OTA West Region Jr. Tennis Tour stops in Amherstburg



By Ron Giofu


Some of the region’s finest tennis players were in Amherstburg recently as part of the OTA West Region Tennis Tour.

About 15 players participated in the May 26 tournament, about half of what they had last year. Convenor Nancy Loeffler-Caro said weather was partially to blame as the forecast wasn’t favourable that day. That said, she was pleased with how things went.

“The kids were happy. It’s kind of nice to have nice courts in Amherstburg where I can run tournaments,” said Loeffler-Caro. “It went off really well.”

The tournament saw refurbished courts in Anderdon and Malden used. In all, it is one of eight tournaments on the schedule with others being in Chatham, Sarnia, London, Rockwood, Stratford, Southampton and Kitchener. There are over 300 youths on the OTA tour this year, she added, noting it used to be called the Little Caesars Tennis Tour.

Players from the local AMA Tennis Club in Amherstburg won four of the five events, she added.

Declan McGrath competes in the recent OTA West Region Jr. Tennis Tour event that was held in Amherstburg. (Submitted photo)

Mixed U10 Champion

Felix Fan (AMA Club)


Girls U14

Maggie Betker (London)


Boys U14

Ryan Cipkar (AMA Club)


Girls U18

Ashley Injic (AMA Club)


Boys U18

Matteo Palumbo (AMA Club)


It will be the first of two tournaments being held in Amherstburg this year as the Amherstburg Open Tournament is July 13-15. Events in that tournament include Open Women’s Singles, Open Men’s Singles, Over 40 Women’s Singles, Over 40 Men’s Singles, Open Women’s Doubles and Open Men’s Doubles. The entry fee for that is $25 per event.

Loeffler-Caro also helps oversee the Essex County Tennis Association with not only the Amherstburg team involved, but teams in LaSalle and Lakeshore as well. There are 12-and-under and 19-and-under teams with local practise being Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. for the 12-and-under and 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays for the 19-and-under. Both are at the Malden courts.

For information on the upcoming tournament or the league itself, visit the town’s website at www.amherstburg.ca and search under parks and recreation.

People can also e-mail Loeffler-Caro directly at ama_tennis.club@yahoo.ca.

Jr. Bulldogs still looking for first win after 32-0 loss to Kennedy



By Ron Giofu


Despite a lopsided score going against them, the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team believes they still had their chances against Kennedy.

The Kennedy Clippers downed the Bulldogs 32-0 Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium. A pair of first half touchdowns – one in the first quarter and another in the second quarter – gave Kennedy a 12-0 lead at the half as neither two-point conversion try was successful.

General Amherst’s Evan Beadow (right, 8) evades a Kennedy tackler during first half action Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium.

An apparent Kennedy 55-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter was called back on a penalty.

Kennedy did score their third touchdown early in the third quarter before General Amherst had a chance of their own. Quarterback Emmitt Rosati ran from his own three yard line to the Kennedy 20 yard line but the Amherst drive stalled shortly thereafter.

Tyler Ryan (32, right) breaks up a pass attempt against Kennedy Oct. 3. Kennedy defeated General Amherst 32-0 at Windsor Stadium.

Kennedy scored on an 83-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss, General Amherst coach Dino Rosati saw some positives from his team.

“We’ve just got to execute,” said Rosati. “We dropped a lot of balls that could have been game-changers.”

The Bulldogs also missed some tackles that, if made, could have changed their fortunes.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” said Rosati.

The Bulldogs feature many players that are new to football and Rosati added that there is some improvement from them and guys are stepping up.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” he stated.

Rosati added they have to “get back to basics” and work on their catching and tackling. He believed they will get better as the season unfolds.

General Amherst quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7, left) throws a pass as a Kennedy defender bears down on him during last Tuesday afternoon’s WECSSAA junior football game at Windsor Stadium.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” he said.

The Bulldogs play next Tuesday at 4 p.m. against the Massey Mustangs at Centennial Park.