Welcome to Season 2014
- CSL Cup
Welcome to Season 2014
Well it’s that time of year again.
In fact its the 30th time. What a milestone for the CSL and all its supporters, players and sponsors should celebrate and be proud of contributing to a great achievement. That achievment is participating in a growing league that is comprised of some great football rivalries and offers a great place for footballers of many backgrounds and ages to play in great locations around the Adelaide metropolitan area. Congratulations to all those who have contributed to clubs and in turn the league over the past three decades. Anyway as the 30th preseason draws to a close. All the trial games have been played, the 30th season has been launched and the carnival has already been won. We should welcome our three new clubs this season the Mt Barker Crusaders affiliated to Cornerstone College, North City Panthers from Parafield TAFE and UniSA FC playing out of magill campus. All of these new clubs will add some more depth and character to a growing league that is sure to only improve again after this season.
On the website front over the next 24 to 48 hours we hope to have the new information up for all clubs, the rules and regulations and other documents to go up in the downloads section and obviously the all important results from Round 1 of the Collegiate Soccer League.
For those who have the job of phoning in your results please go to the contacts page and feel free to contact Luke Hylton from the CSL Executive Committee as soon as your match is completed, preferably by SMS to 0403697861 (you could email if necessary) with your results. Please note that this is the HOME teams RESPONSIBILITY. Please get them in ASAP as most games should finish at approx 5pm clubs have over an hour to send them in. Results will be published online here and in the Sunday Mail.
Alright, well good luck to Immanuel and Pulteney who kick off the opening game of the season tomorrow night with an 8.15pm kickoff @ SAWSA Park, Park 21 Greenhill Road, Adelaide. (across from Annesley College) All will be welcome at the game and its sure to be crisp but dry weather friday night and Immanuel would love the honor of welcoming Pulteney back into Division 1A after some time in the second tier of the CSL. Again, good Luck to both teams friday night and good luck to all the clubs over the weekend and we hope you all enjoy the first round of the CSL in 2011.
Executive Committe Member
On a perfect day for football at Pembroke Old Scholars Ground the Top Corner Sports CSL Carnival was a blaze of colour as new sides North City, Mt Barker and Uni SA competed for the first time having recently entered the CSL fold.
Along with most of the teams from the previous years a total of 20 clubs with 20 teams competed for the Top Corner Sports CSL Carnival trophy of which Pembroke were the current holders from 2010.
In a tough Group 1, Pembroke the defending champions went out on goal difference to Windsor Gardens after both accrued 2 wins and a draw each – the draw being to each other 1 – 1. Add Norwood and ASSE Simba to the group and Group 1 was probably the group of death.
Group 2 consisting of Pulteney, Rostrevor, Unley and Westminster was close with all teams very competitive but Westminster won the group yet qualified as the 4th highest group winner and consequently had to compete in a play-off game against the 5th highest group winner in order to qualify to the Semi Finals.
Scotch College went on to take out Group 3 and qualify for the first semi final against Windsor Gardens after fending off challenges from AUSC Black 1, North City and Sacred Heart.
Regency Eagles with a emphatic 4 – 1 win in their final Group 4 match won the group on goal difference from Immanuel yet as the 5th highest group winner had to first compete in the play-off game.
Mercedes although drawing with Mt Barker 1-1 still managed to qualify straight through to the semi finals after also defeating CBC and PAOC who also were very competitive and made up another tough batch of clubs in a strong Group 5.
The play off game between the lowest point scoring group winners between Westminster and Regency was a tight hard fought game with both teams vying to play Mercedes in the 2nd Semi Final.
Regency managed to go through with a 1-0 win scoring late in the match.
Meanwhile Scotch took on Windsor Gardens and in another tight affair in the 1st Semi Final, Windsor Gardens prevailed 1-0 from a penalty. With Windsor Gardens getting a little luck from the draw and getting a rest between games they were already in the Final and able to watch their potential opponents play in the next game.
A chance to see last year’s Collegiate Cup Finalists rematch between Mercedes and Windsor Gardens was not to be as Regency Eagles would play a tight end to end encounter and draw 1-1 with Mercedes.
Regency managed to hang on after having a player sent off for a lunging, desperate tackle that was slightly mistimed. Mercedes failed to take advantage of the ensuing penalty awarded and a man advantage thereafter
In fact, Regency’s keeper’s penalty save meant the game was a draw and went to sudden death penalties.
Mercedes missed the first penalty whilst Regency scored meaning Regency qualified for the Final in only their second season.
However Regency Eagles had played their last group game and 2 finals almost consecutively which made it very hard against an experienced and skilful Windsor Gardens side who have proved last season they are one of the best sides in the entire CSL.
In a good game played in even better spirits the Top Corner Sports CSL Carnival Final was still very competitive with both Regency Eagles and Windsor Gardens taking their chances and playing some good attacking football.
However, Windsor Gardens relentless forays forward resulted in a 3-0 victory.
Congratulations to Windsor Gardens who had a great win in the Final.
The CSL would like to thank all the clubs and players for competing and for helping to make it a great day.
Thank you must also go to all the referees whom had very long days but did a great job and to Pembroke Old Scholars thank you for hosting the event and contributing to making the event even better than last season.
Finally thanks must go to Top Corner Sports for sponsoring the event and along with the CSL Executive volunteers we all made the day a great success.
Full results of all matches can be found on the CSL website here.