Shan­nons have doozy of a sea­son

CBN mi­nor soc­cer club earns three medals in three tries

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

It’s been a suc­cess­ful sea­son for CBN mi­nor soc­cer un­der-16 Shan­nons. First, the team brought home the gold medal in the Soc­cer NL un­der-16 mega B di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship in early Au­gust. That was fol­lowed by a sil­ver show­ing in the B di­vi­sion of the un­der-16 pro­vin­cial league a cou­ple of weeks later.

On Sept. 11, the team capped the sea­son with a cham­pi­onship in the St. John’s Metro Soc­cer League af­ter blank­ing the Fiel­dians 3-0. “It was a very strong fin­ish to the sea­son,” said coach Jar­ratt Rose. “It al­lowed them to com­pete in dif­fer­ent events.”

Although he couldn’t be present for the Metro cham­pi­onship vic­tory due to work com­mit­ments in Twill­ingate, Rose was nev­er­the­less proud of his guys and what they were able to ac­com­plish. The team went un­de­feated over the sea­son.

Coaches Tyler Butt and Nick Green manned the bench for the metro fi­nal.

“It was the cul­mi­na­tion of a lot of hard work for the team,” said Rose. “It’s a huge suc­cess.”

The gold medal at the metro level con­cluded a sea­son that be­gan when soc­cer was the far­thest thing from peo­ple’s mind in Conception Bay North. While teach­ing at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, Rose be­gan work­ing with this group dur­ing school soc­cer be­fore mov­ing in­doors when with a league in the gym.

“I got to know them as play­ers and see where their skill sets would fit with a team,” he said.

With this in mind, Rose ex­pressed his in­ter­est in con­tin­u­ing to coach the boys over the sum­mer months with their club team. That’s when the real work set in.

There were prac­tices three­times-a-week in the win­ter, which went to two prac­tices as the weather be­gan to get, rel­a­tively, nicer.

“It was a process over the whole sum­mer,” said Rose. “They played to­gether and we had a good ros­ter.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The CBN mi­nor soc­cer un­der-16 Shan­nons male team capped an im­pres­sive sum­mer with a league cham­pi­onship in the St. John’s Metro Soc­cer League. The team de­feated the Fiel­dians 3-0 on Sept. 11. Back row (L to R) — Nick Green (as­sis­tant coach), John Ross, Johnny Gillespie, Peter King, Cody Vaters, Devon Groves, Matthew Butt, Matthew Hoyles, Ryon Wil­liams, Con­nor Par­sons, Jeremy Swain, Tyler Butt (asst coach); front row (L to R) — Colin Ros­siter, Stephen Mac­Don­ald, Blake Loveys, Lo­gan Sparkes, Es­sam Ezog­dani, Josh Grif­fin. Caleb Noel is the goal­keeper out front.

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