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Sounds of silence: plug pulled on all GSL outdoor soccer for 2020

The latest announcement from the Glengarry Soccer League officially ended any prospect of a summer season of the beautiful game in the county, as the GSL has pulled the plug on play in all adult divisions.

The GSL had previously cancelled the minor (youth) season for summer 2020, but there was hope of some sort of adult season, perhaps later in the summer or early fall.

That prospect was ended with this June 22 announcement: “Unfortunately, there will be no GSL soccer this outdoor season. The GSL has made the difficult decision to cancel ALL divisions. This includes Senior, Tier 2, and Hearts (in addition to the previously cancelled minor division).”

The addition of the Hearts to the cancellation list refers to the competitive Glengarry Hearts minor teams that the county fields each year to compete in the East Region Soccer League. The ERSL has not cancelled its season, which, in a normal year, would have begun in mid-May and run through August, occasionally into September.

A GSL representative told me that the county league was waiting on word from the ERSL and/or the EODSA (the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association, which is the region’s governing body for the sport), but none came, so the GSL acted, officially silencing soccer balls in Glengarry.

Meanwhile, Ontario Soccer and the EODSA has announced that clubs can begin phase 1 of the Return to Play plan.

Ontario Soccer notice
Ontario Soccer graphic

According to Ontario Soccer plan, phase 1 allows for a return to modified training. Restrictions include no contact and no league, exhibition, festival, or tournament matches.

Ontario Soccer notes that the organization “will determine timelines for each Phase in alignment with the Province of Ontario provincial health authorities involving government orders, restrictions, and guidelines.”

The ERSL has been working on a contingency plan to salvage a 2020 season, which now will not include any Glengarry Hearts teams. According to the current outline, “If we are not in Phase 3 of Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Guidelines on or before July 31, 2020, the ERSL will cancel the 2020 outdoor season.”

The hope is that a 9-week season could start August 2, providing 10 to 12 games per team, and running through early October. This is what the ERSL bills as “our most extensive delay,” one of a number of scenarios within their contingency plan. Under this situation, divisions would be assigned two game days per week, Cup and Shield events would be cancelled, and there would be no two-week break in the schedule.

The Cornwall-based Seaway Valley Soccer Club also cancelled its 2020 outdoor season for house teams and the Coyotes (tournament play).

The Seaway Valley Blazers ERSL teams, which play out of Cornwall, are still registered to play in the region’s competitive league, should its season proceed at some point. Currently, the club is set to field boys teams at the U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 (two squads), U16, U17, and U18 levels. On the girls side, expected teams are U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U16, and U18 (two squads).

Training for Match Officials

Registration for online training of match officials continues through to July 3. Clinics are expected to be run in August, assuming sufficient numbers sign up.

The GSL’s minor referee-in-chief, Matthew Houlzet, notes, “All learning is completed online and will certify you to referee and line games for U12 and older.”

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Minor soccer officially cancelled by the GSL

It’s now official: there will be no minor soccer season this year in the Glengarry Soccer League, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sport’s governing body had been extending no-play orders month-by-month, with the latest restricting activity through the end of June.

At the time of that announcement on May 11, the GSL stated that it would convene its board and committee members to explore options. Yesterday, the league announced there would be no minor soccer for the 2020 season.

“The Glengarry Soccer League has made the difficult decision to cancel the Outdoor 2020 season for the MINOR division. An email will be sent out to all participants with information regarding refunds. At this time, a decision has not been made for the Senior and Tier 2 divisions.”

GSL announcement, May 24

Matthew Houlzet, who serves at the GSL referee assignor and GSL minor referee-in-chief and works as a soccer official himself, tells me that the league is still hoping that there will be adult soccer in some form, though the schedule will have to be adjusted and/or compressed.

Typically, senior soccer begins in the latter stages of May, concluding in August. At best, this year, play could begin in July, unless Ontario Soccer extends the prohibition on play through that month.

The GSL will be looking at various schedule options that could see play (if it happens at all) extend into the fall, perhaps as late as October.

The only certainty at this point is that there will be no youth matches in the Glengarry Soccer League this summer.

In terms of other area leagues, today the Cornwall-based Seaway Valley Soccer Club announced the cancellation of its house league and Coyotes (semi-competitive, all-star program) seasons.

“Due in part to the closure of facilities, the uncertainty of distancing orders surrounding recreational programming, the amount of time it would take to properly organize a recreational soccer program, SVSC must in the best interest of all, unfortunately, cancel its House League and Coyotes programs for spring/summer 2020. It should be noted that this decision did not come lightly, but the safety for all is the most important to the club and we appreciate the patience from parents, players, coaches, and officials.

Should the situation change with current conditions of COVID-19, SVSC will be looking at other options to provide possible soccer training activities once it is deemed safe to do so.”

Seaway Valley Soccer Club statement, May 25

At this time, the East Region Soccer League, the top competitive youth loop in this area, continues to explore options for a 2020 season. The GSL via Glengarry Hearts and the SVSC through its Cornwall Blazers teams participate in this league.

The ERSL has not cancelled play for this summer, but has suspended all in-person activities per direction from Ontario Soccer. Updates on modifications to rules and potential play can be followed on their website here.

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Hearts/Filion soccer tournament draws community together

The October 12 Glengarry Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament at Alexandria’s Island Park once again drew strong support from the community, as 10 teams signed on to play, undeterred by the damp conditions that Mother Nature inflicted upon the region for the day.

David Filion notes, “It was great see so many people participate in this year’s annual Brian Filion soccer tournament. We saw players in their sixties and players who are in their early teens. We saw parents playing with their children. What was particularly encouraging was how many young players participated in this year’s tournament. The future looks bright for the tournament moving forward. What a terrific day!”

In all, explains Laurie Filion some 150 individuals were involved this year in the “family fun-oriented tournament.” DA MacMillan spoke at a noon ceremony recounting the history of the Hearts in Glengarry, as the program marks its 40th anniversary.

Ashton MacDonald, Molsen rep donated hockey tickets for a silent auction: 6 tickets in a suite. Winning the January 2 Ottawa versus Florida Panthers tickets was DA MacMillan and taking the 2 tickets for the November 15 game Ottawa against the Philadelphia Flyers was Matthew and Brittany Lacombe. The basket of cheer valued at $180 was won by Marty Doyle.

David Filion also spoke about the groups that benefit from the funds raised by the Filion Foundation.

One of the new features of this year’s tournament was the addition of a kids/family game.

Filion soccer group
Participants at the 2019 Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament. (submitted photo)
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Hearts/Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament booked for October 12

The 2019 edition of the Glengarry Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held at Alexandria’s Island Park on Saturday, October 12, beginning at 9 a.m., with matches continuing throughout the day.

Hearts soccer graphic

The annual gathering over the Thanksgiving weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Hearts of Glengarry. The name “Hearts” lives on today in the competitive youth teams that compete in the ERSL.

This tournament each year sees many Glengarrians reunite, especially those returning to the area for the holiday weekend, enjoying the spirit of the beautiful game, whilst raising funds for the Brian Filion Memorial Fund.

Individuals looking to play or volunteer as referees should let organizers know through the event Facebook page here or by calling Laurie Filion at 613-525-5570. Each team will play three matches.

At noon, all participants will gather for a group photo. There will also be a gift table.

New this year, at 1 p.m., the younger set (children under age 11) is invited to join in the fun with family games on the smaller fields.

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Glengarry Hearts U16 girls triumph for ER Shield

The Glengarry Hearts U16 girls soccer team recently claimed the East Region Shield championship, with a 4-1 victory over Ottawa-based St. Anthony. The triumph capped off a successful run in the season-long tournament that runs alongside league play in the ERSL.

Miriam Boisvenue paced the offence in the finale, scoring a hat trick, while Ella Campbell added one goal.

The ER Shield is a knockout format tourney that saw the Hearts beat Russell (5-0) and Glengarry’s U15 girls (6-0) in previous rounds. Meanwhile, in other matches, the various other clubs from Cornwall, Ottawa, and surrounding regions fell by the wayside to set up the final match-up with St. Anthony.

2019 ER Shield Champions
Standing in the back row, from left, are Martin Lavigne, Marc Leroux, Haley McMeekin, Camilla Gauthier, Nevynn Witteveen, Ella Campbell, Gen DeCoeur, Carolanne Paquette, Flo Lavigne, Rebecca Reed, Mei Le Cumming, Steve Reed, and Richard Gauthier. Kneeling are Chloe Anderson, Jessica Green, Ella Bowles, Erica Leroux, Val Tremblay, Morgann Zappia, Myriam Boisvenue, and Lily Bacchiochi, and in front is Alexa Sabourin. (submitted photo)

In regular-season league play, the Hearts finished with a record of 9 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie, for 28 points. The team was +24 on goal differential. Glengarry placed third overall in the final standings.

Boisvenue topped the team (and league) in scoring, with 21. Camilla Gauthier counted 7 markers on the season, and Bowles had 5 to round out the top three. Alexa Sabourin backstopped three league-game shutouts.

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