I just logged in to the new take the piss. I know there are a few Valley players who check out this site, most like myself do more lurking than posting. I play for PoCo City Dominion. What team do you play for? Hopefully we'll get more valley players posting here this year.
Having played in both the VMSL and FVSL, I would say that if run properly today, the boys in the Valley would be able to compete equally with that of the Vancouver Lads.
Historically the Valley has spawned some great players and excellent teams. Equal or better to that of the Vancouver league.
The old Langley Bursatto(spelling) comes to mind.
After all, that is what the two leagues are trying to accomplish now. It is all about making the biggest, baddest, bastards in all the Land and the best teams anywhere come from both the VSML and FVSL. A more competive league with many, many more teams looks pretty good to me.
I am hoping the over 30's from the Valley cross paths with the Vancouver league more often this year. The two league are talking about it. We will be always ready to kick some VSML over 30 ass.
I've been a Lurker up until now, but I think it is great to have a forum for the FVSL. I'm in agreement with you on the quality of play in the FVSL. As a former VMSL player, I also held a low opinion towards the FVSL. I came back to the FVSL 3 seasons ago after I moved from New West to Cloverdale and started playing in div 1c (now known as div 3). Having played in the 1st, 2nd, and even 3rd div in VMSL, I thought FVSL 1c would be easier. Instead, I found the level quite competitive, and the caliber of players fairly decent- comparable to VMSL div 2. Over the past 10 years, the league has done a good job in bringing the quality up. I also think it helps that over the years there have been a lot of defectors from VMSL changing because they've moved out to the burbs.
I'm going to be passing on this website addy to the team, and encourage them to check out the FVSL thread. I was disappointed to see the FVSL Web forum get pulled, because it was sparking some great banter and very worthwhile discussion. It would be great to get something like that going again.