River­side tops Drumheller United for cham­pi­onship

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

River­side Value Drug Mart is back in the win­ner’s cir­cle after top­ping Drumheller United in the fi­nal of the Drumheller Coed Recre­ational Soc­cer league.

The cham­pi­onship match was played on Thurs­day night, June 22, and River­side Value Drug Mart won 7-2 to end the sea­son un­de­feated. This is the third time in four years that River­side has won the hon­our.

“This year was a dif­fer­ent team, we only had a half dozen re­turn­ing from last year. So it was a mix­ture of a lot of new play­ers com­bined with the old,” said Gavin Makse.

While River­side re­peated as cham­pion, it is not in­dica­tive of the real com­pe­ti­tion on the field.

“This is the first time the team that fin­ished first in the reg­u­lar sea­son has ac­tu­ally won the league cham­pi­onship,” said Makse.

The score was also not in­dica­tive of the play on the field. Drumheller United put up a strong fight ver­sus River­side. Coach David Easter saw great im­prove­ment through­out the sea­son. This team has stu­dents from both DVSS and St. An­thony’s.

“Hon­estly the growth we saw from them was awe­some. The score tonight doesn’t fully re­flect how much growth they have had,” said Easter.

He said when they started this sea­son, there was tal­ent but no co­he­sions.

“We grew into work­ing as a team, mov­ing as a unit, es­pe­cially de­fen­sively,” he said.

League-wide, it was a great sea­son. Yavis topped Re­cov­ery for the third place.

“We had over 60 play­ers reg­is­tered in four teams,” said Makse, adding that drop-in over the sum­mer will be at the new St. An­thony’s School field on Tues­day and Thurs­day night. River­side Value Drug Mart (above) took home the cham­pi­onship for the third time in four

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