West Northumberland Cornhole League formed

A fun activity between friends has led to the creation of a new sports league in Northumberland.

Gary Collins, Shayne Fields, Kyle Brooks and Brent Sedgwick are not just friends, but also neighbours and have enjoyed playing cornhole recreationally.

“This has been essentially a summer pastime when you’re in the backyard or you’re at the trailer or the cottage and you throw some bean bags around,” Fields said. 

Last year they joined a cornhole league in Peterborough and saw the possibility of offering the same in this area. They met Paul Aitken, a Cobourg resident who was also playing in the Peterborough league, and he jumped on board to help create the new West Northumberland Cornhole League.  

During a cornhole game, players throw bean bags at a raised platform board with a hole in the far end. Throwing a bag through the hole scores three points while landing a bag on the board scores one. Play continues until a team or player reaches or exceeds a score of 21. 

Fields said there will be an opportunity for anyone interested in joining the league, whether you’re new to the sport or experienced. 

“There’s different skill levels so there’s beginners, intermediate and competitive,” he said. “The sport itself, and it has become a sport, is being covered by ESPN quite a bit. There seems to be a growing interest at a rapid pace so we wanted to develop a league out here in Northumberland that gave the residents and everybody around the community an opportunity to come out and either just do it socially or doing it competitively.”

Collins (president), Fields (vice-president), Brooks (secretary/treasurer), Sedgwick (trustee) and Aitken (recording secretary) comprise the five-person board of directors.

League games will be played at the West Northumberland Curling Club. Finding an appropriate venue was important to the board members. Fields said making a profit isn’t the objective for founders of the league. They love to play and want to share that enjoyment with local residents who might be looking for a social activity.

“This venue here at the West Northumberland Curling Club in the Town of Cobourg, it gives us the opportunity to expand if we are fortunate enough to have that much interest which I do see happening in the near future,” Fields said. 

When the league starts will depend on provincial restrictions being lifted, but ideally the season would run from sometime in May until late August or into September.

More details will be released soon, but participants won’t have to sign up for a full season as registration will be offered weekly.

“You can come out and try it,” Fields said. “It’s going to be $10 each week that you come and play. We’ll have more on that and how to register.”

For updates, you can follow the West Northumberland Cornhole League on Facebook and Instagram.

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