Alicia Del Fuoco and Alex Down from the Durham Lords Women’s Soccer team are going to the OCAA Women’s indoor soccer championship
Story, image and video by: Kamesha Horne-Simmons
The Durham Lords Women’s Indoor Soccer team has made it to the finals! It is their fifth season qualifying for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championship. The team finished in second place at the OCCA regional with a 1-0-2.
The Lords will meet up with the other top eight teams at the provincial finals, that will take place at the Ontari0 Soccer Association (OSA) Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Ontario on March 21 and 22 .
The Durham Lords started the regional championship with two ties, Georgian College, home to the Grizzly (1-1) and Sault College, home to the Cougars (0-0). The Grizzly, Georgian College was the other team from pool D to advance to the provincial finals, finishing in first place with a record of 2-0-1 record.
What’s with all the losing? Is there a method to it? Usually it’s a combination of things. With the basketball season wrapping up in about a week and a half, Ken Babcock, Athletic Director at Durham College, explains why the Lords are losing games.
Ken Babcock gives his take on why the DCBasketball teams are losing
Both men’s and women’s basketball programs are in transition, at this point in the season, as they are eliminated from the playoffs.
“It’s not something we expected, but it’s certainly something that happens in sports when you compete,” Babcock said. The goal is really to make the playoffs but for the 2012/13 season it’s not happening for a number of reasons.
“We have not be able to compete at the level we want at the women’s basketball level, the teams have moved ahead of us in strength and we need to compete and combat with that over the next year,” he said.
An uphill battle is never easy, and for the Durham Lords men’s basketball team, that’s exactly what they face in their upcoming opponents, the Georgian Grizzlies.
After their most recent defeats against Algonquin and Centennial, the team is still fighting for their first victory of the new year.
“They need to find a way to hopefully get back in the win-call. They’ve been far and few between this season,” said Athletic Director Ken Babcock.
Having only scored three victories since November, a win for the Lords at the January 23rd conference game against the Grizzlies will help give the Lords a push up in the standings. Currently the Lords are ranking eighth in the East Conference.
The current lineup for the 2012-13 Durham Lords men’s basketball team, located in F-Wing.
“Anyway they can work hard, and outplay a team, and steal a win on the road is what we’re all hoping for,” said Babcock.
Despite a underwhelming first half to the season, the head coach for the team, Desmond Rowley, has found much success with the Lords in the past, leading the team during the 2010-11 season to win their first David Stewart Tip-Off Tournament title in 13 years, as well as hosting the 2011 CCAA national championship for the first time in the school’s history.
In Rowley’s first year with the team, DC went 16-4 during the regular season, their best win record since 1997-98 season, and the Lords have qualified for the post season every year since Rowley began coaching the team.
Babcock explains that the East Conference is a very difficult one to play in. “This time of year it’s the veteran teams, and the experienced teams, that seem to have the upper hand in the second half of the college basketball season, and we have a very young team, so there’s lots of challenges for us.”
The game will be played at Georgian College in Barrie, with a start time scheduled for 8 p.m. It will also start the Lords off on a four-game road trip, where they will be playing teams from Seneca, Cambrian, and Loyalist College.
Babcock hopes to make the playoffs this year, and going forward he said everyone is “keeping their fingers crossed.”
The Durham Lords indoor soccer team is welcoming back Daniel Peterson during their first tournament of the semester, against Fleming College, on January 14. Peterson, a public relations student, played for the Lords for two years before taking last year off to work. But work didn’t stop him from still contributing in the team’s effort.
“It’s been a while. It’s tough, but I enjoy it. I’ve been involved with the team and I’ve been training and coaching and now I’m taking my player position back,” said Peterson.
Dave McMann broke the OCAA record for blocks in a season on Feb 7th against Loyalist.
The OCAA record was at 69 and McMann pushed through with 70 stuffed blocks. The Lords still have two games left. McMann has a 193 block record now which moves him up to second place in the OCAA all-time charts.
Dave McMann beats the OCAA record for most blocks in a season.
Although McMann pushed through for the Lords, this is his last year on the team. He would still like to play for the Lords but this is his fifth year. He has graduated from the Golf Management program and is currently taking Accounting.
“Yeah, I’m pretty disappointed I can’t play next year but it was a good time,” said McMann.
Seneca and Humber held the previous record of 69 in 2001 and St.Clair matched the record in 2010. Durham is now tied with Loyalist for third place in the OCAA East region.
McMann said his key to success is practicing more and doing more reps. Also, one of the assistant coaches worked very closely with him. He said because he can’t play next year he’d like to be an assistant coach.
The Lords play away at George Brown Feb 1oth at 8 and their last game is in Barrie against Georgian on Feb. 15th. The men currently sit at a 19 and 9 on the season.
Get in the Action by joining the Varsity Game Day Crew
Getting paid to do something you love is, well, it’s awesome. With that said, did you know that you could get paid $10 an hour for going to the Lord’s and Ridgeback’s games. How you ask? By being part of the Varsity Game Day Crew
“The game day crew or the varsity crew is compiled of students on campus through the work study program and they are responsible for the game day operations of varsity events,” said Scott Barker, Athletic Coordinator. “They are the onsite people that run the show in terms of making sure that the games run smoothly and on time.”
Some of the jobs include:
running the score clock
liaising with the visiting teams
doing the score sheets
intermission or halftime events
being the mascot
helping out with community events with the athletes
“We have the great opportunity of having two campuses that we can grab students from,” said Barker.
Both UOIT and Durham College have approval for about eight or nine positions each for the Varsity Game Day Crew. The students are allowed to work about 89 hours per semester, which works out to about a maximum of twelve hours a week per semester.
“If interested the first thing the student should do if they are looking to work in athletics is contact myself or Michael Duggan, who does the hiring for the colleges,” Barker said. “We can give them an idea of what spaces we have available and what the job entails before they go through the entire process:
Now, what is the process? To be part of the crew you need to be accepted into the school’s Work Study Program, which is designed to help students get part-time work on campus while they are in school.
To be accepted into the Work Study Program you have to first meet the criteria. Eligibility requirements includ being be registered as a full time student, be a permanent resident of Canada, show financial need and maintain a 2.0 GPA.
Applications are available on the My Campus website by going to the Financial Aid and Awards Section and clicking on the student tab. Once a student has been approved into the Work Study Program they are eligible to apply for any job on the work study site, which includes athletics and the Varsity Game Dame Crew.
“The scheduling is pretty flexible, but the expectation is that if you are getting paid, it’s treated like a job,” Barker said. “But obviously if there is a school conflict or something that is why we have the volunteers… to cover those holes.”
Most job positions are filled at the beginning of the year, but if there are jobs available and a student is eligible, you can get hired on at anytime of the year, Barker explained. If all the positions are filled, students can still volunteer for the Varsity Crew or there may be opportunities to work in other places in the athletics department, under the work study program.
Lords' Head Coach Stan Bambino made his mark on the team years ago
Story, image and audio by Andrew Huska
Soccer is a pretty versatile sport; it can be played inside and outside. So that means even our cold Canadian climates can’t stop the beautiful game, it just needs to move indoors.
At Durham College soccer doesn’t end with the end of the outdoor season in October. The Lords move indoors. The men’s team kicked off its season this past weekend at Centennial College with a tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
The Lords were seeded 3rd in their pool along with Humber College, a team made up of Centennial College alumni and the Royal Military College.
The Lords ran into trouble losing to Queen’s University in the semi-finals. Along the way they tied Royal Military College, lost to Humber and beat the host team Centennial College.
Head Coach Stan Bombino said it was difficult for Durham because approximately 50 per cent of the players on the team are new. He also said that many teams like Queens have students who spend up to four years together on a team, something Durham doesn’t enjoy.
“The competition is very good,” said Bombino. “It was an eye-opener for some players to play at that caliber so quickly.”
Bombino said that some mistakes they made were due in part to the faster pace indoor soccer has because of the smaller field.
Besides winning it all Bombino has some goals for this season.
“What I hope to do is two-fold,” explained Bombino. “One, we’re going to take a look at some of the players who didn’t come out for the outdoor season and inspire them to continue to play for us when we play outdoor.”
“Secondly of course is to keep the players together for 12 months of the year. When we were just playing outdoors that was the end of it and we had no indoor program,” Bombino said.
He said that setting up the indoor program five years ago allowed the coaching staff to stay and work with players for a longer period of time.
However, the team has managed to stay competitive for the past several years.
Of course a novice team won’t have much in the way of leadership, but Bombino has some expectations.
“We always want to utilize our senior players like Blair Darlington,” said Bombino.“He’s in his second year with us indoor and outdoor.”
There are even some new players like Jelani De Jonge a first-year player who has really taken a big role on the team.
“Jelani has taken on a very responsible role as a leader,” said Bombino. “He leads by example on and off the field…it’s people like that who help inspire the rest of the team.”
In the end, said Bombino, the ultimate goal will be to win the regional championship in March, something that is still a little way down the road.
Click here to learn how Bombino feels his team stack
Looking ahead Durham will play a few more tournaments over the course of the semester. They’ll travel to Kingston for the Queen’s University Tournament on February 6 and then to Sheridan College on February 20. After that the regional championships go in early March.