Old Boys' Soccer Club
Provincial Team 2013
(Back Row L - R ) Paul Bessery, Peter Colbey, Shannon Grant, Sean Penny, John Chilibeck, Carl Richardson, Dragan Lepir, Greg Seo, Stipo Filipovic, Nathan Langille
(Front Row L - R) Luis Rizo La Rosa, Jeff Hewitson, Mohammad Reza Pourrezo, Gary Weekes, Robert Morimanno, Mark Meihuizen, Alan Roy
(Missing) Martin Cowen, Antoine Charbachian, Greg Phillips, Mathurin Haloui, and Scott McCoy
The Fredericton Picaroons Old Boys, a 35-and-older squad won the Michael Dunn Cup in the four-team New Brunswick Masters soccer championship
on Sunday in Petit-Rocher, taking down the defending champion Saint John Mediterranean Masters 2-1 in penalty kicks. It’s the first time in
seven years a Fredericton team has taken home the title, and player/coach Alan Roy said the Old Boys’ depth is what carried them through.
“I think our strength was that we had a good roster of guys as far as our numbers go,” Roy said. “Saint John only had three subs, and in the
final game I noticed they had some injuries. We have a good diversity of players from, really, all across the world.” The Old Boys are a team
made up of 21 players from the Old Boys Soccer Club, which has more than 100 members. They tied their first two games — 3-3 tie against Saint
John and a scoreless draw against Campbelton — before beating Chaleur 1-0 to advance to the final. “There was a lot of pressure in the final,
there’s no doubt about it,” Roy said. “Guys work hard to prepare for this. Knowing Saint John had a good team and that they won it last year,
it’s nice to have Fredericton win it. It’s a long time overdue.” After some back-and-forth play with chaotic wind conditions, Mark Meihuizen
opened the scoring to put Fredericton up 1-0, but Saint John tied it up shortly after.
Both teams played two scoreless 10-minute overtimes before having to go to extra shooters in penalty kicks, at which point players were exhausted. “At that point, after 35-year-old guys playing a weekend of soccer, pace takes its toll. There’s no doubt about it, right?” Roy said. “So having a good group of subs made a big difference.” Sean Penny’s goal in the sixth round of shooters stood as the winner after Nathan Langille made a clutch save. The Old Boys are now off to the six-team Eastern Canadian Nationals to be held Sept. 26 to 29 in Quebec City. Quebec is seeded first, followed by Newfoundland and Labrabor, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick. Subway sponsored the Michael Dunn Cup and put up $400 as the winning prize. The money will go to help fund the trip to Quebec City. It will be Roy’s first time to Nationals, and he’s not going into it saying how it’s going to be a learning experience; they’re there to win. If you recognize some of these players it is because most have spent a lot of time coaching within the FDSA.
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