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Western Masters and Classics crown their champions

Posted on 2 October 2011 in Masters/Classics

The Western Masters and Western Classics, the annual regional club championships where the top O-35 clubs from provinces and territories compete, crowned new champions this 30 September - 2 October in Vancouver.

Full story from BC Soccer below.

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West Van FC senior soccer stars victorious in National Championships

Vancouver, BC: West Van FC took the gold medal this past weekend to win the 2011 Western Canadian Masters soccer Championships after winning all three games against clubs sides from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Team captain Steve MacDonald lifted the trophy for this annual event for the best over-35 male soccer players, which was hosted by the West Van FC club and took place at Ambleside, West Vancouver.

But there was heartbreak for BC's women's team representatives Semiahmoo Supra who were edged out by Calgary Spirit on goal difference even though they were undefeated in their three games and had to settle for the silver medal.

Top club teams representing British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the Men's over-35 Masters Championships and British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec in the Women's Classics played three days in a round robin format.

West Van FC began on Friday night with a 4-1 win over AC Italia from Manitoba , and followed that with another 4-1 win Saturday against Saskatchewan representatives Saskatoon Arsenal. It all came down to what effectively was a gold medal game Sunday against Calgary Callies who had also won their two games. But the veterans of West Van FC came through to win 1-0, the only goal coming from Bill Shokar. In addition, West Van FC's Brian Gibson was confirmed as the MVP of the tournament.

"On behalf of hosts West Van FC and Semiahmoo Supra, I would like to congratulate all teams that competed this past weekend. It was an excellent weekend, highly competitive games and great camaraderie for making new friends through soccer. Special congratulations go to West Van FC, gold medalists in the men's Masters, and to Alberta champions Calgary Spirit, gold medalists in the women’s Western Classics. A big thank you from the LOC to all the volunteers, especially those from Semiahmoo Supra and West Van FC. Finally, a big thank you to CSA, BC Soccer, the BC Referee's Association, the Vancouver Metro Soccer League, the Vancouver Metro Women’s Soccer League, and the District of West Vancouver for making this happen. It was a very successful tournament and everyone is looking forward to meeting again a year from now." “said Mike Porteous, of West Van FC and chair of the LOC.

In the Women's Classics, BC representatives Semiahmoo Supra started strongly beating Quebec Centre 4-1, and followed that Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Calgary Spirit. They then beat Ontario's representatives, the London White Eagles 3-1 on Sunday but were edged out on goal difference by Calgary Spirit whose plus 6 was one better than Semiahmoo's plus five.

Kjeld Brodsgaard , Vice President Senior, BC Soccer said, “The competition was fierce but the games were played in a great spirit. All of the teams represented their Provinces admirably and we are particularly pleased to see our BC teams performing so well”.

“These were great Championships and a great credit to all of those volunteers from West Van FC who helped to organize them.” said Don Dancey, CSA Competitions Committee Member and BC Soccer Director.

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