OK, it’s been awhile since I closed the door on BCPL coverage here, let’s see how it goes now that the league is in flight…
After all the angst of defining the league followed by the angst of the franchise application process followed by the angst of hiring coaches and then the angst of team selection, the BCPL finally got down to the business of the real angst of how these teams look in action.
And it looks pretty good based on the first week’s results. While I spoke to one semi-prominent naysayer who thought the standard at the U13 girls games he saw was not good at all, I think overall a lot of things have fallen into place.
In the ‘good’ category, there were not that many blowouts. That’s the most obvious marker in setting this league up as a credible destination for the province’s best players. The 8-0 loss suffered by Doug Schultz’s South Fraser U16 boys was characterized to me as not really being anything like an 8-0 game with it being 3-0 until late. Although I’m not sure if I’d be less concerned about five late ones pinging in than an overall score of 8-0. The 8-1 on the Island that the Fusion U14 girls posted against the Wave is a concern. I’ve been told that cost has been an issue on the Island and many top players have opted out with this age group being one example.
But the Okanagan were competitive with Metro Ford. Granted it was at home but still they won three games against the Coquitlam power house.
Fields at South Surrey were apparently immaculate and aside from Mountain’s aforementioned drubbing of the South Fraser U16 boys none of the teams that are really stacked with Provincial team players crushed their opponents. That’s a great sign as it was one of the overriding concerns heading in.
The bad? Not much really. Some logistical concerns about the new Trillium fields in Vancouver as a facility but those were minor.
If the mini season can have six more weeks like this I think most people will consider it a success.
Comments welcome. Keep it reasonable. Harsh, anonymous criticism will likely not make it into the comments section or if it does won’t last long. It’s important to give this venture some breathing room. It’s already had a more public upbringing than Drew Barrymore and we know that wasn’t the smoothest ride for the little ET star…