GSL se­nior men’s play­offs to kick off Aug. 8

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - Van­kleek Hill is the reg­u­lar-sea­son cham­pion, and team mem­ber Do­minick Myre is the divi­sion’s top goal scorer.

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Se­nior men’s teams in the Glen­garry Soc­cer League have this week off from play, with reg­u­lar- sea­son ac­tion hav­ing con­cluded last week, and play­offs set to kick off on Aug. 8.

McCrim­mon fin­ished off its slate with a 3-0 win over Dun­ve­gan, though it didn’t come eas­ily, as the teams were knot­ted in a score­less tie at the half­time in­ter­val.

The White Shirts opened the sec­ond half with vigour, only to see their pres­sure re­sult in shots wide of the mark.

How­ever, 15 min­utes into the pe­riod, one boot found the tar­get, fol­lowed quickly by an­other, to see McCrim­mon on its way to vic­tory.

Dun­ve­gan’s best op­por­tu­nity came off a cor­ner kick, but goal­keeper David MacMaster was able to snag the ball in a crowded box. McCrim­mon added a late tally to seal it. Alex MacMaster was cred­ited with a pair of goals in the match, with the other net­ted by Nathaniel MacMil­lan.

In other July 27 ac­tion, Glen Sand­field ended the cam­paign on a high note by up­set­ting league-lead­ing Van­kleek Hill 2-1.

Goal scor­ers for the win­ning side were Liam Arkin­son and Hunter MacPher­son, with Marc Tail­lon net­ting the Hil­lian re­ply.

On July 25, Green­field blanked Glen Sand­field 3- 0, on goals from A. MacMaster and MacMil­lan.

Fi­nal Stand­ings

Van­kleek Hill McCrim­mon Green­field Dun­ve­gan *Glen Sand­field 9 8 7 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 +27 3 +26 4 +14 9 -39 10 -28

Sched­ule for semi­fi­nals

28 25 22 7 6

*Glen Sand­field is elim­i­nated from GSL play­offs, with the four re­main­ing teams ad­vanc­ing.

Van­kleek Hill vs. Dun­ve­gan: Aug. 8 on VCI main field, Aug. 10 on Dun­ve­gan large field, and, if needed, Aug. 17 at VCI.

McCrim­mon vs. Green­field: Aug. 8 on the Lochiel pitch, Aug. 12 in Green­field, and Aug. 17 back at Lochiel, if needed.

All games are set for 8:30 p.m. starts.

More than 50 years ago, a group of busi­ness­men in Alexan­dria had the idea of cre­at­ing a lo­cal op­por­tu­nity for young hockey play­ers to con­tinue pur­su­ing their pas­sion on the ice, at the con­clu­sion of their mi­nor hockey ca­reers.

This led to the cre­ation of the Alexan­dria ju­nior ‘ B’ Glens Hockey Club.

Guy Cho­lette, of Alexan­dria, with help from for­mer res­i­dent Jean-Luc Caron took on the chal­lenge of build­ing the fran­chise.

They reached out to gen­tle­men in the com­mu­nity, so­lic­it­ing $250 from each one to form a found­ing group that would give the fledg­ling hockey club fi­nan­cial back­ing to get up and run­ning.

This group of men with the fore­sight to es­tab­lish the Glens in 1967 in­cluded Guy Cho­lette, Gilles Le­feb­vre, A.W. Hope, Gary Shepherd, Dun­can MacDonell, Claude Lan­thier, Wil­fred Me­nard, Dun­can Mor­ris, J.P. Touchette, and Roger Roy.

These di­rec­tors drew from the ex­per­tise of well-known sports­man and Hall of Fame in­ductee (1995) Gerry Simp­son, who, along with oth­ers, pro­vided the hockey knowl­edge needed to find a league in which the Glens could play, af­ter com­plet­ing a cou­ple of sea­sons of non-league ac­tion.

A half cen­tury later, the Glens tra­di­tion con­tin­ues, pro­vid­ing ju­nior hockey in Alexan­dria, for play­ers and fans.

Tick­ets to the din­ner cer­e­mony are avail­able from Hall board mem­bers, as well as from Auld Kirk­town (in Lan­caster), Loiselle Sport Plus (in Alexan­dria), and the Hall it­self (in Maxville). Cost is $40 if pur­chased by Aug. 9, or $50 there­after.

Call Rod­ney Shepherd at 613-936-6213 to re­serve ta­bles.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

LEG UP: Dun­ve­gan se­nior men’s soc­cer team player Fred La­porte con­trols an air­borne ball, as McCrim­mon’s Derek MacSweyn sets up to in­ter­vene.

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