Senior Club Soccer Championship 2000
Rino's Westside "A" Soccer Club
|It's been four years since a BC team took home the Men's Amateur title
from the National Championships and the team that did it then is the
that will be trying again this year: Rino's Westside. The 99/00 season
saw Westside pull off a feat that's never been done in BC soccer. The win
over Metro Ford, last year's champions, in the Provincial Cup, meant that
Westside were not only Provincial Champions but also Imperial Cup Champions
and Vancouver Metro Soccer League PremierChampions. It was a treble that
had never been achieved before. Here's the squad :
Mike Wickens: Wicksy's always there with the Go Go Gadget extendable
arms snaring crosses that would sail over backboards. Mike Moorlag: Some
might call Moorlag a physical keeper. Others might say he's a linebacker
who was given the wrong directions to practice one day and ended up staying.
Nicky Alvarado: Intent on bucking the over 30 trend of Westside's
four, Nicky smoothness on the ball almost makes you forgive him for
owning the world's ugliest boots. Martin Best: Glasgow aggro wrapped in
versatility with sublime skill as an alibi. Knows more positions than Chasey
Lain. Gary Kern: Fancies himself a bit of a Kaiser. As per Westside tradition,
likes to play himself out of situations tighter than Stockwell Day's ass.
Mike Mosher: Spending his remaining years re-inventing himself as an elegant
player content to sling 40 yard balls onto particular blades of grass.
James Prescott: Most people are happy to win their share of 50-50s. Jammo
goes out of his way to turn 30-70s into 50-50s with speed and malevolence
and then win almost all of those as well. Gregor Young: Former legendary
leaper now petitioning Visa to make thinner credit cards so sideline hecklers
will stop cracks about inability to get over one when going for headers.
Boban Aleskic: Remember when people used to say the Yugos where
the Brazilians of Europe. This is why. The complete player. Cody Barker-Greene:
If Paul Scholes wasn't nearly as good as he is...he'd be a bit like Cody.
They're both Ginger midfielders, both get forward and score. Cody still
saves his best strikes for training though. Shawn Bobb: Probably has the
best goals per touch on the ball ratio in BC soccer history. Doesn't like
to waste time. Prefers to warm up with a couple of goals early on. John
Chou: Less than half the age of some on the team, JC's composure on the
ball belies his age. We just hope he leaves the Pokemon cards at home.
Steve Dickinson: Makes defenders very tired. Scary to see how much he keeps
improving after only deciding to take the game seriously a few years ago.
Markus Felderer: Looking to contribute more than his last shot at Nationals
when he got injured the first game and spent the remaining four days figuring
out how to work crutches without spilling his beer. Still fast, still wants
it. Colin Pettingale: Looking for proof that he's the locomotive that runs
the team? Watch for the occasional burst of steam that comes out his ears
when he doesn't get the ball after asking for it. Sees more cards than
a Hallmark employee.
Craig Chiasson: Can sniff a Golden Boot award and a Mr. Tube Steak
with equal acumen. Scores goals he has no right to and then exercises
his right to tell you about them for years to come. David Griffith: Doesn't
seem to matter....dreads, shaven or 'fro Griffy is lightning with and without
the ball. Currently keeping Dwight Yorke on his toes as Trinidad national
team coaches keep inviting him down for look-sees. Oliver Heald: Some defenders
are still spinning from being beaten by him months ago. Consummate lad.
Treats opponents like the cow's eye you dissected in Biology 11. Simon
Heald: Averages a goal a game and a practice per month. Not bad for a curler.