Sportsliners win the bragging rights in annual charity game
CHCH Sportsliner Bill Brouwer looks to have had a hand in knocking Jeff Hundertmark to the ice, but the Wine Guy, who admits he doesn't bounce back up as quickly as he once did, says he tripped and fell without any help from his opponent. The game was played at the Meridian Credit Union Arena Saturday to raise funds for the NOTL Kinsmen and cystic fibrosis research, with the Sportsliners winning the charity hockey rematch 6-1.
It's the Sportsliners who have the bragging rights, at least until next year's rubber match.
The CHCH team defeated the Wine Guys 6-1 Saturday in front of an exuberant crowd at their second annual charity game at the Meridian Credit Union Arena.
But the real winners are those in the community who benefit from the good works of the NOTL Kinsmen.
More than $1,000 was raised from the event, money that will go to cystic fibrosis research and several community organizations, including local sports.
Bill Brouwer, a cameraman with CHCH who plays for the Sportsliners charity events, said they were out for revenge this year, and they didn't take it as easy on the Wine Guys as they may have last year.
And watch out next year, he says—with more promotion and at least one star player who couldn't make it this year, his team will kick it up another notch.
Last year's game drew a small crowd of 50 friends and family members, and raised $300.
But the turnout at Saturday's event not only drew in more money, but made the game more interesting—there is no doubt players respond to the yelling and cheering from spectators, he said.
"It adds to the electricity in the arena, and makes it a better game all around."
Jeff Hundertmark of Marynissen Estate Winery agrees.
"Everyone was having a great time in the stands, and you play a little harder when you hear all that shouting and cheering. You play differently. You don't want to make a fool of yourself."
The winemaker says although his team had a tougher time on the ice this year, they had a great time.
"It was still a lot of fun, regardless of the outcome. But some of us had a real wake-up call."
The average age of the Sportsliners is 27, and the Wine Guys' is closer to 47, says Hundertmark.
"At least we played like it, anyway."
And although some of the older guys, including him, were sore after the game, it was all worthwhile.
"I was in a little bit of pain. I took a couple of good spills, and I don't get up and bounce back like I used to," he said, "and I wasn't the only one hurting. But was anybody complaining? Definitely not. Raising $1,000 is worth a bit of pain."
CHCH had one stand-out player, reporter Sean Leathong, who scored three goals, and Brouwer, who is also plays with NOTL's Hot Tub League, scored two.
Ritchie Roberts, winemaker for Fielding Estate Winery in Beamsville, got the lone goal for the Wine Guys—although there was talk of CHCH taking it easy on the winemakers last year, it wasn't the case Saturday.
There is already talk of a rematch for the plaque that the Sportsliners claimed this year.
"We want to get those golden sticks back," says Hundertmark.
Are you looking forward to next years rubber match?