ADSHADE: Player sparks inspiration from trying incident

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Give credit to Pictou County's Garrett Holmes, the former Crusher who has helped organize the Swing for Tourette's Syndrome Lob Ball tournament, slated for next weekend in Trenton.

Garrett Holmes poses with a poster promoting the Swing for Tourette Syndrome Lob Ball Tournament being held next week in Trenton.

Holmes, who has Tourette's, was mocked by a Truro Bearcats player early last season, but says he received tremendous support from the community in the aftermath of that incident. Instead off running away and hiding, Holmes is doing just the opposite, and his approach should serve as an inspiration to others – whether they live with Tourette's or not.

You hear bad things about young people these days – that's nothing new, some older folks always seem to be griping about young whippersnappers – but it's good to be reminded now and again that there are plenty of good kids out there who are ready and able to make a difference in a positive way.

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I was at a buddy of mine's place last Saturday afternoon, as the Netherlands and Costa Rica duelled in a World Cup quarterfinal. Early in the game, the Netherlands started playing keep-away, as the backline of their defence started passing the ball back and forth, wasting time, slowing down the game, curing insomnia. It went on for a couple of minutes, then they'd make a long pass, only to see the Costa Ricans boot the ball back out to the midfield area. This riveting action was repeated for several minutes – it was like watching the New Jersey Devils play their infamous brand of trap-defence hockey – until I said, "hey D-Man, why don't ’ya paint the living room so we can watch the paint dry?"

I didn't really say that – I would have, had it occurred to me at the time – but you get the point, right?

Soccer highlights on the sports TV networks can be entertaining – it's easy to appreciate the skill and imaginations some of these players possess – but it's the other 85 minutes of a soccer match that I'm not getting. 

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Julia Henderson and Bernadette Little also deserve some kudos. The Abercrombie Golf Club competitors went head-to-head at the Nova Scotia Women's Amateur golf championship last week, with each of them getting into a three-way sudden-death playoff before Henderson outlasted the other two and captured her second NSGA women's amateur in three years. Both Henderson and Little will be part of the Nova Scotia contingent at the national women's amateur championship, to be held later this month, in Woodstock, Ont.

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Leaf fans are abuzz, apparently, with speculation on who will be the new assistant coaches under head coach Randy Carlyle next season. I'm absolutely breathless with anticipation – with Gord Dineen and Derek King among the candidates, how could a Leafs fan not be giddy right about now? It's mid-July, heartbreak is months and months away, so when something as exciting as the assistant coaching situation grabs hold, you know there will be lots of sleepless nights in Leaf Nation until this drama has been resolved.

I don't care who the assistant coaches are, I don't even care that much about who the head coach is. What I do know is that someone on that Leafs' roster – and I'm not thinking about Dion Phaneuf here – has to step in, grab the team by the throat and inject some jam into their collective consciousness.  

 

Kevin Adshade is a sports columnist for The News.

Organizations: New Jersey Devils, Abercrombie Golf Club

Geographic location: Netherlands, Costa Rica, Nova Scotia Woodstock

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