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longma Monday, October 6th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: October 4th, 2008
Less than a month
Review: Kincardine Novice Reps Work on Team Building

On Saturday, October 4 2008, the Kincardine Home Hardware Novice Rep Kinucks took to the “Bullseye” paintball grounds near Belmore. The story that follows is true and without embellishment.
As the fog lifted over the ridge that day, I was humbled with the equality gained by 6, 7 and 8 year olds. Travis Anderson was barely visible as only a tuft of blond hair stuck out from his camouflage-covered body. Emma Swift looked up at me and smiled; her hair was pulled back and she had a twinkle in one eye, or so I thought. If it weren’t for her gun filled with 150 paint balls traveling at 250 feet per second, she would’ve had the innocence of young a Shirley Temple.
Coach Mark Long had a plan - so did Custard! The team would develop communication skills under the utmost pressure and attain a level of trust never experienced at the novice level. Despite major casualties the plan would come to fruition.
In the first match, parent’s vs players, ex-marine Rob Bishop led a relentless and unforgiving battle as yelps for “mommy” rung out across the wet terrain. The teams were changed and in another match, I found myself in a bunker with Darian Kuz a.k.a. “Dirty Harry.” Coach Matt McArthur was shelling our location, when to my shock, Kuz stood, unguarded from cover, and with a smirk that can only be described as eerie, repeatedly fired at his unsuspecting coach and took out the enemy. Inspired by the courage under fire, I leapt from my position and demanded “mercy” from Austyn McArthur and Brennan Long. With victory at our fingertips, I noticed the rather large head of Tony Swift. With one squeeze of the trigger, his head was covered with yellow paint and victory was secured.
Field nurse Mary Lynne McCormick worked her magic in the final game as she created a make shift dressing station that would’ve impressed Canadian hero John McCrae. First, Jacob Bishop retreated with a belly wound and was soon joined by Justin Moulton. Moments later Jake Colley made it to McCormick with a yellow stained head, the result of an apparent encounter with Coach Long. McCormick’s kindness was so overwhelming that Seamus Anderson swears he saw Coach Dan McFadden shoot himself in the foot in order to gain her attention!
The call for “game over” was announced and we made our way back to camp. Smiles and laughter were abundant as parents and players alike recalled the matches. As I think about the up coming hockey season, I don’t know how many games will be won or lost this season, but what I do know, is that they will be won and lost as a TEAM.

Written by team correspondent Keith Colley.

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