By NICHOLAS MERCER The Compass
The 2012 NL Summer Games kicked into full gear Sunday as day one of competition got off to an exciting start. Kicking off the days events was boys’ ball hockey at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.
The host team battled the contingent from St. John’s /North to a well-earned 3-1 victory.
Carbonear-Harbour Grace picked up two goals from Ryan Slade, while Matthew Legge added another one for the winners. Michael Taplin provided the offense for St. John’s.
Next up for the host squad was Labrador. Head coach Matthew Thomey and his team dropped a tight 3-2 to finish with a record of one win and one loss after the first day.
Mark Ryan had two goals for the losers, while Ben Roberts, Evan Power and Christian Kelly scored for Labrador.
The host squad finished the day in sole possession of second place in Division B behind Labrador who finished with two wins and no losses.
The team from Avalon, featuring athletes from all over the Conception Bay North region established itself as the team to beat finishing the day with a 2-0 record and first place in Division A.
Avalon dropped Eastern in its first game by a score of 3-2.
Jordon Coombs and Ryan Dawson scored for the Avalon team, while Conal McNamara and Nathan Duffett replied for Eastern.
Mount Pearl/South squared off with Avalon next. Mount Pearl did not provide much of a challenge as Avalon walked to a 7-1 victory.
Ryan Glavine and Ryan Dawson each netted a pair of goals for Avalon. Jordon Coombs, Evan Milley and Josh Rodgers chipped in singles for the victors. Cameron Healey tallied the lone goal for Mount Pearl.
The host team again kicks off action at the stadium for day two with a 8:30 a.m. tilt against St. John’s, followed by a game with Labrador at 11:00 a.m. Avalon plays only once on day two, 9:30 a.m. against Central.
The scenic Salmon Cove Sands played host to the boys’ and girls’ beach volleyball competitions.
The host team of Aaron Finn and Nick Green were in tough against Labrador, dropping two straight sets to take the match.
Over on the girls’ side the host team, Anna Finn and Sarah Pynn, fared better, taking one set from their Labrador counterparts, dropping the match 2-1.
The host boys’ team did not fare much better agains the Western squad, dropping the match two sets to none.
St. John’s/North took a straight sets win over the host girls’ team, 2-0.
Avalon, featuring Brandon Petten from Bay Roberts, Catherine Mercer from South River and Holly Bartlett from Marysvale, were also in action on the sand.
Petten and his teammate Ryan Feener from Conception Bay South, met a tough St. john’s/North team, losing in straight sets to drop the match, 2-0.
The girls’ team ran into Mount Pearl/South, dropping the match two sets to none. Next up for the team of Petten and Feener was Mount Pearl/South.
Mount Pearl took the match two sets to none, dropping their record to no wins and two losses at the end of one day.
They meet St. John’s/North to start day two. The girls’ side met Western, dropping the match two sets to none.
The host girls’ tennis team matched up with the team from St. John’s/North, dropping a 3-1 decision.
Of the four matches the two teams played, St. John’s lost only the single one.
On the boys’ side, the host team tied its St. John’s counterparts 2-2 after four matches. A tie- breaker applied to decide a winner, with St. John’s picking up the win.
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Later in the day at the Aero Tennis Club in Harbour Grace, the host girls’ dropped all four matches to Western en route to a 4-0 loss. The boys’ team meet Western to kick off day two tennis action at 9:00 a.m.
The host girls’ team finished the day with one win and one loss.
The contingent from Carbonear and Harbour Grace were overmatched in its first game of the day, dropping a 23-0 decision to St. John’s/North.
It’s second game saw better results as the host team got goals from Jasmine Slade and Chelsea Parsons (2) en route to a 3-1 victory over Eastern.
In boys’ softball at the Carbonear Recreation Complex, the host team dropped its first game to Avalon 1, a team from Placentia, by a score of 12-5.
The score from the host team’s second game of the day were unavailable at press time.
The Avalon team, featuring players from the CBN baseball program, started the day off well with a 10-0 drubbing of Central.
Chris Smith picked up the win on the mound for Avalon. Nick Parsons, of Bryant’s Cove, was the top hitter for Avalon going three for five at the plate. Brad Porter belted a two-run homerun in the fifth inning off of hurler Alexander Adams.
The results for the team’s second match-up with Mount Pearl/South were unavailable at press time.
Carbonear’s Alison Somers was tops in the pool for the host Harbour Grace-Carbonear swim team as action kicked off on the first day of action of the 2012 NL Summer Games.
Somers posed the top preliminary time in the Girls 15-18 100 SC Meter Freestyle with a time of 1:06.63 and a seed time of 1:04.96. Natalie Penney finished 15th after posting a time of 1:18.36.
Somers also qualified for the final in the Girls 15-18 100 SC Meter Butterfly with a preliminary time of 1:14.14 and a seed time of 1:08.79 to grab the second spot.
Dylan Hoben of Carbonear qualified for the finals in the Boys 11-14 100 SC Meter Freestyle after posting a preliminary time of 1:06.68 and a seed time of 1:10.30.
In the Boys 15-18 100 SC Meter Freestyle, Mark Peddle qualified for the final with a preliminary time of 1:04.02 and a seed time of 1:04.03. Peddle also qualified for the Boys 15-18 100 SC Meter Butterfly with a preliminary time of 1:16.11 and a seed time of 1:18.50.
Bay Roberts’ swimmer Haley O’Driscoll qualified for the finals in the Girls 11-14 50 SC Meter Breaststroke with a preliminary time of :42.78 and a seed time of :42.97, swimming for the Avalon team.
Kurchelle Snow, of the host team, barely missed qualifying for the final in the Girls 15-18 50 SC Meter Breaststroke, finishing in seventh with a preliminary time of :45.25.
Hoben continued his qualifying streak after he qualified for the Boys 11-14 50 SC Meter Breaststroke with a preliminary time of :40.33 and a seed time of :38.92.
Kyle Downey of Bay Roberts, swimming for the Avalon team, also qualified for the final in the 50m breaststroke with a time of :41.96 and a seed time of 42:01.
Sarah Hiscock qualified for the Girls 11-14 50 SC Meter Backstroke with a preliminary time of :36.64 to finish as the top seed.
The finals for the swimming events were scheduled to go Sunday evening, but results were unavailable at press time.