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GSL cancels indoor season playoffs, hopes for a summer outdoor season

On Monday, the Glengarry Soccer League announced the official end to the winter indoor season, cancelling remaining matches and playoffs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last action took place on March 12, with the season put on hiatus the next day.

With the end to 2019-20 play, Alexandria FC finishes atop the table in the senior men’s division, with 33 points. The Barflies check in second, five points back. McCrimmon ends third (22), followed by the Young Gunners (15), and Glen Sandfield (14).

In senior women’s play, Glen Nevis finished with a perfect record on 16 matches, for 48 points. Alexandria was second (33), followed by Glen Sandfield (20), Vankleek Hill (16), and Dalhart (1).

The U18 boys top team was Brazil (yellow), with 37 points. Rounding out the standings were Canada (red, 26), England (grey, 22), Netherlands (orange, 15), Spain (blue, 13), and Ireland (green, 10).

Canada (red) topped the U18 girls division, notching 31 points from 14 matches. Ireland (green) took second (21), followed by the Netherlands (orange, 13), and Spain (blue, 13).

England (grey) was first in the U13 coed division, taking 33 points. Italy (yellow, 28) followed. Rounding out the standings were the Netherlands (orange, 20), Canada (burgundy, 13), and Ireland (green, 7).

Canada (red), with 35 points, topped the U11 coed group. Following were England (grey, 29), Ireland (green, 16), USA (blue, 15), Spain (yellow, 14), the Netherlands (orange, 10).

The focus for the GSL now is the summer outdoor season, with registration ongoing.

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, continues to monitor the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the emerging public health crisis.

As the Glengarry Soccer League is registered and sanctioned under Ontario Soccer, we follow the guidelines put forth by Ontario Soccer, who speak with medical experts and comply with government mandates.

At this time, the end of the indoor season has officially been cancelled. We will continue with registration for the Outdoor 2020 season. A decision on how the outdoor season will be altered is not being made just yet. We will continue with registration and begin making teams as we normally do at the end of March / beginning of April. We understand this is a challenging time for many families. If you require financial assistance to register your children for soccer due to COVID-19, please reach out to us via e-mail.

Glengarry Soccer League notice

The league’s referee training plans continue. The entry-level course (age 14 and older), has moved to online certification, while the training of officials for small-sided matches remains on the calendar as scheduled, on Friday, May 1 (5 to 7:30 p.m.) OR Saturday, May 2 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

GSL statement: “We appreciate your patience while the GSL navigates this challenging time. We understand the uncertainty of everything can be overwhelming, but we are taking things one week at a time for now. The safety of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and spectators is important to us and we will continue to comply with the decisions set forth by Ontario Soccer and adjust our season as needed to keep our community safe.”

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ERSL notice on Twitter

The Glengarry League also traditionally fields teams in the ERSL, the region’s competitive soccer league, under the banner Glengarry Hearts. Typically, the season begins in late May, with clubs holding tryouts and practices in the months preceding. At this point, everything is on hold.

Char-Lan Minor Soccer, which plays in Williamstown, is continuing with its registration and planning for the summer 2020 season. Updates can be found in their Facebook group. Registration information can be found here, on South Glengarry’s website.

The Seaway Valley Blazers teams, which compete in the ERSL, are also on hold, in line with direction from Ontario Soccer.

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GSL postpones tonight’s dome match, suspends indoor season

The Glengarry Soccer League’s indoor season has been suspended, effective March 13, says Tammy MacSweyn, GSL vice-president.

The lone match on the docket tonight was the last senior men’s regular-season game featuring the Barflies and McCrimmon. Nothing was scheduled for the March Break (next week), with GSL action originally booked to resume March 22. However, that is now in limbo.

MacSweyn explains that the league is following the direction of Ontario Soccer, which announced last night, “Ontario Soccer has made the difficult decision to immediately suspend all sanctioned soccer activities in the province until further notice.” This includes “all competitions, training, coach and match official education, and team-building activities.”

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GSL postpones Thursday night indoor soccer due to snowstorm

Thursday evening soccer at the dome in Alexandria has been cancelled by the Glengarry Soccer League, with all matches moved to Friday night as a result of today’s snowstorm and poor road conditions.

The U11 co-ed division will kick off Friday night play with a match between Team USA and Team Netherlands, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The 6:30 p.m. game will feature U18 boys action, as Team England and Team Canada battle.

Then it will be senior men’s division play. Alexandria FC and McCrimmon are booked for the 7:30 p.m. slot, while the Barflies and Glen Sandfield are set for 8:30 p.m. play.

Alexandria FC and the Barflies remain in a battle for the top of the table as regular-season play winds down, with McCrimmon and Glen Sanfield third and fourth, respectively. The Young Gunners round out the standings.

The regular season in the senior men’s division is set to conclude on March 13, with semifinals for the top four teams booked for March 26.

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GSL registration fees increase March 1

Registration for the summer outdoors season of the Glengarry Soccer League is currently underway, with standard rates available until the end of February.

Players (or parents of players) can register online via the GSL’s website or in-person at the dome in Alexandria, during regular hours of operation. This applies to all divisions offered, from U6/co-ed through tier 2.

All fees increase by $10 effective March 1 through March 21, with further escalations after that. The GSL encourages you to register this month for the best pricing.

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GSL women’s indoor soccer resumes tonight at the dome

The Glengarry Soccer League’s senior women’s indoor schedule resumes tonight, January 6, following a break for the Christmas holidays, with Glen Sandfield and Vankleek Hill set to battle at the dome, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Two matches are booked for Tuesday night. At 7:30 p.m., Vankleek Hill will play Glen Nevis, and an hour later, it will be Glen Sandfield and Dalhart taking to the turf.

Glen Nevis sports a perfect 6-0 record coming off the 2019 portion of the schedule. Alexandria, at 5-2, holds second spot. Vankleek Hill, Glen Sandfield, and Dalhart round out the standings, respectively.

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Alexandria FC tops men’s indoor soccer table

Heading into the 2020 portion of the winter indoor soccer schedule, Alexandria FC tops the Glengarry Soccer League’s men’s table, with 15 points.

The leading squad won five of six matches before the Christmas break, suffering just one loss along the way. In second spot are the Barflies with 12 points (4-3 record), followed by Glen Sandfield (3-3), McCrimmon (2-4), and the Young Gunners (1-4).

Play is scheduled to resume on January 9 with two games on the docket. At 7:30 p.m., the Young Gunners will take on Glen Sandfield, and at 8:30 p.m., the top two teams will tangle.

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GSL indoor season kicks off this week

The Glengarry Soccer League’s indoor season at the dome in Alexandria is scheduled to kick off this week, with senior women’s games starting Tuesday, while the men will begin on Friday.

Opening night in the senior women’s division on Tuesday, October 29 has Glen Nevis set to play Dalhart at 7:30 p.m., followed by Alexandria versus Glen Sandfield at 8:30 p.m.

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Matches are booked to continued Tuesday nights throughout the winter, with the occasional game on Monday evening as well. There are five teams in the league, with the other squad being Vankleek Hill, which gets a bye for week one.

In the senior men’s group, which also features five teams, Glen Sandfield and the Barflies open the schedule on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. That’s followed by a game between McCrimmon and Alexandria FC at 8:30 p.m.

Most men’s matches will be played Thursday nights through the season, with some games on Friday evenings. The fifth team, which gets a week one bye, is the Young Gunners.

Minor divisions begin Sunday, starting with the U18 girls. U11 co-ed plays Monday evening, U18 boys Tuesday (before the senior women) and again Thursday, and U7 co-ed and U13 co-ed Wednesday night.

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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.

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Participants at the 2019 Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament. (submitted photo)
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Glengarrians collide in university women’s soccer

On Sunday, October 13, Trent University is scheduled to host Nipissing University’s women’s soccer team, in OUA action that will see a Glengarrian featured on the roster of each squad. Cameron Brodie is a third-year midfielder with the Lakers, while Brooke Lapierre is a rookie midfielder on the Excalibur side.

When the teams met last month in North Bay, the Lakers prevailed 4-0.

Nipissing enters play this week ranked third in the East Division, with a 6-4 record, while Trent is sixth, at 4-6-1, currently holding the final playoff berth.

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Brooke Lapierre, left, and Cameron Brodie are Glengarrians playing university soccer in Ontario. (Jeff Lapierre photo)
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