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league’s original teams) have won the league championship! The A’s had to battle their way through three competitive series against the Moose, The Expo’s and the Shak Attack, before taking the crown.

The addition of the Game On Mobile app to the league has made it extremely easy to communicate game times and keep players engaged. Easy to download and easy to use, the Game On Mobile app has allowed players to check scores from other games, keep an up-to date eye on the standings, and get live game updates. In past seasons, this information was always a mystery to league players.

MVP honours went to Steve “The Woodsman” Woodsmith. The 42-year-old rookie phenom was lights out at the plate and snatched up everything at one bag.

The application is available for a variety of different sports at absolutely no cost to league organizers -- 100 percent free, no catches! More information can be found at www.gameonmobile.com. The Beamsville league has been in existence for 37 years and, for the third consecutive year, the A’s (one of the

Special thanks go out to all the league organizers as well as the head umpire, Wally Kusy, for another great season.

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Futbol Niagara brings sanctioned futsal to Niagara Cheer is heating up at the Scorps! Niagara Whalers off to a great start Muay Thai Niagara welcomes you!

NBL Canada set to get underway in Niagara BHI hosts All Ontario Cup Weekend of Champs!

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Crossroads: because “Rust never sleeps” By Mark Danecker

Throughout the last 27 years, I have had the privilege of serving the communities of the Niagara Region both as a private practice owner/practitioner, and sole charge therapist of the Welland Outpatient Department within the NHS. Recently, I have recognized a growing need for a centrally located physiotherapy clinic equipped with a comprehensive complement of specialized rehabilitation/ strengthening equipment, offering a personalized approach to patient care, while providing significant value via a very competitive fee structure to maximize the clients’ rehabilitation budgets. With these parameters in mind, Crossroads Physiotherapy was created. My physiotherapy career has focused on the rehabilitation of clients managing post operative, post fracture, post joint replacement, and sport/soft tissue injuries. Throughout my competitive years in various sporting activities which included wrestling, hockey and lacrosse, I have personally

incurred, and rehabilitated, numerous injuries in order to return to competition. Through my role as coach/trainer in the minor soccer/lacrosse/hockey system, I have witnessed the need to focus on the development of sport-specific fitness and strength beyond sport participation in order to prevent injuries involving our young athletes. All too often, these athletes are highly skilled but frequently lack fitness level required to prevent overuse and impact-related injuries. With the counsel of age and experience, I have come to appreciate the need for each of us to be vigilant in our efforts to remain strong, vital and injury free in order that we remain competitive and resilient concerning both sport and work demands. Canadian musician Neil Young stated it clearly and concisely with his phrase, “Rust never sleeps”. This is a principle by which we all must live. It is the motto at Crossroads Physiotherapy. Yours in health — Mark Danecker.

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Futbol Niagara brings sanctioned futsal to Niagara Recently sanctioned by the Niagara Soccer Association and Ontario Soccer Association, Futbol Niagara is now operating the first, and only, fully-sanctioned futsal leagues for boys and girls in Niagara -- and it’s for all age groups!

What is futsal and why play? Futsal is the only 5v5 indoor soccer game sanctioned by FIFA. “Futsal” comes from Spanish fútbol sala or fútbol de salón, which can be translated as “room football.” For decades now, futsal has been a popular and much-loved sporting discipline, especially in South America and southern Europe. The indoor version of football has rapidly grown in popularity in Europe and North America. Thanks to FIFA’s patronage and the support of many leading personalities, it is in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Portugal that futsal has proved to be a breeding ground for some of the greats of the game of soccer. The list is topped by Lionel Messi who took his first steps to greatness playing

futsal rather than soccer. Messi notes, “As a little boy in Argentina, I played futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun, and it really helped me become who I am today,” while reflecting on the benefits of the fivea-side version of the game. Messi is by no means the only superstar with futsal roots. Apart from the Argentinian wizard, the likes of Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi and Ronaldo also learned the trade in the sports hall.

Futbol Niagara leading the way with futsal leagues The goal of Futbol Niagara is to complement the Niagara Soccer Association members and to support local coaches

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and teams with technical and tactical training year round. The vision to partner with the NSA and their sanctioned clubs has been in owner Ivan Klassen’s heart for some time. Klassen states, “We support the local soccer clubs and establish a link with all of them, without being a competitor, rather to be a partner in developing soccer talent in the region.” Klassen is also putting together sanctioned competitive travel futsal teams that will play in the highest recognized leagues and tournaments in Canada and the United States such as the Ontario Futsal Cup, the Umbro Futsal Cup and national competitions.

More on Futbol Niagara Leagues start play in October and continue throughout the traditional soccer “offseason.” For information on pricing and registering individual players or teams, please visit Futbol Niagara at the Haig Bowl Arena or call the office at 905-984-1165, cell phone 905-9901734, or Email info@futbolniagara.com.


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Niagara Falls Soccer Club: combining fun with development

Jr Titans Academy Girls & boys welcome from ages 5 to 12.

By the SportsXpress Team with special thanks to Vince Stranges and Tim Chamberlain

All too many times in sports, things can get complicated. Development is important to athletes and to their supporters, whether they be family, friends or teammates. Creating a high-level athlete is something that the Niagara Falls Soccer Club (NFSC), with technical coaches Charles Ivanov and Vince Stranges at the helm, is no stranger to. Both of these coaches boast years of experience, so it’s no stretch to say the NFSC has one of the top development programs in the Niagara Region. Players help to form an organization’s calling card, showcasing how it develops their players, not only on the field but off as well. That being said, the best community sports organizations don’t lose sight of the most important aspect of sports, inclusivity. The NFSC development program is a shining star when it comes to making sure the very grassroots of the sport is given back to its community. Vince and Charles have created a camp that is equal parts skill and development without losing the fun and friendly competition kids and parents appreciate.

The program has blossomed into a beautiful display of how everyone can get involved in soccer and learn to love the game. Some participants have gone from inexperienced youngsters to develop into some of the club’s highest prospects. Others play at lower levels but still challenge themselves physically and mentally while developing friendships that can last a lifetime.

To be held at the Niagara Falls Sportsplex 3710 Sinnics Avenue January 10th,17th, 24th, 31st February 7th, 21st, 28th

Club President Tim Chamberlain understands the importance of grassroots and he’s making sure that this is preserved for future generations that play at NFSC. He explains that the development program is something that really shows what the club values and respects.

March 6th U5 (2011) to U12 (2004) 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm Goalkeeping Development Program: 5:30 to 7:00

The next installment of the program will be running at the Niagara SportsPlex, 3710 Sinnicks Ave. Registration is now open and will be open for players up until the Saturday January 9th. Late comers are welcome! Come out and try one of the region’s best indoor winter soccer camps -- everyone is invited!

Skill development with the focus on the individual player delivered through small sided games and fun activities.

For more information on the Niagara Falls Soccer Club, visit www.nfsc.ca

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Cheer is heating up at the Scorps!

Old man winter has not made his appearance at the Scorpions Niagara Cheerleading Club as it’s just starting to heat up inside with preparation for competition season. With the arrival of cold winter weather, freezing temperatures and falling snow, it’s very difficult to get motivated and get off the couch, but at Scorpions Niagara there is a buzz going on. The athletes are training hard for their upcoming season of competition. Tumblers tumbling, athletes jumping and pyramids building are just part of the excitement in the gym.

Practice, Princess Practice and others are big hits with the athletes. It’s time to get the cameras ready for the session-ending performance and the Kodak moments that will last forever! Don’t wait to join our next session which begins in January. The Green Berets (our Special Needs team) gets the gym hopping with its onehour class on Sunday evenings. This special group of athletes is an inspiration to us all. Participants enjoy the physical activity, being part of a team and, most of all, making new friends. Our Worlds Division is the for the elite athlete, the gymnast, the tumbler, the stunter, and the flyer. The Scorpions Navy Seals IO5 team has represented the Niagara Region at the USASF World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando Florida the past four years and was the first Niagara Team to be awarded a partially paid bid to the Worlds Championships -- only eight other teams in Canada received that honour.

Our Saturday recreational program is winding up its fall session in early December with a sizzling performance for friends and family. Athletes from ages 3 to 12 are invited to join our one-hour programs to beat the cold winter blues by learning the fundamentals of cheerleading, meeting new friends and exercising. Our different themed-practices such as Hero

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Jordan Lions offer The First Shift The Jordan Lions play and practice out of the Jordan Arena, nestled amongst the vines and the cornfields in Jordan, encompassing the Jordan, Vineland, Campden, and Beamsville communities. Players come from far and wide to play in their early years and often return to Jordan for our Old Timers league on Sunday nights. Jordan is very proud of its hockey community and it all starts with the Tyke program for the five-year olds. This year we rolled out a nationwide initiative to promote hockey, in association with Hockey Canada, called The First Shift. The First Shift program is designed to ensure a positive experience for “new to hockey” families. This means breaking down the barriers that exist for many of these parents, and making them feel at home within our hockey community. We want them to experience the game at

its best – understanding why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport – and stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to the equipment and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns and most importantly, give them an experience that’s memorable and fun.

• Expert fit session and equipment collection • 6 weeks, 1 session/week, 1 hour each • Consistent day and time • Focus on fun; precursor to “Learn to skate”

The First Shift program is designed for players aged six through 10 who have not previously been enrolled in hockey. The program, in association with Bauer, offers an affordable, safe, fun way to introduce hockey with a manageable time commitment. Bauer provides head-to-toe equipment, including skates, to the players for the minimal fee of $199.

• 1:4 instructors: participants ratio • Two education sessions for parents to support engagement We have many partners that help make Jordan Lions Minor Hockey a success. Thank you to Hockey Canada, The First Shift program, our tireless volunteers, and our proud sponsors. Feel the pride!

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Lincoln hosts Niagara OHL IceDogs for a community fundraiser By SportsXpress Team with special thanks to Lincoln Minor Hockey Association

For the second straight year, the Niagara IceDogs have brought their brand of hockey to the town of Lincoln for a community fundraising event. The game saw people from within the Lincoln community come out in full force to watch the talented OHL players cut through the ice at speeds that turn heads. When the IceDogs do something for their community, they don’t hold back anything. The atmosphere was very similar to games at the Meridian Center. Along with bringing themselves and a visiting team from Windsor, the IceDogs brought all their friends including: cheerleaders, training staff, photographers, and even bones came out to play! Sitting at center ice watching the game very intently, you could see owners Bill and Denise Burke enjoying the community event. The tickets for the game were $15 and all of the proceeds went to the Lincoln Minor Hockey Association (LMHA). The brand new Fleming Centre in Lincoln has opened up new opportunities for the organization to do events like this, but it also bring challenges. The old arena had a food booth run by LMHA that brought in valuable fundraising dollars. Now that the new arena has a permanent

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food operator, the organization doesn’t receive any of the proceeds. This game is a great way for LMHA organizers to help replace the lost revenue. The game in Lincoln is just one example in a long list of ways that the Niagara IceDogs are bringing together communities from the Niagara area to support their regional team. The IceDogs actually play in St. Catharines but to say they are St. Catharines team would be wrong. The IceDogs support community events that stretch to all areas of the 13 municipalities within the Niagara Region, helping to form one family of supporters. The fact that Niagara has 13 different municipalities means we have created strong rivalries in sport with each other so it’s nice to have one team that everyone can look to in the region as our team! Go IceDogs!

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5 IceDogs get Canadian opportunity A number of Niagara IceDogs will be gaining some international experience during the month of November. The team has a pair of players participating in the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and a trio in the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series. First up, IceDogs rookies Hayden Davis and Ben Jones are off to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, British Columbia from November 1 to 7, where they will be a part of the Canada Black roster for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Davis and Jones are among the 66 Canadian players selected to be a part of one of the three Canadian team entries in the tournament. The tournament is the first step for players in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and gives players their first taste of international experience in a Canadian jersey. The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born in 1999 or later. The three

Canadian teams will be joined by the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Formed into two groups of four teams each, all eight teams will qualify for the quarter-finals, with the winners advancing to the semifinals, and losers facing off in placement games.

November 16. In addition to the OHL games in Owen Sound and Windsor, the series also includes two games involving the Western Hockey League prior to the OHL games and concludes with two games hosted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that included Attack General Manager and member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Management Group Dale DeGray, and Storm General Manager Mike Kelly. Both DeGray and Kelly worked in consultation with Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Ryan Jankowski.

Also getting some international experience during the month of November will be Vince Dunn, Graham Knott and Brendan Perlini, who will be playing in the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series. The trio are among the 36 players selected to be members of Team OHL during one of the two OHL legs of the event. The games are used as a step for Hockey Canada in evaluating potential World Junior selection camp invitees and give staff a chance to see the players in action against the Russians.

The entire IceDogs organization would like to congratulate Hayden, Ben, Vince, Graham and Brendan on their selection to their respective teams. We hope that these international competitions will provide them with valuable experience and lead to them eventually wearing Team Canada jerseys as members of Canada’s World Junior team.

Dunn is a part of Team OHL for the game in Owen Sound on Thursday, November 12, while Knott and Perlini will join Team OHL for the game in Windsor on Monday,

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NBL Canada set to get underway in Niagara The Niagara River Lions are getting ready to roar as they prepare for their inaugural season which will get underway on December 26, 2015. As the only professional basketball franchise in Niagara, the River Lions will excite everyone in the Region with a truly exceptional basketball experience! In April 2015, the Niagara Basketball Group was awarded a National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) franchise, which was later named the Niagara River Lions. Founded in 2011, the NBL Canada is a Canadian professional men’s basketball league, featuring Canadian and International hoopsters, on eight teams from Ontario and across the Maritimes. The River Lions, who will play out of St.

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Catharines’ newest arena, the Meridian Centre, will feature a young group of highly talented Canadian and international athletes. Over the past few months, the team has signed a number of former collegiate players from across Canada and the United States. These athletes will compete for spots on Niagara’s newest professional sport team. The River Lions will not only ensure the team on the court is competitive every night, they will also provide an unforgettable experience for all of their fans off the court. Through their in-arena entertainment, community engagement, and fan involvement, the River Lions will work to turn first-time attendees into lifelong fans. Thanks to a competitive, exciting, and unique basketball experience at every game,

the River Lions will proudly build a brand that focuses on fan enjoyment. As this exciting new journey begins, the Niagara River Lions are looking for partners and supporters who are just as eager to bring professional basketball to Niagara. The entire River Lions organization will work hand-in-hand with their partners to create a team, on and off the court, that the entire Niagara Region can proudly support. To learn more about becoming a partner of the River Lions, visit the Partners tab of their website, www.riverlions.ca. For more information about the team, how you can stay engaged throughout the team’s inaugural season, and how to purchase season tickets, visit the website and follow the team on social media.


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Teenagers and money By Trevor Van Nest, B.Comm. (Hons.), CFP®, Money Coach

The best research studies often lead to unexpected insights. A few years back, several hundred young adults in their 20s were surveyed on what they wished their parents had taught them growing up. The results were a little surprising; they wished they had been taught how to limit debt, how to save and invest, how to plan ahead and how to live within their means. If these are so important to 20-somethings, what should we do as parents to address these topics with our teenagers? No matter when you start to talk with your children about money, keep it at their level. There will be 13-year-olds who don’t know what a mortgage is, so tell them, “Houses are expensive -- the bank owns half our house.” Can you describe what the difference is between a credit card and a debit card? If so, tell your young teens about these things. They’ll be interested in when you use them and why.

Tell your children about the mistakes you made with money (as a child, and even recently). But just like their involvement in sports, learning is not all about classroom theory. It needs to be experienced. In fact, they will learn the most by making mistakes and that’s why it is important to give them an allowance. An allowance affords them the honour of managing money, hopefully from an early age, and puts them in charge of their own wallets. Allowances should start at $2 to $5 a week but, by the time they turn 14 or 15, they should be responsible for their own entertainment expenses (going to the movies), food with friends, and clothing. This means you should increase their allowance to maybe $50 to $100 a month to cover these things when they are ready. And yes, moving to a monthly allowance will help them learn how to budget even better. There is no better way to empower your children than to have them decide whether to get a

new pair of jeans or go out to the movies with friends. It’s called real life -- not being able to afford it all. So, enjoy this part of your parenting. Give them clear responsibilities and a fixed allowance each month so the next time they ask you for $20 so they can go out with friends, you’ll have a great answer, “Your next allowance is coming on the first of next month.”

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BHI hosts All Ontario Cup Weekend of Champs! Ball hockey in Niagara is not limited to the just the youth of the region as Ball Hockey International offers leagues and tournaments that can keep you playing way past the years of organized youth sports. The October 23 weekend was a great display of this when players from across the province were on hand to take part in this year’s All Ontario Cup Weekend of Champions. The tournament includes many age and skill levels with divisions in barn, recreational and intermediate -- a skill level for every type of team and participant! Past champions earned their way to a free entry fee and teams that had placed second in earlier in the tournament series also received big team discounts to their entry fee. Teams that hadn’t earned a discount had to pay an affordable tournament fee of $375 for barn and rec while intermediate teams got to enter at the $470 team rate. This year-end tournament brings together past champions and teams that have competed throughout the AOC series. It is unique because it gives adults of all skill levels the opportunity to hoist the cup with a group of teammates and friends. Champions of this tournament not only receive bragging rights but prizing also includes custom BHI rings to mark the accomplishment. It’s the best of the best all gathered right on the locks in St Catharines to see who emerges victorious. This year’s intermediate final featured two Niagara-based teams that battled to be named the AOC Weekend of Champions’ top dogs. Niagara United took on the Punishers in a fast-paced final that included lots of highlight-reel plays. United jumped out to an early first period lead, 3 - 0 after the first. The Punishers popped their first goal at 7:23 of the second but it was too little too late against the skilled Niagara United squad. The game ended in a convincing 7 - 1 win

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Niagara Whalers off to a great start The Niagara Whalers, as of October 28, supported a 8-3-1 record -- good enough for third place in the ten-team Southern Division. The GMHL, with 32 teams, is comprised of the North, Central and South Divisions. The South Division is made up of the Whalers, Kingsville Kings, Komoka Dragons, London Lakers, Brantford Steelfighters, Norfolk Vikings, Halton Ravens, Toronto Ice Jets, Toronto Predators, Toronto Attack and the North York Renegades. For those Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) fans who still want to see some of their favourite players, the Whalers’ lineup is full of them: Jonny Dilario, Cam Blakely (St. Catharines Falcons), Billy Saxon, Colton Anstey (Niagara Falls Canucks), Brooker Muir, Gabe Ruggi (Welland Jr. Canadians), Dan Abbott, Kyle Robinson

(Thorold Blackhawks) and Vito Scaringi, Wade Kenny and Dan DeFranco (Fort Erie Meteors).

Playing a big part in the Port Colborne community, the Whalers have been involved with the Optimist Club’s annual clean-up, the United Church’s “Clothing For Those in Need Program,” the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Pink in the Rink” campaign, the March Break Reading program at the Port Colborne Library and they participate in the annual City of Port Colborne Santa Claus Parade.

The Whalers also boast three very talented Russian players in Alexander Ivanov, Stan Pestikov and Oscar Levin. Returning from the 2014/15 Whalers is all-star Braedan Turco along with Duncan Lochart-Gibson, Kade Brunner, David Christopher, Andrew Robinson, Mike Lask and Stevie Quinn. “With the overage players in our league, our fans can count on some very exciting hockey on a nightly basis,” stated Head Coach Bryan Elliott. “We play an up-tempo game when on the attack, but we also want to be responsible defensively in all areas of the rink. We feel that the chemistry of this team is coming together and, when we have everyone going, we can compete with any team in the league.”

The Niagara Whalers play their home games out of the beautiful Vale Health and Wellness Centre in Port Colborne. Home nights are Friday and Sunday. The team’s full schedule can be found at: www.niagarawhalershockey.com. You can you also follow the Whalers on Twitter @ NiagaraWhalers or visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/niagarawhalers

Muay Thai Niagara welcomes you! By Robyn Richard

Muay Thai Niagara, located in St. Catharines, is the Niagara Region’s top mixed martial arts club. We teach Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts in addition to offering a Ladies Thai-Boxercise program and strength & conditioning and ab classes. Head Coach (and owner) Kru Roger Lumyoung is the only certified Muay Thai Kru in the Niagara Region. We teach kids from ages three and up. We help them develop confidence, self-esteem and discipline as well as teaching them to treat others with respect. Our kids and youth programs provide a positive atmosphere for the young people of today. We have a wide variety of adult programs as well. Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness level, lose weight, learn self-defence or want to compete, we have something to offer for everyone. Provincial championships are through Combative Sports Canada (CSC), Muay Thai Niagara will be sending 13 athletes, ranging

in age from seven to 46 years-old, making it the #1 martial arts club in the Niagara Region. Competitors include:

Emily Dargel (19 years) +75 KG (Low-Kick Division) Erica Sherwood (29 years) 56 KG (Low-Kick Division)

Sophia Elia (8 years) 35 KG (Kick-Light Division) Riley Voth (9 years) 35 KG (Kick-Light Division Lucas Landy (7 years) 35 KG (Kick-Light Division) Tai Sengsouriya (12 years) 41 KG (K1 Division) William Siemens (14 years) 40 KG (Kick-Light Division) Nathan Vanderform (14 years) 55 KG (Kick-Light Division) Chris Hockey (15 years) 51 KG (K1 Division) Matvei Skvortsov (19 years) 71 KG (K1 Division) Teshay Gouthro (21 years) 67 KG (K1 Division) Tyson Filenko (16 years) 71 KG (K1 Division) Jan Prudden (46 years) 65 KG (Kick-Light Division)

Provincial championships are through Combative Sports Canada (CSC). Our professional certified coaching team will be coaching these athletes to ensure they have a safe, positive experience at the tournament.

INVITATION TO JOIN US We offer a free one-week trial to all new students.

Muay Thai Niagara, 486 Grantham Ave. (Linwell Plaza), St Catharines, ON

www.muaythainiagara.com

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