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Western Halifax FC win second-straight Nova Scotia provincial title

Posted on 23 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Western Halifax FC 2:2 Halifax City SC More

Fredericton Picaroons Reds win NB Cup men's provincial final

Posted on 13 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Fredericton's fourth consecutive New Brunswick title More

Vancouver Club Inter win BC Cup provincial title

Posted on 15 May 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Vancouver Club Inter 2:0 Aldergrove United More

Edmonton Scottish SC lift the Challenge Trophy for the first time

Posted on 16 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Edmonton Scottish SC More

Edmonton Scottish SC capture elusive Challenge Trophy at St. John's 2016

Posted on 10 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Three times runners up in their storied past, Edmonton Scottish SC won the title in St. John's More

Ottawa, Beauport, Saskatoon and Edmonton reach 2016 Challenge Trophy semi-finals

Posted on 9 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Edmonton are the only club making back-to-back appearances in the semi-finals while Ottawa, Beauport and Saskatoon are all former championships from the past five years More

Edmonton to face Beauport for Challenge Trophy

Posted on 9 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Four years after the two sides drew in an epic final before Royal lifted the trophy after winning on kicks More

Four more teams advance as Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals confirmed

Posted on 8 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

The Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals are set at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships in Newfoundland Labrador More

Former champions win on opening day at Challenge Trophy finals

Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Former national champions Ottawa Gloucester Celtic and Saskatoon HUSA Alumni were both winners on the opening day of the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships More

Four clubs through to Quarter-finals at Challenge Trophy finals in St. John's

Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Groups A and C are still undecided after two days, More

Journey to St. John's: squads for the 2016 Challenge Trophy finals

Posted on 2 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

12 teams, 221 players More

Journey to St. John's: finalists for the 2016 Challenge Trophy

Posted on 24 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Challenge Trophy finals More

Royal-Sélect Beauport win Québec men's playoff

Posted on 19 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Royal-Sélect Beauport win LSEQ playoffs More

Ottawa Gloucester Celtic win 2016 Ontario Cup men's championship

Posted on 11 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Ottawa Gloucester Celtic 1:0 Caledon FC More

Edmonton Scottish SC win Alberta provincial men's title

Posted on 5 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Edmonton Scottish 2:1 Edmonton Green & Gold More

St. Lawrence win Newfoundland Labrador provincial final

Posted on 4 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

St. Lawrence 2:1 a.e.t. Mount Pearl More

FC Winnipeg Lions win 2016 Manitoba Cup provincial title

Posted on 27 August 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

FC Winnipeg Lions 4-2 on kicks after a 2:2 a.e.t draw with Hellas SC More

Western Halifax FC wins Nova Scotia men's provincial title

Posted on 24 August 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Western Halifax FC 4:0 Suburban FC More

Fredericton Picaroons Reds wins men's final in New Brunswick

Posted on 14 August 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Fredericton Picaroons Reds 1:1 a.e.t. / 4-3 kicks Moncton Codiac First Touch More

Saskatoon HUSA Alumni provincial winners en route to St. John's 2016

Posted on 14 August 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Saskatoon HUSA Alumni More

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It took extra time and kicks from the penalty mark, but Western Halifax FC prevailed to win their second-straight Nova Scotia men's provincial title on Tuesday 22 August. The 2017 winners won 4-2 on kicks following a 2:2 a.e.t draw with Halifax City, with both sides trading goals late in the second half and then again in extra time.

With the win, Western Halifax FC qualified for the 2017 Toyota National Championships, which run 4-9 October in Surrey, British Columbia. The Nova Scotia winners have been drawn into Group A, which means they will face the Newfoundland Labrador winners (to be confirmed in September), the Alberta winners (to be confirmed in September), Vancouver Club Inter FC of British Columbia, and Saskatoon HUSA Alumni of Saskatchewan.

Shane Rajaraman scored both Western Halifax FC goals while Christian Oxner earned player of the match honours. After Halifax City opened the scoring in the 81st minute (own goal), Rajaraman equalised five minutes later. Rajaraman then gave Western Halifax the 2-1 lead six minutes into extra time, but Cooper Coats equalised five minutes after that.

On kicks, all four Western Halifax FC players scored (Ryan Casey, Danny LeBlanc, Wesley Hawley, and Rajaraman) while Oxner stopped the initial kick by Paul Craig. Halifax City scored on two of their four attempts.

"It was a tough game, but the whole team pulled together," said Rajaraman."This was our goal from the beginning of the year."

Western Halifax FC's starting XI featured Christian Oxner in goal, Ryan Casey Shawn Kodejs, and Pawel Gorski across a three-line back, and Leo Sanchez, Danny LeBlanc, Shane Rajaraman, James Nearing, and Jonny Doucett in the midfield, and Jhonattan Córdoba and Wesley Hawley up front. Also in the lineup were Tristan Leopold, Matt Cousens, Alex Cordoba, Patrick Barnes, Zach Mbolekwa, James Matthews, Jack Schembri, and Jeff Arkin.

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.

Fredericton Picaroons Reds have rolled into the men's Challenge Trophy finals in qualifying for the 2017 Toyota National Championships. The Fredericton club won 6:1 over Moncton Codiac in the New Brunswick men's provincial championship.

Jonathan Crossland and Kenny Morrison each scored a pair while Jared Murphy and Oisin McKenna ronuded out the Fredericton goalscoring in front of about 150 fans at the BMO Centre. Morrison was Fredericton's player of the match. Connor McCumber scored Moncton's lone goal.

It was the Fredericton Picaroons Reds' 10th provincial championship in 11 years, with consecutive victories from 2007 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2017. They opted not to travel to the National Championships from 2008 to 2010, so this year will mark their seventh trip to the Challenge Trophy finals in 2017. Already drawn into Group B, the New Brunswick winners will face champions from Québec, Ontario, Yukon, and Manitoba from 4-9 October 2017 in Surrey, British Columbia.

"We wanted to go at them with our speed of play and just force them into mistakes under pressure," said Crossland. "In the second half (up 3-1), we were far more patient and a bit more clinical. Our fourth goal gave us energy and took it right out of them."

Crossland opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Rouse doubled the lead in the 14th minute. After Moncton cut the lead in half, Morrison made it 3-1 before the half hour mark. In the second half, McKenna, Morrison (penalty) and Crossland helped put the match away.

In the 12 August provincial final, Fredericton's starting XI featured Brandon Eagle in goal, Karel Prickett at right back, Ben Law and Max Maund at centre back, Jason Rouse at left back, Kenny Morrison, Jonathan Crossland, and Alex McNally at midfield, Oisin McKenna and Roy Mugume on the wings, and Jared Murphy up front. Kyle Yearwood, Yassin Chehab El Din, Joe Crossland, John Ryan Morrison, and John Hunter featured as substitutes while Isaac Phillips dressed but did not feature.

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.

Vancouver's Club Inter won the 2017 British Columbia men's provincial title with a 2:0 win over Aldergrove United. It marked Club Inter's first provincial title, coming just two years after they lost in the final to EDC FC Burnaby.

Former national youth team player Milad Rahmati scored both goals, each time late in the half. He scored the opening goal in the 41st minute right after Marco Visintin hit the post and then he scored deep into added time of the second half after Milad Mehrabi sent him into the box. With the win, Club Inter have qualified for Canada Soccer's 2017 National Championships Challenge Trophy finals in Langley, British Columbia.

There were plenty of chances in the match, with Mehrabi hitting the crossbar in the 10th minute and then star of the match Erman Ozkan stopping a Aldergrove penalty attempt in the 17th minute. Aldergrove were close again in the 38th minute when a Brett Wiens header hit the crossbar, but stayed out.

Late in the second half with the score still 1-0, Aldergrove goalkeeper Josef Duben made a big save on Alex Marrello, tipping the shot off the crossbar. 

"It has been a roller coaster of a year," said player-coach Joseph Marrello. "Over the last bit, though, we figured out our strategy: being defensively sound, having a good shape, and our forwards scoring goals when we need them."

In the provincial final, Club Inter's starting XI featured Erman Ozkan in goal, Anthony Marrello at right back, Todd Lucyk and Ryan Zahariia at centre back, Donald Kambere at left back, Alex Marrello, Marco Visintin, and Brendan Shaw in the midfield, and Milad Rahmati, Michael Nonni, and Milad Mehrabi up front. Liam Miller featured as a substitute late in the match while Tyron Ehiwe, Andrew Fink, Dennis Kindel, Jordan Michael, David Pogrebinsky, Colin Streckmann, Mike Tempesta, and player-coach Joseph Marrello dressed but did not feature. Both Michael D'Agostino (injured) and Bryan Fong were unavailable for the final

Canada Soccer’s National Championships are Canada's premier amateur soccer competitions. This year marks the 95th edition of the adult men's competition and 36th edition of the adult women's competition. While the competition has sometimes featured professional or semi-professional teams, since the early 1960s the National Championships have strictly featured amateur teams. Since 2008, the National Championships have been complemented by the Amway Canadian Championship featuring professional clubs

In Canada's 150th year, Canada Soccer will crown their 150th national champions across all adult and professional competitions since 1913. The 2017 competitive season will crown the Futsal Canadian Championship winners in April (Montréal Sporting Outlaws FC), the professional Canadian Championship winners in June, and the amateur National Championships women's Jubilee Trophy and men's Challenge Trophy winners in October.

(With files from Mark Aitken and BC Soccer)

 

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