PEI FC milestone on road to St. John's 2016
Posted on 29 July 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
PEI FC have been confirmed as Prince Edward Island's representative in the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy competition. The former national champions will represent their province in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador from 5-10 October.
For a third year in a row, PEI FC won the New Brunswick Premier Soccer League, clinching the 2016 title on 23 July with two matches remaining in their league schedule. At the provincial level, PEI FC faced no challengers and were thus confirmed as Prince Edward Island's representative to compete for the Challenge Trophy in October.
In 2010, PEI FC were the province's first-ever national champions in the Challenge Trophy competition (at the time, the club was registered as Churchill Arms-Charlottetown Abbies SC). The team previously finished third in 2008 and 2009.
In 2016, PEI FC's title-winning lineup featured Charles Aondo, Liam Bitar, Noah Bitar, Evander Chatara, Logan Dawson, Jake Deighan, Kieran Dutton, Nathan Ford, Adam Lowther, Max Maund, Jimmie Mayaleh, Cullen Mullally, Jared Murphy, Alex O'Brien, Nacho Sanchez, Harminder Singh, Sam Smiley, Mark Smith, Aaron Thibeau, Zachary Visser. Affiliate players were Kyle Dutton, Brett Hogan, Simon Hood, Brett MacDonald, James Mallard, Mon Jun Aung, Jeff Moore, Kieran Moore, Ebi Okwuwolu, and Lewis Page. Coaches were John Diamond and Peter Wolters.
Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships have served as our nation’s premier amateur competition for more than 100 years, with the men’s competition inaugurated in 1913 and the women’s competition inaugurated in 1982. At all age levels, the Sport Check 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 (since 2015) and the Amway Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs (since 2008).