Soc­cer Hall wel­comes 11 on Fri­day

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Two-time Olympic medal­list Melissa Tan­credi heads the list of 2017 in­ductees as the Hamil­ton Soc­cer Hall of Fame holds its in­duc­tion din­ner Fri­day at Michae­lan­gelo’s Ban­quet Cen­tre.

Tan­credi won bronze medals with Canada’s women’s na­tional team at the 2012 Lon­don Games and 2016 Rio Games.

Also honoured in the Players cat­e­gory will be Josip “Cicky” Dun­dovic, who was a star player with Hamil­ton Croa­tia and even­tu­ally coached the team and be­came pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. He also played and re­cruited for Croa­t­ian teams in Cleve­land, Los An­ge­les, Mi­ami and Chicago.

Gerry Shaw, also be­ing in­ducted in the Players cat­e­gory, was a key player for the 1981 Hamil­ton Steel­ers, and was a player and coach for the 1984 Dun­das United team that won The Spec­ta­tor Cup, the On­tario Cup and the On­tario In­ter-City Soc­cer League.

The fourth player in­ductee is Her­bert Pog­son, who was born in Eng­land in 1896 but im­mi­grated to Hamil­ton at the age of 17, served in the First World War and was a sergeant-ma­jor with the Ar­gyle and Sutherland High­landers in the Sec­ond World War. He played four in­ter­na­tional matches for Canada against New Zealand in 1927 and won The Spec­ta­tor Cup in 1922, 1928 and 1929.

Builders to be in­ducted in­clude Don Clowes, who helped start the Bin­brook Op­ti­mist Youth Soc­cer Club and be­came its pres­i­dent; the late Gunther Sch­nei­der, who coached Salt­fleet Go-Ahead, Le­gion 163, and S.C. Al­me­nia; John McDon­ald, who built the Mo­hawk Col­lege soc­cer pro­gram and won the 1989 na­tional cham­pi­onship as coach, and was sec­re­tary, coach and goalie of Dun­das United; and John Brown, who was regis­trar of the Hamil­ton and Dis­trict Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion for four decades.

The 1981 Hamil­ton Steel­ers, owned by Mario Di Bar­tolomeo, will be in­ducted as the “Team of Dis­tinc­tion” for win­ning the Na­tional Soc­cer League triple crown (League cham­pi­ons, League Cup win­ners and play­off win­ners), and the Stoney Creek Proto SC goes into the Hall as the “Club of Dis­tinc­tion” for be­ing “the flag­ship of the Hamil­ton and Dis­trict Old­timers Soc­cer League” and win­ning four Spec­ta­tor Cups.

Car­men Dalia, a grad­u­ate of Cathe­dral and McMaster, co-coached pro­vin­cial-cham­pion pow­er­house Car­di­nal New­man with Mark Ko­vacs and two-time pro­vin­cial sil­ver medal­list Bishop Ryan, and con­vened four OFSAA tour­na­ments. He will be in­ducted in the “High School” cat­e­gory.

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