HUMBER RIVER DEFEATS ROUGE RIVER IN BATTLE OF TITANS
How could we know back in 2018 that the matchup between the Humber River Humdingers and Rouge River Blush would be the start of a steamy Field of Dreamers rivalry? When the Humdingers won their first ever Discus Cup and had their name etched into the mantel, it began an era of Rouge and Humber staking claim to the championship – eclipsed only last year when Garrison Creek broke through the Red/Yellow ceiling. In 2019, the Rouge River Raccoons fleeced victory from the Humber River Haze. And last night, with beautiful weather, a boisterous crowd, and charismatic commentators, the Humber River Hungry Hippos won their team’s second championship thanks to elite fielding and potent hitting!
FIELD OF DREAMER CHAMPIONSHIP RING TREE UPDATED
Twenty players from Humber River teams have one 1 championship (2018, 2023). Twenty players from Rouge River teams have one 1 championship (2017, 2019, 2021). Six players from Garrison Creek teams (2022) have one 1 championship. These are represented by the gold, red, and green rings in the first graphic below and the names of those players are written below.
Kirsten Dick, Chris Yates, Victoria Barnett, and Terrance Luscombe joined a prestigious group of Field of Dreamers players who have won 2 championships in the league. The other players on this list include: Andy Smith (2017, 2022); Jo Jefferson (2018, 2022); Kate Uffelman (2017, 2019); Lainie Basman (2017, 2022); LJ Robinson (2019, 2022); Ness Dixon (2017, 2019); Rachel Small (2018, 2022); Ryan Hayes (2018, 2021); Sena Hussein (2019, 2021); Shelagh Pizey-Allen (2017, 2019); Stuart Schussler (2017, 2019).
Only one player in Field of Dreamers history has won more than 2 championships, and their streak finally came to an end this season. Nat Saavedra won championships with the Humber River Humdingers (2018), Rouge River Raccoons (2019), Rouge River Rainbow Rebellion (2021), and Garrison Creek Gamma Rays (2022).
Will Credit River or Don River break through for their first championships in 2024? Will Humber River defend its title? Will Garrison Creek return to form? Will Rouge River continue to expand its early dynasty? Will your name finally make it onto the hallowed RINGS page? Only time will tell.
Don River Celine D’On (5th Place)
Do not grieve the last place finish for the Celine D’Ons. For if you’ve been a longtime follower of the Field of Dreamers you’ll know that the purple of Don has proved to be a cursed colour. But if you look beyond the record, a season of magic happened for Don. It’s all coming back to me now. There were nights when the wind was so cold, but Rachele Clemente, RT Titus and Dao Le were causing havoc on the base paths. And if I just listened to it just outside my window, I could hear the voices of Seb Higgins and Rob Jackson calmly steering their team to victory. There were days when the sun was so cruel, and yet Nat Saavedra and Janice Lee would not simply withstand the heat but turn it up with clutch hits! And I just knew my eyes were drying up forever when I witnessed the beautiful split seasons of new parents Annelies Cooper & Devin Clancy and Rachel Small & Jo Jefferson. Don: I finished crying in the instant that you left, because I knew that rookies Kai Somerville and Paul Pritchard were now core players. And I can’t remember when or where or how Finn MacLeod became one of the breakout hitters in the league. I banished every memory of the game Garrison Creek lost 23-4 against Don River. Because….when you touched the league like you did, Don River Celine D’ons, when you held us like that, we just had to admit that it’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to us noooooowwwwwwwwwwwww.
Garrison Creek Good Griefers (4th Place)
For a team that seemed to be created out of Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory, the Garrison Creek squad brought a lot of joy to each game they played. The team rallied around their Garden Song. And someday their gonna live in your house up on a hill, that’s where you’ll find Darren Puscas tracking down fly balls that don’t appear catchable or where you’ll find Lainie Basman pulling the team together with so many positive vibes. Meanwhile Stu Schussler, Mercedes Lee, Travis Silverman, and Ness Dixon are planting gardens in the yard as they created a solid core of hitters in the middle of the Garrison lineup. Gluing roses on a flatbed in the thousands, Jenny Chan, Krysta Williams, and Kira Kastner provided both the style and substance needed for the GGs of GC to excel. And despite it going all up in flames, Syd Gilchrist turned in an elite rookie season, Laura Windhorst returned from a mid-season injury to give the team a needed boost. Michelle Kidd, Robyn Letson, and Craig Fortier saw their reflection in the water of a team that played wacky shifts, communicated well, and played with the most joyful sadness, the most bittersweet success, that is a 4th place finish.
Credit River Riot (3rd Place)
A riotous season came to an end for the Credit River Riot with a thrilling victory against the Garrison Creek Good Griefers in the Consolation Game. And for a moment, I was brought back to April 29 1992, while you were sitting home watching your tv, the Credit River team was participating in some “small a” anarchy! The final game saw Claire Heese-Boutin, Yosnai Mena Mora, and Colin Hastings all do their best Phill Morgan impressions with extra base hits galore. On defence Jill Aoki, Sam Ponting, and Manjeet Bedi played solid throughout the game. Shannon Dunham and Claudia Calabro paired up to buttress the team core and Brianna Greaves and Peter Demakos sped around the bases for old time’s sake. Camie Koo and Paula John continued to play like the heart and soul of the team. While the team missed Carianne Leung and Nate Kulasinghe in the final game, the team as a whole found their stride mis-season and were a fierce challenger for every team that they faced.Continue reading “HUNGRY HIPPOS ARE CHAMPIONS”