The champions of the Westport Lions volleyball tournament was Jeffery on the Block. From left to right are Ryan Vandenberg, Reid Sauvé, Jeff Skelhorn and Jordyn Black.
Tom Savage (far right) and Foley Mountain Playboys entertained the large crowd at the Westport Lions Westfest.
Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
Saturday July 16 was a busy and great day for the Westport Lions Club members. The club had four different groups involved in four different activities. As usual, every Friday and Saturday the club had a crew conducting business at the Lions Reuse & Recycle Centre. Another group travelled to Athens to help the Athens Lions Club with their annual Farmersville exhibition. The third group organized a music festival called Westfest at the beach to show our appreciation to the community for their support. Finally, the fourth group ran the successful Rock the Beach Volleyball Tournament.
After a two-year break due to COVID, it was terrific to have eight teams participate in the eighth Lions Rock the Beach Volleyball Tournament. Players from Kemptville, Kingston, Perth, Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Mallorytown, Prescott and Westport participated.
All teams played at least nine games, with the eventual winners Jeffery on the Block, led by Jordyn Black from Kingston, winning the tournament. The champions defeated the local team called Why You Be Hayden Heartless Brown Seabass in the third game of the best of three-game series. The local team, led by Chris Hartley, did win the prize for the worst team’s name.
Jeffery on the Block lost only one game out of the 14 games they played. All the games were close, which resulted in some exciting and skillful volleyball. The other teams were Block Party, Washed Up, Cast Aways, Ryatt Sunseekers, Volley Llamas (voted the best name) and Outsiders. Every player received multiple prizes thanks to our many generous sponsors. Please check out the thank you ad in this week’s edition.
Adding Westfest to the volleyball tournament helped to create a very festive atmosphere. There are too many Lions members and volunteers that helped to make this day a success to mention individually, but some deserve special mention.
The club appreciates the sponsorship of the event by Josh Doornehamp of Aarda Construction. Tom Savage and the Foley Mountain Playboys worked hard in the heat to entertain the crowd with terrific blue grass music from noon to 5:00 p.m. Lion Kevin Kardash barbecued hamburgers, hotdogs, and sausages during the event to feed the large crowd. Finally, the massage students from Trillium College in Kingston provided free massages to the sore muscles of the volleyball players and the public.