Royal-Sélect Beauport win Québec women's playoff

Three-time national finalists Royal-Sélect Beauport will get another shot at the Jubilee Trophy. Royal-Sélect Beauport won the LSEQ playoffs on Sunday 18 September to qualify for the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals. They are the last of 10 women's clubs from across the country that has qualified for the October finals in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador.

The Royal won all three 2016 playoff games to clinch Québec's spot at the Jubilee Trophy finals. The Royal clinched first place on the final weekend of the playoffs with a 3:1 win over second-place Repentigny. Léa Chastenay-Joseph, Joëlle Gosselin, and Gabrielle Verret were the goalscorers in the 3:1 win over Repentigny.

In October, the Royal will face Winnipeg WSA North Stars, Scarborough GS United, Kirby United SC, and Holy Cross SC. The opposite group will feature Edmonton Northwest United, Halifax Dunbrack, Saskatoon SK Impact FC, Fredericton Picaroons Reds, and Richmond FC.

In the LSEQ playoffs, the Royal-Sélect Beauport team featured Sophie Bourassa, Jade Bourgoing, Léa Chastenay-Joseph, Rachel Collard, Laurie Couture-Dallaire, Carolane Croteau, Roxanne Dionne, Karyna Fiset, Cynthia Gaspar-Freire, Joëlle Gosselin, Katy Gosselin, Marie-Mychèle Métivier, Joëlle Morasse, Marie Parent, Lara Vaillancourt, Gabrielle Valin, Gabrielle Verret, and Catherine Villeneuve.

Incidentally, the same squad also won the Coupe du Québec one week earlier on 11 September, a 4:0 win over Repentigny. In the provincial final, the Royal goalscorers were Léa Chastenay-Joseph, Marie-Mychèle Métivier, Gabrielle Verret, and Joëlle Gosselin.

It will be the Royal's fifth trip in six years, having previously finished second three times (2011, 2013, 2015) and fourth once (2012) at the Sport Chek National Championships.

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.