By Doug Kennedy
Canadian soccer has never been in a better place that it is now. When John Herdman was hired to lead the women’s national team, it was the smartest coaching move in Canadian soccer history. He led the Canadian women’s team to the top of the women’s league and now he is doing the same for the men. The men’s team just qualified for the world cup in Qatar, this coming November. We all know when the World Cup is on, as so many countries in Canada are represented with many flags and parties when their team plays. It will not matter what time the games are, there will be a party somewhere celebrating. The professional men’s soccer league in Canada has helped develop so many good young players in our country. When you watch the TFC in Toronto play and see the new local Canadian players, you know our chances at the World Cup are real. It should be a gold mine for bars and restaurants across Canada when this event is on. This should be our first of many trips to the World Cup.
The Kincardine Legion Peewees are heading to Barrie this weekend to play in the OMHA championship tournament. The team is on a 10-game winning streak going into the championship tournament. Good luck to our local peewee team.
It looks like Clinton’s run as the WOAA senior champion is about to end. Seaforth has won the first three games of the final series. They defeated Clinton 4-1 and 5- 1 this past weekend. Ex-Bulldog Mark VanDooren scored for Seaforth this past weekend. He is playing on the team with his son Holden Lansink.
It looks like the Pollock division will have a new winner, as Hanover and Mitchell are both up 3-0 in their semi-final series. Hanover is playing Wingham and Mitchell is up on Mount Forest.
In the Carruthers division, first place Stayner is down 3-0 to Alliston in one semi-final series and Orillia is up on Schomberg in the other semi-final series.
The PJHL final four will be played at Guelph University, after each team plays a round robin game at home. It will be held in Guelph on May 12-15.
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