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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tundiy, February 11, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 24-hour service for ailing athletes CFL trainers help man Winter Games infirmary It has been great As my dear Irish mother would say, "Patrick, you've been having a grand time of it." And again, as has been the case so often in the past, she would be right. The 1975 Canada Winter Games, have at the halfway mark, provided myself, and I'm sure many thousands of Southern Albertans, with much more enjoyment than we had anticipated. Let's be honest. We were pleased when it was announced that the Winter Games would be right here in our own backyard. What we didn't take into consideration was the amount of work involved in staging an extravaganza such as However, I'm willing to bet right now if we had it to do all over again, we would do just the same as we did some months back. Don't you agree? The only dissenters I have talked to regarding the Winter Games are those people who wouldn't pay to see the Last Supper with the original cast. We are not going to see these Games again in our lifetimes. Let's face it, it's a once in a lifetime chance to play host to our country. And to date, I think we are doing just a beautiful job I have had the pleasure of mixing with just a small portion of the athletes on hand for the Games and let me tell you, they love us. We laid out the old red carpet, complete with second helpings of western hospitality and we have our friends from both east and west eating right out of the palms of our hands. We done did it to them and the show is just half over. Do you know the feeling one gets when a young speedskater from Winnipeg says to you "you live in a lovely Or when a 195 pound wrestler from Vancouver comes over to you as you take notes and says "a person like myself can be envious of Southern Albertans." Can you imagine what that can do to your innards? I feel as though I'm with the Chamber of Commerce. "If you haven't seen our Japanese Gardens or our Brewery Hill, then you haven't even scrached the surface of our beautiful I tell them. And how about that natural lake right in the middle of town? Can you top that? In all likelyhood, they can. But we have their attention. The floor belongs to us and we should take-full advantage of it. There was never any doubt in my mind that we have as nice a Sportsplex as there is in this country. I'm not trying to com- pare it with Maple Leaf Gardens, the Forum or either of the western Coliseums in Vancouver and Edmonton. But when you are told just how great an edifice it is, you have to eat it up. Let's face it, long after the Winter Games are gone we will have our Sportsplex, speedskating oval and some of the fondest memories of our lifetimes. No, we have a great deal to be proud of and just as much to be happy for. Do you know what people have liked the most about these Winter Games thus far? Variety. Not the magazine, but the chance to see sports that are all but unknown to us here in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. Synchronized swimming was a sell-out, as was gymnastics and fencing. Basketball, and we have been referred to as the hot-bed of hoop in days gone by, drew almost no one at times. Curling waited until the final day to attract crowds. We, have been able to secure something with a flair, something different and we will long remember it. Even speedskating, which hopefully will become a great winter sport here in Lethbridge, drew raves from people who until last week were almost totally ignorant of the sport: And the beauty of it all is the fact that we ain't done yet. Table tennis, or gnip gnop if you like, begins Wednesday as does weightlifting now that reminds me of Sammy Kitagawa and that goes back some to when Sammy was a Cana- dian champion. Also on tap are hockey, boxing, judo, volleyball, and figure skating. Alberta teams 5th and 6th COUN SHAW photo BACCOCK TAPING COLEEN DUFRESNE, QUEBEC By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor Just what are five of the top trainers in the Canadian Foot- ball League doing at the 1975 Canada Winter Games? "Well, Dr. Pomahac invited said Chuck Badcock of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. "You bet I was Dr. Pomahac's reply. "I can't imagine what we would have done without them." Them, including Badcock, are Sandy Archer of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Dexter Nelson of the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeder medical men Alec Rescky and Geoff Rose. "I'm amazed at the work these fellows stated Pomahac Monday afternoon as the stream of athletes began to get heavier with the evening's basketball and volleyball games on tap. Looking very much like an emergency ward at a hospital, the infirmary, according to Badcock and Archer, is equipped to handle almost any injury or emergency that should come up. "We have everything said Badcock. "I have been at the 1971 Games in Saskatoon and the Com- monwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, and this ranks with the best of them. You people can be very proud of yourselves." Word spread quickly throughout the Games village as early as last Wednesday that the best of attention for all athletes was available at the Games infirmary. "These fellows welcome the athletes with open was the way Dr. Pomahac described it. In fact, the doctors, under the direction of Dr. Pomahac, have had very little to do with themselves except for oversee proceedings. "It is obvious you have learned from previous added Badcock, "this accounts for the excellent setup you have here." The "setup" is a 24-hour service for all athletes from all 10 provinces and two territories. "Injuries cover a lot of areas during these con- tinued Badcock. "For example, we were taping the knees of at least 20 curlers at times." Taping of athletes and physiotherapy are indirectly out of the hands of Dr. Pomahac and his staff. However, says Badcock, "If we see a torn cartilage we can tape it but that's as far as it goes. The rest is up to the Doc and his staff." .A trainer, in particular in Games such as these, can stabilize pain. They would be the last people to try to fool an athlete with an instant cure-all. "That's why it's such a pleasure working with these said Archer. "They come to us, tell us what they re- quire and we do our upmost to accommodate them." Archer, who has been patching up the green and white Roughriders for 26 years now, admits that football has a variety of injuries and ailments. A lot of that has to do with dealing with professional athletes. When Archer puts away his adhesive tape and smelling salts for the late winter and early spring, he deals in real estate. He says that it is a lucrative field, but not so lucrative to keep him from conducting an off-season course in Regina in what he calls "prevention and recognition of athletic injuries." As for Badcock, like Archer, he also only leaves his tape and smelling salts in the locker room. In the off-season he has his own physiotherapy practice." And it keeps me he says. The trainers and physiotherapists, with their ultra-sound equipment to help strengthen torn muscles, have impressed not just the athletes but Dr. Pomahac as well. "Is it any wonder I answer my telephone Dr. Pony Tomahac here after watching these guys in No, I don't suppose so Dr. Tomahac. Native Sons need overtime for win Blistering slapshot ends sudden death games CANADIAN PRESS photo ALBERTA GOALIE GARRY WARNER STOPS NEWFOUNDLAND'S ROBERT O'NEIL Quebec and B.C. finish 1-2 in basketball competition By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Quebec men have proved what people have suspected for the past six days they are the best basketball team entered in the Canada Winter Games. The Quebec men, coming back from a 32-31 deficit at half time, won the gold medal in the basketball Monday night with an impressive 71-60 victory over British Columbia before people what is likely the largest crowd to ever witness an amateur basketball game in Southern Alberta. Quebec, who were struggling in the first half, completely dominated the se- cond stanza, taking away the inside on the B.C. shooters and forcing them to shoot from well out. The Quebecers were once again led by the strong play of John Hunter, both under the boards and on the scoresheet. Hunter fired home 15 points and his strength and size under the boards was more than the B.C. forwards could cope with. British Columbia girls made things a bit brighter for the Western province however as they captured the gold in the women's division with a 77-68 win over the Quebec entry. Bev Barnes, with 18 points, and Angie Dobie with 16 led the way for the B.C. gals who had little trouble throughout the contest with the highly touted Quebec attack. New Brunswick men and women came away with the bronze medal in their respective classes. New Brunswick women defeated a tough Manitoba squad, who were leading 29-24 at half time. The score was 4641 at the Sportsplex, where all the games that decided the first three placings were played. Sylvia Douthwright and Lesley Nason were the big guns for the winners with 15 points apiece. The New Brunswick men, who were leading 42-39 at the half, dropped Nova Scotia into fourth place with a 78-75 Quebec women's basketball coach Richard Spears had little to cheer about after losing to B.C. in the women's final, but he came alive when the Quebec men defeated B.C. to win the gold. win. Robert Pagan, with 24 points, was the top point getter for the bronze medal winners. The Alberta girls finished the tourna- ment in fifth spot with a victory over Nova Scotia, 64-61. Nora Way hooped 22 points for the winning Alberta gals and Amanda Holloway chipped in with 14 more. Alberta's'men's team did not fare as well as the girls as they had to settle for sixth spot overall after dropping a 71-56 decision to Manitoba Monday afternoon. Ernie Koop scored 14 points in leading Manitoba to their victory. Joey McLaughlin's 14 point outing was tops for Alberta. Quebec men's coach Robert Comeau was pleased with his club's victory. "We defeated a tough team in British Columbia and we had to be at our he said. "The key to the win was when we took away their inside shooting in the second half and made them play our game. The British Columbia girls had perhaps the most dynamic player, man or woman, in the whole tournament on their team in the person of Joanne Sargent. She may not be the top scorer on the club but her play-making and constant hustle set her apart as one of. the most aggressive ball players to compete in the six-day tournament. In other games played Monday, in the men's division, Yukon defeated Northwest Territories 77-54; Saskatchewan edged Ontario 76-73; and Prince Edward Island defeated New- foundland 70-55. In women's play Northwest Territories beat Yukon 42- 31; Prince Edward Island defeated Newfoundland 59-41; and Saskatchewan dropped Ontario 67-40. Following are the final standings in both divisions: Mei's Divi.ioo Team Quebec British Columbia New Brunswick Nova Scotia Ontario Alberta Saskatchewan Ontario Prince Edward Island Newfoundland Northwest Territories Yukon Women's Division Team British Columbia Quebec New Brunswick Manitoba Alberta NovaScolia Saskatchewan' Ontario Prince Edward Island Newfoundland Northwest Territories Yukon Point! 12 11 10 9 7 E 5 4 3 2 1 Polits 12 11 10 9 I 7' 5 4 3 2. 1 B. C. powerhouse has 5 members of national team By JOHN SHORT LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) Commitment is the name of the game for five members of the Canadian National women's basketball team competing here as part of the British Columbia entry in the 1975 Canada Winter Games. The girls admitted they were looking beyond the final match with Quebec Monday night to a long, gruelling schedule in preparation for the 1976 Olympics. Many of the games, both in men's and women's com- petition, have been one-sided because most provinces haven't the money or facilities to compete with provinces where the athletic program is more established. Sargent, Wendy Grant of Surrey, Angle Dobie of Nanaimo, Bev Barnes and Carol Turney of Vancouver are currently on the national team and they realize the level of competition here is not as good as it might be. "It would likely be better if they made it a junior com- said Wendy Gran, 28. "There is no Canadian championship for junior girls." Jack Donohue, the fast-talking New Yorker who took over the national basketball program after coaching at Holy Cross University, has told almost everyone who would listen during the last 10 days that both men's and women's teams will do better in the 1976 Olympics than most Canadians- realize. "Particularly the girls. Their dedication and that's an overused word is tremendous." Already, the girls have been told to prepare lor a two- week trip to Cuba in April, a three-week training camp in May, a journey to China and India in August, the world championship at Call, Columbia, in September and the Pan-Am Games at Mexico City in October. Then Donohue wants to set up headquarters for both teams to remain in one city until after the Olympics. "We'll practise Tuesday through Thursday while at he said. "Then we'll hop a plane and play Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "We'll take Monday off." Donohue said he hopes major Canadian industries un- derstand the difficulty of preparing for an event such as the Olympics. "I want the kids working hard when they're working at the job, but I want the companies they work for to be prepared to let them go on these trips." Angle Dobie said the improvement in Canada's basket- ball level has led to substantial contributions of money, "but the supply might dry tip after the Olympics if we don't do well." "That would be a shame." By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer PINCHER CREEK Alberta's Lethbridge Native Sons came back from a 2-0 deficit, and then blew a two- goal lead Monday night before finally winning their second straight Canada Winter Games hockey contest. Joe Meli's blistering slapshot from outside the blueline just 10 seconds into the second overtime period ended a thrilling game at the Pincher Creek Arena, and lifted the Sons to a 7-8 triumph over Newfoundland. The Native Sons had fallen behind 2-0 in the first period, but battled back to take a 5-3 lead early in the third, to the delight of 900 partisan Southern Alberta fans. A surprisingly tough New- foundland team, however, came storming back to tie the game 5-5, sending it into a 10- minute overtime. The clubs exchanged: goals in that one before Meli ended it in a second, sudden-death, affair. "I just shot for the net, and it went said Meli in the dressing room, after being mobbed by his team-mates on the ice. It was Meli's second goal of the game, and the husky centreman picked up three assists as well, earning the game's first, star for his ef- forts. Albert Dumont also had a pair of goals for the Sons, while singles came off the sticks of Dwayne Howell, Ken Klinkhamrher, and Dennis Halt. Maxwell Hayes scored twice for Newfoundland, while Louis Byrne, Gordon Butler, Paul Newman, and Randy Crane added the others. The game was a scrappy one, with both clubs making lots of mistakes, particularly in the third period and the overtimes, when the players were obviously tired. "What upset said Lethbridge coach Howie Yanosik, "was blowing a 5-3 lead." Same old story "But then, it seems to be the same old story the kids were there when they had to be." "They just never quit." Meli opened the scoring for the Native Sons at the mark of the second period when he took a picture pass from Greg Kveder and beat Newfoundland goaltender Fred Burke with a backhana. Ken Klinkhammer's hard slapshot from the point tied it up midway through the frame, but Newfoundland regained the lead at 3-2 when a deflec- tion fooled Sons' netminder Garry Warner at the mark. However, Dumont and Hatt combined to score a pair of goals within 15 seconds before the second period ended, and Howell's goal just 20 seconds into the third put Lethbridge ahead 5-3. A pair of mistakes by the Native Sons in their own end, though, enabled New- foundland to tie it again by the mark. That was the last scoring until early in the first over- time period, when the Maritime province took a 6-5 lead on Paul Newman's backhand over a sprawling Warner. Then, it was Dumont's se- cond goal on a pass from Terry Roberts at the mark-that knotted the game for the fourth time and set the stage for Meli's heroics. After turning in a stellar performance in a 5-1 win over Manitoba Sunday, the Native Son blueliners were the target for some mild criticism from Yanosik Monday. Must tighten to win "Both teams made a lot of mistakes in their own he said. "But we know for sure we're going to have to tighten up our defence to keep on winning." Over the game, the Native Sons outshbt Newfoundland 36-35, and took seven of the Sixteen minor penalties hand- ed out. In other action Monday in the B division, Quebec kept pace with the Native Sons, .boosting their record to 2-0 with victory over Manitoba. Yves Blain Quebec team with a pair of goals as they skated to a 3-0 lead by the mark of the second period. The other B division game saw New Brunswick even its record at 1-1 with a 9-6 triumph over Prince Edward Island. In the A division, Ontario and Nova Scotia both picked 1 up their second wins without a loss Monday. Ontario skated to an 8-5 vic- tory over British Columbia, while Nova Scotia edged Saskatchewan 5-3. In the other game Monday, Northwest Territories got past the Yukon by a count of 3- 1. The Native Sons play their third game tonight, taking on P.E.I, at the Sportsplex at 9 p.m. A Diviilon W LPIf Ontario............. 2 0 4 Nova Scotia.........2 0 4 B.C.................1 1 N.W.T..............1 1 Saskatchewan.......0 2 Yukon..............0 2 B Division Quebec.............2 0 0 Newfoundland.......1 1 2 New Brunswick.....1 1 2 Manitoba ...........0 2 0 P.E.I.............. 0 2 0 ;