Dundas' historic sports legacy helped build community

Historical society hosts talks on town's baseball, hockey, soccer

Dundas Valley Sports News

Kerry McNamara, a member of the Dundas Museum & Archives board of directors, displays an historic baseball bat that is part of the museum's collection during the Dundas Valley Historical Society's presentation Sports: A lasting legacy,Oct 2017. - Craig Campbell

Sports have left — and continue to build — a lasting legacy in Dundas, even for those who don't directly participate.

From the Dundas Real McCoys, who brought the eyes of the nation to the Valley Town when the Sr. A hockey team won the Allan Cup national championship in their home arena and also donate to charity on every game night, and the powerhouse Dundas United Soccer Club of the 1980s — who paid their own way to a national championship final in Victoria while celebrating the camaraderie and skill of the game, to the Dundas Chiefs Baseball Club and little league baseball — who helped build new baseball infrastructure that would introduce future generations to the game, Dundas' history is filled with fascinating sports stories.

A small cross-section of those legacies were shared by some who have played a role in that long legacy last Thursday evening at Dundas Valley Historical Society's Sports: A Lasting Legacy presentation at Dundas Museum and Archives.

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Dundas Dynamo Girls U10

Division 2 Gold!

Dundas Dynamo Basketball Club

The Dundas Dynamo Girls U10 team won gold in Division 2 at the recent Ontario Cup Championships in Guelph. They beat Canada Elite 34 - 30 in the final.

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Pictured from left to right are: 

Front row - Lilly Gerard, Carys Hilson, Luella Hillman and Daphne Waddington.

Back Row - assistant Coach Peyton Baker, Jocelyn Sherbino, Natalie Portwood, Olivia McCulloch, Meara Quinlan , Quinn Reid, Ayalah Kirat, Lily Pepper, Allie Thomaidis and Coach Lisa Baker. 

Season Wrap-up

Dundas looking to return home

Real McCoys

The Dundas Real McCoys, after a two-year absence, are coming home to the J.L. Grightmire Arena for the 2019-20 Allan Cup Hockey season. The staff of the Harry Howell Arena went out of their way to accomodate the requests and desires of the staff of the Real McCoys. In spite of the staffs' efforts, the Howell Arena never did quite feel like home.

Cautious optimism now fills the air as the McCoys prepare for their return to the Grightmire Arena, and a return to their past good fortunes. "Our goalie, Mike Mole gave us a chance to win every game. I don't make excuses, but there are reasons that we aren't still playing." said Don Robertson, Real McCoys President and General Manager.

"We played six games in eight days with three of those games in the playoffs. Nathan Longpre was hit in the face with a puck, Dan Lapointe missed game 5 with a broken finger and several players missed games because of the flu, of all things."

"The Generals are a deep quality hockey club, and we needed all hands on deck to beat them, and we knew that. We competed well in four games, but that was not good enough. One unfortunate thing was that Ron Bernacci and I built our team to play out of the Grightmire for playoffs, on the smaller ice surface, and we all know how that worked out."

"We want to thank our hockey staff for the extra effory they put in, being in the Harry Howell again this season as well as the Howell Areana staff. Our executive is made up of absolutely great people, and like our sponsors, they have stayed with us during two difficult years."

"I want to ensure our loyal fans, and the ones who took a couple of years off, that we will have a very competative hockey club next season when we get back to the newly renovated J L Grighmire Arena. We will have a great core coming back, and will add to that group to take another shot at winning another Allan Cup Trophy." Roberston added.


Blues eliminated from playoffs!

Left everything on the ice!

Hamilton Huskies Dundas Jr Blues

The Blues were eliminated from the playoffs last night by the Glanbrook Rangers by the score of 2-1 in overtime.  
The Blues short handed due to injuries left every ounce of energy they had on the ice.  Jake Fleming once again in net came up with some big saves giving his team the chance to win. Then with just over 3 minutes gone in overtime the Blues season came to an end.  
It also marks the end of junior hockey for the three overage players, defenceman Jamieson Buck and Carter Franks and forward Colin Kijowski. 
The Blues would like to thank the fans and sponsors who have stuck with them playing out of Olympic Arena and other rinks this past season.  They look forward to their support again next season when they will be back in JLGrightmire Arena. 

Work for next season starts today!!!

Blues knock off Niagara Riverhawks in 6 games!

Blues now face 1st place finisher, Glanbrook Rangers.

Hamilton Huskies Dundas Jr Blues

The Hamilton Huskies Jr Blues advanced to the second round of the playoffs after knocking off the Niagara Riverhawks.

The Riverhawks won the first two games then the Blues woke up and won four straight to take the series 4 games to 2.  The first four games were all one goal games with Niagara winning the first two 3-2 and 2-1. Game three was 5-4 for the Blues then game four was 3-2.  Game five and six the Blues started to figure out the Riverhawks goalie putting 6 by him each game for scores of 6-2 and 6-4.  Blues goaltender Jake Fleming was solid in net for the Blues and was definitely the player of the series.

The Blues now move on to round two against the Glanbrook Rangers who finished the season in first place. The schedule for the best of 7 series is as follows:

Wed. Feb. 20th Blues @ Glanbrook 7:30pm
Thurs. Feb. 21st Glanbrook @ Olympic 8:20pm
Sat. Feb. 23rd Glanbrook @ Olympic 7:30pm
Sun. Feb. 24th Blues @ Glanbrook 7pm

if necessary 

Wed. Feb. 27th Blues @ Glanbrook 7:30pm
Thurs. Feb. 28th Glanbrook @ Olympic 8:20pm 
Sun. Mar. 3rd Blues @ Glanbrook 7pm

Come out and cheer on the Blues, your local junior hockey team!

Blues first round off playoffs finalized!

Blues vs Riverhawks

Hamilton Huskies Dundas Jr Blues

Round 1 Play Off Schedule vs. Niagara Riverhawks 

Thurs. Feb. 7th Niagara @ Olympic 8:20pm
Sat. Feb. 9th Hamilton Huskies Blues @ Niagara 8:00pm
Sun. Feb. 10th Niagara @ Olympic 6:30pm
Tues. Feb. 12th Hamilton Huskies Blues @ Niagara 7:30pm
Thurs. Feb. 14th Niagara @ Olympic 8:20pm
Sat. Feb. 16th Hamilton Huskies Blues @ Niagara 8:00pm
Sun. Feb. 17th Niagara @ Olympic 6:30pm

Come out and cheer on your local junior team!