Team of the Week

Sponsored by The Canadian Brewhouse

The ESSC Team of the Week program is all about recognizing teams that are dedicated to positive sportsmanship and playing with a fun-first mentality.

How it works: Each week throughout the season the ESSC will recognize one team for their positive attitude and great sporting behavior. To be eligible, teams must first be nominated for the Lady Bing Award in a given season. All nominated teams will then have a chance to submit a photo and a short biography in order to be eligible for a Team of the Week Prize.

Prize: Each Team of the Week winner will receive a $100 gift card to The Canadian Brewhouse and will be recognized on social media.

You can help us recognize great sportsmanship by nominating a team for the Lady Bing Award. Click here to nominate a team!

Team Bio
 
Summer 2021 Week 1 Winner TBA!
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Summer 2020 Winners

Team Bio
Crazy Eagles
Captain: Radmila Djurisic

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Intermediate Indoor Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Kelly Brower

History: We are group of volleyball fans, who are trying to play the game and at the same time have as much fun as possible. So why call us the “Crazy Eagles”? Coming from the Serbian community where The White Eagle is a national symbol, we decided to identify ourselves with this in a bit of a changed way. The white color sometimes identifies “white hair” which we'd like to avoid so “Crazy” was much more appropriate, we hope. This is not far from the truth since you have to be a bit crazy to play such an intensive but beautiful game like volleyball at our age. We've been around as a team for 3 years and don’t plan on slowing down soon. Bonding together as a team as well as meeting other players on the other side of the net is a great way to spend a few hours per week. Add the recreational aspect of it and you have a 'win-win' situation. If we are able to spill a bit of laughter and fun under the net, that is a bonus which is priceless. So, watch out... we’ll beat you with a smile 

Team Bio
Mia Hamm-sters
Captain: Randy Knodel 

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Renalso Sanoja

History: The Mia Hamm-sters, a group of casual individuals that has evolved to a team with a united goal – show up and have a good time. While not the most victorious, we are the most relaxed, easy going group on any ESSC pitch. We share some laughs and bevvies, all the while trying not to embarrass ourselves too much.

Team Bio
Thrashers
Captain: Andy Hoang

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational A Ball Hockey 
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Christian Tremblay (GC) 

History: ESSC brought us together and we are grateful for the friendships it has created. With the Covid situation this year, being able to play ball hockey and see our teammates has been really important to us.

We wanted to share this quote from Dan O'Brien.

“The Spirit of Sports: The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can. For many of us who struggle with ‘fitting in’ or our identity – sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!”

Team Bio
DisTink
Captain: Ceilahrose Go

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Indoor Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Keshinee Moonian 

History: Our team name “Distink” is just a twist in spelling but we derived it from the meaning “recognizably different”. Each team member has their own uniqueness and skills that make our team as a whole and play as ONE. Our group has been with ESSC for 4 years now, and each game we play fills up the gap in our lives that eliminate stress, tension, and any negativity. Along with this, we have acquired new friends that become family and developed bonding that helps us get through tough times. More power to ESSC!

Team Bio
Big Sticks Little Mitts
Captain: Nathan Achtemichuk

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Chantelle Forest 

History: Most of our team, Big Sticks Little Mitts, has been around since 2013. While grinding away and learning to play as a team for many seasons, we've taken our share of spankings and missed balls, but have never stopped having fun. In 2017, we received a generous sponsorship from CDC Real Property Appraisals (www.cdcincca). As a result, we were able to do a complete aesthetic overhaul. We changed our name to Big Sticks Little Mitts with a new logo showcasing our local Edmonton roots, including the new bridge and the city skyscape as a background.  It must have paid off as that was the year we also won our first championship. Seven years later, with most of our team in their 40s, we are still determined to win, but most of all to continue to have fun, bond, and share our weekly laughs. Thank you for the nomination for the Lady Bing Award!

Team Bio
Flash Backs
Captain: Bill Donlevy

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Amanda Annetts

History: Our first foray with ESSC was a fall slopitch league years ago… The Bushmasters. It was, shall we say, less than successful. We froze our Grey Dots off to an 0-8 record. But, we re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with as The Psychedelic Psycho Seniors, winning divisional championships three times. Reinvigorated in 2019 as The Flashbacks (our current group), we are, this year, playing against the “kids” again, on Premium diamonds, instead of the thistle-ridden “not-so-premium” diamonds of yore. The name “Flashbacks” references the good old days of jukeboxes, Detroit iron and (perhaps) a little psychedelic adventuring.

Now, in 2020, our team, pictured below, includes hot-shots and a ride-along (that’d be me), and I’ll introduce them: top left we have Ron “Iceman” Heck, dead-pull hitter and NHL superstar; Justin “Wall-Banger” Shepard, all-star shortstop; Brian “Hot-Sox” St Pierre, centre field flash; Danny “Captain Crunch” Ruesch, solid defender of the grassy knoll; Rick “Racetrack” Patry, pitcher and pinpoint hitter; Caine “Thighsmacker” Sernes, power hitter and a 65 degree field coverage on defence; Ron “Scoop” Sernes, red-hot shortstop and 3rd baseman; [lower left], Sue “Knuckleball” Shave, ace pitcher; Sonia “Memphis” Braun, right fielder and thistle picker; Colleen “Heartbreak” Hart, 2nd base/RF; Georgette “The Minder” Patry, deadly 2nd base rally-killer and baker of goodies; and me, Bill Donlevy, ball chaser.

The best part of the game is competing with young teams and pushing ourselves to the limit…

Team Bio
Diggletts
Captain: Kit Poon

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Intermediate Indoor Volleyball 
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Joanne

History: The Digletts have been around for a while (3+ years!) and we got our name from our deep appreciation for Pokemon.  We enjoy playing for the social aspects and love a good rally! Team members: Kit "Stubby", Eric "Dewgong", Ryan "the newb", Kelly "Kels", Marie "Muk", Stephen "the Fartist".

Team Bio
Girls, Gays, and Chris
Captain: Sabrina Brady 

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Beach Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Jen Edwards

History: Girls, Gays, and Chris, is a group of friends who decided volleyball would be a great way to keep in touch and stay active!!! Formerly the team was named, Team Unpredictable, however, while playing a game many years ago, we realized Chris was our token hetero male. This realization led to a name change, and we became known as Girls, Gays, and Chris! Today, the team has many “Chris’s” including: Ginger Chris, Definitely Not Chris, Indecisive Chris, Potentially Chris, Topography Chris, Hungry Chris, “Cute/Funny” Chris, and Musical Chris. We love our Monday night volleyballs and all the laughs, probably at Chris’s expense.

Fall 2019 Winners

Team Bio
PS
Captain: Gina Duong 

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Dylan du Cloux

History: The team PS is a group of glorious ladies and gentlemen got together several years ago with a common goal of winning champion t-shirts. Only after 1 season we quickly found how much fun essc co-ed slopitch is, and over the seasons, the less we cared about winning t-shirts the more it became about just having a good time. These days we still have the goal to fill a closet with champion t-shirts but come for the overwhelming welcoming environment that follows with a great time.

Team Bio
Slapnut Magoos
Captain: Dylan du Cloux

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Kevin Labonte

History: We are the Slapnut Magoos. We have no idea what our name means, where our jersey idea came from, or even how to play slo-pitch. But after several losing seasons, we still show up every week to have some beverages and get struck out. We are a laid back group and fully believe that there’s nothing worth crying over (other than spilt beer) so the teams that can chirp our lack of skill better than we chirp ourselves are our favourite teams to play against!

Team Bio
Surf and Turf
Captain: John Gregory

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Meagan Stewart (GC)

History: Surf and Turf are an individuals team, who have quickly bonded to have fun while playing soccer with ESSC. We come from different backgrounds. We have found out about CN trains try to stop bears getting run over, how teaching is going in schools and how international students are recruited. This is are first of what will hopefully be many seasons with ESSC.

Team Bio
Pleather and Sticks
Captain: CD Dolen

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch 
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Bryan Nutbrown

History: My name is CD Dolen from Pleather and Sticks!! We are a team that loves the sport, sun, and we try very hard.... haven't won a game this year so winning the Lady Bing would be awesome!!Our team name came from a play on "Leather and Lumber" Most of the team have been playing together for 5 to 6 years, had different names of course until we came up with one that fit!!

Spring 2019 Winners

Team Bio
You Just Got Served
Captain: Meagan Seeley

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by: Jennifer Yip - Inaccurate Stereotypes

History: My name is Meagan and my Badminton partner is Emily. For this Spring we decided to go with the name "You Just Got served", as it related to Badminton and furthermore it is quite ironic as we won't be going professional anytime soon and definitely did not serve anyone! This is our 3rd season with ESSC and we look forward to playing Pickleball this Summer. Neither of us had played Badminton before and we're both willing to try anything so why not give Badminton a whirl! I'm so glad that we did, it has been a blast. It's such a fun way to get out of the house, go meet new people and stay active!

 

Team Bio
Inglorious Batters
Captain: Craig Nyboer

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Darleen Murphy - Throwing Shade

History: The Inglorious Batters weren’t born, they were forged from the depths of Slo-Pitch mediocrity! We are a gaggle of little-to-no experience Slo-Pitch players who like to swing at everything and run in no particular direction. Our favorite part of Slo-Pitch is looking good while we play it, but also making other teams look good while they play it too. Having now finished our second season of ESSC Slo-Pitch, we’ve moved from worst to slightly less worse, and we couldn’t be more proud of ourselves! Mostly because no one else is proud of us...

 

Team Bio
Kicking & Screaming
Captain: Katelyn Gannon

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by: Keltie Yearwood - Dunder Mifflin FC

History: Meet Kicking & Screaming, the team of players brand new to the game. In this photo you will see Mike, Carly, Jenny, Kalena, Amber, Kate, Mitch, Alanna, Julie, and our best cheerleader, Dokes the Dog! Our team name is taken from the hilarious movie with Will Ferrell about coaching the worst kids soccer team in town. That is our team. We have never won a game, we just okay for the fun and exercise! This is the third season I have run this team, and each season we have new first time players. Thank you for the nomination!

 

Team Bio
Captain Smashy Pants
Captain: Sharon Mellot

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Janet Wong - Chex

History: We're Captain Smashy Pants, a group of two guys and two girls: Sharon Mellott, Morgan McCollum, Monique Hetu and Sayyad Bacchus. A couple of us played on a Badminton team a year ago through ESSC and absolutely loved it so we decided to put together another team for the Spring season. Our team name from the previous year was already taken so Morgan came up with a new one that was just as playful and fun as our team! We have one player that's new to the sport and its been fun watching her grow! We look forward to playing together every week and meeting the other players. It's been a fun way for us to stay connected while still being active!

 

Team Bio
Quit Your Pitching
Captain: Bailey Horte

Night/Div/Sport: Friday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Chase Pierson - The Benchwarmers

History: Our team, Quit Your Pitching is a rag-tag team of mostly Engineers. We all met through school or work and this is our first season together! So far we have had a great season filled with laughs. We love Slo-Pitch because it gets us out in the sun throwing balls around with our friends. With some people working out of town and not able to make every game we have quite a large team! With a total of 19 people on the team we were able to scrounge a whopping 9 people for a photo! From our team to yours, have a great Summer!

 

Team Bio
NetSix and Chill
Captain: Caroline Schlosser

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Marisa Maiorana - Games Coordinator 

History: NetSix and Chill is a priMED Medical Products Soccer team. We've played in ESSC leagues for a few years, in a variety of sports but have been playing soccer for the last few seasons. We're loving the Indoor Soccer league because the field in small enough that it involves a lot of skill, strategy and teamwork, and we don't have to worry about the mosquitos! 

 

Team Bio
Larry and Gary 
Captain: Larissa Wilhelm

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Janet Wong - Chex

History: We are Larry & Gary, this is not only our team name but also our nick names (Larry for Larissa and Gary is just a middle name). This is our second season playing Badminton with the ESSC. We play on Wednesday nights because of Wing Wednesday, we think that might speak for itself. Our favorite part of playing in the league has been the atmosphere and fantastic people! 

 

Team Bio
Nerd Herd FC
Captain: Max Wagg

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 12+
Nominated by: Unknown 

History: Nerd Herd FC started off as a bunch of...well, nerds...who were working at a Summer Science camp and looking for a fun after-work outlet to blow off some steam after working with crazy kids all day. Most of our team started off in engineering, with a few teachers, business grads, and other professions rounding out the team. There's no doubting our nerd cred as most of our time on the bench is spent teasing spoilers for the members of our team who have not fully caught up on Game of Thrones. 12+ seasons of soccer (and even a couple of champion t-shirts) later, we're still not sick of free Brewhouse nachos, and we love our once-a-week romps on the field. GO NERDS!!!

 

Team Bio
Hoodie Melos
Captain: Kelly Ann Lester

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Jonathan McNulty - Games Coordinator

History: Our team is Hoodie Melos, named after Carmelo Anthony. Some of us have been playing together for 4+ years, while others are newfound friends. We have also acquired a few tiny cheerleaders along the way. We have a variety of skill sets and professional backgrounds, but a common love for basketball (and beer!). We sincerely appreciate this nomination and look forward to many more seasons with ESSC!

 

Winter 2019 Winners

Team Bio
TBA
Captain: Sara Burge

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Floor Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 15+
Nominated by: Andrew Wormsbecker - Kool Aid

History: TBA!

 

Team Bio
Balls Intact
Captain: Stephanie Weisgerber

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Dodgeball
Seasons in the ESSC: 20+
Nominated by: Sarah Gallotti - Games Coordinator

History: Balls Intact has been playing Dodgeball with the ESSC since 2012, playing almost every season each year. They have had quite a few roster changes over the years, with 3 of them being the OG’s. Balls Intact have played both rubber and foam, and have really found their stride in foam. Through the years and roster changes, what they all pride themselves on as a team is their accountability, positive spirit and just getting out there and having fun!

 

Team Bio
TAU FC
Captain: Benjamin Packianayagam

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Gym Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 39
Nominated by: Ryan Townsend - Games Coordinator

History: TAU FC stands for Team Awesome United Football Club but they actually started out as a Volleyball team (Team Awesome without the United or FC). The founder of the team decided he wanted to play some Soccer with his childhood friends and they have been a Soccer team ever since! They have been playing with the ESSC since the Fall of 2007, so if we carry the one and then divide by 2, we get to 39 seasons! While they have had many players throughout the years, they all have a love for the game and enjoy the competitiveness and fun nature of the sport. Some of the nick names they have on the team are The Turkish Delight, Juggernaut, Triple B, Apollo Rocket of Love and of course, Sexy Time. Congrats TAU FC!

 

Team Bio
Clan Gunn
Captain: Shannon Emery

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational B Floor Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 13
Nominated by: Ryan McManners - Games Coordinator

History: Congratulations to Clan Gunn! This group from our Tuesday Rec Floor Hockey division is composed mainly of lawyers and is built on enthusiasm, camaraderie and fun. The clan appreciates a good old fashion hockey game, even if they aren't on the winning side! We love to have teams like Clan Gunn that welcome all types of players, despite their skill level. Thanks for being great sports and good luck in your future games!

Team Bio
Adams Family
Captain: Weslee Qualie

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational A Basketball 
Seasons in the ESSC: 6
Nominated by: Dalin Woolley - Games Coordinator

History: The Story of Adams Family: "It all started when Adam "The Family" Moore moved to a small town where he was surprised to hear dancing and rock music had been banned. He decided to challenge this law and recruited his friends Dazzlin Dave & Sizzlin Syed to help teach these stuffed shirts that dancing is the greatest thing there is. He stood up in front council citing scripture in support while Dazzlin and Sizzlin danced in demonstration, successfully winning over one council women, Mother Ness, but not the rest. A deal was stuck however. 'Go back to where you came from boy' said the head shirt, 'and win me an ESSC champ shirt. And I'll reverse the law.' So Adam went, picking up recruits along the way. 6 seasons chasing that champ shirt. Will he ever dance again? No one knows." Thanks for the fantastic bio Adams Family, enjoy your Gift Card, you earned it!

Team Bio
The No ReGretzkys
Captain: Anthony Middel

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Floor Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Kyle Graham - Games Coordinator

History: The 2019 No Regretzkys are the 4th installment of the No Regretzkys, founded by the Pepin family. After 4 years of bumping around the ESSC, including a stint in the 3 on 3 trenches, this year's version sees significant turnover, with multiple new additions to a small veteran core. With the Great One as inspiration, this team has no regretz about getting their cardio in each game. Congrats you guys, keep up the great sportsmanship!

Team Bio
Hoodie Melos
Captain: Kelly Ann Lester

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Dalin Woolley - Games Coordinator

History: These are the Hoodie Melos, named after Carmelo Anthony of course. Some of them have been playing together for 4+ years, while others are newfound friends! They have a variety of skill sets and professional backgrounds, but a common love for basketball and beer! We appreciate the sportsmanship of teams like the Hoodie Melos, and look forward to having them play many more seasons with the ESSC!

Team Bio
Nobody Special
Captain: Yann Legrand

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Kyle Smith - ESSC Staff

History: Nobody Special has been playing ESSC Turf Soccer since the Summer of 2011. They have gone through some changes and breaks but have been back consistently since Winter 2018 through three different team names. Nobody Special has been their team name for 2 seasons now, and was chosen since they enjoy a little laugh while teams either win or lose against Nobody Special. They really enjoy playing Turf Soccer with ESSC and we hope to see them play for many more seasons! Congratulations to Nobody Special!

Team Bio
Happy Trees
Captain: Jeremy Keay

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Plus Indoor Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4
Nominated by: Kimmee Fischer - Send Noods

History: Our first Lady Bing Team of the Week Winners for the Winter 2019 season are the Happy Trees! This Bob Ross inspired crew has been playing Volleyball in our Recreational Plus league for 4 years. Every Thursday they look forward to being together and playing some Volleyball. Nice work Happy Trees, and remember, there are no mistakes in Volleyball, just happy accidents!