The stars were shining on SWU last night in Calgary minor soccer
By April Cruz
Quite literally, during the last twenty minutes of Calgary minor soccer play, the stars were shining over SWU 98, as well the Blizzard Saints for their late game last night at Cedeabrae field.
The sun seems to be setting a little earlier and faster these days. Suitable reminder that the Calgary minor soccer’s summer league is coming to an end this week.
This under 14 boys Tier 1 game was an intense one with a lot of action on both sides. The teams were even matched in pace and technical ability. In the end, it was solid finishing on SWU’s part that wrapped their season with a win.
SWU won the match 2 – nil.
The SWU 98 coach, Goran Buconjic was happy to wrap the league on a high note.
“For the boys, now it’s time to be boys, enough soccer. It’s important for the kids, in my opinion, to get away from the game. We go almost a full year in Tier 1, so when they get an opportunity to be kids, they should take advantage of that. A little reset so they come back nice and hungry. Then it’s easier to coach them,” Buconjic added laughing.
The Saints fought tirelessly and kept SWU working to penetrate their defence. From the sidelines, it was hard to deny the amount of speed and constant running that was happening on the field. Black and red jerseys in constant motion.
As well from the sidelines, a player’s parent who voiced their unflattering opinions of the referee’s calls one too many times. The game was interrupted from the referee stopping play to ask the person to leave.
It’s not something witnessed at every soccer game, but it does happen.
Blizzard Saints coach, Hani Tabsh, theorizes that a challenge the U14 league at the Tier 1 level faces when it comes to linesmen and referees, may be a factor for these kinds of outbursts.
“The league itself doesn’t have three referees like the game should. If you’re in a league that’s going to National competitions, you would expect that you would have the resources. It’s an easy fix, with a little bit more resources,” said Tabsh. “It’s unfortunate at this level that you can’t get the full referring contingent.”
The presence of three official referees in a game, versus one referee and volunteering linesmen, would make it less likely to see parents behave this way according to Tabsh.
“It’s (unlikely and) difficult to argue a call when you have officials who are trained and recognized,” he said.
“There’s still no place for that behaviour. These parents are setting examples, they’re role models for the kids who are there, rather they’re your kid or not, doesn’t make a difference,” Tabsh added.
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