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Soccer Teams Display Talent at Home Tournament

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Swan Valley Youth Soccer (SVYS) wrapped up their season last weekend (June 22 and 23) as the U11 and U15 squads took to the field to compete in the home tournament.
U11
On Saturday (June 22) five teams took to the field to compete for the U11 soccer trophy – Swan River Blue, Swan River Red, Swan River Yellow, Dauphin and Winnipegosis.
In the round-robin Dauphin was able to go 4-0, Swan River Blue went 3-1, Swan River Red and Winnipegosis each went 1-1-2 and Swan River Yellow walked away 0-4.
In the final, Dauphin was able to defeat Swan River Blue with a final score of 5-2 – taking home the trophy. In the bronze match-up, Swan River Red defeated Winnipegosis 2-1 with extra time needed.
“The tournament went smoothly,” said SVYS Board Member Cory Grandfield. “Dauphin brought only one team so they had a strong squad. The Swan River Blue team gave them a good test and got close at 3-2 but it didn’t last long. Dauphin replied with a quick goal shortly after to restore the lead back to two.”
U15
On Sunday (June 23) four teams competed for the U15 Championship – Dauphin, Swan River Blue, Swan River Orange and Swan River Red.
In the round-robin Dauphin was able to go 3-0, Swan River Blue went 2-1, Swan River Orange went 1-2 and Swan River Red walked away 0-3.
Dauphin was again declared the winners after defeating all three Swan River teams.
“Dauphin is a solid squad,” said Grandfield. “They play their positions well and have one dominant player that finished off a number of plays to capture the title.”
For the development of all players, the SVYS chose to field three teams for the tournament instead of combining into one dominant one.
“That means more playing time for all players,” said Grandfield. “In the end the only way to improve is to play in game situations.”
Season Look
With 251 registered players this season, the SVYS brought in the largest number of youth participants in recent history.
“Needless to say soccer is alive and well in the Valley,” said Grandfield. “I think there are a few reasons for that. It is relatively inexpensive compared to others, there’s no fundraising and most games are at Rotary Field in town. It’s also a team game that has a role for each player.”
Twenty-nine coaches dedicated their time volunteering to teach these players a love of the game stemming from their own childhoods of play.
“It was great to see,” said Grandfield. “The season simply doesn’t operate without them.”
Now that cleats are being hung up until next year, the SVYS Board is meeting today (June 25) to wrap up loose ends and discuss plans to keep the momentum of the game building.
“If anyone has suggestions the board is definitely willing to listen,” said Grandfield. “We had an email earlier in the year inquiring about practice times and that change will be implemented next season.”
The board is also looking into player shelters and some new balls for future seasons.
“In terms of development, we have approached the Manitoba Soccer Association to conduct local coaching and officiating clinics next spring,” said Grandfield.
These clinics are looking to possibly be held in April, however, confirmed dates will be made available once the details are finalized.

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Jakki Lumax
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