Vic West FC

Beavers Move into First Place
The Beavers were once again in action, this time at Central Park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. A 2:15 kickoff saw the Beavers take to the pitch against the JDF Pilgrims. The Pilgrims, fresh off of a bye week, were looking to rebound from a season opening 3-0 loss. The Beavers, looking to make a statement and improve their record to 3-0 on the season, proved to be tough competition for the Pilgrims.

From the opening whistle, the Beavers used their pace, skill, and class to take control of the game. A beautiful one-two play between the strikers saw the Beavers strike in the 20th minute on a beautiful finish by Derek Douglas. The Beavers continued to control the play and create chances that they couldn't put away. Beavers went into the half up 1-0.

The second half started much the same as the first, with the Beavers applying immense pressure to the Pilgrims defence. The second goal came on a beautiful chip finish from team captain Simon Brazier, followed by a third goal 10 minutes later from Jose Amador. The Beavers scored their fourth and final goal with about 15 minutes left in the game when the striker applied pressure to the defender causing him to score on his own goal.

The Pilgrims managed to get one by the Beavers on a corner kick, but it was nothing more than a morale booster as the Beavers dominated the Pilgrims on the day and walked away with 3 points. The 4-1 win moved the Beavers into sole possession of first place. Man of the Match for the Beavers was Patrick Fingler.

D1 United Women Showed a Lot of Heart
Late Sunday afternoon kick off at the new Oak Bay High turf field saw Bays United D1 women host our Vic West United women's team.

The game promised to be fast & frenetic with Bays pumping long balls into their strikers at every opportunity. Play was pretty even in the early going but Bays managed to get a 1 on 1 with the keeper & slotted calmly in the corner.

So 1-0 for the hosts at the break.

Second half was even again but Bays striker (same #10) hit the underside of the bar & in to make it 2-0 early on. Not to be outdone the United women were much more physical & started pressing their opponents back. Wave after wave of attacks resulted in a number of great chances, including one that rattled the bar.

Eryn Freeman pulled one back to make it 2-1 from a corner, where she hit a sweet left foot from about 6 yards out.

Tails were up, more attacks, more chances but no equalizer as the Bays keeper made a couple of outstanding saves.

Meanwhile at the other end Bays still managed to carve out a few chances of their own, but Chloe stood her ground in the West's net to keep the game close.

All-in-all a really good game played with a lot of heart and commitment from both sets of players.

Battle of the Women's D3 Leaders
Week 3 of the season saw two of the early leaders in the division face off.

Vic West Div 3 ladies squared off against Fernwood.

Fernwood came out of the blocks trying to send a message but slowly our team got a foothold in mid-field and started to control what was a very young and skilled fernwood team

Half time arrived scoreless and the second half had a very different feel to it. The Wester's started to control the game and could very easily had a couple of goals. Unfortunately it was the opposition that broke the deadlock with a scrambled effort and that turned out to be the only goal of the game

The last 20 minutes were played almost exclusively in the fernwood end and how the man in the middle missed a handball that would have given Vic West a penalty was a topic of discussion long after the final whistle had gone. The good news is all substitutions took place at the halfway line.

Defeated on the scoreboard but in this coaches opinion the best game our squad has played this year.

Vic West 0 Fernwood 1

City of Victoria Field Conditions
Here is the link to the City of Victoria's webpage for field status/closures:

The Township of Esquimalt(Victor Brodeur) lists their field conditions here:

A Parking Warning to ALL Members
This is a reminder and a 'warning' to ALL Club members, when parking in the Clubhouse neighbourhood. Do not park on the yellow curbs, do get off the road and up on the dirt when parking directly across the street from the Clubhouse.

Some business parking lots do not mind your 'after hours' use(and don't ask me which ones) BUT and most importantly....

You can NEVER park in our immediate neighbour's parking lot next to Complete Residential Management, 3267 & 3273 Tennyson.This is strictly verbotten. And it doesn't matter what day or time of day; it is 24/7.

The owner of that lot has warned us before and now he is threatening to TOW any unauthorized vehicle away, anywhere in that lot. Signs will be posted at the Clubhouse as a reminder to members, but please ensure all of your team and your guests, who are not regular visitors to the Clubhouse, are made aware of this.

Please & thank you