1999 Berwick Bantam Girls Hockey
In the late 1990s, girls throughout the country were turning to hockey, and Berwick was no exception. By 1997, a handful of Berwick girls were travelling to Wolfville to play for an all-girls team called the Nova Blues.
With numbers anticipated to grow for the following season, Peter Connell and Mike Trinacty decided to organize a team out of Berwick. With Peter’s daughter Amanda and the Best, Kinsman, Bent and Trinacty girls, three-quarters of a team was already in place.
With interest throughout the province, it didn’t take long to create a girls-only league consisting of Pictou, West Hants, Liverpool, Middleton and Berwick. Wit the exception of Pictou, the league was made up of all first-year teams.
1999 Berwick Eassons
A third-place finish at provincials and a third-place showing at Eastern Canadians the previous year had the Berwick Eassons fastball team optimistic of greater successes in 1999. When all was said and done, the 1999 Eassons had captured Berwick's first provincial men's fastball championship in 36 years.
Playing in the Oland's Fastball League with East Hants Midgets, Halifax Lion's Head, Guysborough Transfer, Shubenacadie, Enfield, Dartmouth Blues and Oland's 67s, the Eassons finished with a 39-16 record, including three tournaments, the league playoffs, provincials and Eastern Canadians.
The team started the season by sweeping a pair of exhibition games with Guysborough May 23, then went 8-1 in league play before hosting a tournament on the June 12 weekend in Berwick.
Boyd Laverne Lutz was born in Berwick Nov. 18, 1937. During an active and busy life, he was well-known as an athlete, coach, builder, professional scout and even team owner.
As an athlete, ‘Boydie’ played for the Berwick Apple Kings the year they won the Maritime championship, and was one of two Berwick-born players on the team.
Born August 3, 1942 in Kentville, George Moody grew up in Grafton and became involved in sports at an early age. While attending Central Kings, he participated in track and field, representing the Valley in the 100 and 220 yard dash at the provincial level.
George played softball for Grafton and Waterville in a Valley league. He coached the Waterville Mohawks, then became the first coach of the Berwick Eassons fastball team. That year, the Eassons represented the Valley in the Canada Games tournament held in Brookfield, and in the provincial playdowns, reached the semifinals.
After coaching the Eassons, George became president of the Valley fastball league for several years.
A fine career in athletics in his youth, which saw him twice chosen his high school’s Male Athlete of the Year, proved to be only the start for Windsor native Mike Trinacty.
Mike’s dad, a coach, baseball and softball umpire and hockey referee, was his mentor and inspiration as a youth, and started Mike refereeing and umpiring at age 14.
He started his coaching career at age 15, when he had a summer job teaching minor baseball four nights a week. That same year, he helped coach a minor hockey team.
In the years after the Second World War, softball was played at a tremendously competitive and skilled level in Kings County.
Teams representing the area from Aylesford to Cambridge captured provincial titles and suffered some near-misses during those years.
During the summer of 1956, the Waterville Mohawks, guided by general manager Dr. Ron Thorpe of Berwick, enjoyed an exciting and successful season that culminated in the Nova Scotia-Prince Edward Island softball championship.