Somewhat predictably Guildford forfeit to Metro Ford last night. That means Coquitlam need just a point from anyone of there three remaining games to clinch the final berth in BCs at Inter's expense (assuming Inter get all six points from their final two matches).
Massive tilt tonight between Rino's and West Van with the loser's title hopes being extinguished. Both sides will then play on Saturday with the MOTW being Rino's against Croatia, meaning that CCB, who do not play until Tuesday, will most likely either be in a position to clinch against Peg or in a must win scenario. CCB will play their final match the following Friday.
Croatia were fired up for this one and came out buzzing. Unfortunately it did not lead to much except for a handful of niggling fouls and arguments with the referee crew. The game was played at a good tempo and was entertaining, but the first half resulted in only a few half chances each way and some yellow cards for both teams.
Second half continued at the same pace and Croatia finally had the first real chance of the match, ringing a free kick off the crossbar from a tough angle. The Europeans began to tilt the possession and territorial numbers but that suited Rino's just fine as they looked very dangerous on the counter. It was a counter attack that earned them corner from which they should have opened the scoring, but somehow they managed to put the ball over the net from inside six yards. As the game wore on the occasion seemed to get the best of things with both teams, clearly knowing the importance of this game, tightening up. It was looking more and more like a case of first goal wins, but despite some nervy moments in defense at either end, it did not feel like that decisive goal was coming. However, as the clock hit 90 Croatia had one last guilt edged chance. Rino's scrambled it away for a corner, but after a few bites at it, they could not clear the ensuing corner kick and Croatia banged it home for the most dramatic of winners. The pressure now shifts to CCB who will need a pair of wins in their final two matches to win the title at Croatia's expense!
Hearing rumours that Guildford have put their Premier spot on the market. Of course that will likely irk Richmond who were relegated at their expense.
Asking price $9,000.
Division 1 bridesmaid's Burnaby Metro are of course interested, but not at that price.
Will be interesting to see if anyone bites at that dollar figure or if the asking price comes down. Alternatively, if there are no takers, will Guildford field a team next season or simply fold? Of course if the latter occurs then Burnaby Metro get the spot (per league rules re vacancies) and there would be an additional teams promoted below to fill the cascading openings which, by my math, would be whichever of Sierra/Serbia does not win 2B and BC Apna Tigers from 3B who have a PPG ratio of 2.45.
No word yet on whether Campo will be fielding a team for Division 1 next season.
It wouldn't make sense for Richmond to buy that spot, it would be a huge waste of money for them because they would get relegated the following year. It would be better for the club to spend time in Div.1 rebuild and come up to premier. I can see Burnaby buying that spot, they would be okay in premier if they pick up few premier caliber players otherwise they will also struggle.
Dont teams have till June or July to register for the league?