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Canadians Close Season
Stulacs at Canadians

Toronto, ON, Canada
 The Canadian paddle tournament season ended on an emotional high at The Canadians, with Paul and Mike Stulac winning the Men's division and claiming the trophy named in memory of their father. The trophy was presented by mom, Joan Stulac. The Women's division was won by Ann Turner and Lynn Thompson. Due to the generosity of the players, $1500 was raised in support of Wellspring - a network of cancer support centers across Canada.

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Submitted by Suzanne Lanthier

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Two incredible paddle talents team up for the first time since they were juniors and take home the trophy named in honour of their Dad.

With sincere gratitude to sponsors Paddleplayer.com and McAuslan Breweries (www.mcauslan.com) not to mention the generosity of paddlers from Canada and the US, $1500 was raised at the 2012 Canadian Open to support Wellspring – a network of cancer support centres across Canada.

A small but mighty crew of 9 women’s teams competed for the 2012 Open Title with top honours going to the Cincy-Pitt dymanic duo of Ann Turner and Lynn Thompson who, until their final, did not drop 1 game! Ann and Lynn prevailed over Steph Russell and Suzanne Lanthier in 3-set final. Third place honours went to Sandra Odenbach and Dionne Bothner who overcame tough competition from Sara Lanthier and Rita Kladstrup.  Rumour had it that a pre-match bet of losers serving winners wedges for the duration of the men’s final match were on the line. Anna Lis and Janelle Giehl took Consolation draw honours and Jane Watson/Joan Stulac now own the Last Chance Title.  Complete women's draws here.

On the Men’s side, emotional favourites Mike and Paul Stulac did not disappoint as they made it through a challenging Y-chromosome draw not dropping a set. Odenbach/Pike fought back from 5-2 deficit in second set of the final to eventually lose 7-5 to the Stulac brothers. Mom, Joan presented her boys with the Joe Stulac Memorial Trophy with son #3 – Dan – looking on.

The semifinalists also deserve some shout-outs too as they gave the crowd some incredible head-scratching “how did they do that?” paddle points – our thanks to Reid Smith and Laramie Gavin from Rochester who faced the Stulacs in their semi and to Dan Hersh and Tyler Noland from Pittsburgh who had the pleasure facing Hall-of-Famer Fritz Odenbach and Steve “steve pike” Pike.

Congratulations to ¼ Reprieve Winners: Mark Semler and Jeff Kotalik;  Consolation Winners: Andy Thompson and Joe Ryan and Last Chance Champs: Paul Herlan and Chris Ross – who were out so long on the court, that we turned the lights out on them (sorry guys – but enough was enough .. we had to get to the bar!!) Complete men's draws here.

The success of this tournament was due to an incredible handful of members and supporters who all pitched in to save costs, time and the overall sanity of the tournament director – thanks to Paul Stulac, Maurice Sanchez, Mike Stulac, Fritz Odenbach, Barry Pletch, Brad McIlroy, Sonja Erskine, Mike Page, Mike Boire, Greg Hughes, John Lanthier – and the best clean-up crew around: Jane & Ian Watson, Deb & Mike Gallagher, Ted & Anna Lis, Ted & Janis Stitski – YOU ROCK!!! If I missed anyone..  I do apologize.

Special thanks to our out of town teams who made the trek to the North to participate. We loved hosting all of our friends from Rochester, Pitt, Cincy, Buffalo and of course, Mike and KD from NYC!!

And again to our sponsors – Paddleplayer.com and McAuslan .. merci beaucoup!

See you next season!

Women 2012 Finalists Steph Russell and Suzanne Lanthier with Champs Ann Turner and Lynn Johnson
Men 2012 Mike and Paul Stulac with finalists Steve Pike and Fritz Odenbach
Men LC 2012
Men's Consolation finalists Brad McIlroy and John Lanthier and winners Joe Ryan and Andy Thompson
Stulacs 2012 Paul, Joan and Mike Stulac with the Joe Stulac Cup


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