1969 Sunderland Saints
The first area lacrosse team to be inducted into the Lindsay & District Sports Hall of Fame, the Sunderland Saints’ story is one of phenomenal accomplishment. In 1969, a group of local athletes from the Brock and Mariposa Township areas came together under the leadership of coaches Chuck Thompson and Dale St. John and manager Rev. Newton Reed and quickly developed into one of the finest lacrosse squads in the province. The Saints’ season in the Metropolitan Toronto league prepared them for the challenge of provincial playoffs, where they defeated perennial contenders Lakefield, and then Six Nations of Brantford to win the region’s only All-Ontario lacrosse championship. The “Cinderella team” distinguished itself and provided the Sunderland area with memories that will last forever.
Front row, l to r: Newton Reed (manager), Brian St. John, Ron Young, Phil Alger, Rick MacLeish (captain), Ron Short, Joe Real, Murray Henderson, Chuck Thompson (head coach).
Back row: Don Brooks (Lions Club), Robert St. John, Robert Fair, Leonard Woodward, Jim Innes, Wayne Shier, Dean Wilson, Peter Doble, John Brown, Allan Henderson, John Baker, Ken Fair, Dale St. John (assistant coach & trainer).