticipated Connacht Senior Football Final between Roscommon and Galway.
Double National Rally champions Declan and Brian Boyle scored a runaway win in the final round of the Triton Showers Championship, the Martin Howley Memorial Harvest event at Killybegs. Their Fiesta WRC was fastest on every one of the eight stages, finishing almost two minutes clear of the Impreza of runners up Manus Kelly and Gareth Doherty, allowing the Boyles to leapfrog into second position in the National points table. The Impreza of Garry Jennings was the Boyles’ closest challenger until engine problems forced him out on the seventh of the eight stages.In a pair of close battles at Mondello Park, Dave Maguire and Brendan Fitzgerald shared the honours in the Patch Tyre Equipment Fiesta ST races. Mark O’Donoghue scored a double in the Procraft Tools Fiesta Zetec races, while Naas driver Paul O’Brien won two of the three Legends races, with English visitor James Holman taking the third victory.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Kelly and Doherty were equally secure in second place, more than one and a half minutes ahead of three times title holder Niall Maguire and his co-driver Enda Sherry, with the Cavan-Donegal combination of Gary Kiernan and Ryan Moore the winners of the two wheel drive category, in fourth position overall in their Escort. Donegal cousins Declan Boyle and Brian Boyle (centre) took their Fiesta WRC to a start to finish victory Martin Howley Donegal Harvest Rally in Killybegs, the final round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, they are pictured with Laura McMenamin and Richard Talbot.
Connacht Head Coach Kieran Keane has announced his starting XV to take on Munster in Thomond Park on Saturday (Kick Of 7:45pm – Live on Galway Bay FM). Irish Internationals Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki are all rested this weekend in an effort to manage their game time. Prop Peter McCabe is given a start against his former club and he is joined in the front row by Hooker Tom McCartney and tight head Conor Carey. Quinn Roux comes into the second row and there is a third start of the season in the back row for 20 year old Sligo native and Academy player Cillian Gallagher. William Davies Spoke To Connacht Backs Coach Peter Wilkins at Connacht’s Press Conference On Thursday AfternoonAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/PETER%20WILKINS%20CONNACHT%20BACKS%20COACH%20OTL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Eoin Griffin and Pita Ahki form the new centre partnership and the back three is made up or Tiernan O’Halloran at fullback with Niyi Adeolokun and Matt Healy on the wings. Caolin Blade comes in at scrum half and will play alongside Jack Carty. Among the replacements, prop Conan O’Donnell and back row Paul Boyle make the step up from the Connacht Academy.Speaking ahead of the clash with Munster, Connacht Head Coach Kieran said: “We have come through a series of big games and some guys have seen a lot of game time. Our internationals in particular are due a break especially with the Six Nations just around the corner. The squad is in a really good place at the moment. Obviously, we felt we could and should have won against Leinster and we came very close. We did the review during the week, we identified where we came up short and now we move on. The performance and effort levels from the boys over the past few weeks has been top quality and particularly in the interpro series we have seen some real character.”We have some changes in personnel for the Munster game so there are opportunities for other guys to show what they are capable of. Munster will be hurting after their two games over the Christmas period and at home they will be a massive challenge. They have quality all over the park and I’m sure they will be really determined to get back to winning ways before they get back to European competition”. #MUNvCONKick-off 7:45pm:(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Pita Ahki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade,(1-8) Peter McCabe, Tom McCartney, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, James Cannon, Cillian Gallagher, Jarrad Butler, John Muldoon (Capt)Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Conan O’Donnell, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Paul Boyle, James Mitchell, Craig Ronaldson, Darragh Leader.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email William also spoke to Tiernan O’HalloranAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/TIERNAN%20O’HALLORAN%20OTL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.