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Celtix Haut-Richelieu wins 2017 LSEQ men's playoff title

Posted on 16 September 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Celtix Haut-Richelieu won the 2017 LSEQ men's playoff title to qualify for the Toyota National Championships Challenge Trophy finals. Celtix finished second in their division during the regular season, then first in the four-team league playoffs ahead of Royal Sélect Beauport, FS Salaber More

Durham Celtic FC win their second Ontario Cup men's title

Posted on 11 September 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Durham Celtic FC 2:0 Woodbridge Strikers More

Holy Cross SC wins 19th provincial title in Newfoundland Labrador

Posted on 4 September 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

St. Lawrence 1:3 Holy Cross SC More

Calgary Callies win their 21st Alberta championship

Posted on 4 September 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Calgary Callies 1:0 Edmonton Green & Gold More

FC Winnipeg Lions win 10th Manitoba Cup provincial title

Posted on 26 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

FC Winnipeg Lions 3:1 Winnipeg Ital-Inter SC More

Saskatoon HUSA Alumni win Saskatchewan provincial title

Posted on 24 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Saskatoon wins unopposed. More

Western Halifax FC win second-straight Nova Scotia provincial title

Posted on 23 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Western Halifax FC 2:2 Halifax City SC More

Fredericton Picaroons Reds win NB Cup men's provincial final

Posted on 13 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Fredericton's fourth consecutive New Brunswick title More

Vancouver Club Inter win BC Cup provincial title

Posted on 15 May 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Vancouver Club Inter 2:0 Aldergrove United More

Edmonton Scottish SC lift the Challenge Trophy for the first time

Posted on 16 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Edmonton Scottish SC More

Edmonton Scottish SC capture elusive Challenge Trophy at St. John's 2016

Posted on 10 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Three times runners up in their storied past, Edmonton Scottish SC won the title in St. John's More

Ottawa, Beauport, Saskatoon and Edmonton reach 2016 Challenge Trophy semi-finals

Posted on 9 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Edmonton are the only club making back-to-back appearances in the semi-finals while Ottawa, Beauport and Saskatoon are all former championships from the past five years More

Edmonton to face Beauport for Challenge Trophy

Posted on 9 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Four years after the two sides drew in an epic final before Royal lifted the trophy after winning on kicks More

Four more teams advance as Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals confirmed

Posted on 8 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

The Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals are set at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships in Newfoundland Labrador More

Former champions win on opening day at Challenge Trophy finals

Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Former national champions Ottawa Gloucester Celtic and Saskatoon HUSA Alumni were both winners on the opening day of the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships More

Four clubs through to Quarter-finals at Challenge Trophy finals in St. John's

Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Groups A and C are still undecided after two days, More

Journey to St. John's: squads for the 2016 Challenge Trophy finals

Posted on 2 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

12 teams, 221 players More

Journey to St. John's: finalists for the 2016 Challenge Trophy

Posted on 24 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Challenge Trophy finals More

Royal-Sélect Beauport win Québec men's playoff

Posted on 19 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Royal-Sélect Beauport win LSEQ playoffs More

Ottawa Gloucester Celtic win 2016 Ontario Cup men's championship

Posted on 11 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Ottawa Gloucester Celtic 1:0 Caledon FC More

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Celtix Haut-Richelieu won the 2017 LSEQ men's playoff title to qualify for the Toyota National Championships Challenge Trophy finals. Celtix finished second in their division during the regular season, then first in the four-team league playoffs ahead of Royal Sélect Beauport, FS Salaberry, and Charlesbourg.

In the playoffs across three matches, Celtix drew 3:3 with Salaberry, won 2:1 over Beauport, and won 2:1 over Charlesbourg. Five different players scored for the Celtix in the playoffs as they finished first with seven points.

This marks the first time Celtix Haut-Richelieu has qualified for the Toyota National Championships. Celtix will be in Group B alongside Fredericton Picaroons Reds (New Brunswick), Durham Celtic (Ontario), Yukon Strikers (Yukon), and FC Winnipeg Lions (Manitoba).

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.

 

Durham Celtic will return to the Toyota National Championships after winning their second Ontario Cup title. Durham Celtic won 2:0 over Woodbridge Strikers in the 2017 Ontario men's provincial championship at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

Colin Keay and Mark Van Beek were the goalscorers in the 10 September final while Fabrice Kabongo posted the clean sheet. With a goal and an assist, Van Beek was Durham Celtic FC's player.

"You have 18 guys who are dressed and three coaches, but honestly we consider ourselves a family," said player-manager Mike Hadden of Durham Celtic. "You can see that with all the support we’ve got. It’s not just about our players now, it’s about the guys that used to manage us and everybody that’s come and helped us out all year."

Keay opened the scoring in the 41st minute after a Henry Bloeman corner kick. Van Beek headed it back before Colin Keay knocked it in from inside the box. In the second half, Van Beek made it 2-0 after he Emmett O'Conner rushed down the right side and slipped it to Van Beek on the left side.

"Beeker’s a beast," said Hadden. "He will do anything for the team, if you ask him to run through a brick wall he will do it for you. He’s a really, really good player and he’s a better lad. He’s great with his teammates, he covers every blade of the grass. To be able to get somebody to do that is phenomenal."

Hadden didn't stop his praise van Van Beek, noting that, "I was really pleased with everyone’s performance whether they but in two minutes or 90 minutes. They came and they did it for the team and I was really, really pleased for them."

Goalkeeper Daniel Ragno was Woodbridge's player of the match. He made several big saves, notably stopping a Van Beek header in the 20th minute and a Van Beek strong shot in the 64th minute.

"Woodbridge are a good team and they’ve got a lot of good players," said Hadden. "I’ve got a ton of respect for them. If it couldn’t have been us I wished it would have been them. But against a good team we executed our game plan, we kept our shape, we did well."

In the Ontario Cup final, Durham Celtic FC's starting XI featured Fabrice Kabongo in goal, Jason Walker at right back, Kadeem Robinson and Granville Chambers at centre back, Ronald Xavier at left back, Emmett O'Conner, Henry Bloeman, Jean-Pierre Marchant, and Colin Keay in the midfield, and Mark Van Beek and Joe Vaz up front. Liam Connon, Beau Johnson, Oliver Moh, Kailen Murphy, Denis Palmer, Mark Quinn, and Luke Todd all featured as substitutes. Ryan Hasabe was unavailable for the final.

At the Toyota National Championships from 4-9 October, Durham Celtic FC will face Group B opponents FC Winnipeg Lions of Manitoba, the winners of Québec, Fredericton Picaroons Reds of New Brunswick, and the winners of Yukon.

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.

- With files from Mitchell Tierney

 

The Calgary Callies will return to the Toyota National Championships for the first time in three years after capturing the 2017 Alberta men's provincial championship at the Calgary Soccer Centre. It was the Callies' 21st provincial title as they won 1:0 over Edmonton Green & Gold in the Monday 4 September final.

The modern Callies, briefly known as Calgary Celtic, have won 11 of the last 19 Alberta provincial titles, also winning the national Challenge Trophy in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008. Coach Dave Randall has coached 10 of those 11 teams, including all four Challenge Trophy-winning seasons.

"It was pretty tense up through to the final whistle," said Randall. "We dominated play in the first half, but they pushed more in the second half. They were hammering balls forwards, but our defenders dealt with it very well. I don't think they got any clear-cut chances until the end."

Two-time national winner André Duberry scored the game's lone goal in the 33rd minute after Cody Cook beat a pair of opponents and provided the cross. Duberry headed home the winner at the back post. Callies' goalkeeper Seth Richardson posted the clean sheet.

In the provincial final, Calgary Callies' starting lineup featured Seth Richardson in goal, André Duberry at right back, Daylan Mayer and Allen Jovica at centre back, Hashmat Amanullah at left back, Lucas Rajcic, Daniel Connolly, Francisco Miron, and Tanmeet Singh at midfield, and Cody Cook and Ian Greedy up front. Elvis Kastrati featured as a substitute while Simon Dawe, Eric Roa, Qyam Qurbani, William De Silva, and Nagib Neto Miguel all dressed but did not feature. Diego Forno, Michael Moretti, and Shane Tolan were unavailable through injuries while Kenneth Murphy was unavailable and Yusuph Kalenga was not released by his school.

The Calgary Callies won 10 Alberta Soccer provincial championships from 1908 to 1950, as well as five Canada Soccer provincial playdowns from 1921 to 1951 (including the provincial double in 1938 and 1950). 

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.

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