NORTH DURHAM: With just a couple weeks left in the 2016 outdoor season, the NDUFC teams are doing their best to finish their campaigns off on winning notes.
The free-spirited U16 Boys team went to my old home town of Richmond Hill, and battled hard for a huge 2-1 victory.
Youngster Owen Collins opened the scoring with an incredible full volley from just outside the 18 yard box, the winner was slammed into the top of the net, off the foot of Utica native Liam Wilks.
Another courageous performance was had by keeper David Hoover, and despite not being at full percent, great effort and heart were shown by Gibson Baird and Ryan "Smiley" Cole.
The team sits in the middle of league standings, competing against the older clubs from Durham Region and beyond.
The boys have a tough match next Sunday, when they go up against the ultra skilled coaches and some of the parents, in the annual parent/kids game in Port Perry.
The U14 girls drew with Darlington 1-1, charging up the standings.
Ericka Vanhezewijk scored for the team, with the girls playing a very high tempo game and narrowly missing a winner.
The U8 boys and girls will be competing at the Fields of Uxbridge next Sunday, in a mini festival being hosted by the North Durham United Football Club. It should be a fun day for all kids and parents.
Tryouts for the 2017 outdoor soccer season will begin on the weekend of Sept 24th and running for a couple of weeks.
Check the club's website for dates, locations, and information, at northdurhamunited.com or contact me, at firstname.lastname@example.org