Royal-Sélect Beauport win Québec men's playoff

Royal-Sélect Beauport return to the Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy finals after winning the 2016 LSEQ playoffs. The Royal finished first in the four-team playoffs, winning Québec's spot at the 12-club national Challenge Trophy finals in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador.

After a win and a draw, the Royal clinched first place in the LSEQ playoff after a 4:2 win over Panellinios on 18 September. In the final playoff match, Bastien Aussems, Philippe Renaud (two), and Samuel Georget were the goalscorers.

"What a season," said Samir Ghrib, head coach of Royal-Sélect Beauport. "I am proud of our players. After a difficult start to the season, we never stopped working and we never stopped believing. It's satisfying to see our efforts rewarded. It's a great story, but we are not finished yet."

The Royal join Surrey Pegasus FC and Mount Pearl in the three-team Group C at St. John's 2016. Other qualified teams are: Ottawa Gloucester Celtic, FC Winnipeg Lions, and PEI FC in Group A; Edmonton Scottish, Western Halifax FC, and Fredericton Picaroons Reds in Group B; and Saskatoon HUSA Alumni, St. Lawrence Laurentians, and Edmonton Green & Gold in Group D.

In the LSEQ playoffs, the Royal-Sélect Beauport men's team featured Bastien Aussems, Jamel Berbèche, Émile Cardinal-Soucy, Kevin Cossette, Papa Massamba Dione, Raphaël Ethier-Bernheim, Robin Gagnon, Samuel Georget, Mario Gerges, Tristan Grant-Gignac, Herve Kajiji, Hugo Lapointe-Senécal, Fabrice Lassonde, Michel Mana Nga, Shadrack Mmunga, Said Alexandre Mohammed, Edwin Ortiz-Bergeron, Alexis Paquette, and Philippe Renaud.

It will be the Royal's sixth trip in eight years to the Sport Chek National Championships, having previously finished second in 2009 and having won the Challenge Trophy in 2012. The Royal last reached the Challenge Trophy finals in 2014. Only three members from the 2012 squad are still in red for Beauport: Jamel Berbèche, MVP Samuel Georget, and captain Michel Mana Nga.

"Michel Mana Nga is a phenomenon," said Ghrib of the 39-year old centre back. "He is a model of duration, passion, and rigor. I am priviledged to have him as my assistant coach and our captain."

Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships run 5-10 October 2016, with the adult amateur competitions hosted this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador. 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.