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Clearview Crushers Coming

Fred

By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

 

A little less than a year ago, the Six Nations Rivermen eliminated the Owen Sound Bug Juice NorthStars in the opening round of the Ontario Series Lacrosse playoffs.

The Rivermen won the best of 5 series in 4 games; a series that had a little bit of everything including a threatened forfeit, a decreed change of venue plus, best of all, 2 extremely exciting overtime contests in Games 3 and 4 of the series.

Since then, Senior Lacrosse, like almost every sporting event we know and cherish, has been bushwhacked by COVID-19 and the news has seldom been encouraging.

Yet, there was a tiny positive nugget recently when whispers came out of lacrosse circles that an expansion franchise was in the works for Senior Lacrosse and, just as intriguing, that expansion club, if granted, wouldn't be too far away from where I'm sitting.

The Clearview Crushers are in the process of preparing a bid to gain entry into the Ontario Series League for 2021.

The Crushers are propelled by a handful of lacrosse lovers whose passion for the sport makes them believe a Senior club, likely to be located in Stayner, would be successful.

Stayner is just over an hour from Owen Sound and local lacrosse fans can easily remember the great games and rivalries the NorthStars had with the Fergus Thistles and then later with the Wellington Aces.

The close proximity heightened the intensity of the matches and I'm certain an Owen Sound-Clearview game would be much anticipated in both centres.

Plus, if the Clearview Crushers gain acceptance, and my understanding is they are confident of a positive vote, a 6 team competitive Ontario Senior loop would illustrate growth for the existing 5 team league that had their 2020 season wiped out.

 

I'm Fred Wallace


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