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!

Fall 2022 Winners

Team Bio

 

For Fun Players
Captain:Steven Reyes

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational DodgeBall 
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by:  Games Coordinator

History: 

Hello all, we are For Fun Players, one of the most for fun teams you will ever meet.... ever! We are comprised of a ragtag group of friends who quite literally do this as our only for of physical activity, members of the squad include: Rohan Trey(Myself), Rohan Tevon(twin), Victor, Kathy (Mom 1), Cassandra(Mom 2), Jahmali, Deklin and Cleon! To be completely honest our team name came from our fun loving spirit and carefree nature when playing dodgeball, win or lose it’s all for fun! This is our 3rd season with ESSC and it’s an absolutely blast! Our teams favourite aspect of Dodgeball is the nostalgia of the game and the team bonding aspect! Thank you so much for the nomination!

Team Bio

Dirty Dingers
Captain:Amber Petersen

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Multi-Sport
Seasons in the ESSC:3
Nominated by:  Games Coordinator

History: 

Dirty Dangers is a unique mix of slo-pitch misfits who decided to try something new for the off-season. We've played ball together for 3+ years but this is our first season of Multi-Sport and we are LOVING it! It's been a blast to try something new every week and get a work out in even on dreary days. 

Team Bio

Cheetah Girls
Captain:Raya Maton

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Intermediate Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC:1
Nominated by:  Block Party

History: 

We are the Cheetah Girls! This is our very first season playing together as we are an individuals team. We immediately bonded and each week we are literally dying to play together. #epipencertified Every Wednesday is another chance for us to solidify our girl gang and we have the best time jamming to old school beats with the opposing teams. 

Team Bio

Balls To The Walls
Captain:Laura Nielsen

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Multi Sport
Seasons in the ESSC:1
Nominated by:  Games Coordinator 

History: 

In the Fall of 2022 “Balls to the Walls” was formed. It began on a Wednesday, “Wine Wednesday” to be exact. Five friends got together and decided that they should play “sports”, “it would be funny.” We conned our significant others into joining us and so began the most epic dance filled sports team to be found. We love laughing as we attempt a new sport and cheering each other on for the simplest of victories. Cheers to hitting every Ball at the Wall and not even close to the target area. We may not be number 1, but if losses were a win we would definitely take home that trophy!

Team Bio

Soccer Sloths
Captain:Janelle Aldrich

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 5
Nominated by:  Games Coordinator 

History: 

Origin of our team’s name:

Sloths are very majestic creatures that are often misunderstood because of how slow and antisocial they are. Well, everyone’s perception of them was wrong. We are giving them the speed and socialization they’re often criticized for lacking. Take your average sloth and throw some soccer balls and friends in the mix and you have us… The Soccer Sloths!

 

Favorite aspect of the sport you play:

Our team loves coming together and strategizing at the beginning of the game then reorganizing at half to see where we are making errors. We are very competitive but understand that losing or having an off game is part of the sport. We enjoy calling out great plays with our team members, as well as the opposing teams.  

 

How many seasons your team has played with the ESSC:

The Sloths have played 5 seasons of soccer with the essc and plan on continuing. :)

 

Team Nicknames:

Nelly, Marko, L Dubs, King, Grots, El Jefe, Shanerz, Mac Daddy, Mattachew, Shonts, Tbone, Jassel

 

Team Bio

The Missing Link
Captain:Yvonne Ewanicke

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Pickleball
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by:  Newbies Jenny and Bryan

History: This is our first season playing Pickleball! We joined after being encouraged by another member of ESSC, Jasmine Ferland. Brenda and I work together at Health Link 811 and that's how we came up with our team name, The Missing Link. We are having so much fun. The teams we play against are all so kind and encouraging. We try and do better every game we play. It's been so fun gaining new skills each week! We are looking forward to a long Pickleball career with ESSC

 

Team Bio

TAU FC
Captain:Benjamin P.

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 57th
Nominated by: Games Coordinator 

History: 

Player Names

Benjamin – aka Triple B

Glen- aka Glen 1

Glenn- aka Glenn 2

Janek – loves to length it.

Josh – can’t remember the last time he shot

Jayson- aka Plantars Fatty-itis

Daniel – plays like a true Italian

Mark – never gives up on a play

Kamil – when he scores goals, he always makes it look difficult

Wais – never shoots with his right

Britney – Extremely good vision

Cassy – Sure can shoot the ball

Tonia – Always comes up clutch

Allecia – breathes passion on the field

Rebecca – Does all her talking on the pitch

Too many  others to list!

Origin of Team Name

TAU FC  stands for Team Awesome United Football Club.  This team played one season (through university of Alberta campus recreation) as a volleyball team named “Team Awesome. We thought adding the united and football club made us sound like a legit soccer team. It has stuck ever since!

Number of seasons in ESSC Soccer:

We’ve been with ESSC for quite a long time. This is our 57th season with ESSC!

Favorite aspect of the sport you play

We love the passion that soccer players have and just enjoy the comradery that the game creates. We just love to go out and have fun while kicking a ball! We also love dangles… many dangles.

Anything else you want to include

There have been so many great people that have played with this team throughout the years. It is the people that truly make the team and has created the TAU FAMILY. Big thanks to everyone who has played on this team. You are ones who have made it truly special! 

Team Bio
Bass Get Ball 
Captain:Nat Hajek

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4th
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

“Bass Get Ball is a rag tag group of pals always down for some good ol’ clean fun! Originally signing up with next to no basketball experience, we’re now in our fourth season with ESSC and while we’ve only got one win in the standings, we’ve got 29 wins in our hearts. Regardless of the score, you’ll always see us with smiles on our faces, cheering each other on, and going for celebratory post-game beers (when it’s not past our bedtime). Hooray for weekly organized activities with friends!"

Team Bio
Featherless Bipeds
Captain:Matthew Yanish

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Greatest Game on Dirt

History: 

This is technically the second season for the Featherless Bipeds, as we played in the 16 week season right before this. We are largely a team of people who have not played before, or only played a couple of seasons themselves. We really love slo-pitch for the social aspect, and there are so many people on the team from various aspects of my life; it's really cool to see everyone brought together by sport! There are people I know from other teams, school, various workplaces, and friends-of-friends who joined the team. Lastly, if you're wondering what the heck a "Featherless Biped" is, the term is a reference to an unsatisfactory definition of a human being from an old Socratic dialogue. Basically, someone says that a human being is simply a featherless thing that walks on two feet (aka a biped) and some cynic holds up a plucked chicken and says "behold, a man!" to prove his point that a man is more than simply being featherless and walking on two feet. Anyways, that's the nerdy name, and that's our team! 

Summer 2022 Winners

Team Bio
2 Laser 2 Tag
Captain: Carlos Palma

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by: Stroke Outs

History: 

At the start of 2022, Team Captains Kole “The Rooster” Visser and Carlos “The Snake” Palma decided to gather a bunch of co-workers from Laser City Edmonton.We, alongside some fantastic friends, came  together to create the 2 Laser 2 Tag Slo Pitch team. While a few members such as Taylor “The Bull” Blanchard have been a part of the ESSC in the past, we are excited to admit that for most of our awesome team, this is our first season playing together. We are very grateful for the opportunity to work together, as it has brought us closer and created a lot of great laughs! Working with team members such as Janet “The Bullet” Haslam, Renand “The Gamemaster” Fulgueras and Kaylah “The logistics” Steinhaur have been an absolute pleasure. Creating and sharing these memories with friends has definitely been a highlight of this ESSC experience and we can’t wait to share them with the other teams soon!

 

Team Bio
Carpe Diem
Captain: Dylan Carmichael

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by: Scrambled Legs

History: 

As a rag-tag group of individuals, most of us are playing together for the first season. We are united by wanting to come out to have a good time and play a great sport - and by having Mondays nights free! Win or lose, we will be bantering and keeping things fun - but we're still gunning for that 3rd place title next week! 

 

Team Bio
The Flighting Gazelles
Captain: Taylor Niezen

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

The team was clumsily conceived in the darkest hours of a hot and sticky August night. The Founding Members discovered that their pints had been finished and wondered where it all went wrong. That fateful night, the Captain and Husband birthed the team by mistake, registering a group of ragtag individuals for ball hockey instead of tiddlywinks. A near-mythic opening game, in a rocky first season, sparked a legacy of hard-nosed but fair play and provided a name for these spindly but tough athletes – The Fighting Gazelles.

 

Team Bio
Toe Taggers
Captain: Sean Rogers

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 7th
Nominated by: Taxmanian Devils

History: 

Our team is made up of mostly nurses and doctors. We work at the Grey Nuns Emergency department, and we have played together for 7 years, while taking 2020 summer off due to covid. Our favorite part of playing is being able to enjoy spending time together away from work, blow off some steam, have fun together and rebuild some morale. Our team name is a bit of a dark joke, a play on words from using bag tags at work and tagging people out by their toe at the game. 

 

Team Bio
Batman Beyond
Captain: Michael Wong

Night/Div/Sport: Friday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 7th
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: Our team had played in the ESSC for quite a few year and we were formally, “The Dark Knights”, but as life went on, players on our team changed to Life, Work, other commitments and such.  Along the way we made new life long friends and comrades and formed the new Batman Beyond team, a new generation of Bat people.  Our team is a tight knit group of players who love playing soccer, having fun, having drinks after the game and overall enjoying spending time with each other.  I can’t be more proud of this team, and couldn’t be happier playing with such an excellent group of friends.  We Love the ESSC!!!!

 

 

Team Bio
Pancake Batters
Captain: Kimberly Heacock-Goudrea

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by:Objectively Hot

History: We are Pancake Batters! This is our first season as a team. Some of us have been playing for a while, others it is their first time. Our favorite part of the sport is meeting new people and having the opportunity to exercise in a fun way with a great group! We enjoy our inside jokes and sharing watermelon with the competition.

 

 

Team Bio
Crystal Palace 
Captain: Scott Wowk

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 5
Nominated by: Ferocia FC

History: Hi, we are Crystal Palace, named after the premier league club, Crystal Palace FC. We have been playing in the ESSC for over 5 years. We pride ourselves on having fun, and have definitely developed into a family over the years. We may only usually win a couple of games a season but we've definitely improved over the years and can also provide some stiff competition out there :). We love going for beers together after the game and definitely enjoy playing together every Monday night.

 

 

Team Bio
AFC Richmond
Captain: Maxime Flibotte

Night/Div/Sport: Friday Turf Recreational 
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

At AFC Richmond Football is life, but sometimes Football is also death.. but mostly Football is life! 

Our squad has been together for three seasons. Hustle and heart sets us apart. We’re just really out there for the fun of the game and of course the cardio! 

 

 

Spring 2022 Winners

Team Bio

Diplomaticos
Captain: Jorge Marin

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 5th
Nominated by: Games Coordinator Nomination
History: 

We are team Diplomaticos. We get our name from a famous (and excellent) Venezuelan rum. Our team started as a bunch of Venezuelan players that just wanted to have some fun, but quickly transformed into a diverse group that enjoys spending time together while playing ball. We all love baseball and have been playing in the ESSC every year since Fall 2017. The good spirit and special vibes in the team are our best quality.

Team Bio

Turtle
Captain: Luke Lunde

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st Season
Nominated by: Ferocia FC
History: 

Turtle is a team consisting of a grand group of friends, all connected through a deep and profound question: "Hey you guys wanna play soccer together?" The name "Turtle" was also decided upon for an equally deep and profound reason; we thought it sounded cute and it gave us an excuse to make pretty tie-dyed shirts. Though many of us have played in ESSC before, this is Turtle's first season together. Our current roster is as follows: (From left to right) Top Row: Daniela, Kaitlyn, Kendall, Ashley, Meghan, Sophie, Annika, Laurel, Lauryn. Bottom Row: Nick, Luke, Scott, Lukas, Devan. Not Shown: Brandon. The main value of our team is that regardless of skill level, everyone on the team is equal. We play for the joy of getting to play soccer with our friends, and we all improve together as a team each game. 

Team Bio

Slider Inside
Captain: Shane Chetty

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 27 Seasons
Nominated by: Dudes and Dimes
History: 

The team we rep is SLIDER INSIDE, Slo Pitch is the game its our ride or die. Our name came from getting down and being a little gritty too. We got Big Daddy, Smalls, the Chopper, and thats only a small taste of the crew! We started out not knowing one another or how this was going to turn out to be, but now theres only one word to use thats family. We got 27 seasons under our belts, its for the love of the game that we show up and endure these bruises and welts. We always want to go and get that W its the dream, but what we truly value is good competition and kicking it with all the other teams. Well enough with all this chit chat we got a game to play, Y’all better turn up, cause thats the Slider Inside way!

 

Team Bio

The Dark Horses
Captain: Simon Chau

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Plus Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by: Win Some Dim Sum
History: 

Hi we are the Dark Horses. We started playing badminton this year and made it a goal in 2022 to challenge ourselves. Both of us are open to many sports, but we found badminton the most enjoyable. We love playing badminton with our friends and try our best to support each other.

 

Team Bio

Cash Me Offside
Captain: Rudy Janvier

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 6th
Nominated by: Crystal Palace
History: 

Originally called Shake and Bake, Cash Me Offside formed from a group of car enthusiasts turned soccer players in the year of 2016. Our current roster is a rotating cast of characters from the original incarnation of Shake and Bake and subs turned into permanent players who just want to chase a ball around with friends. Our jerseys feature an image of Bhad Bhabie saying "How Bout Dat" on the back and we begin each game yelling "Cash me Offside!" "How Bout Dat" while thrusting our fists through a ring created by one player's arms. Unlike the stale meme we pull our name from, we like to keep it fun and energetic out on the pitch. 

Team Bio

Pop Flies Chicken
Captain: Janine Woo

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2nd
Nominated by: Games Coordinator
History: 

Pop Flies Chicken is named after the great Popeyes Chicken and represents our team's love of the important things… like fried chicken. Remember when the Blue Jays celebrated sweeping the Yankees with a Korean Fried Chicken Party? That’s basically us every week just with more beers and we probably didn’t win any games. Regardless of the outcome, we are physically incapable of not high-fiving after every inning, and even when we are down by 20, you’ll still never stop hearing us make jokes with each other in the outfield.

Team Bio

Scared Hitless
Captain: Savannah Dowell

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Dodgeball
Seasons in the ESSC: 2nd
Nominated by: Games Coordinator
History: 

We are Scared Hitless! We used to be Sour Patch Children but really we were a Sour Patch Family so we changed our names to represent us better, scared and hit little to no people.... BUT we do so with a smile on our face and drinks in our stomachs immediately after to forget our incredible loses. On our team we have nine amazing individuals: Splitz, Knee pads, Crazy Legs, Beef, Oh no no, Goalie, Father, New Guy, and El Presidente. Our names were given to us by other members of our team based on our playing style. We are a new team collectively and have been playing together for two seasons but we love Dodgeball because of the opportunity to have fun, meet new people, gain crazy skills, and most of all see how quickly the other teams can defeat us!  We will see you on the courts and in our Hearts ❤️

Team Bio

The Rim Shots
Captain: Madison Oystrick

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Plus Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: All My Tall Friends
History: 

Rimshots is composed of teachers and chiropractors. This is the second season (of hopefully many) that our team is playing together in the ESSC. Our team sustained 2 substantial injuries recently and now we play in honor of those teammates lost. Our team likes to shoot the ball, and a few of us love playing aggressive defense. 

Team Bio

Caged Birdies
Captain: Lorrie Makepeace

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by: Short Serve
History: 

Player names or nicknames: Lorrie and Ev

The origin of your team’s name: Caged Birdies comes from the Maya Angelou poem "The Caged Bird Sings"  Although we have screamed and laughed during games but never have we sung as of yet.

How many seasons your team has played with the ESSC: first season at badminton and love it!!!

Favorite aspect of the sport you play: The other teams have all been great fun!  

Anything else you want to include: I hope that more people will get out and play and not worry about the competitive aspect of the game.  Although some teams are more competitive than others, we have found that our attitude of fun first helps set the stage before the game even begins.

Fall 2021 Winners

Team Bio

The Escape Broom's
Captain: Hogan Brimacombe

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Rec Curling
Seasons in the ESSC:  3
Nominated by: Games Coordinator
History: 

We (Dave, chase, Hogan, Dallas) are the Escape Brooms, a name chosen because we all enjoy Escape rooms at least a little bit. In our first season we enjoyed curling, particularly its non contact and limited cardiovascular fitness requirements.  We are a team of 3 computer coders and a guy refuses to leave the university, and look forward to next season.

Team Bio

Ace Kicker's
Captain: Evelyn Timmer

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Plus Pickle Ball
Seasons in the ESSC:  10
Nominated by: Pickled Caesars'
History: 

Our team name is Ace Kickers . We have played for 3 years and really love the game . We have made a lot new friends and find it a great way to get some good exercise in . Look forward to many more experiences to come . Thanks for organizing it all so we can enjoy it !!!!

Our names are  Evelyn and John Timmer 

Team Bio

Tight Finger Roll
Captain: Aaron Mitra

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC:  5
Nominated by: Game's Coordinator Nomination
History: 

Player names or nicknames - Natalie Douglas, Maggie Russell, Jill Cressman, Devin MacGillivray, Shawn Holloway,  Adam Sturgess, David Thexton, Aaron Mitra

The origin of your team’s name - Since ESSC does not allow dunking, we do finger rolls at the rim. Key is to keep your fingers tight for the finger rolls.

How many seasons your team has played with the ESSC - Summer 2018 was the first season. We have played every season since. Unsure how many that totals.

Favorite aspect of the sport you play - Keeps us engaged in playing the sport we all love in a fun-first and relaxed setting.

Anything else you want to include - #BallIsLife!

 

 

Team Bio

SheetStain's
Captain: Jacob Walker

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Curling
Seasons in the ESSC:  2
Nominated by: Team OhMyBack
History: 

Making their debut into the curling scene, the Sheetstains are in it to win it! And by win it, we mean make catchy curling-themed jingles and have good belly laughs all night. Jacob, Erika, Dylan and Taylor are four friends that we're looking for a great way to get a little active, spend time together, and have an excuse for beer and wings! Mission accomplished.

Team Bio

Organized Confusion
Captain: Neil Knuff

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Beach VolleyBall
Seasons in the ESSC:  2
Nominated by: Pumpkin Spike (Brandon Powell)
History: 

It's the end of the summer season.Volleyball as we know it is at the verge of extinction. 

The god of Volleyball- Vollios Ballious has summoned his champions to defend the realm of volleyball from the encroaching forces of chaos:Cold weather,other life commitments, and high fructose corn syrup.

The champions are:

Turkish thunder, the attacker who is cursed to never jump. 

Kailey, who uses the power of music to force mandatory dance parties upon her team mates mid-game.

Dr Dreidel, who is just on the team because of his positive attitude. 

Robzilla, who holds the ESSC record for most balls thrown in rage at the rest of her team. 

Gonzo, who has the longest record of playing with injury in all of volleyball history, at four hundred and thirty six years.

 Lemon, the high ruler of loud corner, who has shouted down the forces of evil across the realm. 

And of course, the Neil, who didn't get the memo that we were doing cool nicknames. 

Together, only these brave champions can stave off the forces of evil for a little longer and save the world of volleyball. Organized, Confused, and most of all, friends forever... On Monday nights.

Team Bio

 

Flashbacks
Captain: Bill Donlevy 

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 6
Nominated by: Home Runs & Shotguns (Adam Bader)
History:  

We are The Flashbacks, and this has been our 7th year. Our previous iterations were Bushmasters and Psychedelic Psycho Seniors. We are all over 50 (and I’m the oldest, at 70). Needing an update from the Psycho nameplate, we thought “Flashbacks” would be an appropriate name for a, shall we say, more senior group. It is a reference to (perhaps) recurring flashes of brilliance attained in the 1960s and ‘70s. It also reminds us (and the competition) that we can occasionally flash back to our 20s, when motivated!

            From left to right: Mike (“Flash”) R; Rob (“Louie”) L; Michael (“Smooth”) N; Kim (“The Cop”) L; Darlene (“Enforcer”) P; Darren (“Not Darryl”) H; Tracie (“Teach”) C; Carrie (“Ranger”) R; Mel (“Wallbanger”) W; Mary Ellen (“Miss M”) M; Warren (“Silent Sam”) C; and kneeling, Bill (“Ball Chaser”) D.

Team Bio

Sharp Shooters
Captain: Alycia Amatto

Night/Div/Sport:  Thursday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC:  4
Nominated by: Games Coordinator
History: Our team name is the Sharp Shooters. We have been participating in various intramural sports through ESSC for quite a number of years. In the summers we typically have a Slo Pitch team and in the fall/ winters we have played multi sport and ball hockey. This is our first season in the 5v5 indoor soccer league. We are grateful that sports are back up and running and are looking forward to the remainder of the season. 

 

Team Bio

Setsy and We Know it
Captain: Rose Blankenagel

Night/Div/Sport:  Thursday Intermediate Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC:  1
Nominated by: Games Coordinator
History: We are a new founded team that just started playing together and our first season as 'Setsy and You Know It'. Super multi team members ranging from Sudanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and German. We're out here to improve each other's skills and to have fun n kick some butt if we can!

 

Team Bio

Sticky Rice
Captain: Michelle Tran

Night/Div/Sport:  Sunday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 20
Nominated by: Games Coordinator
History: Team Sticky Rice’s first season was back in Summer 2014, created by a group of cousins and a few friends. The main goal was to get together once a week to do some exercise, and since we all love food, we decided to name the team Sticky Rice. Our first season was rough, we didn’t win a single game and the scores weren't even close. 10 seasons later, in 2016 we finally won our first championship! It's been great to see how far we've come since our first game, we've really stuck together through the ups and downs (like sticky rice...) We’re so excited to be back for our 20th season after taking a 2-year break. The best aspect of the game is just being able to hang out with everyone, laugh when one of our guys score on our own net (...Andrew...), meeting other teams and playing some hockey every week! Thanks for the nomination!

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!