|2014 SYS Travel Teams|
|GU9||Ryan Flanagan||BU9||Jeff Iacobellis|
|GU10||John DeBoeck||BU10||Robert Kuno|
|GU11||Kevin Watts||BU11||Brent Powers|
|GU12||Andy Humphrey||BU12||Chris Gaylor|
|GU13||Paul Dias||BU13||Nick Martin|
|GU14||Dan Vito||BU14||Dave Cassone|
|GU16||Tom Charette||BU18||Frank Misuraca|
2013 SYS Travel Teams
|GU9||Jeff Elliott||BU9||Robert Kuno|
|GU10||Ross Snider||BU10||Brent Powers|
|GU11||Don Herlick||BU11||Chris Gaylor|
|GU12||Paul Dias||BU12||Nick Martin|
|GU13||Dan Vito||BU13||Dave Cassone|
|GU14||Ken Matthews||BU14||Marty Rop, Dan McPhee|
|GU15||Tom Charette||BU17||Frank Misuraca|
2012 Travel Teams Year in review
Stratford Strikers BU9
Brent Powers, Chris Gaylor, Rennie Duiker
The Stratford Perth Auto Dismantlers Stratford Strikers BU9 team enjoyed a very rewarding season in 2012. The young Strikers entered their first season in league play format and were entered into 3 tournaments over the season.
After a solid start the BU9 squad picked up momentum at their first tournament inWoodstockat the Walter Kirchner Memorial. After losing to the eventual tournament champions Hamilton Sparta in the first game, the team went on to finish round robin play 2 and 1 finishing second in their division. The Strikers faced off against their league rivals Kitchener Green in the quarterfinals and after much determination came up short in extra time and penalty kicks.
Next up for the Strikers was the Nor’West tournament where the Strikers had previous success at BU8. This trend continued on through the tournament round robin that saw the Strikers go undefeated through to the finals outscoring their opponents 22-0. Again the Strikers were pitted against another league rival; Waterloo United 1. The game was highly contested but the Strikers were denied at the final whistle, succumbing to their rivals by a score of 3-2.
The pinnacle of the season came at our own tournament the Festival Cup where the team would not be denied. The Strikers would persevere and defeat the Chatham Attack, Sarnia FC, Byron United on their way to the final, ending the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record and were crowned Champions after a dramatic 5-4 win over the Kitchener Spirit. The tournament championship goal, with minutes left came off of a corner kick head ball. Stingy defence, excellent ball movement, and teamwork were all evident over this weekend.
The team ended up with a season record (including exhibition, tournaments and league play) with 20 wins, 10 losses and 4 ties.
The coaching staff and parents were very proud of the team for their continued hard work and dedication throughout the season.
Stratford Strikers BU10
Chris Gaylor, Dave Cassone
This group of talented players had a great season on the pitch. Reaching the finals of theWoodstockand Stratford Tournaments was a great accomplishment. Although unsuccessful in the two tournament Championships Finals, the best was yet to come for the Strikers. In the SWRSL Cup Tournament, the team outscored the opposition 13-3 over 3 games in dominating fashion on route to the SWRSL BU10 First Division Cup Championship. It was a very rewarding and deserving end to the season. Thank you to all the players for a great season!
BU10 SWRSL Cup Champions 2012
Stratford Strikers GU17/18
Kira Miscura, Camilla Stepmiak
The U17/U18 L5 Girl’s team had a successful season finishing in 2nd place in league standings. The team placed 2nd in two tournaments we entered, one inStratfordwhich was a hard fight in the final game, and one inTrentonin which the final game was lost in penalty shots. Our striker, Emily Woodhouse, placed first in scoring leaders of the league, and our goalie Shay Misuraca tied for 2nd place in # of shutouts in the league.
Stratford Strikers BU17/18
Rick Medeiros, Patrick Mitchell
We had a great year overall highlighted by a league title. We also went into 2 tournaments this summer. We lost in the finals of the St. Thomastournament to a strong Goderich team. We entered an L3 tournament in Brantford. We had a great showing against some very skilled teams and barely missed making the semi-finals after losing to Kitchener.
Our leading scorer for the year was co-captain Jordan Huivenaar who led by example on and off the field.
Stratford Strikers Girls U14 L6
Kevin Patterson, Ken Matthews, Brian Blowes
Woodstock Tournament Finalists – June 2012
Stratford Strikers Girls U14 L5
Tom Charette, Randy Huitema
Oshawa Tournament Champs, May 2012
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins Championships” – Michael Jordan
The biggest accomplishment and winning factor the 2012 U14 L5 Girls had this season was working and playing together like a cohesive unit. Although we had a few “stars” on the team, no one player was more important than the others, with each girl adding their own specialty to the mix. How often can a soccer team claim that sixteen of their eighteen players scored at least one goal in the season? This team not only played the game together but they bonded as true friends over the course of the summer.
The team was built with girls who had the passion, grit and determination to win games. Four younger girls were added to the roster because they showed the talent and work ethic that set them apart from other same age girls. Their ability to play at the level they deserve helped the team step above their previous 4th and 5th place finishes. Despite facing backlash from classmates and parents…this team pulled together, put in the work and the results showed that. The girls recorded 24 wins, 5 losses and 5 ties over the course of the summer including tournament and league games. They finished first over all in League play with 12 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. Our keeper recorded an impressive 9 shutouts out of a possible 11 games that she tended goal in league play and 20 in total including tournaments. Our top striker was the scoring leader in the division notching 15 goals. Our team recorded 72 goals in total over the summer and only let in 15 including all games in league and tournament play.
We claimed Gold in our first Tournament of the year in Oshawa winning against teams ranked much higher in the L4 division. The Strikers came second in the Stratford Tournament losing only in the finals to a L4 team from Vaughn, a city with triple our population. The girls faced and won the semi-finals in the Cup Match against league rivals and last year’s winners,Waterloo. Despite being down by one goal, the girls never stopped trying and scored within 5 minutes of regulation time. After two 10 minute overtime halves still left scoreless, the teams went to shoot out with Stratford’s keeper once again proving her talent in stopping tough “on net” shots….and Stratford shooters making no mistake in finding the back of the net. The Girls faced off against Woolwich in the Cup finals and came up on the winning side capping off the perfect season with yet another victory.
The U14 L5 girls and their families also spent several “off field” social events together. This was made possible by two very passionate and dedicated coaches. Back yard BBQ’s, potluck lunches, tournament hotel stays, and one fun weekend at the cottage with the team solidified the team bonding that seemed to be the difference in making this year’s U14 L5 Strikers girls Champions.
This was the year of firsts for the 98 Strikers since their inception in 2007. They captured Gold in a tournament, they won the League title and they were Cup Champions, all things that they had never done before, thanks to excellent coaching, supportive parents and most importantly, to the determination of the girls and finally believing that they could make it happen!
Stratford Strikers Boys U13
Simon Aldridge, Dan McPhee, Marty Rops
The Stratford Strikers Boys U13 travel team had a great season. From the cool damp spring right through the sweltering heat of summer the team played well together.
As coaches we took a number of coaching courses early in spring. The main point that we wanted to take from that training was for long term player development as set out by Ontario Soccer. Our aim in coaching was to work with all the players to further them in not only their skills but how they handled themselves before, during and after a game. This was evident in the team not running the score up unnecessarily and being gentlemen in defeat.
We played in Level 6 in SWRSL. We played some new teams at that level and some established teams at L6. After a lot of hard work from all involved we finished in second place only to a very strong Cambridge side who were unbeaten in league play except for us handing them their only loss. We also finished with the L6 leading scorer.
All the boys were challenged in their skill level and all finished the season better all around players than when they started.
Stratford Strikers Boys U11
Nick Martin & Dave Nelson
Stratford Strikers Girls U9
Ross Snider, Natalie Miller and Tanyle Goforth
2012 was a year of transition for the coaches, players and parents of the GU 9 Stratford Strikers SMP travel team.
The focus of our team was not about wins, losses and personal statistics; it revolved around improving every individuals ball skill, team play and most importantly allowing the players to have fun. We tried very hard to follow the coaching guidelines set forth by OSA for “Long Term Player Development”. We allowed the girls to play games and provided activities at practices with injections of constructional coaching as learned at the “Learn to Train” coaching clinic. It proved to be a successful method as the girls skill and team play improved tremendously. We evaluated team progress game by game, comparing our play and effort over statistical results. The players skill and game knowledge was very noticeable in the second half of the season when we competed significantly better against more skilled clubs.
The highlight of the year was our advancement to the final game in the London Nor’West tournament. We had a tremendous result based on team effort, executing all the skills and game knowledge learned previously.
We are very proud of the girls who worked well together forming bonds with teammates they may never have had a chance to know if it was not for their interest in soccer. We will have complete success if all the players return to further their soccer skills and game knowledge in the 2013 season.