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(Posted 1:30 p.m., March 21)
Young soccer team raising money for trip of a lifetime

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A group of 15 young soccer players from the east end are hoping to raise a few dollars this weekend for a once in a lifetime trip to an international tournament in San Marino.

The team is holding a sphagetti dinner and silent aution in the gymnasium at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School this Saturday night. Besides the speghetti dinner there will also be a cah bar for the adults and entertainment provided by a hypnotist.

The group of 15-year-old girls consists of players from the Cumberland Cobras' Division 1, Premier and Regional teams with parent Tuck Davies maning the sidelines.

The girls had originally hoped to go to Cancura's native Czech Republic but when those plans fell through last summer, a parent found information about the San Marino Cup on the Internet.

The tournament will bring together teams from all around the world, including two other U-16 squads from Canada. Fifteen-year-old team captain Vaness Lobban is understandably excited about the trip.

"It's defnntely gping to be one of the best trips of my life, and the fact that we'll get to play soccer too, a sport that I've been so passionate about for the past 11 years, it's going to be that much better," says Lobban.

The tournament is being held from July 4-16, which is in the middle of the competitive season here in Ottawa. Vanessa's father, Ian Lobban says the team has a sufficient mix of players from all three of the Cobras' competitive U16 teams that it shouldn't leave any of them overly depleted.

"I think at the most we have four players from one the teams, and we'll only be gone for 12 days so they'll miss maybe two games," says Lobban, who believes the opportunity for the players to develop their soccer skills at the international level should be taken into consideration. "This is an amazing opportunity for these girls which should stay with them for years to come."

There are still about 30 tickets left for the spagetti dinner at $20 each. They can be purchased at the doors which open at 6 p.m.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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