Cody Crowley Is Now 18-0 After Win At Memorial Centre Streamed Internationally On UFC Fight Pass

Peterborough’s Cody Crowley swept all three judges’ scoredcards by 100-90 to defeat Mian Hussain and move to 18-0 in his boxing career in front of 2,500 fans at the Memorial Centre—and a worldwide audience streaming internationally on UFC Fight Pass—on Saturday night (October 19th).

“A huge thank you to everyone who made it out last night to support my dream of becoming a world champion as I made my UFC Fight Pass Debut last night at the Memorial Centre,” Crowley said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Photo by Emily Wilson (via Cody Crowley’s Facebook page)

Photo by Emily Wilson (via Cody Crowley’s Facebook page)

Crowley retains his Canadian Professional Boxing Council superweight title with the win at Homecoming V: Going Global, capping a great week in which he received a key to the city of Peterborough.

“There is no better feeling than fighting in front of my hometown Peterborough,” Crowley adds in his Facebook post. “I want to take a second to thank my whole team at CCC Promotions for working their butts off for the past 6 weeks to make this event as big as it was! I couldn’t do it without the amazing team that I have in my corner! From my parents/family/coach and management team and the amazing sponsors, all the way to everyone who made it out to support the event! We are one huge team that is starting to get noticed around the world.... ON TO THE NEXT.”

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Undefeated Canadian Super Welterweight Cody Crowley Headlines “Homecoming V: Going Global”

Undefeated, world-rated super welterweight Cody “The Crippler” Crowley will headline “Homecoming V: Going Global,” presented by CCC Promotions, on Saturday, October 19th at Peterborough Memorial Centre.

The 26-year-old Crowley (17-0, 9 KOs), who is also co-founder of CCC Promotions, is rated No. 8 in the world by the World Boxing Association. Crowley is the reigning Canada Professional Boxing Council (CPBC) Nation super welterweight champion.

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In his most recent fight this past February, Crowley made his first CPBC title defense, winning a 12-round unanimous ecision over Stuart McLellan (25-2-3).

“I left the town of Peterborough with nothing but a work ethic, hope and a dream—hope that I would find the right skill set to make my dream of becoming a world champion come true,” says Peterborough hero Crowley, who is now training in Las Vegas. “At 17-0, I know that my skill set is heading in the right direction. I am super excited to see what the future holds.”

Priced at $62.15, $39.,55 and $28.25, tickets go on sale Friday, September 6th, and will be available to purchase by going online at memorialcentre.ca. VIP packages are also available by texting/calling CCC Promotions at 705.927.3265.  

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22 Nations Competing At World Lacrosse U19 Championships In Peterborough

The opening ceremonies of the 2019 World Lacrosse U19 Women’s Lacrosse Championships at Trent University will honour the origins of the sport within Indigenous nations alongside 21 additional teams.

The ceremony on Wednesday, July 31st at 6 p.m. at Justin Chiu Stadium at Trent officially opens the U19 Championships. Over the next 10 days, 22 nations—including the Haudenosaunee—will compete in games at Trent and at Fleming College. Canada will defend its 2015 World Championship with Team Canada alumnus Allison Daley on the bench as associate coach.

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The modern game of lacrosse originated with the Haudenosaunee and has been played among them for centuries. It is known as Teiontshihkwa:’eks (pronounced Day yoo chee gwa ecks), meaning the “ball and stick” game, as well as Tewa’a:raton (pronounced Day wa awe law doo), meaning the “netted stick” in the Mohawk language. It was passed among different Indigenous nations including the Anishinaabe as a way to settle disputes and heal the body and mind.

“As a reflection of Indigenous communities who began this sport, we are opening our event with a focus on the people who first played this great game,” says co-chair Cheryl MacNeill, a Team Canada alumnus from 1987, who referees the sport around the world. “We are looking forward to seeing teams come together from six continents, many of them for the first time at games of this calibre.”

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Field lacrosse is now one of the fastest growing sports in North America, with a record number of teams playing in the women’s U19 games this summer. When Peterborough hosted this event in 2007, 11 teams competed. Now, twice as many teams will take to the field.

The Haudenosaunee will lead the teams entering the stadium, followed by 20 visiting teams in alphabetical order, accompanied by bagpipers. Team Canada will enter last. All teams will be introduced in English, French and Anishinabemowin, then circle the stadium around the Armour Hill drum group.

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The opening ceremonies are free for the public to attend. Seating will be limited so guests are encouraged to come early to participate.

Additional games will be played at Fleming College as well and the event’s final banquet will be hosted there on August 10th.

The full schedule for the games is available here.

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Peterborough Petes Face Oshawa Generals In First Round Of Playoffs, Team Encourages Fan Mail

The Peterborough Petes, who finished sixth in the Eastern Conference and third in the East Division, will play the East Division’s second ranked Oshawa Generals in the first round of the playoffs.

Peterborough had a 2-5-1-0 record against Oshawa during the 2018-19 regular season but are ready to crush it in the playoffs. The division rivals last met in the first round four years ago, with the Generals taking the series 4-1 on route to winning the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The long-time rivals have met in the post-season 14 times dating back to 1973.

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The full schedule is as follows…

-> Game 1: Friday, March 22nd at 7:35 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre

-> Game 2: Sunday, March 24th at 6:05 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre

-> Game 3: Tuesday, March 26th at 7:05 p.m. – Peterborough Memorial Centre

-> Game 4: Thursday, March 28th at 7:05 p.m. – Peterborough Memorial Centre

-> Game 5: Saturday, March 30th at 7:05 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre (if necessary)

-> Game 6: Sunday, March 31st at 7:05 p.m. – Peterborough Memorial Centre (if necessary)

-> Game 7: Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:05 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre (if necessary)

Playoff tickets are on sale now and are available through the Baker Tilly Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online

Fan mail

Fan mail

Have words of motivation or support for your Petes ahead of the playoffs? Send the team your personalized fan mail here and they’ll post your messages for the lads, both on the road and once they get back home.

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Peterborough Petes Clinch Playoff Spot, Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

Liam Kirk’s first OHL hat trick and Adam Timleck’s first four point game helped the Peterborough Petes clinch a spot in the 2019 OHL Playoffs with a 6-5 win over the Battalion in North Bay on Sunday afternoon.

With three regular season games left, the Petes have picked a perfect time to get hot. The win was their third straight and seventh in their last nine games.

Photo courtesy Peterborough Petes

Photo courtesy Peterborough Petes

Tickets for playoff home games 1 and 2 will go on sale to Petes season ticket members and the general public on Wednesday, March 13th at 9:30 a.m. through the Baker Tilly Box Office at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

Season ticket members can purchase tickets in person or over the phone at (705) 743-3561, while the general public can also purchase online

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Watch: TSN's Cabbie On The StudioPTBO Podcast In Peterborough

For the first time ever, TSN’s Cabbie came to Peterborough—and that included a stop at the StudioPTBO headquarters to tape a show with hosts Cody May and Neil Morton.

Cody May & Neil Morton interviewing Cabbie on StudioPTBO show Saturday, February 23rd

Cody May & Neil Morton interviewing Cabbie on StudioPTBO show Saturday, February 23rd

On the podcast, Cabbie talks about interviewing NBA/NHL players, pop culture, social media, positivity, networking, kindness and more! Watch it below…

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A Peterborough Man Built An Awesome Backyard Curling Rink & Rocks For About $100, Eh

You hear a lot about backyard rinks but not backyard curling rinks. Well Aaron Kempf managed to MacGyver a mint one in his Peterborough backyard—all at a cost of only about $100.

Kempf fashioned lights across his backyard in the summer so he could ride his pump track—a type of off-road terrain for cycle sport—after his daughter went to bed, and the rink was a way to continue to take advantage of the lights throughout the winter and also a good excuse to get out of the house on winter nights. 

Below is his summer cycle track (the rink he built would be constructed on the opposite side of the yard)…

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HOW HE MADE THE RINK

“Construction was as simple as I could make it,” says Kempf, who describes himself as “handyish” depending on what the project is and how good the YouTube videos are. “I came across this idea last year and wanted to give it a try. It is basically a landscaping project which I’m comfortable with as it has a high threshold for mistakes. We like having projects on the go so this was a pretty easy one to try.”

At first, Kempf tried just shoveling snow in order to make a rink outline but the first few snow falls they got in November and December all melted. “In early January, I bought a couple 1x4s and made a rough frame for the rink. I then spent a weekend spraying several thin coats of water,” he tells PTBOCanada.

Kempf says the 1x4s did not create a water tight seal so he chipped a bunch of ice from a couple puddles that had formed in the corners of the pump track and used that to fill the gaps. After that, he continued slowly flooding it.

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“There were a few leaks along the way,” Kempf says. “Next year, I’ll probably build a sturdier frame and line it with plastic to keep our water usage down. After I had an even coat of ice across the whole rink and it was thick enough to walk on, I installed the rings.”

The outer blue rings are two round plastic tablecloths he got from Dollarama. Kempf measured so each ring was a foot wide and cut the excess off. The red rings are from a single rectangle plastic tablecloth—also from Dollarama. He cut it in half and freehanded two circles with a sharpie and a pair of scissors. After that, he set them on the ice and flooded overtop a few times.

The rink was made on the opposite side of the yard from the pump track

The rink was made on the opposite side of the yard from the pump track

HOW HE MADE THE CURLING STONES

The rocks were made from two $1.25 metal bowls from Dollar Tree—”the bowls at Dollarama were twice the price and too tall,” says Kempf, who punched a hole through the top of half of them with a screwdriver and then cut out a rough circle with a jigsaw.

“I used construction adhesive to attach them together, filled them with concrete and inserted some threaded metal pipe for the handles. Once they were set I trimmed the handles so they wouldn’t stick out passed the edge of the bowl, inserted a small piece of foam on each handle and wrapped them in blue and red hockey tape.”

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The last step in creating the rocks required cutting a slit out of foam backer rod with an razer blade and wrapping it around each rock.

“This is to minimize damage to the bowls when they hit each other as I’m not working with an actual chunk of granite like a real curling rock,” explains Kempf. “They are probably half the size and weight of regulation curling rocks but they work well with the dimensions of the rink (about 8’ by 30’).”

After all this ingenuity, it was time to chillax and throw the rocks in the tee (hopefully)…

AARON’S WIFE ALIX GIVING IT A TRY

AARON’S WIFE ALIX GIVING IT A TRY

The family has made good use of the rink thus far, including Aaron’s wife Alix and his folks who are in town from British Columbia for a couple weeks of visiting.

Aaron’s Dad

Aaron’s Dad

Kempf himself is no Olympic curler or anything—”I have curled once in my life before this, watched it on TV a few times, and course seen the Paul Gross classic Men with Brooms—but that’s besides the point.

He’s not the best skater so a traditional rink didn’t make sense, wanted to take advantage of Canadian winter, of having a backyard (“we moved from a Toronto apartment a few years ago so we are trying to make the most of it”), plus Google made it look relatively easy to build.


And if you build it, they will come…

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Die-hard curlers, might say—as Kempf notes—that the ice isn’t perfect. “I didn’t try to pebble it, and anyone with actual curling skills would probably be irritated with the imperfections.”

But like any sport and any rink, you have to start somewhere. And why not hurry hard and sweep on your DIY backyard curling rink in Peterborough? 

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The Peterborough Petes Are Returning To Maroon And White Jerseys With Modern Design

The Peterborough Petes announced at an exclusive fan appreciation event at the Junction Nightclub on Wednesday evening (January 23rd) that the team will return to wearing maroon and white jerseys beginning next season.

The white jerseys will feature maroon panels and piping, while the maroon jerseys will feature white panels and piping. Both jerseys will feature a single-colour logo and a Peterborough Lift Lock patch on each shoulder. The current black jersey, with cream and maroon accents, will remain as the team’s third jersey.

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“While our current jersey design was well received when it was unveiled ahead of the 2014-15 season, fans, players and staff have continued to express their fondness for our traditional colours,” says Petes President Dave Pogue. “We’re excited to continue to pay homage to our storied history, but with a modern design.”

Season ticket holder Patrick McAuley had this to say in a tweet…

The Petes say they decided to make the jersey announcement now for their fans before they encounter jersey designs in manufacturer sales materials for the upcoming season.

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The Petes also have longstanding and successful partnerships in place with the Peterborough Minor Hockey Council and Peterborough Hockey Association that they wanted to be aware of the jersey change.

The Petes don’t require all minor hockey teams to change to the new jersey design, but those that wish to change need to know with enough lead time to order new jerseys.

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A Trent University Nursing Student Is Trent Judo Club's First Female Black Belt

Trent University nursing student Sarah Miller has earned a tremendous honour, becoming Trent Judo Club’s first female black belt. The promotion was made by Sensei Tom Hino and the Trent Judo Club to Sarah, along with the assistance of Sensei Paul Teleki as her Uke partner, at Trent Athletics Centre on Monday (December 10th) evening.

Sarah Miller: “This black belt promotion is truly an honour.”

Sarah Miller: “This black belt promotion is truly an honour.”

“This black belt promotion is truly an honour,” says Sarah. “I began Judo at three years old. I was taught discipline, courage, modesty and respect for my fellow Judoka. I learned very quickly that it’s not easy to win, and losing is sometimes harder. Competing at the Canadian Nationals was truly an honour and taking home the bronze medal was great but this milestone allowed me to remember why I love this sport so much. Judo is a part of my life and not a day goes by that I don’t remember what this great sport has taught me.”

Left to right: Eric Guy, Paul Teleki, Sarah Miller & Tom Hino

Left to right: Eric Guy, Paul Teleki, Sarah Miller & Tom Hino

Sensei Tom Hino says Sarah’s promotion is significant for the following three reasons:

“1. The ratio of men and women is often one sided in Judo, therefore Sarah's black belt promotes positive role modeling for the girls in our Junior classes to be equals among genders.
2. Since the opening of our club in January 2011, we produced 5 Shodan (1st degree) black belt and 1 Ni-dan and Sarah’s accomplishment is a perfect addition to the team.

Sarah holding her Uke partner Paul

Sarah holding her Uke partner Paul

3. Sarah is a Trent U student with a heavy workload. Nevertheless she accomplished this feat which indicates Judo training can go hand-in-hand with academic success for all levels of study (from elementary to Ph.D.). Last year, we had a Master Degree student who got Ph.D. as well as his black belt and went on to become a professor at Queens.”

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11 Slightly Obscure But Fun Sport Clubs To Try In Peterborough

Hockey, baseball or soccer not your thing? Just wanna try something new? Don’t you fret and don’t you frown, because Peterborough is full of other random options. Learn about these 11 local leagues/clubs you might not know even existed…

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1. Peterborough Ultimate League: It’s kind of like football but with a frisbee… and way more running!
For more info: https://pultimate.ca/

2. Peterborough Axe Club: Chucking steel has never been so fun. They have leagues for everyone.
For more info: https://www.ptboaxe.com/

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3. Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club: This is one of the oldest clubs in town, dating back to 1901.
For more info: https://www.peterboroughlawnbowlingclub.org/

4. Bocce Ball: Courts are located at King Edward Park. Start a club, and have at it.

5. LARPing (Live Action Rollplay): A medieval swords and sorcery sport that brings the battles you’ve seen in film and video games to real (padded) life.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/peterboroughamtgard/

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6. Ptbo Disc Golf Club: There are now two courses in town—Jackson’s Park and Riverview Disc Golf.
For more info: http://www.peterboroughdiscgolf.ca/

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7. Pickleball: A hybrid sport between ping pong, badminton, and tennis! There are awesome courts at Knights of Columbus Park or play indoors at many local gyms.
For more info: https://twitter.com/pickleballptbo

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8. PARD (Peterborough Area Roller Derby): Jam on in this full contact sport!
For more info: http://www.pard-rollerderby.com/

9. Underwater Hockey: There is great underwater hockey out at Trent University. Grab your snorkel and flippers and jump in the pool!

10. Peterborough Fencing Club: Strap on your gear and try this regal sport at the Peterborough Multisport Club, along with archery and longsword.
For more info: http://peterboroughmultisport.com/

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11. Peterborough Table Hockey Club: One of your favourite childhood games is an actual league in town and it’s a ton of fun. For more info: http://www.tablehockeypeterborough.com/

—post by Aaron Elliott

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