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Impressive first season for Clarenville Clash U10 soccer team

Members of the team are, front row (left to right): Joshua Butt, Finley Newbury, Parker Emberley, Cole Holloway, and Henry Spurrell; and back row: manager Nancy Lynch, Merk Norris, Anam o’Keefe, Gavin Baggs , Isaac Harnum, Ava Gaulton, Ava Oliger , Noah Hemeon, John Lynch, Joshua Wilcox and coach Earle Pike.
Members of the team are, front row (left to right): Joshua Butt, Finley Newbury, Parker Emberley, Cole Holloway, and Henry Spurrell; and back row: manager Nancy Lynch, Merk Norris, Anam o’Keefe, Gavin Baggs , Isaac Harnum, Ava Gaulton, Ava Oliger , Noah Hemeon, John Lynch, Joshua Wilcox and coach Earle Pike. - Contributed

Team scores several wins at summer competitions

Some of the action from the U10 provincials in Corner Brook.
Some of the action from the U10 provincials in Corner Brook.

CLARNVILLE, N.L.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

CANADA

Earl Pike says when Nancy Lynch first approached him in May on the idea of starting an U10 soccer team, he was a bit skeptical.

“I didn’t think there was enough kids to resurrect it … I was kind of skeptical,” admits Pike. He says there had been competitive team several years ago but it disbanded after losing several core members.

Pike was delighted when they rounded up 15 players, enough to form a team.

“They have been so committed all summer,” he says.

Pike coaches the team, while Lynch handles administrative and organizational tasks.

The team went to their first competition — the U10 mega Provincials in Corner Brook — the July 27 weekend; only about a month after their first practice.

They won all four of their games.

“I was very impressed by that. There’s a skilled bunch of kids,” said Pike.

“A lot of times, at that age, they’re just going after the ball… but these kids are thinking soccer. They’re thinking defensively and offensively. I was really impressed by that, how they picked all that up. That’s something you usually don’t get until probably U14, the concept of positional play.”

The team competed again at the BPSA mini tournament in Marystown Aug. 13, going 3-0 against Burin, St. Lawrence and Marsytown.

Pike says many of the boys have been teammates in hockey over the years, and already have a strong bond. He often finds himself using hockey analogies to drive points home.

He says he plans to keep the momentum going during the fall and winter with indoor practices (around hockey and volleyball schedules of course).

“If there’s kids here that love soccer, I’m gonna try to help them as much as possible to develop the love of the game that I have,” he concludes, noting the parents have also been dedicated to the team and are a huge part of its success.

Next summer, many of the current players will qualify for U12, and Pike hopes a second coach might step forward to help out.

Mark.squibb@thepacket.ca

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