Edmonton Scottish win 2012 Alberta men's title
Edmonton Scottish have won the 2012 Alberta men's provincial championship, qualifying for the Canadian Soccer Association's annual National Championships. Scottish will compete in the senior men's Challenge Trophy competition from 3-8 October in Winnipeg, MB. It marks the first time since 1996 that Edmonton Scottish is heading to the National Championships.
Scottish have in fact won the league title in two of the past four seasons (2009 and 2012). They also reached the provincial final in 2010, losing on kicks from the penalty mark to the Calgary Dinosaurs. This year, there was no room for error as Scottish won 4:0 over the Calgary Villains in the 3 September 2012 provincial final.
"For the past three or four seasons, we have been building this team through our (club's) youth movement," said Scottish head coach Kevin Poissant. "It is wonderful to have finally accomplished our goal of getting back to the National Championships, especially for our (long-time) team manager Hamish Black."
To reach the 2012 provincial final, Scottish won 2:1 over the Calgary Dinosaurs on 31 August and then 4:0 over the Calgary Callies on 2 September. In the 3 September Alberta final, Scottish won 4:0 with goals by Sam Lam (two), Daniel Drummond and Marcus Johnstone.
The Edmonton Scottish starting XI in the final featured Jay Vetsch in goal, André Duberry at right back, Kyle Bartkus and Graeme Webber at centre back, Mike McCormick at left back, Chris Devlin, Sam Lam, Gordon Garritty and Vikram Kaushal at midfield, and Paul Dhaliwal and Marcus Johnstone up front. Also on the team that day were Vince Bustamante, Karim Broodhagen, Daniel Drummond, Tyron Ehiwe, Shaun Kelly, Dexter MacLachlan, Frank Wong, Kyle Yamada, and goalkeeper Todd Vandriel. Only Vandriel did not feature in the final. Injured and unavailable was Chris Lemire.
This year will mark the fourth time that Edmonton Scottish competes in the Challenge Trophy competition. The men's team finished seventh in 1996, second in 1992 (behind Norvan ANAF of British Columbia) and third in 1987.