By wins Tier 1 championship after Louis Riel's season scuttled
By Fred Sherwin
Colonel By captain Alex Dragan holds on to the championship trophy after the Cougars
defeated the Glebe Gryphons 2-1 in the senior girls Tier 1 championship on Thursday.
Colonel By Cougars senior girls soccer team is heading to the OFSAA provincial
championships after a dramtic turn of events in which the Louis Riel Rebelles
were forced to forfeit their season due to an administration error.
his team defeated the Cougars in the semi-finals on Tuesday, Rebelles head coach
Joé Fournier was filling out some papers when he noticed that he had forgot to
include one of his players on the team roster which was submitted to the National
Capital Secondary School Athletic Association at the beginning of the season.
than hope his mistake would go unoticed, Fournier owned up to the error and brought
it to the NCSSAA attention thinking that would sanction him rather thsn the team.
The player in question played on the team last year and was otherwise eligible
to play this year which she did in all eight of the Rebelles wins.
NCSSAA rules are clear in such circumstances, however, only those players who
are listed on the pre-season roster are eleigible to play. As a result, Louis
Riel had to forfeit all of their games including the semi-final which doubled
as the play-in game for the OFSAA AAA championships because Glebe is a Quad-A
ruling was made early Thursday morning leaving Fournier having to break the news
to his players.
was very difficult. I thought I would be sanctioned as the adult who made the
mistake and not the girls who had nothing to do with it. Obviously they were very
disappointed," says Fournier.
Fournier was informing his players that their season had come to a premature end,
Cougars head coach Pat Lacasse had called an emergency team meeting to tell his
players that they had been given a second chance.
of the girls had their uniforms so some of them had to go home to get them,' said
been givien a new life, the Cougars made the most of the opportunity, downing
the Gryphons 2-1 on goals by team captain Alex Dragan and Anna Gilliat. Emily
Copeland-Dinan scored the lone marker for Glebe.
the game, Dragan tried to put the day's events into words.
was a total shock for the whole team, but then we were really excited," said
Dragan after joining in a team picture with the city championship trophy. "We
already knew we were going to the AAA championship so we just wanted to be relaxed
and have fun."
Cougars are going back to the provincial championships for the first time since
2009 when thwy lost in the quarterfinals to Louis Riel who won the AAA title that
Members of the Colonel By Cougars pose for a team picture after winning the NCSSAA
AAA/AAAA championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo|
7:30 a.m., March 27)
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