GSL senior men’s playoffs to kick off Aug. 8
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.
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.
LEG UP: Dunvegan senior men’s soccer team player Fred Laporte controls an airborne ball, as McCrimmon’s Derek MacSweyn sets up to intervene.