A few weeks ago, 15 of our Middle School boys travelled to Montreal to compete in the CAIS U13 Soccer Tournament. Our team, comprised of Grade 6 and 7 students, headed to Quebec on October 20.
Because this year’s tournament didn’t start until October 23, we spent the first couple of days together as a team enjoying Montreal and getting ready for the tournament. Highlights of those days included visiting the Montreal Science Centre, attending a hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre, and playing an exhibition game against St. John’s-Ravenscourt School from Winnipeg.
The soccer tournament ran from October 23-25. We were lucky to be placed in a pool on the first day where the games took place at McGill University. Two of our three games that day were played at the Percival Molson Memorial Stadium at McGill, home field for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. We played very well that first day, winning two of our games, which qualified us for the championship round (top 8 teams in the tournament). The 3-2 win over host Selwyn House School and, in the last game of the day, a 6-1 win over Royal St. George’s College (Toronto) were definite highlights from that first day.
On the second day, under mostly pouring rain, we played three more games (two more at McGill). And while, defensively, we played very well, we just couldn’t put the ball in the net. As a result of two scoreless ties against St. John’s-Ravenscourt and St. George’s School (Vancouver), and a 1-0 loss to Hillfied Strathallan College (Hamilton), we ended up in third place in our pool and tied for fifth place overall (out of 18 teams from BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia) at the tournament.
The tournament wrapped up with a friendly game on the final day, and then it was time to head home. After being away for six days, and experiencing lots of soccer, the boys were a tired bunch when we arrived back in Victoria late on October 25.
A highlight of the trip was the three nights the boys spent being billeted by families from Selwyn House. One family hosted five of our boys! From start to finish, it was a trip that members of the team will undoubtedly remember for years.