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January 2018 Issue #62

Atom C Braves Win ‘A’ Title in Leeds By Todd Anderson


he NGS Atom C Braves captured the A championship at a tournament in Leeds on Nov. 25. The Braves met St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League division rival Char-Lan Rebels in the final and won by a 4-3 score. Alex Simon scored two goals in the victory with singles going to Rowan Smith and Hayden Darling. The backand-forth contest went NGS’ way after the Braves’ Simon potted the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining and the Braves were able to hold off the charging Rebels. To reach the final, the Braves won a tie-breaker with Leeds by having a better goal-against total from the round-robin portion of the tournament. That was made possible after a comeback in Game 2 of the tournament against the hosts. Down by a pair of goals to the Leeds Chargers, the Braves scored

twice in the final three minutes to salvage a tie. Darling and Simon hit the back of the net sparking the huge NGS comeback. Novice C affiliates Quinn Anderson and Payton Leger were called up in the tournament, as the Braves were short-staffed and the tired players needed some respite. In fact, NGS entered the tournament with the smallest roster player-wise by quite a margin and Game 1 was played with just two spare players on the bench. “I’m sure the kids slept well Saturday night because they left it all out on the ice,” said Head Coach Eric McDonell. “It was an experience to see the kids skating around the rink with the plaque they won. You’d think they just won the Stanley Cup. I am very proud of those kids for the efforts they put forth all day. They never let up and played to the best of their abilities.”

The NGS atom C Braves captured the A championship at a tournament held in Leeds on Nov. 25. Pictured front from left are: Dryden Coleman and Rowan Smith. Middle row from left: Jesse Leroux, Payton Leger and Quinn Anderson. Back row from left: Kevin Anderson, Innis McDonell, Robbie Joanette, Alex Simon, Mason Anderson, Hayden Darling, Jason Leroux and Eric McDonell. Photo Submitted

Braves scored a 3-0 victory over goal recording the shut out while Almonte-Pakenham Thunder. Smith scored twice and Simon In the tournament opener, the Dryden Coleman was flawless in added a single.

Corben Cameron Has a Passion For Martial Arts’ Grappling By Jim Riddell


orben Cameron has an absolute passion for martial art grappling. The elevenyear-old Corben, a grade 6 Viscount Alexander student has been training 5 times per week for the past 4 years at Cornwall MMA, with each session being either 1 or 1 ½ hrs long. Corben, who trains in various forms of grappling, currently holds an orange belt in Judo and has set himself a goal of one day earning a Black belt in that discipline. Corben has been quite successful so far in the martial arts, having won a Cornwall Lions Club “Athlete of the year” award in his sport. Corben recently competed in the Grappling Industries jiu-jitsu tournament held at Ryerson University in Toronto. This very large event hosted well over one thousand competitors from as far away as Michigan. Corben competed in two separate divisions, gi, and no gi grappling. These divisions were a gruelling round-robin format where each competitor fights one two-minute round match against each individual in the division. The eventual winner is determined not by the number of victories, but by the total number of points accumulated in the tournament. Cornwall

MMA Judo and wrestling instructor Trevor Leroux was very impressed with Corben’s performance at the tournament. Leroux stated that although Corben didn’t score enough points to make the podium, “Corben performed well throughout the tournament, even completely dominating the pre-tournament favourite during their match. Trevor added that with Corben’s level of dedication his potential is unlimited. Corben Cameron, a very humble pre-teen, may be highly focused in grappling, but his interests are certainly not one dimensional. Corben also enjoys reading, video games, and volunteering; recently helping out when Little Ray’s Reptiles were in town as well as at the Armouries in support of the Food Bank. He also participating in the Santa Shuffle put on by the Salvation Army. Because of Corben, both of his parents have followed him to Cornwall MMA with his dad participating in the wrestling class, and his mom in the striking (kickboxing) class instructed by Head Coach Brett Porteous. Cornwall MMA is a family-oriented club with a strict code – no drugs, no trouble at school, and no trouble with the law. It is located at Photo Submitted Hodgin’s City Centre on Pitt St.

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