8:30 a.m., Jan. 2)
U13 Cobra girls get nod for Team of the Year
By Fred Sherwin
year’s selection for Team of the Year was extremely close
with two deserving teams in the running for the title.
Cumberland Panthers Junior Varsity football team started
the Ontario Provincial Football League season with three
losses in their first four games before they managed to
reel off seven straight wins, including a last minute
27-24 victory over the Essex Ravens in the OPFL championship
as impressive as the Panthers’ season was, the Cumberland
Cobras U13 Academy girls soccer team pulled off a feat
so rare that it might never be repeated. In the span of
five days in September the Academy team won the U13 Ontario
Cup, clinched the U14 ERSL League Championship playing
up an age group and captured the U14 ERSL Cup.
Cumberland Cobras U13 Academy Girls team has
been selected as Team of the Yeat for 2017
after winning the U13 Ontario Cup, along with
the U14 ERSL Cup and League Championship.
Ontario Cup win was a rare enough feat on its own in light
of the fact that it had only been done by an Ottawa area
team once before.
five-day run started with a 2-0 win over Ottawa St. Anthony
which enabled them to win the ERSL League championship
by one point over the Kingston Clippers.
girls had just two days to rest before traveling to Vaughan
to take on the Oshawa Kicks in the U13 Ontario Cup final.
into the championship game the Cobras had scored 17 times
in their four previous tournament games without giving
up a single goal. They drew first blood against the Kicks
on a penalty in the 28th minute that was awarded as a
result of a hand-ball call in the Kicks’ penalty area.
job of converting the penalty kick was given to Vanessa
Wynn who coolly deposited the ball into the back of the
Cobras’ lead held up until early in the second half when
Katharine Stewart broke Cumberland’s shutout streak on
a great individual effort. The deadlock didn’t last long,
however, thanks to the efforts of Cobras’ striker Riley
Bonadie who took the ball down the wing before cutting
back inside and burying a shot into the back of the Kicks’
would add an insurance marker later in the half on a pass
from Flavie Dubé.
two titles already under their belts, the Cobras completed
the championship trilogy on Sept. 18 with a 4-1 win over
the Nepean Hotspurs to claim the U14 ERSL Cup on goals
by Bondie, Boyle, Rachel Vermaire and Yasmine Ndakashami-Lange.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)