OK, I admit it I love sports. I love high school sports of all kinds and like peaking in on results of various sports I am not intimately in touch with. I would love to know the standings for the 12 man football league and try to figure out who has a chance at qualifying for provincials for girls field hockey. This is easy information to find, right? Just turn to the NBIAA website and everything is there , wrong!!
NBIAA rolled out a new web site this fall, and lets just say things are in the state of chaos. Click on the 12 man football results and ranking link and you go to the W.S. Ritchie award winners page from last year. Could you have a more premiere sport than 12 man football !! I think you might want to get this one right. If I has a child that played football , I may be able to source the standings from the unofficial network of underground score keepers.
Thanks goodness for a passionate independent fan who has developed a great site: (http://www.gridironnewbrunswick.org/highschool.html). I know this is a lot of work and there have been a few of these attempted for NB basketball. Is anyone aware of someone doing this for basketball this upcoming year?
Click on field hockey and soccer result pages and find some teams have all their future games listed as 0-0 draws, so good luck tabulating a standing that means anything. Poor old Peticodiac has been promoted to AAA girls southwest soccer zone. Unfortunately for the non-premiere sports where a rabid fan has not taken the initiative to pull everything together, we are left flying blind.
Just a short drive south of us is Bangor. That part of Maine is a very sparsely populated area similar to New Brunswick. Peak in on their sports page on any given day (http://bangordailynews.com/sports/) and you will see it littered with high school sports stories about soccer, football and even field hockey!! Not just an occasional score, but full blown stories with scoring information and quotes from athletes and coaches.
So as New Brunswick sports fans shouldn't we demand more? As a starter the NBIAA needs to do its job and get the schedules out to the media organizations and present an organized and coherent web site. Then we need to challenge anyone we know in the media to change how they cover sports. We can read about NHL, MLB etc on many, many media sites. Lighten up on the coverage of major league sports. Tell us what's happening in our local community.