This past weekend the 1st team participated in the 7th edition of the DEFI Futsal Tournament held in Sainte-Hyacinthe, Quebec. It was a fenomenal event that saw 53 futsal teams come together in (4) categories: Senior Elite, Senior Competition, Woman’s Senior Elite, and an Over 35 division.
The 7 hour drive to Quebec certainly did not put a damper on the weekends games for the team. The weekend kicked off early Saturday morning with three matches at École Secondaire Saint-Joseph. They played three games of the group stage and continued on to the play-offs which were held Sunday morning.
“We finished off the group stage comfortably in first place; but we knew going into the play-offs it was not going to be as easy. In the quarter finals game against Rimouski the opponents managed to put up a tough fight in the first half; however, we dominated play in the second half by circulating the ball and with lots of second post finishing. In the semi-finals we went up against Albiceleste, 2015 Quebec Provincial Futsal Champions and we were able to claim three goals early in the match and we were able to dominate throughout the entire match. Definitely, it was one of the teams best performances of all season. In the finals we went up against a defensively strong, FC Sparte team. We had another great performance where we were able to break the defense down through executed plays and set-pieces. Both our keepers were strong throughout the tournament which contributed to the success of the team. Overall it was a great weekend for the group on and off the court as we prepare to enter the final stages of the Peel Halton Futsal League; along with the qualification process to the 2015 CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship”.-Roy Blanche, Head Coach.
The team has started preparation for the season in early October 2014 and has increased its technical staff in early 2015 with the addition of Assistant Coach Marcos Moraes Leite a professional futsal coach from Parana, Brasil who also contributes to the strength and conditioning of the players along with Samira Razavi team therapist who formed part of the delegation which traveled to the 2014 CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship.
Hats off to Defi Futsal and the Quebec Soccer Federation for hosting another great futsal tournament and all the teams which participated over the weekends events. We look forward to future opportunities.
Futsal Club Toronto 6-1 FC Liverpool
Futsal Club Toronto 5-1 VTL United
Futsal Club Toronto 3-1 Outlaws
Quarter Finals: Futsal Club Toronto 6-4 Rimouski
Semi-Finals: Futsal Club Toronto 8-1 Albiceleste
Finals: Futsal Club Toronto 4-1 FC Sparte
Blanche, Roy|Head Coach
Redwood, Lorenzo|Assistant Coach
Ragno, David| Goalkeeper
Campusano, David| Goalkeeper
Yaques, Alvaro (Captain)|Cierre/Defense
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