COBA League Mourns the Loss of SW Twins Manager Bob Kulchyk
It is with great sadness that the league announces the passing of Mississauga SW Twins General Manager Robert “Bob” Kulchyk on November 9th, 2014 after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
Kulchyk brought the Twins to the COBA Major League loop in 2010. From their humble beginnings as a good team in the province, he was, in a short period of time, able to build the organization into one of Ontario’s baseball powerhouses at the senior level as evidenced by his resume with the club.
In 5 years, he amassed a regular season record of 83-56-3 good for a .585 winning percentage. The Twins never won a COBA Major Playoff title under his guidance but what they were able to do when the games mattered most was something special.
The team won the prestigious Hap Walters tournament in both 2012 and 2013 running the table in both years at a perfect 5-0. They were 3-0 in the 2014 Hap Walters Tourney before rains washed out the final day of competition. The team has also represented Ontario three times at the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships winning the Ontario Senior Baseball title in 2011 and 2013 and finishing as the finalists in 2014.
In 2013 and 14, Kulchyk led his charges to back-to-back National Senior Bronze medals. For his efforts, he was named the Ontario Senior Baseball Blog 2013 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the same honour in 2014. Quite a coaching resume for only being with the club for a short 5 years.
Always willing to chat at the park, Bob’s enthusiasm and love for amateur baseball in Ontario always showed when he coached and these sentiments were always carried on the field by his players. He was always so proud of the way his guys carried themselves and the efforts they put forth on the diamond.
Friends and family are invited to gather at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Church, 300 River Oaks Blvd East in Oakville, on Tuesday, November 18th at 10:00am for visitation with the family. The memorial service will then follow at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please see the following link:
On behalf of the entire COBA Major League family, we would like to pass along our deepest condolences to the Kulchyk family as well as the coaching staff and players of the Mississauga SW Twins organization on their profound loss.
COBA Major League Announces Major Award Winners at Year End Banquet
On Thursday, October 23rd, the COBA Major League held their annual year end awards banquet in Burlington. After being treated to a fantastic meal by the staff of the Kings Court Banquet Hall, the votes were tallied and the league has now released the winners and finalists for their seven major league awards. These winners along with the team and individual award winners that were determined by regular season statistics have now been posted in a story in the news section.
Congratulations to this year’s major award winners. Hope that everyone has a safe winter and looking forward to seeing everyone back on the field in 2015.
Amendola, Dickson, Davidson, Bignall, and Novia Headline All Ontario Senior Baseball 1st All-Star Team
The Ontario Senior Baseball Blog has scoured the provincial stats and come up with the All Ontario Senior Baseball All-Star Teams as well as the major award winners for the 2014 season.
Amendola got the nod as the 1st team 3rd baseman and was a first time selection to the All-Star teams. Dickson, who was a first time 1st teamer, had another spectatular season for the Oakville A’s at SS. Bignall and Davidson were both selected as outfielders after both having great seasons for their respective teams. Davidson was a 3rd team DH last season while Bignall cracked the 2nd All-Star team as an OF. Chris Novia claimed the DH spot on the 1st team again; a spot that he has held for the past four seasons.
The rest of the provincial All-Star teams along with the major award winners can be found in the news section of the site under the recent news articles. Congratulations to all of the players from across the province who received accolades on these prestigious teams and a big thanks to G for taking to the time to compile and crunch all of the numbers to make for the great reading.
Erindale Cardinals Capture 2014 COBA Major League Playoff Championship
The COBA Major League finally wrapped up their 2014 schedule as the 2nd Playoff Weekend unfolded this past weekend in Milton. Based on their 2-0 record on Saturday, the Erindale Cardinals advanced directly to the Championship Game with a 3-1 win over Etobicoke Rangers and followed that up with an 8-2 win over Brampton. In the semi-final game, Etobicoke defeated Brampton 5-2 to advance to Sunday and take on Erindale.
In the very entertaining final, Erindale used a late rally to take a 4-3 lead only to have Etobicoke answer back with one run in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game and send the game to extra innings. In the 8th inning, Erindale was able to tack on two runs and keep the powerful Ranger bats at bay as they won the game 6-4 capturing their first Barry Dobson Trophy since 2009 and bringing the 2014 season to a close.
We will still be doing some posting throughout the winter months about some different topics but I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the COBA Major Teams and Players for their support in helping make the site a huge success this year. Hopefully everyone that followed throughout the year enjoyed the content on the site and I look forward to the start of the 2015 COBA Major League season.
|Johnson Division||W||L||T||PCT||PTS||Andrews Division||W||L||T||PCT||PTS|
COBA Major League Playoff Tournament Information
With the first playoff weekend in the books, the four remaining teams now look ahead to the 2nd COBA Major League Playoff weekend happening August 23rd + 24th at the Milton Sports Complex. Please find below the links to last weekend’s scores from the first playoff weekend along with the schedule and results page for the second playoff weekend.
2014 Canadian Senior Men’s Baseball Tournament
The 2014 edition of the Canadian Senior Men’s Baseball Tournament has now kicked off in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Use the links below to see results from each game played along with an individual link for game reports for the Mississauga Twins and the Tecumseh Thunder.
2014 Senior Men’s Elimination Tournament Information
With less than two weeks before the Elimination Tournament in Windsor, I have started to post the tournament information up on our page now. Here you will find the tournament schedule, and the results from the tournament along with the addresses for all of the parks. I have also posted a tournament preview looking at all 11 first round match-ups on Friday. Good luck to all the teams that are attending this year.
2014 Hap Walters Invitational Tournament Schedule Now Released
The COBA Major League is proud to announce that they have released the schedule for the 2014 edition of the Hap Walters Invitational Tournament which will include 20 teams this year. Below you will find links to the tournament schedule, the results page which also has all the park locations, a tournament preview, and the overall standings.
2014 Lakeside Invitational Tournament Preview, Schedule, and Results
The following is a tournament preview, schedule, and live results page for the upcoming Lakeside Lizards Invitational Tournament on July 4th – July 6th. The tournament preview, schedule and results page has now been posted below.
Weekly Recap Articles on the Canadian Baseball Network
The link following this post will take you to all of the Weekly Recaps that have been written and posted on the Canadian Baseball Network webiste. The link will be updated on a weekly basis as each story is posted.
Week 15 Regular Season Match-Ups Now Posted
With Week 14 of the COBA Major League season now in the books, the box scores have been finalized and now posted in the box score archive section. The link can be found below this posting. The Week 15 match-ups are now typed up and have been posted and the link can also be found below:
Updated COBA Major League Statistical Leaders Now Posted
Now that we are at the halway point of the season, we have scoured the team webpages and come up with the league statistical leaders for all games up to and including July 2nd. The link can be found in the news section of the website or just click here:
COBA Major League Week 15 POW – Dave Davidson
The end of another week means it is time to announce the final Player of the Week for the 2014 COBA Major League season. The winner for Week 15 (August 10th – August 17th) is Niagara Metros OF Dave Davidson. The full story on Dave’s week can now be found in the news section of the site or by clicking the link below. Congrats Dave!!!
Congratulations to all of the league Player of the Week winners this season!!!
|1 + 2||DH – AJ Iafrate||Etobicoke Rangers|
|3||3B/DH – Marco DiRoma||Brampton Royals|
|4||SS – Kevin Greer||Milton Red Sox|
|5||3B – Andrew Kotulak||Oakville A’s|
|6||C/1B – John Suomi||Etobicoke Rangers|
|7||1B/DH – Chris Novia||Erindale Cardinals|
|8||SS – Jordan Grant||Niagara Metros|
|9||C – Will Nicholson||Niagara Metros|
|10||OF – Ricky Ferri||Niagara Metros|
|11||1B/DH – Chris Novia||Erindale Cardinals|
|12||SS – Kevin Greer||Milton Red Sox|
|13||3B – John Amendola||Erindale Cardinals|
|14||C/1B – John Suomi||Etobicoke Rangers|
|15||OF – Dave Davidson||Niagara Metros|
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