Soc­cer roundup

The Compass - - OPINION -

There is plenty of ex­cite­ment in the soc­cer world th­ese days with the Euro 2012 tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing some of the best teams in the world. Lo­cal clubs in this area are also gen­er­at­ing ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion as the new sea­son be­gins.

In fact, the sea­son is well un­der­way for Con­cep­tion Bay North Light­ning, which started the spring pro­gram on April 21. It has been a busy start to the sea­son as the Light­ning have had a se­ries of player de­vel­op­ment camps in addition to reg­u­lar prac­tices for all age groups.

Three Light­ning teams are play­ing in St. John’s Metro League — un­der-10, un­der-12 and un­der-16 boys. All three teams have al­ready played games and are very com­pet­i­tive. Both the un­der-16 and un­der-12 teams won their open­ing games. The CBN Light­ning ladies’ team also played its first game of the sea­son and pulled out a vic­tory over Pla­cen­tia.

CBN un­der-18 is play­ing in the St. John’s In­ter­me­di­ate League again this sea­son. They also had a good result as they earned a 1-1 tie with the Fiel­dians In­ter­me­di­ate squad. This team is pre­par­ing for the provin­cial un­der-18 Mega, which will be hosted in CBN in late July. They will be con­tenders for a provin­cial ti­tle.

Coaches Tip

Par­ents need to be cau­tious when buy­ing soc­cer cleats for their child. It is im­por­tant that soc­cer be on the la­bel and make sure they fit snugly. There is no need to spend a lot of money be­cause chil­dren grow quickly and they will only fit for one sea­son. I would en­cour­age par­ents to sit with their chil­dren and watch some of the Euro 2012 games to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the game.

Bob Tar­rant writes from North River.

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