As the first snowfall has reminded us, yet again, that we need to put on our winter tires before the deadline every year, it also leaves us reminiscing of warmer days and reliving our epic summer days. So, as you prepare to shovel your driveway, wait for the winter tires to be put onto your car, or cozy up on your living room couch with a hot cup of coffee, come on a Summer 2019 throwback with us.
Every season starts the same way, with the exciting return to the soccer field at soccer tryouts. Thanks to CIBC Wood Gundy’s Jim Wilson for sponsoring our tryout sessions. As players came and went with every session, coaches made decisions, parents waited patiently, board members worked tirelessly, and Sid (with the help of all of the coaches) put together our 2019 Westmount Soccer Club Teams.
As the final registrations rolled in and the teams were solidified, our board got to work on ordering our Summer gear (available for purchase here). A huge Thank You to Café Gentile, Bitumar, Poros Shipping, Standard, and Metro Canada Logistics for being our kit sponsors. Our uniform is our armour, our uniform is what our players wear with pride every day; Thank You for letting them rock their black, maroon, and white all summer long!
Since many of you were only parents to one or two kids, here is a list of all the WSC teams we had this past summer:
- U8 Developmental Team (Co-ed)
- U9 Westmount City (Boys)
- U9 Westmount United (Boys)
- U10 Westmount Club (Boys)
- U11 Westmount Club (Boys)
- U11 Westmount Club (Girls)
- U12 Div. 1 Westmount Club (Boys)
- U13 A Westmount Club (Girls)
- U14 A Westmount Club (Boys)
- U16 A Westmount Club (Boys)
- U17 AA Westmount Club (Boys)
- U24 A Westmount Club (Boys)
As much as we would love to indulge in every moment of every team, let’s talk about a few summer highlights:
Firstly, let’s recognize the commitment and effort that went into building our U8 Developmental team. Every club needs to have a focus on developing the skills of our youngest players to ensure their success on the field as an older player. Not only were they lucky enough to have Coach Sid as their full time coach, but they got guest coach appearances from Coach Reza, Miranda, Robert, Marwan, and so on. It is the commitment from the various coaches in putting in the effort and time to build the foundation needed in order to play fun, safe, and quality soccer.
Our season started off strong, with our U9 Boys winning their opener 3-2 on May 5th and our AA U17 Team winning their Mother’s Day game opener on May 12th 3-2 versus Dollard; we were starting off the season right. However, do not think we let our summer opener wins get to our headS, because the beginning of the season is bittersweet for coaches. If you are a coach with a team that is winning at the beginning, you need to work that much harder to convince your team that they still need to work on A LOT of different skills. If you are a coach with a team that is having a slower start to the season, you need to work that much harder to convince your team that the skill is there and they are able to harness it. A constant balance of skill and ego all summer long.
As our season began to pick up steam into June and July, the U11 Girls team celebrated their first win on July 8th on the Junior home field, while our U13 Girls team celebrated a 5-2 win vs. Dorval on the neighbouring Westmount main field. It was an epic night for Westmount Soccer Club’s female soccer teams, not one that will be soon forgotten. If you are interested in reading about those highlights, check out the article here.
Wins are not the only highlights of our summer, from our loses we also learned lessons and gained humility. A game lost is not a game poorly played, in fact, some of the best soccer is the one in which the outcome cannot be foretold. The nail bitters, the sit on the edge of your seat, the almost goals, the epic saves, the penalty shots, the hope, the journey, the disappointment…the rematch. Our U17 AA Boys team travelling to Gatineau to play in a match on July 7th only to lose 2-4, but were still standing tall and proud at the Cup Playoff game vs. Lasalle on September 14th – not letting a loss blur their vision, the end goal, the mountain top.
Throughout all of this, we were also raffling tickets to go see the Canadian sweetheart himself, Shawn Mendes, in concert on August 21. Thank You to our sponsors at Evenko for providing us with four of the best tickets in the house for our raffle winners; not only did this raffle spread awareness of our club and help raise funds for our teams, but it got the entire community involved in engaging with WSC. Hey Shawn, want to come watch one of our games next season?
Additionally, Thank You to Robert Johnson and Pharamaprix for sponsoring the club throughout the 2019 Summer season – without all of our sponsors, there is no soccer club, and that would just be devastating!
The end of a season brings with it the gut wrenching sadness of a team having spent every day together, and now having to go their separate ways. Each team member knowing that the next time they see one another it won’t be the same. It is the definition of bittersweet, of sweet departure, a beautiful tragedy, if you will. They will all be one year older, one year wiser, the team slightly different, but ready to move forward and make new Summer memories.
SPOILER: U13 AA Boys team is also playing Winter Soccer, being our first team ever to achieve this! Full Article and details to come in Winter Newsletter, stay tuned!
So, as you sit starring out the window at the first snowfall of our Fall season, hoping to unite on an organic, artificial, eco-friendly turf field (details here to SIGN OUR PETITION to press Westmount City Council for the implementation of our #WestmountFieldOfDreams), in late March, early April. Be reminded of the wonderful memories Summer 2019 brought and look forward to the exhilarating potential of Summer 2020.