Div 3 [VMSL Div 3] Predictions, Results & Banter 2017/2018

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  1. RickG

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    Bowen 0, Strathcona 0
    Ugly, physical game, where our two main central mids weren't able to come and we had to improvise at the last minute, and gave up a LOT of possession as a result. Still, we man marked their key playmaker and he got frustrated very quickly. Their guy and our guy were doing a lot of pushing and shoving throughout, and our player got a yellow for pushing after the whistle around the 10 minute mark. At 30 minutes they both got yellows and we had to go down to 10 guys. Strathcona were pretty much all over us after that for much of the game.
    Second half we settled down a bit and started to generate a few attacks but the game kept getting chippier and chippier. Their playmaker got his second yellow and was sent off with about 10 minutes to go. As the game ended they seemed really pissed with the draw because of the huge advantage it gives Westside in the title race.
    Honestly, for the most part these guys are a complete bag of dicks. For example their keeper overtly cleated one of our players near the end of the match when the ref wasn't looking. They are a solid team technically and don't need to play this way, so I'm not sure what the aggro is all about. Having said that, while they are more physical and defend better than Westside, I now think they are not as fast or as dangerous overall. And Westside is successful without having to be jerks about it.
    So Trece, fyi their key playmaker (6) is suspended for your game, which should help. They are strong overall but that will weaken them a bit . Go Celtic!
     
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    LOL - thanks for softening them up for us. Go Boners! (still can't say that with a straight face, though...)
     
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    West Coast Saints can tie up the Div. 3B title with a win this weekend over Campo B. In 3A Westside burned their cushion at the top with a 2-0 loss to Lobbans last weekend and now sit on 39 points, just one above second place Strathcona who moved to 38 after a 4-0 against VAFC. If Lobbans were to win their games in hand, they too would sit on 38 points and they will play Strathcona this Friday while Westside sit idle on their bye week. You have to think the loser of that one will likely be out of promotion contention with so few games remaining.

    Greencaps B took control of 3C with a massive 3-2 win over promotion rivals Richmond Olympics. They can move within one win of promotion with a win this week over a North Delta team who are winless in four and have fallen off the map after once being right in the promotion race. Interestingly, Greencaps won their first game of the season over White Eagles B via forfeit due to the Burnaby outfit's use of an ineligible player. Presumably the score line in the match was either a draw or a win for White Eagles and instead Greencaps were credited with the win and White Eagles were docked an additional three points. If White Eagles had won that game fair and square, both them and Greencaps would be tied on 39 points and battling it out over these last few games. And who says games in September don't matter?
     
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    In 3A, statement win for Strathcona over Lobbans. The loss pretty much puts Lobbans outside of the promotion race. Westside can't afford anything less than 3 wins from their remaining 3 matches if they want to keep the pressure on Strathcona.

    Was nice to finally get a W after a tough streak against the top 3 teams over the past 4 matches for us in South Delta. Also got a couple players back which helped the cause in the 3-0 win over Celtic. Celtic was decent but didn't produce much. They had a decent opportunity in the first half that would've tied it up at 1's. No real danger after that. Celtic completely lost their composure in the final 5 minutes after a bad tackle from behind on our striker who was in clean on a breakaway. Straight red shown, no question there. Their bench completely lost it somehow believing only a yellow was warranted, ref had heard enough and flashed the red to one of their vocal guys on the bench, well earned.

    Tough cup match against Siaron up next. I expect a close game, perhaps we'll see some PKs. Anyone have intel?
     
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    Soccer Mom, I wasn't there due to a commitment with our masters' team, so anything I know is secondhand, but what I was told was that there were some pretty atrocious refereeing decisions made during the game, and that was allegedly the last straw that set our coach off after the red shown our centre back. I know our numbers were short due to too many guys who don't understand the link between geography and needing to travel to get to away games, so I can understand the anemic attack. Too bad for us.

    Siaron were a masters' team that got younger and reinvented themselves. They have had relatively good results over the season. Sorry, that's all I have.
     
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    There were some questionable calls/no calls for sure. But it went both ways. We were upset about some things we thought were wrong as well, as is typical in any match - and typically more so when you're on the losing end of a match. You didn't lose because of the ref, we were already up 2-0 and dominating. To say 'that was the last straw' when the call was clearly the correct one, I think speaks to your teams attitude toward the referee in general that night. It was your backline that got beat and your centre back had to haul our striker down from behind who was in on a clear breakaway, denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. It's in the law book, it's a straight red. Our striker finished with a hat trick by the way.

    Every time you guys got touched, or were tackled there were Athletic FC players calling at the ref trying to draw a free kick. I recall a similar attitude when we played you at Andy Livingston. It was one of the worst displays of sportsmanship I've seen all season to be honest. I told that to your striker near the end of the game and all he could do was smile at me in agreement. Anyways, good luck the rest of the way and cheers for the intel on Siaron.
     
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    We wrapped up Div 3C last night with a win meaning the race is now on between Richmond and Celts to finish 2nd and hopefully nick the 2nd best runner up spot and promotion. A great season for us but also by all the teams in 3C, we were made to work each game and pushed all the way by the teams behind us.
     
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    Congrats sir!!
     
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    Indeed congratulations to Greencaps B, from 3C, who are the first team to confirm their promotion to Division 2. West Coast Saints can join them as they will be champions of 3B if they are able to pick up just one more point from either of their two remaining games, or if GFC Lions drop a point anywhere along the way. Worst case scenario, Saints are guaranteed at least a playoff to go up if they lose out and GFC win out. In 3A it is looking like it will go right down to the wire as Westside jumped back to the top of the pile, beating America 4-2 this weekend in their game in hand over Strathcona who were occupied in the cup.

    With the games dwindling down we are now finally able to get a lay of the land as it pertains to the race for the bonus promotion spot. It is essentially a 3 team race between the Westside/Strathcona runner up, Richmond Olympics and West Coast Celts; though the West Coast Saints/GFC Lions runner up and Burnaby Selects White Eagles B are still mathematically alive.

    Because not all the divisions will play the same number of games, due to Akal's dropping out of 3B, the tie breaker is set to be Points Per Game. However, this would only come into play for the GFC/West Coast Saints runner up. The maximum number of points they could earn would be 40 from 19 games, for a PPG of 2.11. If you don't like math though, don't worry, because as long as one of the teams in the other two groups gets to 43 points, everything will be straight forward. 43 points from 20 games is a PPG of 2.15, and, with three teams already on 41 points, chances are at least one of them will win another game. Therefore, likely, we can just look for the second place team with the highest point total!

    The contenders are:

    Strathcona* - 3A - 41pts - 2GR
    Richmond - 3C - 41pts - 2GR
    West Coast Celts - 3C - 41pts - 2GR
    Burnaby Selects - 3C - 37pts - 2GR

    *Still a chance to win 3A title
     
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    Strathcona are much stronger physically than Westside, and defend better as a team, although, I'll reiterate my earlier comment that Westside's attack was slightly more effective than Strathcona's when we have faced them. Unless they completely choke, Westside should be able to hang on and win the division, but, even if so, I won't be surprised to see Strathcona win the second place play down and move up too. Overall, they are the better balanced team (even if I think they have too many jerks in the side).

    As for Bowen, we lost a close one to Bombastic B, 0-1 a few weeks back. None of our regular starters showed up, and we had to scramble to scrape together a team of guys who haven't played much this year. It ended up as a good game for those guys, who got in a full 90, kept it close, and had a few decent chances, but a revitalized Bombastic side were a bit too much on the day.

    Next match, round one of the Div. 2 Cup, with many of our regulars back and even a couple of subs, was a 3-1 Cup win over Vancity. Despite the win it was a sloppy game for Boner's and Vancity deserve credit for pushing hard and playing a clean but spirited match.

    This past Saturday we were able to field a team with almost all of our best players, to face a really determined, well coached, and well organized Lobbans side, fresh off an impressive cup win over a Div. 2 side.

    With only 11 guys, again, we abandoned pressing in the first half, sitting back, trying to absorb the Lobbans pressure and then hit them on the counter. It worked better than we could have imagined and the island lads scored 3 unanswered goals. We had a little luck, but it was also the team's most determined and balanced effort this season. Hopefully we can build on the momentum for the upcoming cup game against Royal City,
     
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