In spite of some scattered showers
throughout the day, the
weather held up well at Birchmount Stadium on Family Day
The Sunday version of the Sports &
Family Day, enjoyed better weather, but the Saturday
was when the real action took place.
Saturday's program opened with two
teams from the SAAC Academy exhibiting their skills
while the visiting Trendsetters
Hawks U-12 Boy's team from Trinidad was ready to play
North Scarborough in the next match. The teams looked on
eagerly in anticipation of a very
keen contest, and an eventful evening.
The under 12 Boy's division comprised of 4
teams and although the Family Day
games are usually of an exhibition nature, one could have sensed the
anxiety of the youngsters on the North Scarborough U12
as they were warming
up a lot earlier before their game was scheduled to start.
The teams in the U-12
division were North Scarborough (NSSC), Trendsetters Hawks, West
End United and Wexford United.
No sooner than the
Academy teams shake hands to end their game, NSSC
(gold uniforms) under coach Auzzie Smith and
Trendsetters Hawks under coach Anthony Wickham took to
the field to kick off the U-12 division.
NSSC proved to be a bit
much for the visitors as Trendsetters players were having a hard time adjusting to the large size of
the Birchmount Stadium field.
Scarborough overpowered Trendsetters by a
score of 3-0, and after the game the two teams got together for a group picture. The fun for
the visiting Trendsetters
team had just began.
United was up against West End United in the
second U-12 match. But as the teams took to the field it
was quite obvious where the players interest were. Both teams
were taking a peek at the Trendsetters players as the
visitors left the field after their game.
However, it did not take long for the
be focused on the task at hand. Wexford and West End
in the Annual Robbie Tournament the previous week and were
familiar with each others tactics. The two United teams
were living up to their name as they were evenly
matched and their 1-1 share of the final score was a good indication of
the closeness of the game.
Up next was the under-13 Girls contest
between Wexford United and Scarborough United. This turned out to be the most entertaining game of the
Family Day Saturday in spite of the rain, which came
pouring down as the game started.
The U-13 Girl's game was a
complete change in the Family Day atmosphere. Wexford Girls
under coach Tony De Rosario (father of MLS All Stars
Dwayne De Rosario) entered the Stadium in their maroon Family Day T-Shirts
and proceeded to the North end of the field to warm up,
while Scarborough United
under coach Junior Parker, went to
the southern end of the field.
level of play by the two teams to start the game was definitely a step up
in the right direction for the soccer enthusiasts on hand. To the girls credit, what
may have lacked in ability they certainly made up
with effort and stamina.
were a lot of
interest in the girls game, especially from the patrons in the stands. I was
bombarded with questions about
the two teams, their players, and what competition they played
while parents of the girls were cheering heartily.
The interest in the
girl's game was so intense that a request was made for
the officials of the Family Day to suspend the track races
(which were being run simultaneously with the girls
match), until the game was over. Everyone wanted to watch
the girls play, and needless to
say, the track events were halted.
As the game progressed
Wexford United Girls
started to impose their will on Scarborough United. The
pouring and the heavy field seemed to have neutralized
Wexford's advantage. But in the end the fighting spirit of Scarborough United
girl's team was not enough as Wexford
prevailed with a 3-0 victory.
The rain stopped for the
second time during the day, but the anticipated track
race between the two girls teams did not materialized
since the girls
were drenched. With fatigue very much a factor,
better heads prevailed and the girl's race was scrapped.
showed its face again (as the rain stopped) for the boys
U-12 game between Wexford
United and Trendsetters. The
coaches of the two teams decided to play in their Family
Day T-Shirts, with Trendsetters in red and Wexford in
The game symbolized
the friendship that was shown
towards the visiting Trendsetters team throughout
the Family Day event. Even mother nature found it necessary
to give the youths a fitting end to their day of fun and
games, with a flicker of sunshine.
veteran teams Icepicks of Brooklyn New York and Soca
from Toronto were waiting to play the featured game. The Family Day was introduced with the kids in mind and after the
frustration of waiting for what they though might have
been an eternity the veteran's game got on its way. The
stadium lights had to be turned on for
the Soca-Icepicks showdown as darkness had crept in.
game was a good display of soccer and was a fitting end
to the Family Day Saturday. Icepicks (orange)
International was representing New York and Soca FC was
The veteran game did not start until the better part of 9pm.
It was played after Trendsetters and Wexford boys had their final run of fun.
Icepicks started the game
impressively and strung together several passes
quite effortlessly around the slow starting Soca team.
the veteran game was playing the track officials had
organized six 4x100 relay teams
comprising of mostly
under 12 boys with some girls included to add to the fun.
This was the grand finale of the track phase of the
family Day. The event officials had worked extremely hard to pull
this race off because of the rain.
It was an amazing feat, since
the Family Day had only one relay race in its
history. This occurred several years before,
when the Caribbean Stars alumni with Gary Bryan, Mc Iver
Broomes, Johnny Williams finished in third place..
Trying to beat the rain
for yet another time, the relay was on its way. It was
accompanied with loud cheers
from the various team's supporters
who also ran around the track along with the race in support
their respective teams.
won the relay race and the presentation was held
the race since the rain was back with a
vengeance just when the game between Soca and Icepicks
Icepicks opened up with a
ball possession game that was of International
standards. Soca came alive in
the latter part of the first half to set up a good match
for the second half.
Soca slowly clawed
way back into the game in
the second half and
outlasted the tiring Icepicks team. While
Icepicks maintained a respectable style of play, Soca
finished strong to defeat Icepicks 3-2.
played amongst the older players on Family Day Sunday
Sponsors Caribbean Stars Sports & Family
Caribbean Stars Annual Sports & Family Day took place at Birchmount
Stadium on Saturday July 7, 2007.
Representatives from Nestle Milo, were on
hand to wine and dine the community. They gave
out their delicious Milo drink in addition to
entertaining the kids with their shooting cage
and participation prizes.
While the Family Day had a noticeable increase in kids to adults
there was a noticeable drop in the attendance compared to
However,there were other positives. As a first the
Family Day was musically challenged by
the surprised appearance of panist and
steel pan extraordinaire, Earl La Pierre
Jr. better known as "Eman" who played
for the better part of an
hour to the delight of the crowd.
games (just like in previous years ) were
with the kids.
much so that
the technicians who
arrived to collect the games agreed to dismantle
them slowly and one by
one, so as not to disappoint
the kids who were having lots of fun
The "Batman" and "Slide'
inflatable's were a first for the
Family Day event, and although the
Nestle inflatable shooting cage could not withstand
the strong gusting wind, it was also a hit
the time it was in operation.
Family Day Batman Bouncer
Union "Spin the Wheel' tent erected by Jermaine Granville,
was an instant hit with both adults and kids. The
participants had to spin the Western Union wheel and receive prizes in relation to where the
The Family Day
had a few unwelcome surprises. Some of the teams which had
committed their participation only days prior to the event
were no shows.
Malvern, Brampton and
Eagles boy's took the opportunity to display their talent for the crowd
by playing additional matches with the added time.
also the Youths Deserve a Chance to
Dream (YDCD) table headed by Marion Magloire, mother of NBA
All Star player Jamal Magloire.
Magloire and her
staff gave out literature about the
foundation, along with special treats for the kids.
YDCD foundation was the sole donator
of medals for the track races while
Mrs Majoire presented medals to the winners of the track races.
Stars would like to thank Nestle Canada for its sponsorship and every one
that helped to make the Family Day a warm and friendly experience this year.
If anything, we are encouraged and consider this to be
the turning point of our Family Day.
Caribbean Stars would also like to thank
Marion Magloire for her participation
and contribution to the Family Day
community in general.
Youth Deserve a Chance to Dream" founder
Marion Magloire with U-13
Trinidad and Tobago Trendsetters Hawks
boys Under 18 soccer team visit to
Toronto came to an end last Tuesday
after creating quite an impact.
team closed off their 3-week visit after participating
in the Caribbean Stars Sports and Family Day last
weekend at Lamoreaux Soccer Centre in Scarborough.
Family Day was a welcome change of paste for the
Trendsetters team after they competed in the 40th
Annual Robbie Tournament and also the Toronto Cup tournament
on consecutive weekends.
their last game of the family day Trendsetters defeated
North Scarborough S.C. 4-1 to clinch the “fair play
award” after losing to Brampton East 1-0 earlier. In the
other match-up North Scarborough defeated Brampton East
year the Family Day was used as a tribute to the
Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors. It was in recognition
of the Trinidad and Tobago team accomplishment as the
smallest country to qualify to a FIFA World Cup finals
and also to highlight the presence of the visiting
Trendsetters team from Trinidad.
visitors popularity soared as word of their impressive
play circulated and as a result the team attracted large
crowds. The team advanced to the semi final in both the
Robbie and Toronto Cup tournaments they participated. ,
In the Robbie it was from their Group C and from Group B
in the Toronto Cup.
result of the team's impressive performance, a few of Trendsetters
players have been scouted and are making themselves
available for potential scholarship offer in the United
Trinidad and Tobago Consulate office in Toronto has
committed their continued support to make a team return
visit by Trendsetters possible.
Annual Robbie Soccer Tournament
Trendsetter Hawks (T&T)
Erin Mills Eagles
Winner Grp A - Glen Shields
1 vs. Grp C Trendsetters
Toronto Cup Tournament 2006
Trendsetter Hawks (T&T)
Group A 3rd –
Newmarket 3 vs. Group C 2nd
- Trendsetters T&T 6
Winner Grp A – East York 3
vs. Grp C 2nd-
Trend Hawks (T&T) 0
objective of the Family Day is to give
the youths and families a day of fun and
enjoyment in a comfortable atmosphere
where the pressures of winning and
losing is secondary to teamwork, forming
friendships and meeting old
Trendsetters were up for this day and
even got a surprise treat by the
appearance of NBA All Star Jamaal
Magloire who addressed the team and
reinforced the importance of an
education and the commitment to taking
the sport seriously
in the boys under 14 race on the
Saturday was a good indication of the type of excitement and
entertainment experienced at Birchmount Stadium at the
Caribbean Stars Sports and Family Day weekend. The Family
Day was a great success with basketball hoops available for
shoot around, entertaining soccer games, that showcased
promising young talent, Music, Caribbean Food, Social, and
most important an atmosphere reminiscent of a well spent
vacation. The highlight of the program was the boys U-13
game between North Scarborough Harlem and N.S Stings
which has been called “the game"
had all the characteristics of a blowout
after Harlem riddled Stings with 3 unanswered goals in 5
minutes to take a commanding 3-1 lead at the half. In the
second half the Sting returned the favor and scored 5
unanswered goals of their own. This competitive display got
the enthusiastic crowd
Stings eventually won the game 5-4 but Harlem made it interesting
fighting back to score minutes before the end.
The final whistle came with Harlem having
the momentum and in search of the equalizing goal.
The crowd gave the teams a standing ovation at the end of
the game to show their appreciation.
track races as
previously mentioned were very competitive with the
Boys under 14
race resulting in a photo finish. The Boys
under 12 race (below) was also very competitive and by
the body language below you can appreciate their intensity and
A first for the Family Day
was a scheduled no gender restrictions to compete in the
Family Day under 15 Scarborough United Team to play a Boy's
North Scarborough under 14 team. The girls played well and
understandably enjoyed the full support of the crowd.
boys eventually won the game 4-0.
The Men’s Soccer
part of the Family Day program
progressed into an action filled men’s game between Soca
and NSSC Posse. Soca eventually scored the winning goal
three minutes before the final whistle in a game that went
back and forth. Soca Club has been a regular participant at
the Family Day and is a member of the Toronto Services Soccer
League. They have revamped their soccer program for
2005 with a noticeable increase in talented young players.
North Scarborough is a member of the Ontario Soccer League (MJ
Division) and is an affiliate of Caribbean Stars Soccer Club
for the 2005 season.
The Adidas Soccer Tent
installed by John Williams was a big hit
with the kids. Most kids participated for prizes while
supported by their friends at the different
shooting contests. The wait in the long line proved to be
worth the wait by the smiles on the kids faces with their prizes.
Saturday closed with a veteran Over-35 game between
Oil Brigade from Toronto and Caribec from Montreal. This is the second year for Caribec at the
family day and they have committed to
the Caribbean Stars Family Day next year (2006). However, Caribec
that they get stiffer competition from Toronto, and from all
indications they will be
very hard to beat then. They are a very talented veteran team
that had little opposition in winning their game
by a lopsided 5-1 margin. Last year they played to a 2-2 tie
with Ice Picks from New York. Icepicks cancelled this year due to
prior commitment to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and a Miami
Family Day Sundayopened with an important Ontario Cup game
between G.S. United and Bramlea Celtic.
G.S. was very aggressive at the start of the game
the run of play with their ball possession. They had
a commanding 2-0 lead until 3 minutes to halftime when a GS
United defender good cute and chest trap a cross ball in his
penalty area. Needless to say he lost the ball to a Celtic
forward and the play resulted in a goal for Bramlea Celtic.
This made the 2-1 game very interesting to the half.
second half began as if the teams changed uniforms. Celtic
was now the aggressor and had the momentum and control
of play but missed several scoring opportunities. GS
United defense finally adjusted to Celtic's attack up their
left side and the game balanced off into a see-saw battle
with both teams playing outstanding defense.
The game ended
with an all out do or die attack from Celtic. It
sent everyone into the attack in an effort to avoid
elimination, but time was not on their side, and it was too
late. G.S. United won 2-1 in a highly competitive
showdown. GS United is a regular
participant of Caribbean Stars activities and will be featured by Caribbean Stars at the end of the
Two Scarborough united
women’s teams were
up next on the Family Day program, the Strikers and the All
Stars. The game was well played and definitely changed the
atmosphere of the Family Day. The level of play was well
received with lots of applause, support and encouragement
for the players.
The atmosphere changed quickly from
a must win of the previous GS United Ontario Cup game, to
compliments of nice pass, accompanied with loud cheering. The game was
close from the get go and Strikers eventually won the tight
contest 2-1. At the end of the game the crowd responded with
a standing ovation in
appreciation of the effort and energy displayed by the women teams.
The featured game
of the Sunday program was between the
Caribbean All Stars of the Toronto Caribbean Soccer League (TCSL) and the
Toronto Lynx of the United Soccer League (USL) This game
displayed soccer at its highest in the community
and was very entertaining. It also left everyone
pleasantly surprised with the talent of the Caribbean All Star team.
The game was played at a fast pace with some amazing
Toronto Lynx was forced to match the
quickness of the Stars team and did a commendable job. The
Caribbean community was hopeful of seeing this type
of energy and quickness from the Lynx during the early part
of their USL season when the Lynx was more deliberate
in creating plays. The Lynx eventually proved to be the
superior team against the All Stars and won the game by a 2-1 score.
From what they displayed, it seems like we can expect
positive results if the Toronto Lynx play the brand
of soccer they displayed at Caribbean Stars Sports and Family Day.