Saskatoon HUSA Alumni win Saskatchewan provincial title
Posted on 24 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
Saskatoon HUSA Alumni went unchallenged to win their ninth Saskatchewan provincial title and qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships. The Saskatoon winners have been Saskatchewan's representatives in the men's Challenge Trophy finals every year since 2009.
Saskatoon have rooted themselves as perennial contenders on the natoinal stage, reaching the semi-final round in five of the last six years, winning the Challenge Trophy in 2011 and winning bronze in 2012 and 2014.
The core of coach Stewart Gillott's team remains in tact from previous years. Seasoned veterans include Jay Tomchuk, Nathan Reis up front, Dwayne Gareau and Ryan McAllister at midfield, and Brendan Garrity and Jarvis Huyghebaert at centre back. Jason (J.T.) Blakley and Michal Bandula share the goalkeeper duties.
Stephen Patterson, Brandon Holmes, Jeff Friesen, Josh Northey, Austin Boryski, and Scott Myrah also bring several years of experience to the team. Fitzroy Christie, Garrett Peters, and Eion McFadden are relative newcomers, although Christie is the second oldest on the team. Added newcomers are Bobbi Nicholat, Mathew Gillot, and Steven DeLong.
Heading to the 2017 Toyota National Championships, Saskatoon HUSA Alumni will face Newfoundland Labrador winners, Alberta winners, Vancouver Club Inter FC (British Columbia), and Western Halifax FC (Nova Scotia) in Group A action starting 4 October. The men's Challenge Trophy finals run 4-9 October in Surrey, British Columbia.
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.
Story by Lee Kormish