We kick off week 11 as Chairman Lee's Team visits Make Angelo Grape Again. The Chairman's team proved again to be the only ones capable of beating the Juice is Loose last week as they came back from down 4-1 to score 5 unanswered goals, thanks largely in part to Brendan Hargave's career 5pt nights and Dan Nichols' repeat goaltending heroics, extending his unbeaten season between the pipes. The Purple Nurples on the other hand suffered their second straight heart breaker; keeping a game tied until a late slip up costs them the game. They can feel good about tallying 7 goals, propped by another Ramone Thompson hat-trick and a 5pt night for Rose Bohemier, but they need to find a way to slow the opposition down. Could Captain Angelo Phills' birthday be the inspiration they need to buckle down for the full 50 minutes?
Match #2 has Argent Slaughter visiting the dive bar as the Aquaholics host what looks to be another tight match. This bout was close on paper in Week #3 as the blue boozers took the game with a 5-4 score, but coming off a one-goal effort, their lowest of the season, the Aquaholics don't appear to be in their early season form. Meanwhile, the Slaughter squad is undefeated in their past 2 games, having apparently been awoken by their rattling second loss to team Purple. As extra incentive, the Grey Lords will be aware that with 3 games remaining in the season, a single point this week for the Blue Devils will officially put them out of reach in the league standings.
No Cream, No Sugar will be squaring off against the Juice is Loose in the 7:10 slot this week, motivated as ever to prove their mettle. The Black Eyed Team will hope they can maintain their grit with more discipline as they have now taken a penalty and gone over their foul limit in both of their last 2 games. On the bright side, their 4 goal-per-game avg. over those matches is well above their 2.6 avg. for the season, reflecting an uptick in what was formerly their weakest area, driven in part by rookie Eric Kinley's inaugural appearance on the stat sheet. They are also aided by facing a Juicer gang that appears to be slowing down. Some have pointed to hunger, or the fact that OJ haven't had to push since week #4, but they played it close in Week #9, and suffered their 2nd loss of the season last week. Will the celebration of Shelby Herman's 50th career game help the team gel again, or will Diana Rocha and the Caffeine crew shout them off the top of the standings?
Our final matchup has the Hulk-a-maniacs facing off against the E-lemon-ators in a hyphen-loaded aff-air. When these teams last met, the Hulk-a-maniacs were the league's #1 team while the E-lemon-ators were 2nd to last. Despite the discrepancy, this game remained tied until the last few minutes where Green Machine took a late lead to win 4-3. Fast foward to week #11 and these teams are each one position closer to each other, while the Lit Lemons have learned from their mistakes and overcome late ties to win games in 2 of the past 4 weeks. Gang Green defense has become particularly stingy of late, allowing only one goal to team Blue's lethal offense, but with Yellow stars Brian Sakala and Kirk Vandersteen coming off 5 and 3 point weeks respectively, these teams look set to keep it close yet again.
The After-Hours Committee is thrilled to announce that Boston Pizza was successfully revived at approximately 9:15pm on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017. It is now in stable condition, although it will need to be monitored and tended to over the coming weeks. They'd like to express their gratitude to all the players who made it possible, and shake a Dikembe Motombo-esque finger at all those who did not show up. For those whose other commitments made it impossible to join in last week, fear not. You can easily redeem yourself by attending the aforementioned pre-Canada Day BP and Karaoke night on June 28th. The league does not condone an inebriated state in the workplace and therefore will offer the friendly suggestion of taking the following morning off? Or not. You don't have to take our advice, it's your funeral...
We’re talking ‘bout playoffs?!?!?
As mentioned at the beginning of the year, the playoff structure for the league has changed from prior years to single elimination bracket play.
The schedule will be as follows:
Jul 12 5:10 1v8
Jul 12 6:10 2v7
Jul 12 7:10 4v5
Jul 12 8:10 3v6
Jul 19 5:10 W2v7 v W3v6
Jul 19 6:10 W1v8 v W4v5
Jul 26 5:10 Championship
In the event of a regular season ranking tie, usual regular season tiebreak rules will apply.
The regular season will almost be done and the beauty of summer will be upon us. This is not a soccer league organized portion to the season, but Canada Day-ish night it is the perfect time to brag about regular season stats and plot playoff strategies for the following weeks. Unlike the past two years we were not blessed for a Canada Day that lined up nicely around a soccer night but this will not stop us from organizing an outing to Boston Pizza, and continuing on to Limelight like history dictates. Talent is not required to participate in the karaoke aspect of Limelight, but for those brave enough to take the stage a welcome audience is always a great sight to see. Hope to see many of you out on June 28th! Any questions please talk to your captains.
With playoffs now less than a month away, teams can no longer use the excuse that they’re finding their grooves. Truth-week kicks off with an intriguing matchup as The Juice is Loose faces their kryptonite in Chairman Lee’s Team. The Chairman’s team did not fare well last week as his under-manned roster faced off against their own achilles heal, giving up their second game to Argent Slaughter. They’ll look to bounce back in a big way as the only team that has found a solution to corking up the Juice’s one-man wrecking crew. The OJs appeared stymied last week, held to a tie with 10 minutes remaining in their match vs the Grapes, but the floodgates opened yet again as Shelby Herman played the architect, masterfully setting up 3 of the Orange’s final 4 goals. Fans will be watching intently to find out if the red army can adapt their game plan to also cover this new-found threat.
Game #2 features two teams coming off strong prior week showings, with Argent Slaughter hosting No Cream, No Sugar. Slumping Team Black was looking for a stronger performance from their stars and got it last week as they bullied a juggernaut Team Hulk to a tie game, thanks to an overdue breakout performance from Sean “Ro-” Brokop, and a display of team grit and sandpaper that may lose friends, but more importantly wins championships. They will need stronger attention from captains Fraser and Kusiak who mis-managed their way to a bench-minor for too many men, necessitating a late 5-on-3 penalty kill in order to hold on to their tie. The Silver Surfers meanwhile rebounded from a painful loss to take their 3rd win of the season last week courtesy of Vivek Maharajh’s 4 goal effort and season first points from Justin Scott and Bridget O’Leary, proving she can indeed talk the talk and walk the walk. However, Argent will need all hands on deck as they look to contain a Coffee squad that had their strongest offensive showing of the season when these teams last met.
The 7:10 match features two teams mired in struggle as the E-Lemon-ators do battle with Make Angelo Grape Again. The Grape ones will expect to fair better than in the first version of this meeting, where the Sour Squad dropped the hammer to the tune of 9-4, more than double their next best offensive output of the season. Both teams faced powerful offenses last week and held them largely at bay until a deluge of late goals turned the scores lopsided as the Angelo Experience went down 6-3 while Brooke’s Bullies faltered 8-4. The Don Cherry crew can take consolation in the effectiveness of their new formation and strategy over the first 40 minutes of their match last week, while the Lemon Drops are welcoming new-found talisman Troy Woods with open arms, as he’s become a goal-per-game scorer over the past 3 weeks. Both these teams are well aware that they are running out of time to prove that they’re for real and would relish the chance to do so this week.
The primetime slot will certainly not disappoint as arguably the two most evenly-matched teams do battle with the victor claiming 2nd rank in the league as their own. Very little separates the Hulk-a-maniacs and Aquaholics, as they both offer a dizzying array of offensive weapons, while their goaltenders Matthew Dolan and Andrew Mackay are tied for second with identical GAAs of 3.111. The Smashers have 1 point over The Boozers in the standings, and each team’s two main scorers are separated by the very same amount. Gang Green may have taken the first match 6-3, but they are coming off a tough tie that may have left some bruises, while the Blue brigade has the momentum of a dominating performance last week and the intangible locker room presence of Rhys Degrave, who happens to be a real stand-up guy. He’s got moxie.
The final match-up of the night will be the most interesting of all, as all GWLMISL participants battle to decide the social fate of the league. Concerned about Boston Pizza’s Q2 earnings and the fate of their Boston Bucks, defacto league after-hours committee board members Chris Gessell, Marcia Gallos, Thomas Lai, and “Handsome” Jean Arakaza will be looking to revive the league’s out-going, sociable nature. Their natural first step will be to coax former board chairman Mike Siwicki out of his strict, lean diet and responsibilities as father of felines, and back to his seat on the board, as they believe the fall of this domino should cause the ripple-effect the league so sorely needs. Any league member who wishes to contribute to this cause can make donations payable to Boston Pizza St. James. Domestically brewed 18oz. beverages can be provided for all minimum donations of $5.99. For information on how you can get involved, please contact your league convenors, or simply shout at the top of your lungs on a Wednesday evening “I’m headed to BP”, and proceed to do so.
Hulk-a-maniacs will be squaring off against No Cream, No Sugar to start the evening. The Hulk-a-maniacs are fresh off back-to-back 8 goal outings and had their balanced attack on display yet again last week as 7 players hit the stat sheet. No Cream, No Sugar meanwhile is still looking to get their offense going as the league’s last-placed offense has only scored more than 3 goals once. They will hope that the return of captain Kyle Kusiak from long-term injured reserve (albeit only temporarily), can not only off-set the loss of Adam Alkins, but also be the spark they so sorely need. The offensive struggle memo was not passed on to journeyman Jim Jennings however, as he continues to light the lamp and celebrated his 100th GWLMISL point with the Joe’s only 2 goals last week.
Tension will be at a high in game #2 as The E-Lemon-ators face the Aquaholics with both teams looking to wrap up unfinished business. Their week #2 matchup ended in the season’s first tie, meaning the Aquaholics will need this leg to successfully spike the lemonade bowl. Team Lemon is coming off a disappointing second loss to their citrus rivals but after ruffling the feathers of the high-flying Orange offense last week, team muscle David Senesky will focus on his next task of ruffling the meticulously coiffed ‘do of the Boozers’ defacto bench candy, Eric Lees. The Blues will do their best to brush that off, uplifted as they celebrate Janelle Fraser successfully notching the league’s first Fraser family goal.
The 3rd matchup of the season pits Karen Morris’ slumping Argent Slaughter against one of their few victims thus far, Chairman Lee’s Team. Keith Morris’ Red Devils fell victim to a short Argent Slaughter bench in the first leg of the Morris derby, largely felled by their own lack of drive and the jet-lagged legs of team leader Adam Conci. With a 4-2 record since, the Liberation Army have the look of a new team, but returning superstars and healing injuries stand to put the Silver Foxes in good standing as well. Argent will have to cope with a new challenge as keeper Aaron Yanofsky was absent in the first bout, but will counter the addition with newfound scoring threats in Jonny Moir and Daniel Desrosiers.
The final match of the night pits 1st placed The Juice is Loose against former last placed Make Angelo Grape Again. The Purple Drank are coming off their first win since week 1 after last week’s 10 goal explosion, featuring hat-tricks from Ramone Thompson and Roseline Bohemier. On-lookers question whether they are capable of beating a team not named Argent-Slaughter but with their momentum on high, there’s no better stage than primetime vs the league’s top team to prove that they’ve ironed out the kinks. They’ll need to be as focused as ever now that Orange have spread out their attacking duties from top to bottom, all the way to goal keeper Salim Tourabaly who enjoyed a 3-point night last week. In light of this stand-out performance, Captains Jean and Brianne have demanded that the remainder of the roster begin fasting as well to prevent their diets from weighing them down.
Rematches begin this week, the first of which is a showdown between Make Angelo Grape Again and Argent Slaughter. It was a close-knit affair in Week 1 as The Grapes got the best of the Nickelbacks with a 5-4 score. That however, was the first and only win for Angelo’s squad this season. They will look to mix things up and focus the rest of the season on the hopefully easier task of making fellow captain Melissa Kernaghan Grape Again instead. Their hopes of doubling up on the Chad Kroeger Krew will be bolstered by news that Andy Kenyon and Vivek Maharajh will not be taking part in the match, as the two connected for 3 of their team’s 4 goals in the week 1 duel. Captain Casey has asked them to clear the bench in the wake of rookie Alexandra Gravenor’s offensive awakening last week.
Game #2 pits the Hulk-a-manics against Chairman Lee’s Team in what looks to be a highly unpredictable matchup. While the Chairman’s 4-game win-streak finally came to an end last week in abrupt fashion with a 5-1 loss to the Booze-hounds, their impressive string of May matches succeeded in stating loud and clear that they are to be respected. They will be intent for revenge with Week 1’s Cathy Duong hat-trick and the 6-2 final score looming large in back of their minds. The Hulk-a-maniacs however, coming off 4-pt nights for Sammy Mulimbwa and Scott Van “Raisin’-Hell” Emond, are not so concerned about how they will inflict damage, but who will choose to take center stage in their seemingly endless rotation of offensive cameos.
The 7:10 match will see the high-flying Juice is Loose take on The E-lemon-ators, both coming off wins last week. Juice succeeded in answering critics who questioned their secondary scoring woes last week as Erik “The Big Sjo” Berg rumbled his was to a pair of goals, along with single goal efforts from “Handsome” Jean Arakaza and Broseph Qian. Critics continue to question whether they will have the mental fortitude to handle tight match-ups, an issue the E-lemon-ators easily brushed off last week in a toe-to-toe duel that ended in victory as marksman Troy Woods hammered in his first GWLMISL goal with 4 seconds remaining from half-field, perfectly executed as drawn-up. Captain Brooke Wilde will look to leverage that adrenaline, and the fact that for the first time this season Salman Riyaz will be hungry for more than just goals, as she rallies the troops to answer back for their 5-2 week 1 loss.
The primetime matchup will feature a clash between the high-flying Aquaholics and heart-broken No Cream, No Sugar. While week 1 was a statement match for the Boozers, it also marked the beginning of star-scorer Mulinde M’Hango’s scoring woes, which ended in a big way last week with a hat-trick in their 5-1 victory. No Cream, No Sugar meanwhile will be trying to get their heads back in the game after their jarring last-second loss last week. Aqua goalkeeper Andrew Mackay will look to continue the mind games as the Bitter Beverages have yet to beat him this season. His success will depend largely on his defense’s ability to contain the undeniable chemistry between Jim Jennings and Mark Tomiak, who combined gracefully on all 3 Black goals last week. This will be easier said than done as the league’s physician report from last week’s randomized drug-testing stated that their heart-beats were clocked in perfect synchronization.
Week 7 marks the half-way point of the regular season as teams feel out their last unfamiliar foes before rematches begin in Week 8. We kick things off in the matinee slot with the Battle of the Beards, as the Juice is Loose visits Argent Slaughter. Juice will be sporting the title of the league’s #1 team for the first time this season. The Greys will be hoping that Bridget O’Leary’s patented mind-games pull through for the second week in a row as she looks to shatter the psyche of Salman Riyaz, who will be celebrating his centennial GWLMISL game while coming off 10 goals in the past 2 games. Understanding the reality of this threat, captain Brianne Labossiere will have to rally the troops and convince ANYONE else on her roster to score for the first time since Week 4.
In Match #2, Chairman Lee and their league-best win-streak host the Aquaholics in a clash of confidence. Dab-Master Hargrave will have his head held high after inspiring his club with a late game-winner last week, while Swaggy Siwicki won’t be intimidated coming off a career best 5-point night. Future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Denise Harding will continue to roll back the years as she plays in her 100th GWLMISL match this week as well. The Aquaholics have stated they’re no longer sure where Rhys Degrave will be fitting into the line-up as he seems to have lost his field-goal accuracy, having struck the ball uncharacteristically low not once, but twice last week.
Make Angelo Grape Again will be hosting the Hulk-a-maniacs with both teams hoping to rebound from losing weeks. Captain Scott Van Hellemond will be confident coming in, knowing his team’s first loss of the season was largely a result of his absence and the infectious ripple-effect it had on his squad. Others may be quick to point out that Green need not worry about absences given they seem to call up more players whenever they wish. The Purple Nurples meanwhile, have suffered from real attendance struggles but are looking forward to getting more bodies on the bench over the coming weeks as they bid to turn a disappointing early season around. Could this week be the turning point?
A storm is brewing as everyone’s favorite (non-alcoholic) summer drink mixes it up with a winter morning staple in this week’s primetime match as both teams look to avoid the basement of the standings. The E-Lemon-ators expect a solid bounce-back effort as their decimated roster from last week looks forward to the return of numerous players. No Cream, No Sugar will hope to bounce back from a heart-breaking late loss, and who better to turn to than Satnam Gill, who re-ignited his lost offense in a big way last week with his first 3 points of the season?
The week kicks off with the clash of Captain Stephanies. Fraser in the Black corner, playing in her 100th GWLMISL match, will look to serve young gun Sanford in the Red corner her marching orders, as this week will decide who reigns supreme, and who will hang up the boots and call it a wrap (until next week). Chairman Lee’s team, early season basement dwellers, are now the hottest team in the league, having rattled off 3 straight wins. Don’t expect No Cream, No Sugar, winners of 2 of their last three to be pushovers by any stretch. Now that veteran journeyman Marcia Gallos has this season’s scoring monkey off her back she’s primed to ripple the mesh.
Match #2 has the Aquaholic hosting Make Angelo Grape again. The return of the Welches #1 goaltender Gurmukh Roopra is expected to closely resemble Simba’s return to Pride Rock as he hopes his calm will help return Angelo’s squad to the winning ways they’ve not seen since Week #1. The Aquaholics will of course be hoping for the exact opposite after being torched to the tune of 6 goals last week. With another wily vet coming off a turn-around individual game, the Blues will hope that Ed Ostanski’s vision and deft touch can continue to buffer them as their younger stars’ statistic struggles drag on.
Our 7:10pm slot features a highly sought-after matchup as the league’s #1 offense, The Juice is Loose, challenges the league’s #1 team, the Hulk-a-maniacs. This one is touted by many league-wide as GWL’s very own version of Gordie Howe passing the mantle on to Wayne Gretzky, as a league great comes up against the next big thing. However, many will be quick to point out that Thomas Lai still has many prime years ahead of him, while Faye-Rae Brooks would prefer to avoid comparisons and just be her own player. Either way, we can expect to see sparks fly as a win by Juice would push the Maniacs out of first place in the standings for the first time this season.
The primetime slot features yet another intriguing backstory as Argent Slaughter hosts The E-lemon-ators. Love will take a backseat to competition in this one as Troy Woods and Dan Desrosiers find themselves on opposite sides of the game sheet. Vivek Maharajh has asked that we wish his girlfriend, Selena Leung, the best of luck in this friendly match as it’s widely understood she’ll need it. With only one win and one tie for each of these clubs thus far and 2 points up for grabs on the night, there’s no shortage of incentive in this headliner.
We kick off month #2 of the 2017 GWLMISL season with two formerly underestimated squads that surely must be taken seriously. Chairman Lee’s Team is riding a two-game win streak while The E-Lemon-ators are coming off a Week #3 win and a hotly-contested last-minute heartbreaker in Week #4 vs. powerhouse Hulk-a-maniacs. Will the team of the motherland manufacture the season’s second-longest win-streak thus far? Will Captain Kirk and his enterprise force the Chairman to take a seat? Get to the Canlan facility early to witness this one live!
In the 6:10pm slot, Argent Slaughter faces off against the Hulk-a-maniacs in an all-out wrestling match. Hulk-a-maniacs will look to remain GWLMISL’s only undefeated team by launching their vaunted 3-pronged attack of Harun, Cathy, and Gaetan. Some may say that Argent’s play the last two weeks Reeks, but they will be entering the contest full of confidence as they celebrate the return of their missing Link, rookie scoring sensation Mitchell, which will see them field their first full team of the season.
Game #3 features two star-studded, slumping teams do battle as Make Angelo Grape Again and No Cream, No Sugar enter the game with only one win each after the first four weeks. The Grapes will be thrilled to welcome back star midfielder Kevin Tuyisenge after last week’s absence, but Sean Brokop’s equalling return to the Joe’s lineup could largely mitigate that effect. Can Team Purple snatch their first victory since week #1 and end their goaltending carousel, or will No Cream No Sugar dry out those raisins?
This week’s prime time game pits The Juice is Loose against the Aquaholics. The Aquaholics enter the game on a high knowing Juice’s top scorer, Salman Riyaz, will likely be playing the game injured after inevitably developing carpal tunnel over a game-day scouting report that has to cover a long list of Aquaholics offensive threats. Star scorer Mulinde M’Hango is mired in a 3-game scoring slump, the longest stretch of his illustrious career thus far. A breakout from this funk could put his team over the top. Meanwhile numerous Aqua players will be hoping that Mark Beyer’s bachelor party weekend provided them more team-bonding than long-term hangover. Juice can take comfort in the fact that their pair of Jeans knows denim works best in Blue. With a Vegas over/under of 12.5, this is one shootout you don’t want to miss… unless you’re rehydrating in your change room. That’s a reasonable trade-off.
The week kicked off as Brian “Boom-Sakalaka” and his squad hosted the only undefeated team remaining, determined to make them suck a lemon. A valiant team effort and another pair of points from team bulldog Selena “Lil’ Engine” Leung kept the game at a deadlock with minutes to go, but a late goal courtesy of upstart rookie Gaetan “I ain’t no Infant”-Ino, his 3rd of the night, kept the Hulk-a-maniacs in smash mode for yet another week. Rookie Christopher Hurlbert celebrated his first of what is sure to be many professional goals.
The following match featured two teams headed in different directions. Captain Filly Frenetic and his band of juicers entered this game looking to avenge their first loss of the season. Stephanie Fraser’s team of bruisers looked to resume the pounding they served in week 3, where they snatched their first win while sextupling their season’s goal totals. Deflated by the absence of fellow captain Kyle Kusiak and a pair of key players, they were served a dark roast by Salman’s 7-point hat-trick night, which featured a beautifully manufactured set-up by team play-maker Derrick Malis. Rumour has it No Cream, No Sugar’s star goaltender Alex Anspikian demanded a trade to the Colorado Avalanche as his captains refused to pull him after the score got out of hand. He later retracted the demand, persuaded by a refreshing glass of cold milk. Doesn’t get any better than that.
Our third match featured the Aquaholics, looking to rekindle their winning ways after a loss in week 3 as they faced off against soccer statistician Chris Gesell and friends. The Argents looked to avenge their own Slaughter from the prior week and kept it close, but could not pull through. While rookie Lukas Bohun silenced critics with both his first career goal and ensuing celebration, and on-field leader Andy Kenyon potted his second straight 2-goal week, it was not enough to contain the high-flying offense of “The Water Drinkers”, led by another 3 points from ring-leader Mike Siwicki and a pair of points from rookie Marcus Daterra. This match served as a major silencer in the Siwicki vs. Vivek points bet as the head-to-head matchup significantly tilted in one direction. Can a long weekend of golfing and drinking slow the cat-whisperer down? Only time will tell.
The prime-time slot featured a tale of two fates as Angelo’s early season favorites looked to pick up the lost pieces over the past few weeks, coming up against a red-hot squad of veterans who have not lost a step. It would be a tall task as Purple’s bench was significantly shortened by absences and the crippling news that Kevin Tuyisenge suffered a freak dancing accident in a prior game. Partners in crime Brendan Hargrave and Adam Conci seized the opportunity by each setting up 2 tallys while rookie Udoka Umeh gracefully sliced his way to his 3rd goal of the season. This was enough to stave off the pair of points each put up by Andreas Bergen and Rose Bohemier as their team is now scrambling to figure out how to make themselves Grape again.
Week 5 features a whole set of exciting matchups. Stay tuned as next week marks the grand return of weekly PREVIEWS!
Worried they unleashed their secret weapon too early Hulk-a-maniacs captain Cathy Duong has been letting the rest her team score so that she can save all her goals for the playoffs. In the vacuum of skill, Harun Kibirge decided to put his team on his back and lead the charge with a hat trick to take him over the 50+ goal threshold.
The E-lemon-aters getting their first win with a trouncing of Make Angelo Grape Again. Also with an award Selena Leung passed the 50+ point with a hat trick of her own. Not to be outdone by his own teammate Brian Sakala also scraped together a hat trick to add to his 50+ goal award.
Another team finding their first win, No Cream, No Sugar defeated Argent Slaughter. No Cream, No Sugar found their mojo and managed to defeat last year’s winning captains Casey and Chris, despite strategic heckling by Argent’s own Bridget O’Leary.
And with the showcase game on the line, Chairman Lee’s Team held The Juice is Loose off with an amazing game of solid defense. Substitute keeper Dan Nichols rose to the occasion and made several spectacular saves to keep current league leading scorer Salman Riyaz to his fewest goals in a game this season!
This week’s matchups are as follows:
5:10: Hulk-a-maniacs FC vs. The E-lemon-aters
6:10: No Cream, No Sugar vs. The Juice is Loose
7:10: Argent Slaughter vs. The Aquaholics
8:10: Chairman Lee’s Team vs. Make Angelo Grape Again
Jorden Brooks and Steve Moore played in their 100th GWLMISL games last week.
Andreas Bergen, Mark Tomiak and Brendan Hargrave passed the 50 point mark between the last game and playoffs of last year.
The first game of the night sees both The Juice is Loose and Make Angelo Grape Again coming off wins last week. If you want to see Sal score more than two goals in one game, stick around and watch him play at 10:10pm, along with several other GWLMISL players for their final game of the winter season.
Argent Slaughter and Chairman Lee's Team of the People are eager to mark their first win of the season. Chairman Lee's Team is relieved they aren’t playing against powerhouse forward Cathy Duong again this week. Argent Slaughter strategist Chris Gesell has been reviewing tape and optimizing his teams formation in hopes of finding perfection. Let’s see if all that number crunching pays off.
Aquaholics rookie goalie Andrew MacKay is looking for another shutout to start a commanding season between the poles. Let’s see if The E-lemon-aters can squeeze out a couple goals and convert the Aquaholics to a tastier drink.
Scoring leader, Cathy is projected to put up a total of 48 goals in the season if she leads Hulk-a-manicas FC to the championship game! This would tie the all-time record for scoring in a season! Players will be scrambling to keep up with her dominant playing style and relentless scoring pace. Except Mike Siwicki who also had a hat trick last week... but who’s paying attention to him anyway.
Anticipation continues to build for the first night of games. Teams are ready and roaring to get on the pitch!
In the league opener we have No Cream, No Sugar (Black) looking to defeat the Aquaholics (Blue). Double trouble Anspikians are looking to take their first win together, while Aquaholics are already looking forward to the post game party!
In Game 2, The E-lemon-ators (Yellow) take on The Juice is Loose (Orange) for a citrus induced match. Will new captains Jean and Brianne sweeten the deal with their first win and create sour losers of seasoned captain Brooke and her new captain Kirk? We'll see it on the pitch(er)!
Game 3 sees Chairman Lee's Team of The People (Red) against Hulk-a-maniacs FC (Green). Will first retiree in league history, Patti, hulk smash her way to the top?
And in this week's main event, Make Angelo Grape Again (Purple) will be taking on Argent Slaughter (Grey). A preseason favorite, team Purple has a lot to prove or is all this “greatest team on paper” Fake News?
*In the event a player is injured and will not be able to play for more than 3 weeks a substitution player must be added to the roster for the injured player.
§-This is due to the high demand of the league in 2017 and the competitive advantage that may result in having fewer players.
§-Captains are expected to notify the conveners if a player has been injured on their team.
§-When an injured player is to be substituted, the captains of the injured player may put forth a suggested replacement or request a list of available wait list players from the league conveners.
§-Once a candidate has been selected, the conveners will ask all the league captain pairings to vote if the candidate is an appropriate substitution for the injured player.
§-Conveners will supply the captains with the 2 players drafted before and 2 players drafted after the injured player to be used as reference for the substitution candidate.
§-This process will repeat until a majority vote is decided by the captain pairings.
§-Ties will be settled by the conveners who have not already voted as a captain.
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Hello soccer players! Many of you have asked and are very curious about the captain pairings for this year, so here they are (in no particular order):
Alyssa Vergata and Mike Siwicki
Brianne Labossiere and Jean Fillion
Brooke Wilde and Kirk Vandersteen
Casey Berthon and Chris Gesell
Cathy Duong and Scott Van Hellemond
Melissa Kernaghan and Angelo Phills
Stephanie Fraser and Kyle Kusiak
Stephanie Sanford and Andrew Lee
The big draft and rookie game is coming up on Tuesday, March 21st at 5:10pm. Anyone is welcome to come watch!
Make sure to come to the kickoff meeting in the Conference Centre on March 22nd to meet your new team!