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Vince Greco

The weekend is approaching and all four major Cups of the VISL are into their respective semifinals at this point.

Our biggest and longest standing Cup – since 1915 – the Sir John Jackson Cup has these two semifinals:

Cowichan D1
Saturday, Mar 10, 7 PM Sherman Road
Gorge D1
Vic West D1
Saturday, Mar 10, 6:30 PM Uvic #3
Lakehill D1

The home team (top team in bracket) would appear to be the favourite, but both games could clearly go either way.

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Our next longest-standing Cup is the George Pearkes Challenge Cup since 1984. The Cup has these two semi’s:

SFFC Bandits 3B
Saturday, March 10, 6 PM Tyndall Turf
PL Kal Tire 3A
Hellas 3B
Friday, March 9, 7:15 PM Westhills Stadium
Gorge Us-Guys 3A

SF and Gorge would appear to be the favourites and it will take strong performances from the lower seeded teams to knock off the two big boys.

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Our Cup for the U-21 Division (started in 2001) is the George Smith Cup, and here are those two semifinals:

Prospect Lake Lakers
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 PM Layritz Turf
Cowichan
Juan de Fuca
Friday, March 9,  7:15 Royal Bay Turf
Vic West

This year’s draw was very top-heavy, add in that Vic West had a bye over the other teams – should be an interesting weekend.

Cowichan will be missing one of the top players, = Prospect Lake looking good to face a bottom two teams in the final after knocking off division champ Mid Isle last round.

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And finally, our Masters Cup which is a memorial Cup named a longtime VISL member; the Tony Grover Cup.

It was first competed for in the year 2000. Here are those two semifinals:

Gorge A
Sat., March 10 6:00 PM Hampton Park
Vic West B
CB Bobcats B
Saturday, Mar 10 6:00 PM Lochside Turf
Cowichan 49ers A

While it is expected that both A teams will make it through to the Final, the 2 B teams that are playing could pull off an upset on the day.

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This is what six-plus months of local soccer can get you – an opportunity to play in the Cup finals on the March 24-25 weekend.

Local bragging rights as well as a chance to compete in a Province-wide tournament in April and May also come into play.

Our 2,000 members are working towards this goal, thank you for the support in the respective communities.

Thanks for supporting local soccer, see you at the park.