Field Hockey Ontario’s annual tournament is getting so big it takes two weekends and two venues to complete.
It’s enough to melt the month of May away.
Ganga Singh, Sr
Last weekend, the Under 10 through Under 16 age group teams competed at Mississauga’s Iceland complex in the first weekend of the FHO’s ‘May Meltdown Tournamant’. This weekend, the Under 18 Girls and Under 21 Boys teams will wrap-up the tourney at the Cassie Campbell Recreational Centre fields in Brampton, Ontario.
On Saturday, the Mississauga/Brampton-based Canadian Field Hockey and Cultural Club shutout the visiting Nepean Nighthawks by a 3-0 margin in the Under 21 Boys category.
Ganga Singh, Jr
The Brampton Rib’n’Roll is the first stop in the season’s Rotary Ribfest schedule for 2015 and people come out to downtown’s Gage Park in droves to lineup for charcoal seasoned and barbeque sauced ribs.
Music is also a large part of the weekend as a number of bands take to the stage to entertain, including Peterborough-born Elyse Saunders, below, who showcased her country music style with her five piece band backing her up.
Saunders has been a contender for CMAO’s Female Artist of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and her current single ‘Just Like Mama’ is in radio rotation on stations from Canada to Japan, The Netherlands and Spain.
Adriel Casillas, below, helps P&P Catering’s owner Paul Trasias keep the food cooked to perfection at their booth in the park.
Trasias and his local catering company have been cooking ribs every year at the Ribfest – about 1500 for the weekend – but decided this year to forego the ribs in favour of standard hamburger, hotdog, and sausage fare. (I know I was disappointed because I think P&P’s ribs are the best on the block!)
For those that did cook ribs, wearing goggles was a necessity to keep the smoke out of one’s eyes, below.
And Journey tribute band Absolute Journey, with lead singer Riccardo Curzi, below, taking up the personna and vocals of Steve Perry, entertained the crowd Saturday evening.