Special To The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: I'm happy to be back and reporting on our local competitive soccer teams playing out of the North Durham United Football Club this season, as the club enters its sixth season.
Going into the 2016 outdoor soccer season there are 14 teams being entered into various leagues that will be representing NDUFC. Over 200 players, along with all the volunteer coaches and managers, will be playing teams from Collingwood to Cobourg to Woodbridge to Toronto. With their distinct gold and black uniforms, the teams stand out strong on the field which compliments the playing style that the teams have shown over the years as being hard-working and relentless on the field, but showing great sportsmanship and class off it.
The North Durham United as a club has been working closer than ever with the established house league clubs in Uxbridge and Scugog, and the hope is that this will make soccer stronger and even more popular in North Durham now and in the future. Despite the limited number of kids the club has in comparison to the larger centres such as Whitby or Oshawa, the teams have achieved a lot over the years including league championships, tournament success and helping the development of a few players that have gone on to the top level of soccer in Ontario for their various age groups.
The season started out with a few of our younger teams participating in the Frank Sobil soccer tournament in Oshawa over the past couple of weekends. The regular season started for the U18 boys team last week with a very close 1-0 loss against Pickering. Coach Mark Cole's always difficult to play against U16 boys, which is actually made up of mostly U15 boys that will be playing a year up this season, begin their campaign on the road in Cavan next Monday with the U13 girls making the same trip the following day. All the other senior teams will be kicking off their respective seasons in the next few days. The club's picture day is set for Saturday May 28th at the Scugog Soccer Fields. This is always a fun time out with all the club's members gathering together for cool events, prizes and laughs.
Toronto FC isn't exactly making it clear what kind of team will end up being this year. Coming off a 0-0 draw at home against Columbus, it moves their record to 4-4-4, which is good for 4th spot in their division. It's time they take it up a notch. Our Women's National Team beat Holland 2-1 in a friendly match last week and will have two games coming up against Brazil with one of them at BMO field on June 4.
Good luck to all our North Durham United Football Club teams and players for the 2016 season, and check out the club's website at www.northdurhamunited.com for more information on what the club does and how to get involved.
The North Durham United Football Club encourages and develops the game of soccer in North Durham. The club aims to help girls and boys develop their character as resourceful and responsible members of their community by providing opportunities through the game of soccer for mental, physical, social and leadership development.
Kem Cehajic’s North Durham Soccer coverage will be appearing in the paper weekly, so stay turned to The Standard for updates throughout the Summer season.