City fans bolstered by success

KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

With London City (4-1) off to its best start in eight seasons in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, 17 per cent of 238 replies to an Internet poll believe City can win the championship.

Hamilton Thunder and Toronto Supra each received the most votes (19 per cent) in the poll, found on the CPSL website.

"People are impressed (with City's play,)" says Stan Adamson, the league's public relations director.

City, first in the Western Conference, hopes to continue its winning ways tonight when the Laval Dynamites come to Cove Road field.

Kickoff is set for 8:38 p.m.

Contest starts to name team

The London City women's team is holding a name-the-team contest.

The squad, in its first season, wants females between the ages of five and 18 to come up with a catchy nickname. The winner will receive a lifetime pass to all City women's and men's games, a team jersey and pink Locust game ball.

Contest forms can be picked up Monday at the team's second game, against the Toronto district all-stars at Cove Road field at 8:30 p.m.

The contest ends on Labour Day, the final day of competition in the three-month season.

How about the London City Lizards? In ancient Egypt and Greek symbolism, the lizard represented wisdom and good fortune.

Border Stars get nod for tourney

The Windsor Border Stars women's team finally received approval from the Essex County Soccer Association to play in the CPSL-associated Canada Cup tournament, considered a district all-star division.

The team played one game without approval from its governing body.

The Border Stars were given the nod to play at a meeting last week.

"It was a little disappointing from the league standpoint that it took so long for it to happen," said CPSL commissioner Cary Kaplan. "The six-team tournament will be operating as was initially intended.

"The roadblock was Essex wanting to make sure that all clubs were on side. We ultimately put some pressure on."

Gryphons easily handle Jaguars

London Gryphons said their biggest test in their first season of W-League play would be the Detroit Jaguars, who came to London last Friday with a 7-0 record. The Gryphons, 4-1-2, passed the test, blanking the Jaguars 3-0.

Tonight the women play host to the West Michigan Firewomen (2-3) at North London stadium. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Scholarships awarded

Four players from the under-18 London Forest United Meteors have landed U.S. scholarships. Ashley Bailey and Kate Johnston will attend Mississippi Valley State University. Michelle Gross is going to the University of Tennessee at Memphis and Stacey Jackson, the female athlete of the year at Banting, is headed to South Carolina State.

Seeking U-12 players

Sam Buragina, the EMSA district head coach, is asking coaches of under-12 boys and girls to forward him names of their top players for assessment. Buragina said a district team will be formed to play in a regional showcase tournament in September.

A pool of players will then be selected to train with the regional team. Training begins indoors in the fall when the players will be assessed by provincial coaches.

For more information, call 649-2727.

July camps planned

The Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association is holding soccer camps next month. An elite camp will be held July 4-8 at Cove Road field.

A camp will also be held in Shedden the same week. Camps will be held in Byron and Ingersoll July 11-15 and July 18-22.

A second elite camp will be offered at Cove Road, beginning July 11.

For more details, call 668-6428 or check www.proelitesoccer.com.


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