Soccer teams peaking for post-season

Marine Harvest Riptide soccer teams are entering the final stages of play in the Vancouver Island Premiere League, and hope to continue to gain momentum for the post-season, which starts at the end of February.

As league play commences for the U14-U18 male and female teams in the coming weeks, Riptide staff feel that many of teams will be peaking at the right time for the post-season. In the event that any of the teams should be lucky enough to win the post-season round of play in the VIPL, the team would qualify for A-Cup provincials in Richmond in July.

“We have also been enjoying a tremendous amount of interest in the graduating class of the U18 Riptide programs,” said Shel Brodsgaard, Riptide soccer development co-ordinator. “To date, we have been visited by coaches from Vancouver Island University, Lethbridge University, University of Northern British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University. We have also had players attend trials at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, Lethbridge University and University of Northern British Columbia.”

The U18 Riptide female team will soon visit Peninsula College, and has exhibition games against UVIC and VIU to prepare for the post-season. This will provide players an opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education in combination with the potential to play soccer. The U18 Riptide Boys Program is arranging exhibition games leading into the post-season with the Comox men’s division one team.

The Riptide continues to evaluate intake groups for 2018-19 with training sessions for 2005-born players who will make up these teams. To date, the sessions have been lively, intense and rewarding. The standard of play continues to rise in the local soccer community, and the Riptide is pleased to be able to support and guide player/parent interest in Tier Two soccer on Vancouver Island.

Coaches interested in applying to work with one of these teams can apply at http://riptidesoccer.ca/2018-2019-marine-harvest-vipl-riptide-coaching-applications/

An agreement with www.atleta.ca allows athletes to communicate with Canadian university and college coaches, and to research the system.

The Riptide is in the midst of planning the Spring Academy, open to players ages 2007-2002. There’s a meeting March 5, 6:30 p.m. at a location TBA. Try-out dates will soon be determined for U14-U18 teams.

And there’s the annual trip to Port Hardy for a one-day soccer camp, which has run the past three years.

The Riptide saw more than 180 players attend the program in the spring of 2017.

The technical team consisting of Ken Garraway, Ash Mohtadi, Stephen Hall and Brodsgaard will be making a 10-day trip to the UK leading into the spring academy to watch high-level games and research the beautiful game. They will be joined by 2003 Riptide Boys Head Coach Darrin McLeod, and former Riptide coach Sandy Grant.

www.riptidesoccer.ca

Just Posted

O’Brien ninth in big air

Courtenay-raised snowboarder happy to make finals

Ry Cooder coming to Vancouver Island MusicFest

American music icon to play in Comox Valley July 14

2017 surplus will cushion CVRD recreation facilities from operational challenges

The recreation department discovered a $488,000 surplus carry-over from its 2017 financials

Duncan family says care home switched mom’s cat with robot cat

Staff alleged to have said they were taking cat for bath, then replaced her with robotic stuffed toy

Foot found near Victoria belonged to missing Washington man

No foul play suspected in death of Stanley Okumoto, 79

B.C. Games open with Olympic touch

The 2018 B.C. Winter Games kicked off in Kamloops

More snow forecast to fall Friday on Vancouver Island

Environment Canada calling for 2-10 centimetres on the east coast of the Island and areas inland

Suspect and Mountie bitten by police dog during arrest near Nanaimo

Two suspects were arrested in connection with a stolen pickup truck in Cassidy on Thursday evening

B.C. ski cross racer wins Olympic gold

Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa wins the gold medal in thrilling fashion in PyeongChang

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Wish granted to Cumberland boy

Young Abel is off to Disney World

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Human remains found near Campbell River

Human remains were found in a rural area outside Campbell River, RCMP… Continue reading

Most Read