Friday, February 4, 2011

Another new Junior C team - now in Kingston

The Kingston Kings, the city's newest Junior C lacrosse team, was created last month by a group of men led by Hal Cowie and David Austin, two men who are keen in keeping junior lacrosse alive in Kingston. Cowie and Austin have established a non-profit corporation to operate the team separately from the Kingston Lacrosse Association, under whose umbrella the junior team, known as the Cavaliers, operated for the past two summers.
The team was renamed the Kings in honour of the junior club of the 1970s that won provincial juvenile and Junior C championships, 1972-73.
Named as the team's president, Austin is a past member of those two provincial championship teams, and now works for the Ministry of Health.
Cowie, a businessman who played lacrosse as a youth, will be the team's general manager. He was also a key player in restoring junior C lacrosse to Kingston three years ago.
Other committee members include Director Paul Eskerod, a businessman who has organized and run the Adult Recreational Lacrosse League for the past three years; Coaches Davey Hallett and Devon Tough, two local products who played Junior A lacrosse with the Ottawa Titans; Shane Ward, who played junior A lacrosse in British Columbia; and treasurer and director of public relations Claude Scilley, a newspaperman whose association with lacrosse dates to covering the Kings teams of 35 years ago.
The team will play in a newly established eastern Ontario league that will also have teams in Brockville, Nepean, Cornwall, Montreal and Kahnawake.
Tryouts for the Kingston Kings begins next month with the season starting the week of May 2. For more information contact coach Davey Hallett at 613-483-5648 or general manager Hal Cowie at 613-572 6689.

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