Feildians determined to make most of their extended season

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Life is all about second chances, so it is only fair that Feildians/Ernst and Young Orenda gets the opportunity to play some meaningful soccer in October for a change.

The Double Blues gave the provincial champion St. Lawrence Laurentians all they could handle before falling 1-0 in last month's Molson Challenge Cup final.

P.J. Power

Life is all about second chances, so it is only fair that Feildians/Ernst and Young Orenda gets the opportunity to play some meaningful soccer in October for a change.

The Double Blues gave the provincial champion St. Lawrence Laurentians all they could handle before falling 1-0 in last month's Molson Challenge Cup final.

Feildians players took that loss hard. The Double Blues haven't played in a major tournament since the Eastern Canadian in 1968 and the club desperately needs to compete at the national level for experience and development.

Feildians' assistant coach P.J. Power said it was a little difficult for the team to re-focus after losing the provincial championship and then subsequently being told they were eligible to play in the nationals anyway.

"Basically, the players dispersed all over the place after we lost the Challenge Cup final," Power said.

No provincial team has been hit harder by absentees than Feildians.

Veteran midfielder Steve Croft and goalkeeper Mike Organ are attending medical school in Quebec and are unavailable to play, while defender Steve Howell has coaching commitments with the provincial under-18 girls' team at the nationals in Ontario. Keeper Matthew Prim was in Halifax, but has returned for the tournament. Liam Kelly is out of the country and will miss the team's first game.

Making the best of a difficult situation will test the team's mettle and Power says the Double Blues are up for the challenge despite the setbacks.

"The other players are just going to have to step it up. It's a challenge, but the boys are looking forward to it. They are really pumped. They want to make the best of the situation given he short notice."

However, Power admits it's been tough preparing for the nationals with only 10 to 12 players out to practice.

"But they've been working hard," he added and he is well aware what competing against the best amateur teams in the country will do for his club.

"This tournament will help our players in terms of getting more much-need experience against top teams. The reason St. Lawrence is so hard to beat is because they are used to playing in pressure situations at national tournaments," Power said.

"You've got to be as positive as you can," Power noted. "We know we've got our hands full. We're in a tough division with Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and St. Lawrence, so it's tough sledding."

The Feildians, who held a team social at a downtown club Monday that included current and former Double Blue players, finished in second place in the Molson Challenge Cup League, 10 points behind the first-place Laurentians.

The Double Blues final game of the national tournament regular schedule is 5 p.m. Sunday is against St. Lawrence, which means the revenge factor is a potential incentive.

"It would be great to have another shot at St. Lawrence," said Power, "but we want to compete against everybody. When you play against St. Lawrence, it's always a big game because of the support they get from their town. But every game this weekend is meaningful."

jbrowne@thetelegram.com




FEILDIANS' ROSTER

Members of the Feildians/Ernst & Young Orenda team include Matthew Prim, Ryan Decker. Colin Brown, John Acreman, Chris Burry, Ian Power, Chris Roche, David Webb, Zach Hynes, Colin Power, Michael Browne, Adam Fitzpatrick, Jarratt Rose, Michael McCarthy, Ryan Sheppard, Liam Kelly, Kevin Oram, Justin Black, Shannon Brushett, Scott Knight, coaches Pat Kennedy, Phil Oliver, P.J. Power and manager Ian Osmond.
Feildians play British Columbia in their first game 9 a.m. Thursday and go against Ontario noon Friday, October 10. In the only Newfoundland and Labrador game not played at King George Fifth Pitch, Feildians take on Quebec 5 p.m. Saturday at the Middle Smallwood Pitch in Mount Pearl.
Feildians' top scorers: David Webb, 3; Colin Brown, 3; Justin Black, 3.


For more on the Challenge Cup & Jubilee Shield 2008 please visit
http://www.sport.ca/tournament/index.php?tournament=22

Organizations: Molson, Feildians/Ernst and Young Orenda

Geographic location: Quebec, Ontario, Halifax Alberta

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  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Best of luck to Feildians and to St. Lawrence, and here's hoping for an all-Newfoundland final!

    I'll be there cheering you on all the way!.

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Best of luck to Feildians and to St. Lawrence, and here's hoping for an all-Newfoundland final!

    I'll be there cheering you on all the way!.