Christopher Kelly – Tillsonburg Adult Rec Soccer
There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh cut grass and the sight of white-lined emerald green fields on a beautiful summer evening. While the heat was high and the was humidity thick, the competition did not suffer on the opening night of Adult Rec Soccer at the Tillsonburg Minor Soccer Club last Friday.
Investors Group 1,
Pettman Auctioneering 0*
The first Division A match of the season featured a very strong Pettman Auctioneering team defeat Investors Group by a score of 10-2. A sublime header from TJ Hawley highlighted a match that was not short of goals. Braces from Bailey Page, Chris Pathy and Adam Simon, and singles from Mark Edmonds, Jen Pathy, Nick Pathy and Hawley were matched by singles from Kris Coulombe and Ahmed Manhi for Investors Group.
* The match was recorded as a forfeit by Pettman Auctioneering for fielding an unregistered player.
Kinsmen Club 5,
Corey’s Restaurant 1
This season sees the return of Corey’s to the A Division after a year away, however they were surprised by newcomers Kinsmen Club led by Captain Marijn Noorland, who strung together a well-played team game with goals from Noorland, Stephan de Groot, Argi Yohimbe and Rudy and Stephan Vanittersom. Corey’s answered with a single from Mike Beal. Kinsmen appear to be a well-disciplined team that could shake up a very tight A Division.
First Step Travel 3,
Boston Pizza 3
Last season’s A Division Champions First Step Travel, led by ‘keeper Brandon Koppert were typically strong, but were held to a 3-3 draw with Boston Pizza. Led by a brace by the ever impressive Nate Shearer, and a single from Brian Tchirsow, BP was able to withstand the physicality of defending champions, who countered with efforts from Garrett Byi, LT Dewit and Tim Oomen.
Just for Fun 2,
Bobcat of Brantford 2
Competition in B Division appears tighter this year as last year’s basement dwellers Just for Fun were an even match for Bobcat of Brantford (formerly known as Ostranders). Goals from Sean Brown and Jim Kalampalikis and a strong performance by Mike Clarkson between the sticks showed how far they’ve come against a team of veterans who – on the back of singles from Ken Butcher and Neil Puente – showed that the only thing that has changed for them is their sponsor, not their desire and ability.
DNS Controls 1,
Courtland Vinyl Windows 1
Newcomers DNS Controls sent a message to the Division with a strong performance and a 1-1 draw against perennial favourite Courtland Vinyl Windows Ltd., who may be a team in transition with new players and the loss of power-house Garrett Pellaboer. A single from DNS’ Don Lauszus and a strike from Courtland’s Matt Malott kept the match at evens. The season is still in infancy, but both teams will be ones to watch in the coming weeks.
Barely Legal 1,
Tillsonburg Glass 1
Last season’s B Division Champions Tillsonburg Glass (formerly Flooring Canada), were typically strong, as fast players, team chemistry and phenomenal play by ‘keeper Breanna Vermeersch continue to be the name of their game. An effort from Glass’ Ron Smith was matched by a strike from Legal’s Lee Janzen as both teams shared the spoils.
Lion’s Club 6,
The final game of the week proved to be a barnburner as two of the highest scoring teams from last season met, picking up where they left off with the ball in the opponent’s net. With last year’s joint top scorers having moved on, and new players rostered, ifourone relied on the brilliant play of ‘keeper Jason Routley, who kept the Lions at bay to go into half 2-0 up with strikes from Arie Verveer and the fleet-of-foot Jason Lampert. At the half, Lions’ captain Ivan Hernandez took the game by the scruff of the neck, as second half hat-tricks from himself and Jaime Nieto eventually won the day. A fabulous solo effort from Sebastian Chwalczynski, a tricky trickle from Lisa Nairn, and an incredible link-up between Routley and forward Chris Kelly (highlighted by a celebration for the ages), saw multiple lead changes, but ultimately the Lions proved too much for last year’s playoff runners-up.