KEM CEHAJIC Special to The Standard
The outdoor soccer season has finally kicked off for the North Durham United Football Club, with the massive Frank Sobil tournament running this past weekend in Oshawa.
The U15 Girls team, coming off a very successful 2018 campaign, travelled down to Oshawa, missing a good portion of their squad due to other commitments. The team has added a few new players since last year, and has been training over the winter, at the high school in Port Perry.
Although the girls worked on some aspects of the game, teams in our area are at a very big disadvantage compared to their competition, by not having a local sport dome to train in throughout the fall and winter.
Nonetheless, the team had 12 of their 17 rostered players attend the tournament, along with 2 outstanding call-ups from the NDUFC U14 Girls team. North Durham defeated Mooredale, Northumberland, and Ancaster, all via shutouts by tournament all-star goalie Jessica Patterson, on their way to the finals against North Toronto. The girls representing North Durham were in their fifth match of the weekend, and lost the championship game by a narrow 2-1 count, to the tough opponents from the big smoke, to capture the Silver Medal. The girls played with grit, sportsmanship, and team unity throughout the entire tournament, an excellent effort. Congratulations to the players and parents, good luck with the season.
Local soccer really gets going later this month, on a few different fronts. North Durham United (northdurhamunited.com) has approximately a dozen teams competing against the top rep teams in and around the region. The teams play in the Durham Region Soccer League, against teams all the way from Kingston through to Toronto.
We also have the house league teams playing out of Uxbridge (uxbridgesoccerclub.com) and Port Perry (scugogsoccer.ca). Both house league clubs are still accepting registration for the upcoming spring/summer season. Over the past year or so, all three soccer clubs have been working toward amalgamating, similar to how local hockey in Port Perry and Uxbridge did, and are now all under one umbrella. The boards members for all three clubs have been working together on many aspects, to be decided on, for them to unite as one soccer club, representing all. The uniqueness and history of all three communities must be respected, so that a fair and mutually beneficial coming together occurs. Amalgamation is a must, if soccer is to flourish in North Durham, and to provide a clear pathway for our kids to reach their utmost soccer potential.
2019 should be a big year here in Port Perry, Uxbridge, and surrounding areas. With the goal of completing amalgamation of the big three local clubs by the fall, the future of the world's most popular sport looks better than ever for the young athletes in North Durham. Best wishes to all the rep and house league teams this season, and a big thanks to all the soccer volunteers, coaches, sponsors, and board members who give their time so the kids can get a kick out of soccer.
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