Notes on our teams of interest in The 613 ... apparently there is a big football game going on in K-Town on Saturday, but there's so much more...
Gee-Gees: It would be remiss not to link to the one Ottawa media outlet which has caught up with Gee-Gees defender Amanda Robinson, who's out in Vancouver with the U20 women's team.
There's so many good elements to this story. Ms. Robinson, U20/Vancouver Whitecaps coach Bob Birarda and Steve Johnson from the Gee-Gees were very engaging (and patient with the soccer neophyte).
Birarda seemed very high on Robinson's personal qualities and ability to help "create a culture which is positive," which Canada will need when it heads down to Chile for the U20 Women's World Cup in November. They just won a 4 Nations tourney down there, while they won their CONCACAF qualitying tournament in the summer.
Time is tight today, but there will be some effort to post the quotes from all three. A huge glove tap goes to Richard Scott and Anne Pellerud from Soccer Canada, plus uOttawa SID Dan Carle, for helping arrange the interviews.
Ravens: Carleton hung in with a national power, Lakehead, for two periods on Friday -- and that was all they got to play.
There was a major storm system moving through northwestern Ontario, meaning a bank of lights were knocked out in the arena. It was 2-2 after two, and Alex Archibald had stopped 28-of-30 for the Ravens when the game had to be called. Lakehead was coming on and it's a game in September, but still, taking an early two-goal lead in one of the toughest places to play in the OUA should turn a few heads.
Mike Testa and Francis Walker scored for Carleton.
They will play, in effect, four periods of hockey on Saturday.
(How long until this blog refers to Alex Archibald as Adam Archibald, the former McMaster quarterback who was from Kingston?)
Golden Gaels: Sporting Madness has word of a bit of a bombshell.
Teddi Firmi, who's been a starting point guard on the women's basketball team over the past few seasons, has left to play for the rugby team. It's Bucholtz's story, so check back with him later. (Tyler, at this point, would ask if anyone would want to bet money that Carleton's going to finish ahead of Queen's in women's basketball, even though it's unknown how much he's seen either team play.)
Queen's hockey might have picked up a defenceman for next season. Stephane Chabot, as you probably heard, was cut by the Frontenacs and signed on with the Kingston Voyageurs. He is enrolled at Queen's. That's not indicative of anything other than that if he wants to play in the CIS eventually, at least he'll have got to know the campus and the city.
Small world: Felicidade Pereira, who got the goal in the women's soccer Gaels' 1-0 win over Carleton the other night, is from Simcoe, one of my old stamping grounds. (No word if she's related to Rick Pereira, a long-time pillar of the Simcoe Thunder's back four and Norfolk County's soccer community.
Yes, stamping ground. Look it up.