Championships’ contenders become clear on match day four
Posted on 9 October 2016 in National Championships
The fourth match day of the Sport Chek National Championships helped paint a clearer picture of who will find themselves playing for gold on TECK Finals Day 10 October. Seven of sixteen teams have booked their gold medal tickets with two finals already set. Ontario will play British Columbia for Boys U-14 Cup gold and Quebec will play Alberta for Boys U-18 Cup gold. Competition is fierce in St. John’s as BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec all have a shot at top spot in their respective divisions in Jubilee Trophy Competition. On the Challenge Trophy side, the semi-finals are set. Ontario will play Quebec and Saskatchewan will play Alberta. The most intriguing story so far has been the Alberta Foothills teams. Through 11 matches across three divisions, the club’s teams are without a loss and will play in medal matches in all three divisions. British Columbia Boys U-14 Cup player Jehmrode Kahlon led all scorers through three match days and his goal against Dartmouth FC today, his ninth keeps him at the top. However, Woodbridge Strikers’ Andrea Tyrrell put up five goals in Ontario’s U-16 Cup quarterfinal versus Manitoba today to give her nine as well.
CHALLENGE TROPHY - St. John's, NL
Ottawa, Beauport, Saskatoon, and Edmonton Scottish have all advanced to the Challenge Trophy semi-finals at the 2016 Sport Check National Championships. 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.
Both Challenge Trophy semi-final matches will be played at King George V Park in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador. Ottawa Gloucester Celtic will face Royal-Sélect Beauport in the first semi-final at 09.30 local (08.00 ET / 05.00 PT) while Saskatoon HUSA Alumni will face Edmonton Scottish in the second semi-final at 12.00 local (10.30 ET / 07.30 PT). Both matches will be broadcast live via CanadaSoccer.com and Bell Alliant.
JUBILEE TROPHY - St. John's, NL
Richmond will have a team in the Jubilee Trophy final for the first time in 30 years. The British Columbia champions Richmond FC clinched first place in Group A at the Sport Chek National Championships Jubilee Trophy women's finals with one match to spare.
Richmond will play the winner of Group B in the championship match on Monday 10 October Teck Finals Day. Group B remains undecided with the Sunday schedule promising to determine a winner.
U-18 CUP - Vaughan, ON
With two of the four gold medal positions locked up, a number of interesting matches are on the horizon in Vaughan, ON. The Canada Soccer Sport Chek National Championships U-18 Cup Girls final will feature Ontario's Kitchener Spirit while the Boys final will feature undefeated Alberta's Foothills FC. Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador, British Colubmia and Manitoba boys team's remain in medal contention. Meanwhile, on the girls side Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario and Alberta look to book their place in a medal match on TECK Finals Day 10 Oct.
U-16 CUP - Lethbridge, AB
Another cold, wet and rainy day in Lethbridge, AB, but, one with everything to play that for sets up a sprint to the finals for four teams on the Boys side of the draw. British Columbia and Alberta sit tied atop Group A while Manitoba and Scarborough after a battle today are also tied atop Group B. On the 12-team Girls side of the draw the quarterfinals beckoned on match day four. Last year’s Girls U-16 Cup champions Lakeshore SC from Quebec, a club on a roll across a few competitions, Foothills from Alberta, the Championships leading scorer’s Woodbridge from Ontario, and BC’s Coquitlam Metro-Ford will all play in semi-final matches on match day five with a spot in TECK Finals Day’s gold medal match on Monday 10 October.
U-14 CUP - Moncton, NB
Match day four was a pivotal one on both sides of the U-14 Cup draw at the Sport Chek National Championships in Moncton, NB. Three of the four teams who will play for the gold medal on TECK Finals Day, 10 Oct, have now been determined. The scores were much more evenly balanced in all matches with Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario the clear leaders. Alberta’s Foothills with 4 wins, 20 GF and 0 GA will play in the TECK Finals Day 10 Oct for gold altering finishing with a perfect 12 points from four matches in the girl’s side of the completion. Meanwhile, the gold medal match is determined on the boy’s side as Ontario’s Brampton Blades East and BC’s Fraser Valley took all available points from their respective groups. Fraser Valley has a yet to concede a goal in the 2016 competition.