Calgary Minor Soccer exhibition game learning experience, fun
By Jessica Belbin
At the start of Sunday’s Calgary Minor Soccer game between the Wolves and Barcelona this reporter was a little confused by the difference in physical size between the teams.
Summer holidays are playing havoc with the Chinook Barcelona’s roster and Chinook coach Gary Yip decided to look within the club and pull up some younger players but from higher tiers.
This made the game more of an exhibition and a default in favour of the Wolves but both team coaches agreed it would make for a great game experience for the boys.
Coach Yip says, “In this case the strategy I worked out with the Blizzard’s coach was what we wanted to do was create a game experience for both teams and make it a learning experience as opposed to a game which would, let’s say, be perhaps one-sided.”
Barcelona had some exciting breakaways and shots on goal but to no avail. The crowd in the stands remained enthusiastic and coach Yip is happy with what they did.
“What I want to share with the boys is one, how I’m very proud of how they performed even as playing up two years of age. Secondly, what they need to do is we want to see them basically be patient, hold the ball more and help play buildup as a result of getting and creating support,” he said.
Wolves’ general manager Alan Rickwood is also pleased with the outcome.
“We had some super goals, both of our strikers scored two each and everybody got a lot of playing time, so a great game,” Rickwood said.
Looking forward to the rest of the Calgary Minor Soccer season Rickwood simply wants the kids to have fun.
“The whole point is to keep the kids exercised and just to enjoy the game for what it is, win or lose it doesn’t matter,” he said.
Wolves centre back player #18 Jacob agrees with Rickwood.
“I love the activeness of (soccer) and how hard you have to try and I love the feeling of winning as a team and knowing that you’re part of something that other people love and do with you,” said Jacob.
Chinook’s mid-field player #13 Alexandre was impressed by his younger teammates.
“There was a lot of good plays that were created by the call ups which was really amazing because they’re younger and they don’t have as much experience and they played really well, which was nice,” he said.
The Blizzard Wolves will walk away with three points because of the default. Schedules and standings can be found on the Calgary Minor Soccer Association’s website.
#8 Mohamed (2)
#10 Alexandru (2)