UPDATED: Ball hockey tournament raises $3,720 for new field

Watch for a photo gallery online next week from the tournament

FALL RIVER: Six teams got together on Saturday afternoon, June 24 to battle for four-on-four ball hockey supremacy in the second annual WFG Ball Hockey Tournament.

In the inaugural edition of the event, the brainchild of Steve MacLellan, teams battled it out at the cul-de-sac on Aberdeen Drive with all monies going to the IWK.

Goalie Jess Stryniak keeps an eye on the opposing player behind her net. (Healey photo)

This year, MacLellan decided the tournament would support something closer and in their community, thus being the Dragons Football sports field being constructed at High Road/Carmel.

WFG, who MacLellan works for, matches the money raised. In 2016, it raised $1,600, and so the IWK received $3,200.

Before the first ball was dropped on June 24, $1,000 had been raised, including donations from Bill Horne MLA and Councillor Steve Streatch, who was on hand and announced he was donating $500.

The winning team taking home the trophy was The Plain White T’s, which included: captain Ross Barkhouse; Jake Barkhouse; Mike Barkhouse; Riley Murphy; Branden Hillier; Ben Guenette; Herve Guenette; Tony Croft; Patrick Tucker; Jack Meek; Ben Hicks, and Scott Meek.

The player in blue would roof the ball over the goalie to score in this game. (Healey photo)

He said they started the tournament to bring the neighbors together for a fun event and decided to turn it into a charity event.

WFG helps families of all walks of life by providing income protection, save $$ and is on an expansion campaign looking for good people who want to help families in the Maritimes.  For more information, please contact Stephan MacLellan.

MacLellan wished to thank the following for their support of this year’s event: Mark Gouthro and Fall River Sobeys for providing the food and bbqing; Dr. Beth from Fall River Chiropractic; Atlantic Road Construction for providing great prizes and donating $250; Bill Horne, MLA for donating $250; Steve Streatch for attending and donating $500; Sarah Daly of Equitable Life of Canada for providing great prizes; and Jason O’Hearn from Timbermart who provided the lumber for the rink.

Reporter Pat Healey was there for two games and snapped some great great game action photos that are posted in our Photo Gallery.

The goalie would stop Nick Stryniak on this attempt