Mount Pearl Soccer Team Heads to Nationals
by C.G., St. John's NF
Thrilled. That's how I describe the feelings
of players and coaches on the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial
Soccer Championship Team - Mount Pearl. During October 3-9th
the team will compete for the Canadian Minor Soccer Championship
title against provincial teams from across Canada. The tournament
takes place in Etobicoke, Ontario
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Sunshine, rain or fog, the game
must go on!
The Mount Pearl team's last competition was the Newfoundland
and Labrador 2000 Summer Games held in that city. Although the
team placed third for the bronze, they did not let their spirits
get down. The team refocussed and have been training very hard
putting their energy into preparing for this event.
While the team is enthusiastic about competing in the nationals,
getting there hasn't been easy. Fundraising efforts have been
underway by team members and their families such as car washes,
bake sales, ticket draws, vegetable hampers, etc. to try and
raise money for the team. In speaking with team member, Andrew
Gosse, he said, "All the families have been very active
in helping us out. They were determined to raise funds to get
us to Ontario".
Money for amateur sporting events is limited and corporate
sponsorships are difficult to come by. Thankfully the Mount Pearl
Soccer Organization was able to provide the team with $6,000.
This past week, the Mount Pearl team was presented with a sponsorship
cheque ($5,000) by Minister Judy Bettney on behalf of the provincial
Next week, the team takes off to Etobicoke. I asked Coach
Welcher what the team's chances were in winning or placing in
the Canadian Championship. He stated that it is difficult to
say at this time; however, the first section of the games will
tell a lot about the outcome. In the end, though the coach said
he wants to his team to do their best and enjoy the experience
of being there.
"It is an experience of a lifetime for these young
boys", said coach Bruce Welcher. "We are all
estastic about travelling to Etobicoke and competiting with other
teams". Two of the teams players participated in the
Canadian championship last year but for the rest, this will be
a new experience.
Mount Pearl B-U-15 "A"
Coach: Bruce Welcher
Asst. Coach: Herb Jenkins