A.G. Baillie Bears participate in Westside winter carnival for second time

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NEW GLASGOW – Nothing could stop the Bears from hitting the ice.

A.G. Baillie Bear Matt Allen takes possession of the ball. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

A.G. Baillie students were scheduled to put the east and west side rivalry to rest with a broomball game against Acadia Street School on Saturday. However, conflicting schedules prevailed and the Bears took on members of the Kinsmen instead.

“It gives them a sense of community,” Matt MacGillivray, physical education teacher for A.G. Baillie, said about what they get from the game.

This is the second year the Bears have participated in the winter carnival held by the Westside Community Centre.

Last year, they faced off against Acadia at John Brother MacDonald stadium.

They’ve been gearing up for the game in gym class for a few weeks.

MacGillivray said it promotes the game at a grassroots level.

He notes it’s an accessible game.

“It puts everyone on a level playing field.”

It’s not expensive, as it doesn’t require much gear.

He said the students are more likely to join in because there’s no one person dominating.

They had approximately 15 students show up.

The afternoon game was a warm-up for the adults, before the Westside Community Centre took on the North-End Rec Centre that evening.

Organizations: Westside Community Centre, Acadia Street School, North-End Rec Centre

Geographic location: Acadia

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