Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, February 21, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 -Tlu- Herald 1975 cJaEnuaxda ____gamesL_ Ontario-Quebec meet Saturday By LARRY TUCKER The Canadian Press Not since' Fort Macleod was an RCMP outpost have so many scouts been wandering around this area of Southern Alberta. This time, unlike the early days o[ (he Canadian west, the scouts aren't trying 10 protect Indians against peripatetic li- quor pushers. They are searching for volleyball players. The guest list at the Canada Winter Games here reads like the Who's Who of Canadian Volleyball. Moo Park of Vancouver, coach of the national women's team, arrived Wednesday night to watch the com- B.C.'s effort on the line The British Columbia men's volleyball team is one step away from the target it set as its objective about two years ago. By tonight, they'll know if their long journey was in vain. The B.C. contingent went through divisional play at the Canada Winter Games with five consecutive victories. Thursday they made few mis- lakes in semi-final action, eliminating Quebec with 15-6 and 15-3 scores. Now only Manitoba can keep the B.C. men away from the gold medals. The B.C. women are still in contention for a gold medal. "I've really been satisfied with the way we have said Don MacLen- nan. coach of the B.C. men. "Wp won all our matches in two straight games." MacLennan said B.C.'s Winter Games gold medal hunt began in 1973 when 60 youngsters from that province were invited to a summer training camp. Since then the original group has been pared, added to, then trimmed some more. "It's been expensive for the he said. "They've had to pay most of their travelling expenses to attend camps, clinics and whatever." Lynne Ransby, coach of the Manitoba women, said that while the Mamtobans haven't had much practice together as a team, they've become a solid unit. "Manitoba has one of the best high school volleyball systems in Ransby .said. "Even though the season is only about two months long, it's still a good one. I think that has a lot to do with why Manitoba can have such strong dteams. Alberta 1 of 4 undefeated in table tennis National team coaches scout volleyball petition, and Bill Neville of Montreal, coach of the national men's team, was on his way to this snowbound city Thursday. Val Keller of Ottawa, technical director of the Cana- dian Volleyball Association and former coach of the US. men's and women's Olympic (cams, has been here all week. June Wilms of Vancouver, coach of the national junior women's team, is another interested observer, and Wilms' assistant, Lynne Ran- sby, is also here. Ransby coaches the Manitoba women's team here and is having considerable success. Three of Ransby's players Val Campbell, Mary Street and Bev Taylor, all of Win- nipeg are also members of the women's national junior team. It's people like them that Park, Wilms et al are scouting for. "One of the main purposes of my trip here is to look for girls who can help our team in the 1976 Olympics at Park said. Wilms is enthusiastic about the court activity she has seen this week and thinks the future of volleyball in Canada is bright. The general calibre of play here has been she said. "It has been steadily improv- ing in Canada and coaching clinics across Canada have done a lot to help. "We had an international coaching clinic at York University in Toronto a while ago and some of the best coaches in the world were there. There were about 60 Canadian volleyball coaches at the clinic and they got to work with such people as the Japanese and East German Olympic coaches." Competitions such as this one have been beneficial to improving the calibre of. the game in Canada, Wilms said She added that the junior women's team will be holding. a month long camp at Van- couver this July and that it is likely several invitations will be offered to the people com- peting in the Winter Games. "We've only started our national programs Wilms said. "Moo Park started the women's team in April and Bill Neville was hired in July. By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer TABER Alberta remained one of four undefeated teams Thursday, but only by the barest of margins, as table tennis finished its second day of com- petition. After humbling Northwest Territories 20-0 in its first match of the day, the Alberta team twice had to play a tie-breaking mixed doubles set to emerge victorious in other matches. If two teams are tied at the end of the regulation 20 sets, a mixed doubles set is played to decide the winner. In an afternoon match at Taber's W. R. Myers High School, New Brunswick almost pulled off an upset over Alberta, as its women won seven of nine singles sets to lift the Maritime province to a 10-10 lie. However, in the mixed doubles set, the Alberta duo of Richard Mah and Judy Mack combined to dump John McKnight and Ingrid Martenyi of New Brunswick 21-18, 17-21, 21-15 for the match victory. Then, in the evening, Mah and Mack combined again, downing Brian Zem- bick and Janice Watson of Manitoba 21- 17, 21-15 in a tie-breaking set. In the match with Manitoba, it was the Alberta women who carried the load, as they took seven of nine singles sets as well as their doubles set, ac- counting for eight of Alberta's 10 wins in regulation play. Manitoba was expected to be Alber- ta's first real test, and was tabbed by Alberta coach Hugh Arndt as one of the teams his club would have to beat for a bronze medal. The other one was British Columbia, while Arndt conceded that Ontario and Quebec would probably take the gold and silver. Ontario, Quebec and B.C. were the other teams still undefeated in six matches after Thursday's action. Ontario beat Newfoundland and Nova Scotia by 19-1 scores and Prince Edward Island 16-2 while Quebec walk- ed through the day's activities without losing a single set. La Belle Province blitzed Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan 20-0. British Columbia had it not much tougher, shutting out N.W.T. 20-0, and dumping Newfoundland and P.E.I. 19-1 and 18-2 respectively. Today could be a rough day for Alber- ta, as they were scheduled to face British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec in the third day of table tennis action at W. R. Myers. Mah and Mack continued to lead the Alberta team individually in Thur- sday's three rounds. After six rounds of action, Mah has won 14 of his IB singles sets as well as being a party to four doubles victories against only one loss. Mack has triumphed in 16 single sets, losing only two; and has not .tasted defeat in six doubles sets. Debbie Tolh, a 14-year-old from Pic- ture Butte, won five of her nine singles sets Thursday, duplicating her perfor- mance in the first day's action. She now has a 10-8 record in singles competition, and has won her only doubles set. Table tennis action got underway again this morning with three rounds scheduled for today. The final two rounds of the 12-team round robin tournament go Saturday at W. R. Myers, with Ontario and Quebec squaring off in the final round which begins at p.m. Alberta British Columbia Ontario Quebec Manitoba i'rincc tjiward Island Saskatchewan New Brunswick Nova Scotia Yukon Newfoundland Norlbwesl territories W LPIS. 6 0 12 6 0 12 6 0 12 6 0 12 4 2 8 J 3 6 2 4 4 I 5 2 1 5 2 I 5 2 0 6 0 060 Miffed lifters hoist for medals MARIO LA POINT, NEW BRUNSWICK, MAY HAVE TO RETURN HIS MEDAL Quebec files protest over eligibility By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer While there were no actual boxing matches held Thurs- day there was still plenty of action in the Winter Games boxing camp. Boxers took the day off as the venue site changed from Claresholm to the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion, but the Quebec mission took the op- portunity to file a protest. The official protest, which went first to boxing com- mittee chairman 0. C. Stubbs, and then on to the Games Jury, was protesting the eligibility of a number of box- ers competing in the Games. Quebec points out in its complaint that 14 boxers represented Canada on an intermediate boxing team that toured the states of Massachusetts, Louisiana and Florida, competing in an American tournament from Dec. 29 through to Jan. II; 1975, and that six of the boxers on that team, from various provinces, are boxing in the Games. One of the eligibility re- quirements for the Games' boxing states that a boxer who boxes with the Canadian National team or in an inter- national tournament is not eligible for the Games. The problem seems to arise from the interpretation of what constitutes an inter- national match. Among those boxers singled out by the Quebec is Alberta boxer Mike Young. The decision as to the credibility of the Quebec protest will first go through the Games Jury, consisting of Dr. Bedicki, Bill McEwan and Jim Panton, and will then likely end up in the hands of the Canadian Amateur Boxing chairman, Ossie Ossland. B.C., Quebec, Alberta take skate titles By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Diminutive Kerry Smith of Calgary fulfill- ed one of the goals of her young life Thursday night when she won a medal in the Women's B Singles in the Canada Winter Games figure skating. The 12-year-old Calgary Miss gave Alberta a bronze medal when she skated to a third place finish in the large class of 34 com- petitors. Yvonne Anderson of British Columbia pick- ed up the gold medal with an excellent program that included two markings of 4.9 with the rest of her marks all over the four point mark. Quebec look the silver medal when Susan Elizabeth Smith, the 34th skater to perform before the large crowd of close to al the Sportsplcx received marks of over four from all five judges in both the technical and the artistic calcgories. The loudest applause of the night was reserved for Kerry Smith as the crowd sens-, ed at the end of her program that she would be in the medals. Skating a routine that was fast moving and lull of intricate jumps and graceful movements, Kerry earned four marks over four points in both the artistic and technical categories. Her routine was choreographed by her club pro Greg Folk, who is also the coach of the Alberta figure skating team. "I don't know how to describe how I she said alter receiving her bronze medal. "I guess I'm just as happy as I can be." Kerry's three to four hours of practice a day, seven days a week, have paid off for her, but she has no intention of giving up the gruelling grind. "If I could skate until I'm 70 I think I she said. "I love to skate. Us one of the great sports." Her impressions of the Winter Games com- petitions in general are enthusiastic. "I think they're just great. They give the younger athletes a chance to gain experience and compete with the best in the country." Alberta's other entry in the Women's B Singles class, Monica Fleming, also of Calgary, placed ninth overall with a perfor- mance that included three marks over four points. The scoring system works on the principle of five judges marking the skaters on their merits with a mark of six being a perfect score. "The lop marks of 4.9 were very .good referee Joan Maclagan stated. "The skaters who were scoring high were very good and they earned every point they received." The second half of the figure skating program Thursday night featured the first section of the Dance A competition. Six teams of skaters, including Alberta's Kathy Singbell and Robert Scott of Calgary, are competing in the two-segment event. The first segment last night had all the skaters skating to the Starlight Waltz in the compulsory category. Saturday afternoon at one o'clock the free skating segment of the class will be held. An interesting sidelight to the Dance A class was the fact that the two Quebec entries, Andre and Danielle Nadeau and Pierre and Nicole Nadeau are all brothers and sisters. The skaters are marked 50 per cent on the compulsory category and the remainder on the free style. Figure skating resumes today at 7 p.m. in the Sportsplex. By Herald Sports Writer BOW, ISLAND The wounds have not been totally soothed, but it is safe to say they are on the mend. Weightlifting went on as scheduled Thursday What all took place Wednes- day and into the wee hours of Thursday is still not crystal clear but action did take place and when it was completed Ontario, to the surprise of very few, had accumulated a gold and silver in the lightweight competition. Quebec and Ontario were expected to dominate the lifting events and have done so, with some interference from New Brunswick and howls from committee rooms. Lightweight Terry Hadlow of Ontario got 225 kilograms above his head to win the gold for his Ontario team and then watched as Ron Hayes, also of Ontario and Nova Scotia's Andre Rioux both lifted 217.5 kilos. Hayes won the silver as he weighed in pounds lighter than Rioux. The bronze went to Rioux, who next time may skip breakfast. Wednesday, Quebec picked up two of three gold medals presented but the big noise was made by Mario Lapointe of New Brunswick. Lapointe lifted an incredible 165 kilograms in 'flyweight competition in an exhibition of strength that helped set first one teenage record and then eclipse that mark on his next attempt. Lapointe chalked up a record lift of 75 kilos in the "snatch" event and came right back to make the new standard 77 "2 kilos: His efforts easily gave him the gold over runner up Guy Greavettc of British Columbia who lifted 132Vz kilos, while the bronze medal, for third place, was claimed by Zyg- munt Grzelewski of Ontario with a lift of 130 kilos. A kilo, it should be made clear, is equivalent to pounds. Quebec stood front and centre in both the ban- tamweight and featherweight finals. In the bantamweight, Ray- mond Lapierre won the gold with a lift of 167 "c kilos to get past Earl Farrell's lift of kilos. Robert Hussey earned the bronze for New- foundland with a hoist of 150 kilos. Each lifter is allowed three attempts at a particular weight and his lift must be agreed upon by two of the three judges. Michael Mercier got that approval from the judges in the featherweight class with a lift of kilos, just more than British Columbia's Robert Rudeck. The bronze went to Raymond Derguin of Quebec with a lift of 195 kilos. By taking two of the four gold medals awarded thus far in weightlifting Quebec looks to gain 12 points from the competition and that would all but assure them of the Canada Games flag. But the question still remains, will they get the points? said one official who wished to remain unidentified because of the controversy surrounding the event. A motion was passed un- animously Thursday morning by the Sports Technical Ad- visory Board stating "that the weightlifting committee be allowed to proceed with the competition according to their Federation rules and that Games medals be awarded to the first three finishers in each event, but that the final results of the weightlifting event be set aside as far as provincial standings, the Canada Games flag and the Centennial Cup are concerned in order to avoid conflict between the principles of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation and the Canada Games." The weightlifting controversy was not exactly new or unexpected. There was a similar dispute in the 1971 Canada Winter Games in Saskatoon but that was ul- timately resolved. Another Games rule that brought resistance this time was the limi tation of one lifter in each event, with the provi- sion that points would only be awarded to the highest finisher. It was also decided lhat if a team put two men into one class it would have to drop one from another. Again the weightlifters balked, but they apparently decided to accept. Officials of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation, up- set over the point system adopted by the Games, say they wrote to" the Games organizers some months ago raising the issue but received no reply. From the standpoint of the people organizing the Games, no reply seemed necessary, they were not about to change the rules. The 12-11-10-9 poinls system is aimed at giving weaker teams a chance in the race tor points, even if only to help them win the Centennial Cup. Flyweighl 1. Mario Lapointc, New Brunswick; 2. Guy Grcavctte. British Columbia; 3. Zygmunt Grzelewski Onl Nnnlamweighl 1 Raymond Lapierre. Quebec; 2. Earl Parrell, n.C.: 3. Robert Hussey, New- foundland. Featherweight 1. Michael Mer- cier. Quebec: 2. Robert Rudeck. B.C.: 3. Haymond Dcrguin, Quebec. Lightweight I. Terry Hadlow, Onl.; 2. Ron Hayes. Onl.; 3 Aridre Rioux, Nova Scotia. Ontario grabs Games judo gold By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor It has been a case of four up and four down in the judo competitions at the 1975 Canada Winter Games for the Alberta team. Thursday it suffered possibly its biggest upset as Lethbridge's Guy Pomahac was denied a chance at a medal after suffering a freak blow to the head in what turn- ed out to be his last fight of the day. On the other hand, two ex- tremely talented Ontario judokas collected gold medals at Winston Churchill High School. Pomahac, who Alberta coach Ronald Van Den Huevel looked to as the key to his team's chances at a was involved in a tremendous bout with Jack Hirose of British Columbia when he was staggered by an unintentional smash to the head early in the bout. The blow had a lasting affect on the young Lethbridge judoka and he never fully recovered from it and lost a very close decision. Dr. Tony Pomahac, who is also Guy's father, tended to young Guy after the fight and found him to still be groggy. Victory spoiled The other Albertan on Thur- sday's schedule, Ted Bolseng, started with an afternoon vic- tory but his success was quickly curtailed by two set- backs. Pomahac, before losing to Hirose, had won three of his four bouts. He was somewhat shaky in his opener against Hubert Marchbank of Prince Edward Island but quickly disposed of Derek Andrews in his second fight. Competing in the under 187 pound division Pomahac scored an ippon victory over Andrews but in turn lost by the same score to gold medalist Harry Nadolny of Ontario. Pomahac got back in the thick of the battle for the medals as he notched yet another ippon victory over Timothy Ainsworth of Nova Scotia. His win over Ainsworth set the stage for his bout with Hirose. Bolseng, after winning a decision from Geordie Whitney of Nova Scotia was sent to the sidelines by losing to Doug Wilson of the Yukon and Martial Despres of Quebec. Gruelling match Nadolny emerged with the gold medal after a gruelling struggle with Hirose. Hirose, who had to be tired from three straight bouts previous to the final, appeared to have the upper hand in the final but Nadolny, in a possi- ble stall for a breather, suf- fered what looked like a blow to the kidney. He was quickly proclaimed fit and came back to win the gold as he had Hirose near submission when the seven minute fight was over. Hirose won the silver while Sylvain Dufour of Quebec was the bronze recipient. Despres wasn't all too happy with referee Yosh Scnda of Lethbridge after his loss to Wilson in the semi final. He kicked out at the of- ficial when the decision was announced. On the other hand, Phil Takahashi made no mistake in claiming his gold medal in the 127-pound class. Takahashi threw .silver winner Doug Wilson of the Yukon al the midway mark of their seven minute fight, but there was no question as to the ippon. Wilson literally Hew over the shoulder of the shorter, but much faster Takahashi. The bronze medal went to Despres. Ill I. Harry Onl.: 2. .lack Hirme, B.C.: 3. Sylviln, Durour, Quebec. 177 I. Pbil Tiklluun, Onl.: 2. Doug Wilson. Mir- lial Dospres, Quebec.