Coach Stewart Gillott said he was still on cloud nine following his team’s victory in the 2011 National Championships Challenge Trophy final.
After a full week of soccer in Brossard, Quebec, Saskatchewan came out on top in the senior men’s competition, a first for any club from the Prairies. HUSA Alumni won the final 2-0 over ICST Pegasus of British Columbia.
In the competition’s 99th year, Saskatchewan was the only province never to have won the Challenge Trophy as national champions. Just last year, Prince Edward Island became the ninth province when Churchill Arms won.
Toronto Celtic was awarded the bronze medal after winning on kicks from the penalty mark in the match for third place. The Toronto club became the first Ontario men’s team to win a national medal in five years. Toronto Celtic and Holy Cross (Newfoundland Labrador) had played to a 2-2 draw before Celtic clinched the medal on kicks.
Holy Cross had finished the round robin with two wins and two losses and ended up in fourth place.
B.C. WINS JUBILEE TROPHY
Surrey United won its second Jubilee Trophy in eight years Oct. 10, holding off the up-and-coming Royal Sélect Beauport in the 2011 National Championships senior women’s competition.
Representing British Columbia for an eighth consecutive season, Surrey United was by far the more experienced team and had little difficulty containing its opponent in the 2-1-championship victory.
In the battle of former champions, Halifax Dunbrack came away with its third national medal in three years. Halifax clipped Edmonton Victoria 2-1 to capture bronze at this year’s National Championships.
Newfoundland and Labrador had one win and three losses during the tournament – its lone win was 6-0 over Manitoba. Malorie Harris booted a hat trick and Nichole Adams two to pace the victory.