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CBHA President Resignation29.11.2011 l Mike Schweighardt l Canada
CBHA President Resignation
On behalf of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, the Board of Directors have received and accepted the resignation of Mr. Domenic Di Gironimo, CBHA President, effective November 21, 2011.
The CBHA Board of Directors and all member provinces want to thank Mr. Di Gironimo for his many years of service to the organization. The incredible contribution he has made to advancing ball hockey at local, regional, national and international levels has allowed ball hockey to grow and thrive as one of Canada`s most popular sports. We thank Mr. Di Gironimo for all he has done to make that happen and wish him every success in his future endeavours.
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CBHA Board of Directors Additions29.11.2011 l Mike Schweighardt l Canada
At the recent Canadian Ball Hockey Association Annual General Meeting the member provinces have recognized the need to expand the Board of Directors. As such three new positions have been created along with a shuffle of one of the current directors to one of the new positions.
The Vice President’s of Men’s, Women’s and Minor’s will chair each of the associated councils and will represent each of our divisions of play at the Board Level to assist in shaping the future of our sport. Please join us in welcoming our new and shuffled board members:
Vice President Eastern Canada – Sara Hayward (NB)
Vice President Men’s – Connie Liosis (AB)
Vice President Women’s – Shelley Callaghan (ON)
Vice President Minor’s – Steve Rumsey (ON)
We wish you all the best in your positions and thank you for your dedication to ball hockey!
November 8th, 2010 marked a day in Canadian Ball Hockey history that those involved will soon not forget. On this day Masters Team Canada ventured on a journey to represent the Canadian Ball Hockey Association at the inaugural Masters World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia.
When the reigns of this team were handed over to CBHA Hall of Famer George Gortsos and General Manager Mike Schweighardt, the pair decided that the team would best be built with a particular mandate in mind. The first of which was that the team will not be built to win at all cost. Secondly the team will be ambassadorial and represent the great history of our association and country with the pride and honour it has built. The last piece of the puzzle was to celebrate the sport of ball hockey with our friends from around the world.
As such the team was comprised with six provinces represented and formed with Team Canada alumni, national championship all-stars and recreational players who have not played at a high level but who have done great things by taking the sport of ball hockey around the world. Next was to bring a professional but ambassadorial staff into the mix. Team Canada’s inaugural coach Dan Ranalli was the right person for the job as Head Coach, as was Associate Coach Domenic Di Gironimo who would round out the crew to run the bench. Next a crackerjack medical and training team led by none other than Dr. Jason Su, Marta Dos Santos, Matt Halverson and last but certainly not least Harvey “Superman” Boutiler finalized the team. Most of which have multiple World Championships with various Team Canada squads.
The players and staff absorbed an instant chemistry from first the first greeting to the last farewell of the journey. As old friendships were rekindled, new friendships bloomed and it was an amazing sight to see the team extended these friendships to the other participating nations as well as the most hospitable host committee form Slovakia, which made for a most memorable event.
Although the team came home with a Silver Medal for their second place finish in the event, they also came home with much more than that. The friendships formed, camaraderie experienced and ball hockey memories that are engraved in their minds will be celebrated for the rest of their lives.
Childrens Tournament15.06.2010 l Andrew Rae l Great Britain
The West London Ball / Street Hockey Club held another tournament on Saturday . We had 22 children participate with 6 teams in total – 4 teams in the Under 8 to under 12 section and 2 teams in the under 6 section. The format for the U8 – U12 section was a round robin tournament. The results are as follows:
The Maple Leafs (blue team) spurred on by 2 goals from Logan Street started the tournament with a bang defeating the Canucks by a score of 2-1. Goal scorer for the Canucks was Noa Schinas. Meanwhile the Screaming Eagles (Yellow team) defeated the Habs (Red team) 1 – Nil on a goal by Tao Jemiirifo.
The two winners form round one then faced-off for a battle to take the tournament lead. The Screaming Eagles got out to a 4-1 lead on a hat trick by Torin Street and Tao Jemiirifo, who recently joined the club from the ChristChurch CE School team, notched his second goal of the tournament. The Maple Leafs applied a lot of pressure late in the game managing to narrow the margin to 4-2 however they simply ran out of time. Alister Rae scored both goals for the Maple Leafs. Meanwhile in the other game the Canucks defeated the Habs by a score of 2 – Nil on goals by Noa Schinas (his second of the tournament and 35th of the year) and Tasman Roberts. Noa Schinas now only Trails Caleb Lawler by one goal for this year’s overall scoring lead
The Screaming Eagles entered the last round only needing a tie to gain the tournament win. And that is what they did battling the Canucks to a nil nil tie. Meanwhile the Habs battled for their lives to avoid the wooden spoon and managed to squeak out a 1-nil victory over the Maple Leafs. Members of the Winning team were: Torin Street, Tao Jemiirifo, William Ashton and Jason Ashton. Torin Street was the leading goal scorer for the tournament with 3 goals.
In the under 6 division the Oilers (Blue) team played the Senators (Red) team with the Oilers earning a 3 – 1 win. Goal scorers for the Oilers were John-Reid-Smith with 2 and Dominic Rae with 1. Trim Bravo replied for the Senators as he notched his 10th goal of the term.
West London Ball Hockey Club play at the five-a-side football court on Berners Drive, West Ealing (W13 0JT) on Saturday mornings form 9.45 – 10.30. Remaining dates fo rthis term are: June 19, 26, July 3, 10th and 17th.
All children between the ages of four and 13 are welcome. No equipment is required
For more information about sessions - visit www.londonballhockey.co.uk
West London Ball Hockey Club hands out Awards21.04.2010 l Andrew Rae l Great Britain
The West London Ball Hockey club closed out their term recently with a parents vs children’s game and also handed out their end of terms awards. In the first game the Senators took on the parents but lost by a 5 – 3 score. Goal scorers for the Senators were Caleb Lawler with 2 and Nathan Lawler with 1. With his two goals Caleb Lawler clinched the goal scoring race for the term finishing with 15 for the term. Second place in the goal scoring race went to James Reid-Thomas with 13 followed by Noa Schinas with 11.
In the other game the Screaming eagles played to a Nil - Nil draw against the parents. Earning the shutout for the Eagles was Logan Street in goal.
After the games were played the end of term awards were handed out with the winners as follows:
• Most Sportsmanlike player
o Under 10’s & 12’s – Noa Schinas
o Under 6’s &8’s – Nat Reid-Smith
• Most improved player
o Forward – Caleb Lawler (who lead the club in goal scoring)
o Defense – John Reid-Smith
o Goalie – Eden Lawler
My wish for our sport in 2014 is that it continues on a path of growth, excellence and strategic values that the leaders of our sport have worked on and agreed are key to our future these past two years and will continue to work on this unified path so that it will benefit all the players and nations the ISBHF today and in the years ahead.
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