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!

Winter 2024 Winners

Team Bio

Gators
Captain: Dean Olson
 

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Multi-Sport
Seasons in the ESSC: 8
Nominated by: GC Nomination
History: 

The Gators multi-sport team was established in 2019. They are known for their thunderous "Gator Chomp" before each game which can shake a building. After winning a championship in their inaugural season, the win went directly into a few of the Gators heads. After heartbreaking Championship losses in the 2021 and 2022 season, the Gators management underwent personnel reconstruction, making tough cuts and now is guided by our fearless captain "Kap". She has instilled the strong Gators Defense mentality into each player and is not afraid to remind any player where the bench is. The Gators are mostly baseball/basketball players, but enjoy all the various sports the multi-sport league provides. The Gators hope to secure their third straight championship this season, unless they choke again.

Team Bio

Bass Get Ball
Captain: Nat Hajek
 

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 8
Nominated by: GC Nomination
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 eighth season with ESSC and can’t get enough! We don’t have many points in the win column, but really, who cares? Not us. Team spirit is our bread and butter. 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).

 

Team Bio

Hogliners
Captain: Robyn Neil

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Curling
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Escape Brooms
History: 

Player names or nicknames:
Ashley, Matt, April & Robyn 
 
The origin of your team name:
Chosen from ESSC individuals team last year and kept with it.  
 
How many seasons your team has played with the ESSC:
This is our second season with ESSC. We were a team of individuals who stuck together for a second season.  
 
Favorite aspect of the sport you play: 
The Shamrock apres curling hangouts and learning more about the sport every game 
 
Anything else you want to include: 
We are aiming for one win this season after being champions last season. 
Team Bio

Tight Finger Roll
Captain: Aaron Mitra

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 
20+
Nominated by: Games Coordinator
History: 

The players for Winter 2024 are Emily, Carly, Russell, Cressman, Devin, James, Ross, David and Aaron. The origin of Tight Finger Roll comes from the fact that ESSC does not allow dunking, So, we do finger-rolls at the rim. The key is to keep your fingers "tight" when you go for the finger-roll at the rim. We have been playing since Summer 2018 and have played every season since, except summers. Playing basketball keeps us engaged in playing the sport we all love in a fun-first and relaxed setting. We also love roasting each other on and off the court. #BallIsLife! 

Fall 2023

Team Bio
Team Havok
Captain: Maria Bretz

Night/Div/Sport:  Thursday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

Our team has a short history together with only 2 seasons of play, and we started as an individuals team— complete strangers to each other. Then after a wrap up beer on the Campio patio, we sealed the deal and decided to become a team. We became fast friends and just love this game! The camaraderie, fitness, sportsmenship and getting to see our friends weekly is by far our favourite aspect for being a team in ESSC. We can’t wait for our third season and hopefully we can add league champs to our list with a Lady Bing award as well!! Thank you for our nomination for Lady Bing. 

Team Bio
Spiked Lee
Captain: Stephanie King

Night/Div/Sport:  Wednesday Recreational Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

Hi, this is our team Spiked Lee and I'm going to introduce you to our outstanding players.(left to right) Mark is known for his high vertical leap and can-do motivation. Veronica's positive attitude, and coordination makes her unstoppable! Stephanie's strong legs, and coordination makes her an optimal player on the court. Kelsey positive attitude and communication skills through her loyalty and reliability every game we play. Sean has excellent stamina with meticulous pivoting skills making him a real sharpshooter on the court. Keora has excellent stamina with dependable accuracy optimizing our performance on the court. We all met this season on the individual's team, and it's been great that we got brought together as a group.  

Team Bio
The Beatables
Captain: Alysha McCubin

Night/Div/Sport:  Thursday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

We are the Beatables. We are a group of friends who have played together in the ESSC for several years now, swapping out a few players every season! The Beatables love playing ball hockey for the fun and social aspects!! We like to make jokes and have fun while getting some exercise! Ball hockey is our jam! 

Team Bio
Goal Diggers
Captain: Kellyn Frank

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

History: 

 Our team the "Goal Diggers" started playing in ESSC just this last spring 2023 and are now participating in our 3rd season! Some of us grew up playing soccer and took a hiatus in our 20s but are back at it with a ton of passion (and some skill) . We may not win most of our games but we love having an excuse to get together, move our bodies and have fun. We are proud that our team spirit doesn't go unnoticed and have landed us a nomination for the Lady Bing award!

Team Bio
Jimbos Bimbos
Captain: Chase Gratton

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

History: 

Our team name is Jimbo’s Bimbos and we are making our ESSC debut this year in Multi-sport! Our team consists of Jacob, Tristen, James (Jimbo), Chase, Evan, Aidan, Ben, Beth, Julia, Ellen and Monica and we each have our own unique sports backgrounds and experiences. Regardless of the sport we play for the week, we have someone with experience who steps up and provides guidance to the team, fostering a very supportive environment. While we may be rookies in the ESSC, we have really enjoyed the connections and friendships we have formed with our team and the opposing teams. We are all passionate competitors and there is no better way to play than alongside your closest friends! 

Team Bio
Crown Royals
Captain: Lisa Milan

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 7+
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

We are the Crown Royals! We are a random group of family, friends, colleagues, and persons of distinguished taste. We work hard and play hard! We started the team 6 years ago as a way to get together and have fun, learn new things, get some exercise and hang out with other great people!

We are: [Left to right] Thomas, Dave, Kc, Maz, Lisa, Erin, Brian, Pia, Len and Troy :)

Team Bio
Power Snatch
Captain: Pierce Hnatiuk

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 10+
Nominated by:Free Agents

History: Power Snatch has been playing Slo Pitch in ESSC since 2010. What started out as a corporate team for a local gym, quickly changed to a group of friends just wanting an excuse to hangout and play some sports. Of course we're not the same team that started 13 years ago, but some have been playing together for 7 or more years, and even 2 are still with the team since the beginning. But no matter who's on the team we have a few philosophies we follow; no strike outs, no walks, winning is everything, take no prisoners, hack the bone, and go for the shin. We must have had an off game to have been nominated, but thanks for the honor.

Team Bio
Bat and Boujiee
Captain: Denise Placencia

Night/Div/Sport: Friday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by:Brows Before Throws

History: Members are: Denise, Sebastian, Claire, Ryley, Kulwinder, Imane, Cameron, Taylor, Mark, Jana, Jenna, Keana, Bea, Luke. It took us a bit to decide what are team name would be, but we wanted it to be catchy. This is our first season as a team and most of us have not played any slo-pitch before, so everything is a learning experience. Most of us are nurses working in mental health that just want to do something fun to destress and enjoy. 

Team Bio
Motion to Strikeout
Captain: Daniel Vassberg

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Inglorious Batters

History: We’re the Motion to Strikeouts, and this is our second slo-pitch season with ESSC. This season has had ups (the great vibes of hanging out and playing on the premium fields) and downs (our score relative to the other teams’), but every game has been lots of fun. Have we had countless opportunities to evaluate how many of our players can scale a fence to retrieve the opposing teams’ home-run balls? Yes. Did we have a player eating a hot dog while at-bat? Also yes. Do we have a player who has a broken foot and has played in a boot all year? Yes again. But as the common saying goes, “if you’re not scaling a fence with a hot dog in your mouth and a boot on your foot, then you’re not living”. 

Summer 2023

Team Bio
Odd Sox
Captain: John Mayhew

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Corn Dawgs

History: 

We started out as and individual team in the newly formed Rookie league and reentered in Summer as the Odd Sox. Fun has always been our #1 priority. 

Left to Right  

Mike, John, Karen, Brendan, Far, Sheila, Yvonne, Brendin, Robyn, Robert, Dan, Rebecca, Ben and Dean. Missing - Jacob.  

Team Bio
Rainbow Unicorns
Captain: Sam Ito

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 10+
Nominated by: Dirty Dozen

History: 

Meet the Rainbow Unicorns, a vibrant and spirited team that brings a touch of magic to the soccer field. Originally formed by Carolyn Truong, her globe trotting adventures have left the team in the capable boots of Captain Sam. Comprised of players with an unwavering passion for the game, the Rainbow Unicorns have been gracefully galloping through the seasons with the ESSC (Extreme Sports and Social Club) since their inception – like 12 seasons ago? Each member embraces their unique and colorful personality through a tie-dye shirt, emblazoned with a golden unicorn, exemplifying the very essence of the team's name - a homage to their love for both the enchanting myth of unicorns and the glorious spectrum of colors that they represent. Beyond the joy of competition, their favorite aspect of the sport they play, which is soccer, lies in the camaraderie and bonding that comes with being part of an inclusive and supportive team. Together, they sprinkle joy and positivity while running, passing, and shooting the ball, winning often, but also creating unforgettable memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Come join the Rainbow Unicorns on their magical journey, and witness firsthand the enchantment they bring to soccer and the ESSC. 

Team Bio
The Blue Anchors
Captain: Jake Woods

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 6
Nominated by: Games Coordinator 

History: 

Our team name is The Blue Anchors,  members of our team have played ESSC going back to 2018, participating in Floor Hockey, Soccer, Multisport & even some video game tournaments during COVID. Our favourite part about playing in the ESSC floor hockey league is it gets us nice and thirsty before we go out to Canadian Brewhouse for team dinner!   

Team Bio
The ShtHawks
Captain: Jerry Sayegh

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 6
Nominated by: 4 Deep

History: 

The Sh*thawks were established in 2018. We wanted a fun team name to go with the vibe of the team. I have been there form the start and have managed the team. We are a fun and easy going team. We invite players to join us, no matter skill level. All we ask is have a good attitude and come out and enjoy yourself.  Are team age varies from 18 all the way to mid- 50’s. we have played 13 seasons and look forward to many more. 

Team Bio
The Great Hambinos
Captain: Joe Chapman

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Featherless Bipeds

History: 

The Great Hambinos are Abdi, Ben, Craig, David, Denis, Edden, Franz, Joanne, Joe, Krista, Kristin, Mike and Steve. We don’t really have nicknames other than Kristin is “Stretch” and Denis is “The Big Cat” and many of us are just old timers. However, some of us are youngsters too. In fact, we have an age range of almost 50 years. Our team name comes from the great baseball movie The Sandlot. The catcher for the sandlot baseball team is Ham and he has invented an alter-ego wrestler named The Great Hambino. If you have not seen the movie The Sandlot, you really have to see it soon. It’s a classic. This is our first year in the ESSC as a team although a few of us have played for other teams in the past. I would have to say our favourite thing about the game is cheering for each other and trying not to get injured too badly! Finally, thank you to whoever nominated us for a Lady Bing Award. 

Team Bio
YEG Jets
Captain: Andrew Stockley

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: The Great  Hambinos

History: 

Jets are known to be fast and agile; modern machines of precision engineering - we however, are not those Jets. Our speed is diminished, our balance suspect, and we've definitely got a few screws loose. The YEG Jets slo-pitch team is made up of employees of Edmonton International Airport who were looking for a fun way to connect with colleagues outside of the workplace. This is our first year playing with the ESSC and first time playing the sport for many of our team members. We love that the sport of slo-pitch gives us an opportunity to be active and build community with one another, while having a good laugh at ourselves along the way. 

Team Bio
Dirty Dingers
Captain: Sam Clark-Davies

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 3+
Nominated by: MT Gloves

History: 

Dirty Dingers formed from a few different friend groups coming together to make a team / new friend group! We have played with ESSC for 3 years and love that they provide a league where we can have lots of laughs and hopefully a few wins!

Team Bio
Cul-De-Sac-Flies
Captain: Jessica Da Costa

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2+
Nominated by: Dingers in the Outfield

History: 

The Cul-de-Sac Flies is a slo-pitch team comprised of 30 to 40-year-olds who have been friends since childhood, growing up in the same cul-de-sac. With a strong bond that has stood the test of time, these lifelong friends bring a wealth of experience and unity to the field. Their name pays homage to their shared roots, and their dedication to teamwork and support sets them apart. Whether competing in intense games or friendly matches, the Cul-de-Sac Flies embody the enduring power of friendship and serve as an inspiration to all who witness their unwavering camaraderie. 

Spring 2023 Winners

Team Bio
Easton Fection
Captain: Andrea Bliss

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 10
Nominated by: Inglorious Batters

Say it three times fast: EASTON FECTION, EASTON FECTION, EASTON FECTION! We are itching for a win! 

Unfortunately, this season, we didn’t get many of those (1 to be exact) but the winning is an after thought for us – no matter how we perform, we make sure to do our best, and most importantly, have fun! Our team is an amalgamation of two teams (OEM Speed Wagon and Easton Fection) that came together over the years and stuck with the Easton Fection name. We aren’t sure where the name came from, but it usually gets us a few laughs for those who get it. We have been playing with ESSC since the late 2000’s, winning Gold a number of times throughout those years, and look forward to many more!

 

Team Bio
Core Lesbian Investigate Team
Captain: Lisa Martin

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Lawn Bowling
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: EZ Rollers

 

Just some gays wanting to get out and catch some rays while learning a new sport and making friends.  

Our names are Lisa, Vanessa, Shandra & Helena. The origin of our team name is our group chat and abbreviated well.. you know  

This is our first season playing lawn bowling and I think our favorite thing has to be the challenge of learning a new sport and the cheap beer 

 

Team Bio
The Snails
Captain: Steve Hughes

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 8
Nominated by: Crystal Palace

 The Snails have been playing with the ESSC since 2015, with some players having played with the ESSC since 2010. We love that the ESSC provides a laid back, co-ed league so we can play with friends and partners in a just-for-fun environment, and one of our favourite things has been watching beginner soccer players improve to become some of the best players on our team. 

 

Team Bio
Motion to Strikeouts
Captain: Daniel Vassberg

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1st
Nominated by: Finding Nemo

We’re the Motion to Strikeouts, a reference to the fact that the team is almost entirely composed of lawyers in the public service (except for Scott, our resident “Man of Industry” and nefarious capitalist), as well as a reference to the obscene number of times our members strike out. Two birds - one stone, as they say. Although we’d need hundreds of stones to kill two birds, as we can’t aim a throw either. But I digress. This is our first season playing ESSC Rookie slo-pitch, but many of us are also in our third season of ESSC soccer (as the Motion to Strikers, with a flawless 0-18-2 record). The group really enjoys the social aspect of slo-pitch, and looks forward to finishing the season strong (or weak, we’re not picky). 

 

Team Bio
ER Toe Taggers
Captain: Leanne Ball

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

History: 

Our team is the ER Toe Taggers. We are all either doctors or nurses that work at the Grey Nuns emergency department. 

Our job and work environment is high stress and demanding, which is why we are so happy to come and play dodgeball, even if we lose every game! Playing dodgeball once a week has definitely helped boost the morale in our work environment which was very low through the pandemic.  

We have played dodgeball for 3 seasons and will switch to slow pitch in the summer. I’m sure we I’ll continue to play dodgeball next winter to keep up our spirits in our professional and personal lives.  

Woohooo!!! 

Team Bio
Smish Smash
Captain: Katie MacIsaac

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

History: 

 My name is Katie (I’m the one in the purple t-shirt) and my teammate/wife/better-half is Alex (she’s the one in the Oilers t-shirt). Our team name is Smish Smash and the origin of it is that it was the first thing that came to Alex’s mind and we thought it sounded silly! This is our first season with ESSC and we’re loving it so far! Our favourite aspect of badminton is that despite being really bad at it, it’s still so much fun to hit the birdie and get a good rally going! 

Team Bio
ABC Blues
Captain: Nevin Orchuk

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

History: 

Our team name is the ‘ABC Blues’ with the ‘ABC’ standing for Alberta Blue Cross.  We joined the ESSC Ball Hockey League in 2019 as a corporate team/wellness initiative that includes Alberta Blue Cross employees, family and friends.  We have played 7 seasons with the ESSC and look forward to many more in the future.  Our ‘ABC Blues’ have enjoyed our time with the ESSC knowing that we are getting some exercise while having fun win or lose.  As a Team, we have embraced sportsmanship and fair play which makes this Lady Bing Nomination a proud honor.   

Team Bio
Pitch Slappers
Captain: Shannon Rawluck

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Ball People

History: 

Introducing The Pitchslappers: A fun group of gals embarking on their first season of Slo-Pitch through ESSC with a shared determination to try their best and have a good time. Coming together through Edmonton’s ‘Shy Girl Club’, many of these ladies bonded over various activities and are now exploring team sports together. Don’t let this club name fool you, many of these gals love the chance to chat with their opponents on the bases and meet other people. This team is determined to hit the slo-pitch diamond with positivity and enjoy some time outside regardless of rain or shine!

Winter 2023

Team Bio
Setters of Catan
Captain: Olivier Hamel

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 20+
Nominated by: Super Smash Pals

History: 

We have been playing ESSC indoor and beach volleyball for over ten years now and really enjoy the league. We are a competitive group but put the emphasis on having fun first and enjoy socializing at the sponsor bars after games. After running out of innuendos for team names, the name came together as a pun on a popular board game (Settlers of Catan) some of the original team members played back in the early days of the team (yes probably the nerdiest name out there, but it has stuck and works for us). Here is the Roster from these past few seasons, from left to right on the photo: 

  

Trevor is probably our most competitive player and loves spiking the ball while maintaining a cat-like agility to avoid stepping under the net 

Graeme, or Grimey as he likes to be called, plays with energy and also acts as the team jester in many ways, always looking for a humorous twist on situations 

Oli is the team captain and the glue that has brought everyone together over time, and brings the team back together season after season 

Kristin has been a consistent setter for the team and leads by example on the court with her creative plays and determination on every ball 

Lauren has recently come back from a "mat leave" after having her daughter and always manages to bring her smile to the court, and keep it even when she loses feeling in her feet in the wet cold sand of spring beach volleyball 

Steve was initially known to the group as "Kristin's husband" but after bailing the team out last minute so many times as a sub he seamlessly became a regular member of the team. 

Team Bio
Bowling With My Homies
Captain: Kate Rogozinski

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Bowling
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Strike First

History: 

We’re next door neighbors Kate & Michelle & we’re brand new to ESSC & the bowling league.  We’ve loved playing in the league, meeting so many great people like Felix & Josh from Strike First as well as all the other teams.  Thanks so much to our nominators!  It’s been so fun! 

Team Bio
Don't Neglect the Balls
Captain: Bill Wolfe

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Dodgeball
Seasons in the ESSC: 16
Nominated by: Ball Der Dash

History: 

Our team Don't Neglect the Balls has been playing for about 13 years.  Our average age is getting up there but our immaturity holds fast at 19. We all are there to have fun first and be as fun contagious to the other team as possible.  The lady Bing is a badge of honnor if we win.  We always try to have a good connection with the GC it only makes it more fun when they are enjoying the game play as well.  The photo is only part of our team but only the really exhausted ones. 

Team Bio
The Big Dill
Captain: Abby Eliasson

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational PickleBall
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by: The Missing Link

History: 

We are Marianne and Abby, a mother-daughter team, who play pickleball together. Our team name The Big Dill came from the fact that "we are kind of a BIG deal" LOL and it ties into the pickleball theme. We started playing pickleball the summer of 2022 and we had a blast so we signed up for ESSC in the fall and the rest is history. Our favorite aspects of the game is that it is a sport you can continue playing later into life, learning the strategy of the pickleball game and most of being able to play together for some good quality time:) . Sportsmanship is extremely important to us in any sport we play and just getting the nomination is fantastic! 

Team Bio
The Bee's Knees
Captain: Colleen Prenoslo

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Multi-Sport
Seasons in the ESSC: 8+
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

We are the Bees Knees (formerly known as the Fris-Bees). We have been playing ultimate together for nearly a decade but have decided to diversify and try out sports in winter months with multi-sport. 

 

What we lack in skill we make up for in gumption! 

 

Team Bio
Strike First
Captain: Felix Wong

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

History: 

Strike First came from the recent reboot of the Karate Kid called “Cobra Kai”. Found it fitting for our bowling team to “Strike Report”, Striking pins and not people. The is our first season playing ESSC, but we are really enjoying how it gives us a night out and a chance to meet and play against other teams.

Team Bio
Swish Mello
Captain: Mandy Bohaichuk

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 25
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

Our story probably began the same as most do. We started out as individuals from seemingly different worlds that life would not normally throw together but through random chance and common appreciation of sport we ended up together. A good core of this team has been together for 15 years.

We started when we were just in our prime with seemingly no direction contrasted with now where we're in the early stages of family and fully invested in our careers. As the league reopened after the pause it seemed in a flash of light a lifetime had passed. So, when the call was made to assemble the team it was hard to ignore. Some of us were tempted to play because of some cling-on to past glory, try to be healthier or undo some other burn-out thing.

Collectively, we have about 500 seasons with the ESSC. Our name has changed over the and we feel we've seen it all. Been every team. Home and away. Young and old. Favored and under-dog. And everything in between.

Unfortunately, we our entering the final arc of our story and have oddly gone where most have not. Father-time is undefeated. He has all the t-shirts. Our experience with the league has been long and prosperous.

I am, we are, we all are... Swish Mello.

 

Team Bio
Crystal Palace
Captain: Scott Wowk

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 22
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

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
No Regretzkys
Captain: Nicole Pux

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC:5th 
Nominated by: Games Coordinator

History: 

The winter of 2023 marks the 5th ball hockey season for the “No Regretzkys” who began playing in the ESSC league in October of 2021. As an individual’s team, the No Regretzkys started out as the “Red Vines” which is how they ended up keeping their currently worn Red team colors. At the start of their 3rd season with the league, the team adopted the No Regretzkys team name following a vote on possible replacement names over the teams WhatsApp chat. A few members have been added along the way, but for the most part all of the original players from the 2021 individuals team remain today! Initially Captained by Graham Pendray for three seasons, Nicole Pux took the reigns as Captain in 2022. The team is rounded out by founding members Nick, Julie, Chris, Jenna, Jessica, and Troy, as well as recent additions Danielle, Joe, Dan, Jordan, Taylor and goaltender Ethan who have joined along the way. 

With such a diverse range in skill level and past experience across the team, there is probably no one single aspect of ball hockey which the team as a whole would call it’s favorite. It’s probably more the comradery, that feeling of belonging to a team, and simply being able to suit up week after week with like minded friends which keeps everyone coming back season after season. The No Regretzskys have fully embraced and adopted the ‘fun first’ attitude, and while the team still chases an actual league champs title, the friendships that have been created between what were once complete strangers, has proven more valuable than any trophy. 

 

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.