BC Soccer provincial championship
Posted on 11 May 2012 in National Championships
Burnaby Lake West is the venue this Saturday 12 May 2012 as 16 of the top adult soccer teams in British Columbia battle it out in eight finals in the BC Soccer Provincial Championships. The day will feature eight final games, four of which will determine who moves on to represent British Columbia in the Canadian Soccer Association's National Championships and regional championships.
The games get underway at 09.30 with the U-21 Women's Championship game, an all-Metro Women’s Soccer League final between Dashmesh United and Pitt Meadows Shock. The day concludes at 16.00 with the Men's Provincial A Cup final between Surrey United Firefighters and Delta United Hurricanes, both of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.
That Men's A Cup final will likely feature former Whitecaps FC and Canadian Internationals Jeff Clarke, Steve Kindel and Niall Thompson of Surrey United. Delta United, meanwhile, will feature Cam Hundal, 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Rookie of the Year and 2011 CIS National Championship Tournament MVP.
“This weekend is the culmination of a great season of adult soccer across BC," said Laurie Robertson, President of the Metro Women’s Soccer League. "We encourage fans to come along to watch and be part of what will be a fantastic day. Metro Women’s Soccer League is honoured to host the event and we wish all the competing teams the best as they strive for Provincial Cup glory”.
West Van FC, the defending British Columbia and Western Canadian Masters Soccer Champions, face league rivals Westside FC in the Masters Cup Final which kicks off at 11.00. Westside FC will be captained by Colin Pettingale, one of a unique group of players who has won Provincial Cup winner’s medals in youth, senior men’s and master’s competitions.
Surrey United FC will have three teams participating in this Saturday’s cup finals. As well as their men’s team featuring in the A Cup final, their Women’s team will be hoping to win their ninth Provincial A Cup Championship in a row and extend their 31 match winning streak in Provincial Cup games. The 2011 Sport BC ‘Team of the Year’ will feature former national team player Katie Thorlakson.
Surrey's opponent is league rival Columbus FC, with the match scheduled to kick off at 13.30. Columbus FC, formerly Burnaby Canadians, joined the famous Vancouver club at the start of the 2011-12 season, the first time ever that the 60 year old Columbus club had fielded a women’s team. The Columbus team is captained by former SFU co-captain Jessica Fleming while their goalkeeper is Cassie Newbrook, former Simon Fraser University co-captain and four-year standout who was NAIA All American in the 2007 and 2009 seasons.
Surrey United Women’s Classics team feature in a 14.30 final against Gorge FC of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association, undefeated in league and cup play this season.
NVFC Campobasso of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League will play Surrey FC Coyotes of the Fraser Valley Soccer League in the Men’s B Cup Final at 15.00. NVFC Campobasso were formed in 2009 with Campbasso being the capital city of the southern region of Molise, Italy. The team’s founders all had ties to this region and when establishing the club, wanted to pay tribute to their heritage.
In the Women’s B Cup Final at 12.00, there will be an all-Metro Women’s Soccer League showdown between Aldergrove Adrenaline and North Shore Girls SC Impact.
The Men’s U-21 Cup final at 12.30will feature defending champions, Victoria Highlanders of the Vancouver Island Soccer League and Port Moody Gunners of the Fraser Valley Men’s League. The Gunners team is made up of players that played their youth soccer in the Tri-Cities area and the well-established U-21 program has been a feeder system for their Premier and Division 1 teams. The Highlanders team acts as a development program for players participating in the PDL and Pacific Coast League during the summer.
Carl Valentine, Whitecaps FC club ambassador, along with members of the Whitecaps women’s team will be on-site showing their support, presenting awards to the tournament’s winning teams, as well as meeting local soccer fans.
“This Senior Provincial Championships is always a great weekend of soccer," said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer Vice President Seniors."The whole competition has been a great success again this season and the level of competition outstanding, ““We also appreciate all the hard work that the Metro Women’s Soccer League and their volunteers have put in to help make this day such a memorable one for the adult soccer community in BC”.
The winners of the Men’s and Women’s A Cup finals will go forward to represent British Columbia in the Canadian Soccer Association's National Championships in Winnipeg, MB from 3-8 October 2012. The winners of the Men’s Masters and Women’s Classics final will represent BC in the Western Canadian Masters Soccer Championships in Edmonton, AB, from 27-30 September 2012.