President's Message

President's Message

The 2016-17 season has wrapped up and it has been quite a year.  By all accounts, the lower mainland hasn’t lost as many games, due to weather and field closures, as we have this year.

Burnaby was particularly hit hard as it snowed here first, sparing the valley and areas south of the Fraser River, and it just seemed to go on and on. Eventually, all the fields in the lower mainland were closed, upsetting every league and eventually club, evaluations. 

Fortunately, Burnaby Girls uses the indoor turf at Canlan so our U6 & U7 programs remained intact and we obtained sufficient school gym space to accommodate all of our mini teams, allowing them to continue with their training. All those teams were offered some time into April, giving them the chance to extend their playing season.

Here’s hoping that next winter is more like what we are used to!

Many of our Divisional teams had successful seasons but because of the weather, were unable to complete their League Championship games. In the end, two of our teams finished second in their respective groups and were awarded silver medals. Congratulations to the U16 Hornets in Group 9 and the U13 Intensity in Group 2. In addition, all our Division 1 teams competed in the Coastal Cup playoffs. All were eliminated prior to the finals but our U18 Impact were given a wild card berth to BC Provincial B Cup in July.  This was the third year in a row that the Impact had competed in the B Cup and they finished their youth soccer careers with a sixth place showing.

The writing of this message coincides with the launch of our new website. This has been a long work in process all spear-headed by our webmaster, Ivan Svetic. It has taken a considerable amount of his time and we thank him for that. The website still has all of the powerful, behind the scenes information that we are used to but has a brand-new look, it’s more mobile friendly and seems to run much faster than before.
 
Preparations for the 2017-18 season are well underway. Our selected team evaluations are now complete and we are working on placing players on our Division 3, Mini and Micro teams. If you have not yet registered, we would appreciate you taking the time to do so. If you have friends or family who have been holding off, please encourage them to register as soon as possible. If you wait too, we may run into issues finding a team for you.

Thanks for a great season and your patience with the weather. Enjoy the summer and we will see you on the field.

Tom Berry
President
Burnaby Girls Soccer Club