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Kitchener Rivershark Twins to Defend their National Title

April 21, 2010

Kitchener, ON


Jim Hallman, primary local sponsor of the Kitchener Rivershark Twins is pleased to announce the 2009 Canadian Senior Men’s National Champions will defend their title when they participate in the Sr. Men’s tournament August 29 to September 5 in Charlottetown, PEI. After a 41 year drought the R-Twins captured their first ever National Championship in St.Thomas , last year. “ It is a tremendous honour to be able to carry the mantle of Canadian Champions, “ said Hallman. “ To give up the opportunity to defend it goes against all we have stood for over five decades in Kitchener-Waterloo.  The game itself has gone through tremendous transition the past few years. Few teams get the chance to visit one of our great provinces to play a game we love, we are all looking forward to the Charlottetown experience and a chance to defend our title. “
 
The Rivershark Twins will host two tournament events in Ontario this summer with the Legends of Fastball Classic scheduled for June 25 – 27, in Kitchener. This years event is expecting 10 top men’s teams and a junior division is being added for the first time. “ Ontario has always been a hub for softball, in every age group, “ said coach Larry Lynch. “ We have hosted a men’s club team event for over 40 years, we think it time we add the junior division to showcase the Legends of the future.”
 
The second annual Tavistock Rocks weekend will run July 16 – 18 in the village of Tavistock, 20 kilometers west of Kitchener. Tournament director Dave Bailey is looking for a great second year event with teams from Kitchener, Midland, Niagara and Elmira already committed. “ Our first year was hampered by heavy rain but the quality of teams and the small town enthusiasm made for a great event that can only get better with age,” said Bailey. “ Small towns are the heartbeat of the game in Ontario, we expect great crowds and even better competition this year.”
 
The R-Twins are just finalizing their summer tournament schedule but are planning to compete in the ASA championships in South Bend, Indiana, a couple club tournaments and the ISC World Tournament in Midland, Michigan before capping the season off at the Canadian’s in Charlottetown.
 
Larry Lynch
 
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