1:30 p.m., March 21)
soccer team raising money for trip of a lifetime
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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