Madawaska United Football Club finished its coed league outdoor season on August 27. The final playoff standings were:
- Team Blue (City) David Spina, Captain
- Team Gold (Athletica) Tony Casta, Captain
- Team Red (United) Dom Florio, Captain
- Team Green (Celtic) Zaid Jahoor, Captain
Co-organizer Tony Casta gave this report to The Current on the final and the following awards ceremony:
“The final game between Blue and Gold was a tough fought match. 2-0 at the half for Blue, and then a comeback in the second half for Gold to tie the game. However, as dusk set in they could not hold back the striker Conrad who managed to break free down the left wing to score his third goal (a hat trick) with one minute left to give Team Blue the playoff victory.
“Awards were presented to the playoff winners who received Tim Horton doughnuts on ribbons as everyone sang the national anthem with gusto. Three youth players took away top individual honours: the Golden Boot (most goals during the season with a $50 gift coupon for SportChek), MIP (most improved players, each receiving $20 coupons to SportChek). Dominic Florio received special recognition as the star keeper, and oldest player. A rare combination! I believe he is 62 (?).
- Golden Boot: Alojz Casta of Barry’s Bay
- MIPs: Joseph Westen of Combermere and Julius Casta of Barry’s Bay
- Golden Glove: Dom Florio
“Special recognition was made of league winners Red Team, who only conceded one tie, and no losses during the season, and co-organizer Michael Gow for his tireless efforts to ensure all ran smoothly.
“We are on a limited budget, so our referees are the team captains. We have a simple system to resolve disputes by asking all players to take up a complaint with their captain, who then will address the issue with the other captain. Overall play is respectful and clean. We have a zero tolerance on poor language, harsh play, and disrespect of other players. We have had no issue this season as people come not to vent their frustration in negative ways (as can often happen in larger leagues) but to be part of a positive environment of teamwork and self-improvement.”
Casta advised that the indoor league will commence Tuesday, October 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) gym. He advises that there is limited space and so only a few slots are available for new players as Seat of Wisdom College has entered two teams. He added registration is $25 for the winter season and new, eager players are welcome. The 2020 summer season will begin in late June because of the MVDHS schedule. Registration is $50/person, youth 15-17 are $25, and 13-14 are free. Click HERE to visit the Madawaska United FC website for more details.