|Tom Berridge, Burnaby Now
Burnaby Girls and Canadians Women Merge
Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009
The unification of the Burnaby Girls Soccer Club and the women's
Burnaby Canadians FC has added an unexpected ninth team to the merger.
in September, the newly named Burnaby Girls Soccer Club Canadians FC
will field a team in the premier division of the West Coast Women's
The team is tentatively named and is made up of
six original players from one of the Burnaby Girls club's most
successful youth teams - the Jazz.
opportunity is very good for us right now," said Canadians president
Dick Fryatt, who, along with club director Ed Kennedy, first approached
Burnaby Girls president Leo de Sousa last year with the idea of
combining the women's arm of both programs. "There are so many girls
with Burnaby Girls who have gone elsewhere. It really rounds out the
The unified club will field three teams in the
premier B, or selects division this season - the Selects, the Tigers
and the Shock, which won promotion from Div. 1 last season.
The Rush will campaign in Div. 2, while the under-21 Dynamite team earned promotion to Div. 3 this year.
The Wolfs will remain in the more recreational fourth division.
club colours will remain the red and white of Burnaby Girls, but some
of the established Canadians teams will keep their blue uniforms until
they are ready to buy new ones. The premier team will don new
"Going with red and white from the Burnaby
Girls, which is so recognizable, and red traditionally has been the
soccer colours in Burnaby, it just made good sense. We want to stick
with Burnaby tradition and build on it," Fryatt said.
The cradle-to-grave idea of the Burnaby Girls youth program becoming a feeder system for the women appealed to both parties.
clubs would also benefit from better field times and allotments. The
city's 60 per cent eligibility rule will also become less of an issue
once the merger becomes more established.
The only obvious
drawback was the possible team loyalties some players would carry into
adulthood and some non-traditional game and practice times.
"When we sat down and started to compare notes, we agreed it was a pretty good thing to do," Fryatt added.
an improvement for Burnaby kids. They have finally come home. Over the
years when they get blended, you will see a solid girls' presence in
Burnaby. The leadership of the club is an encouraging thing as well,"
said de Sousa, who will sit on the new club board as a director.