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Monday, September 15, 2014

Dogs golf tourney a blast, Dogs finish preseason on a high

A great way to end the preseason for the Bulldogs Saturday as they picked up a 5-1 win over the Nanaimo Clippers at the Dog Pound, exacting some revenge after a lack lustre ( and that's putting it kindly) 6-1 loss to the Clippers in Nanaimo on Friday night when pretty much no one looked good.

On Saturday, everyone looked good. That's how it goes sometimes with winning and losing. It was nice to see Billy Christopolous have a solid game in net, and it sure was nice to see Evan Tironese back in a Bulldog sweater and doing some of the things he did out there Saturday night. An elite player without question - he will be fun to watch this year. Being a year older than we last saw him, I'm confident he'll be ready to put up with the stuff that elite players have to deal with. I certainly don't agree with it and don't enjoy the fact that the impact guys have to deal with the abuse that they get, but it seems to goes with the territory at every level of hockey. If you are an impact player, team will try to get you off your game. It takes a higher level of mental strength and maturity than I have to put up with the attention and shenanigans they face, but I believe Evan has it and has the support of his team, and teammates as well.

Lets drop the puck and get this thing going already! It's a critical week of practice leading up to game #1 on Saturday afternoon, as EVERYTHING will be ramped up a couple of notches. The intensity, the speed, the level of play from the opposition, the pressure, etc etc etc. It's up to the Coaches to prepare the players as best they can for the games when all of a sudden points are on the line. I can't wait!

What a great time at the Alberni Golf Club yesterday for the 3rd Annual Bulldogs season-opening golf tourney. Huge thanks to everyone that came out and played, and of course all the volunteers that put it together and the sponsors that made it happen.

Pictured above is the winning team of myself, Laurie Smillie, Everett Putz, Josh Adkins my little guy Griff and our honorary caddy Deserray McClary. I was pretty surprised that our score of 28 was the winning one - I thought we had a way better chance with our score last year but a couple teams went really low. Everyone had a couple great shots at key moments, Josh Adkins got a drive over the creek on #9 which was really tough from the back tees, and he got one to stick on the green on the approach which was even tougher. Laurie won the Ladies Long Drive which really helped us on #7 and Everett almost holed one out for Eagle on #3...I'm still actually not sure how it didn't go in as it hit the pin, and went around-the-world around the cup but somehow stayed out!

I wish I would've seen the highlight of the day as Head Pro and Colour Analyst Bruce MacDonald holed one out from 240 PLUS yards for an Albatross on the Par 5 third hole. More rare than a hole-in-one. How they didn't win the tourney after that I don't know! Another highlight was Mitch Hawes putting one within INCHES of going in off the tee on the 8th hole. Almost an ace on a par 4. That's Happy Gilmore stuff, even if they did have us hitting off the Women's tees on that hole! Fun time all around. Good to get the "fun and games" out of everyone's system now that it's right down to work!

Update - just a couple pictures of the community events the guys were involved in yesterday. The team has sure done a fantastic job being champions of the community in my opinion. It's one thing to ask your community to come out and support your games. Its another thing entirely to get out and be EVERYWHERE supporting your community with all their events. That will make more of them come and cheer for you, one has to think. They know you, they have a connection to you, it makes  a difference!

I'll be busy this week putting all the broadcast elements together at 93.3 The Peak FM control and I'm also hoping to be able to devote some time to working on fine tuning the blog. Thanks again to everyone that commented over the weekend that they were following along, and thanks for the comments and feedback as well received via email. Doing my best to make the comment process easier. If you like the blog - please thank the sponsors of the blog with your business - they make it happen, as much as you all motivate me to keep putting in the effort and updating it....and last but not least if you like the blog click the donate link in the upper right hand corner, nothing is expected everything is greatly appreciated!


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