CRSC Has A New Technical Director
He has coached teams in our club before... He hails from the land where soccer is known as football...
The Cochrane Rangers Soccer Club would like to welcome Dominic Hickey to our club in his new role of Technical Director. Dominic brings a wealth of experience and soccer know-how to the CRSC. He will be available to assist players, coaches and teams as needed, working across our recreational and competitive programs alike.
Welcome aboard Dominic Hickey! We look forward to soccering with you...
Cochrane Cup Fabulous 80s Band & Costume Party
All Cochrane Cup participants are invited to dance and party the night away at our Fabulous 80s Band & Costume Party! Might as well dress up, because people might think you have even if you didn't!
The event takes place at the mid-way point of the Cochrane Cup tournament, in the evening of Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Duck's On The Roof, located at 205 - 3rd Avenue West in Cochrane.
Tickets can be purchased for just $15 (plus some pride depending on your costume) at the beer tent at the Rangers Fields or at the Ducks. Your ticket includes a free drink. See you there!
CRSC Girls' Under-18
The Girls' Under-18 secured top place in league play with an overall 10-2 record. The road to get there started early with the President's Day Cup Outdoor Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. The games saw the team face some of the top ranked teams in the South Eastern USA. Our tournament record was 1-3 but the coaches were very pleased with the team's performance, especially at such a highly competitive level. Overall, it was one of the best experiences for the entire team. Great soccer, great facilities and great experience had by all!
With the league seeding round upon them, the team continued to work hard with exhibition games, fitness and training sessions. Their main goal in the seeding round was to reach Tier 2, which they did, losing only one game to their top Calgary rival. While waiting for the playoffs to start, the team took the trip to Kelowna for a shot at the Canada Day Cup. Despite the heat, the Rangers played very strong and dominant soccer, winning all games in the qualifiers and taking Silver in the Finals.
Determined to take Gold in their league playoffs the girls came out of the gate strong and beat their top rival 2-1. This set the momentum for a successful remaining Play-Off campaign resulting in top spot.
The team will continue to train for their upcoming Tier 2 Provincials in Medicine Hat.
Harris To Head 21st Annual Cochrane Cup
The 21st Annual Cochrane Cup will be held on the weekend of September 14-15, 2013 this year. CRSC would like to welcome veteran Cochrane Cup organizer Andy Harris back to the helm, who has 11 years of Cochrane Cup organizing experience to bring to the field. Thank you Andy for taking on this role once again!
August 31, 2013
Cochrane Cup team registration together with online payment via PayPal is now live for you to get started at Cochrane Cup. Tournament entry fee for teams remains unchanged from last year at $500. Please note that the tournament registration deadline is August 31, 2013.
The tournament information package, as well as the event format and schedule will be coming soon. Please stay tuned! For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering for the Cochrane Cup please contact email@example.com.
CRSC Men's Over-45
After a disappointing start to the 2013 Outdoor season the Cochrane Men's Over-45 squad have turned things around dramatically, pulling ourselves from the lower rungs of the CUSA Over-45B league all the way up to second place with only our old rivals the Lads Club blocking our way to first spot.
Sincere thanks and a huge pat on the back must go to our newly appointed and dedicated manager Gordon McDonald who, in his first year of managing the Over-45 squad, stuck with his task even after such a poor start to help orchestrate our move towards the top of the table. Not forgetting the invaluable help from coaches Dominic Hickey and Gunther Schutterle - we are in good hands and look forward to the remainder of our games and competing for a top spot and possible promotion back into the top flight of Men's Over-45 soccer.
Practices this season have been thoroughly enjoyable and have seen significant increases in attendance thanks in large part to the interesting routines and game tactics taught by coach Dominic whilst at the same time acknowledging the magnificent job our team manager has done by encouraging all players to attend practices in order to be considered for game selection. Right on Gord!
CRSC 2013 Indoor Registration Live!
Caw! Caw! The fall Early Bird has just swooped in, and with it the Cochrane Rangers Soccer Club 2013 Indoor registration is now live. Early Bird registration fees are in effect until August 10, 2013.
Due to the recent service outage at our web hosting provider, our member database has been reset. How will this affect you? Since all account information has been wiped clean: rather than logging in and updating your existing account, you will have to register from scratch and start afresh just as you did the first time registering online with CRSC. Nothing else has changed with the already familiar registration process...
As before, after registering your new account and logging in with your password, use the link to Pay Fees for making your fee payment with PayPal. The form that appears with the actual Pay Now button contains a handy summary of your account settings. Please take a moment to verify that the information you entered is correct. If your account balance is wrong or shows $0 then one of your account settings needs a quick tweak! All it takes for making changes is a quick visit to Update Account.
2013 Indoor fees are as follows:
- Competitive (games/practices): Early Bird F/T $400, Regular F/T $500, Early Bird P/T $300
- Competitive (games only): F/T $300, P/T $200
- Men's Recreational: $210
- Women's Recreational: $195
A note to coaches and managers: the CRSC Outdoor 2013 team database has also been wiped clean in order to commence the Indoor 2013 registration. Any late registrants for your Outdoor 2013 season still have to register and sign the waiver online. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding how late registrants can pay 2013 Outdoor fees.
All teams registering for 2013 Indoor must have a minimum of six (6) full-time players registered and paid on the CRSC website by August 10, 2013 in order to qualify for league registration by CRSC with CUSA, CWSA, or CMS.
CRSC Member Database Service Outage
Our web hosting company earlier today experienced an apparently serious technical issue which has impacted database services and backups for our account. They expect to be up and running again by mid-day tomorrow. We have an almost current version of our member database ready to be restored from a local backup in case our hosting provider is unable to get at the version that was lost. Until all issues are resolved completely, no database access or member services such as player registrations will be functional. We appreciate your patience as we work towards resolving the problem with our provider! We do not expect 2013 Indoor Registration Early-Bird kick-off to be delayed at this time.
Calgary Athletic Parks Rain-Out Info
The City of Calgary maintains a useful Athletic Parks Facility Status page with up-to-date field closure information. Equally useful is City of Calgary Athletic Parks, which links directly to individual Athletic Park information pages that contain mapping and park layout details!
Hornets Win Ladies Indoor Recreational Tournament
The Cochrane Rangers Women's Recreational League recently wrapped up their indoor season with a closely fought three day tournament that was finally won by the Hornets.
The social was held at the Bullhorn bar and a donation jar that the players contributed to raised $401 which went to the Cochrane Minor Soccer club to help a youngster play soccer that might otherwise not be able to!
The Cochrane Rangers Soccer Club (CRSC) is always interested in new players. We offer Men's and Women's competitive and recreational programs. If you are a new player thinking about registering with a CRSC program online, the coach and manager would also like to hear from you. Please check in with the coach and manager of the program you are interested in and send them an eMail. The coach and manager can then invite you out to practices for you to meet staff and players. Choose the team you're interested in joining from the "Team Selection" section of our online registration form, and please check our Competition and Recreation programs pages for coach and manager contact details. Any questions? Just contact email@example.com
CRSC Classic Premier Ladies In Major Provincials
The CRSC Women's Classic Premier squad coached by Terry Norman, Gunther Schutterle, and Reiner Sattler finished the 2012-2013 indoor season with a 13-3-3 record, qualifying the team to play in the Classic Major Provincials held in Calgary on the weekend of March 22-24, 2013. The provincial tournament brought together the top teams from the Classic Major division: Edmonton Green & Gold and Edmonton Angels, as well as Calgary's Tsunami Blues, and the Cochrane Rangers. Our ladies - from a town of 17,000 facing opponents from major centers with well over 1,000,000 population - finished 4th in the Provincial championship.
Players and coaching staff on the provincial roster were: Coach Terry Norman, Sarah Tas, Jan Norman, Karina Neill, Dyana McElroy, Heidi Packard, Jackie Shier, Jesse Kubes, Manager Tania Schmidtke, Nicole Angelozzi, Sandra Rush, Stacey Van Dyke, Denean Thorsen, Jo Daviduk, Dena Sykes, Coach Reiner Sattler, as well as Sherry Grund who is missing from the photo. Supporting in the stands due to injury were Melanie Martzoukos, Tracy Taylor and Cecily Woolrich. The players would like to thank our coaches and manager for their time, energy, and dedication!
Cochrane Turf Association Update
The Cochrane Turf Association has recently completed an RFP and selection of a Project Manager for the role of procurement and installation of the turf. The company (Dialog) has a Calgary office and we will be working with Doug Wournell from Dialog. Doug has installed over 60 turf projects and has 20 years of construction/contract management experience. We are meeting with him on 2013-04-15 for our first consultation.
Our next big agenda item is fundraising. We have raised $925,000 so far but need at least $1,200,000 to start construction. We will get a better idea of costs once Doug has more work completed. Each of the four groups has committed to raising $100,000 as part of the founding members and this will allow each group to participate in the first turf bookings for each year. Cochrane Minor Soccer has already contributed $50,000 and Cochrane Minor Football has contributed $25,000. We have several fund raising grant applications in the works but need to roll up our sleeves to get the next funding in place as quickly as possible. If we can have funding in place by 2013-07-01, we can still build this year!
What do we need now? Money, and lots of it. If anyone has contacts in companies or knowledge of grant money available for this project, please pass along the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
CRSC Women's Recreational League Registration
CRSC Women's Recreational League registration is open! Have you played soccer in the past and want to get back into it? Or perhaps you have never played soccer before but are looking for a fun, social sport?
Calling all interested ladies, aged 18 years and over! The league meets every Monday night from mid-May until September. Games, insurance, referees, a tournament and an end-of-season social are all included for the fabulous fee of only $135!
Registration deadline is 2013-03-31. However, if space permits we always welcome new players. For more information please contact email@example.com
CRSC 2013 Outdoor Competitive Team Registration
If you would like to play on a competitive CRSC team this summer but aren't sure how to go about reserving your spot on a roster, here is what to do:
- Register online selecting the team for which you would like to be considered
- Team management and coaching staff will be in touch with all registered players to help determine the best player-team fit
- Play soccer!
CRSC 2013 Outdoor Registration Now Open
Online registration for the 2013 Outdoor season is now open! Those of you with existing CRSC member accounts only have to update your account with the appropriate settings for your outdoor season. These changes may include details such as your team affiliation, or full-time vs part-time status, and so on. The online form for updating your account works exactly as it did for your 2012 Outdoor registration, including PayPal payments.
Those of you registering for the first time, will have to register as CRSC members first, using Registration or else the direct links to our Registration page in the left-hand column or near the top right-hand corner of the page.
An Early Bird registration discount is available to competitive team players. Players registering before the early bird registration fee deadline of 2013-02-28 are rewarded with a substantial discount at only $275! The registration fee for payments made after 2013-02-28 goes up to $325! Recreational program fees remain the same as last summer, with the Women’s Recreational league fee at $135 and the Men’s Recreational program at $80 for the season.
CRSC is looking forward to another successful club season. We are growing! If you have any questions about registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CRSC Annual General Meeting
Here ye! Here ye! The CRSC AGM will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 15:00 at Cochrane Lanes. Attendees receive a drink ticket and snacks.
Soccer Quest 42 Awards
AC's Restaurant & Lounge was the venue for our Soccer Quest 42 get-together, where players and organizers were presented with their "Officially Amazing" Guinness World Record certificates. Great job guys!
"Officially Amazing", Reiner Sattler was presented with his Guinness World Record certificate for refereeing in Soccer Quest 42. He is pictured here beside the new Rangers sign from Insight Image, with some of the ladies from drop-in soccer, which runs every tuesday and thursday morning from 09:30 at the indoor turf! All ladies welcome!
CRSC Business Directory
CRSC has added a Business Directory to our website. The idea is to provide a place for members to advertise business or professional services, free of charge, as an easy way for our member community to connect with each other. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact email@example.com. In order to keep things simple and fair to everyone, please limit the information you provide to us for inclusion in the Business Directory to basic contact information and a very short description. To kick things off, take a look at Business Directory. Did you all know, for example, that Daran Fletcher offers professional Signage & Print Services right here in Cochrane?
TriOil Soccer Quest 42
On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 16:00, 16 players, two just-in-case reserves, plus a whole team of volunteers and organisers settled in to the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre in preparation for breaking the Guinness World Record. Our mission was to try and break the current record of 40 hours of continuous play for the longest marathon of 5-a-side soccer.
At 17:30, the ton of pennies cheque was presented by ATB to Martin Parnell on the turf. The pennies collected raised over $6,000 for Right To Play.
At two minutes before 18:00, Rochelle Nydokus sang "Oh Canada" with the Soccer Quest 42 players representing the red team and the black team lined up in the centre of the Philergos Field. At 18:00, the start whistle was blown, the cameras were rolling, and the adventure had begun. Throughout that first night, food was delivered and volunteers showed up eagerly for their four hour shifts.
Volunteers throughout the event were key, from getting players anything they needed from cheeseburgers at 04:00 to foot massages, to delivering food and drinks, and keeping player morale high by playing music, dressing in crazy outfits, dancing, or waving brooms and dusters! The dressing rooms were turned into sleeping quarters and players tried to grab some shut eye on their scheduled breaks. Players were not permitted to leave the premises over the course of the record breaking attempt.
The players all had high points and low points during the event. Unless you asked them about it, you wouldn't have known about any low points. Not once did anyone even hint that they couldn't carry on. Every time there was an official team break, or they had their own scheduled break, they came back on to the pitch with a must-carry-on attitude. Everyone was smiling the whole time! You couldn't help but be inspired by them and marvel at their perseverance.
In the early hours of Sunday morning the pace was slowing somewhat. But then, suddenly, the Guinness World Record adjudicator, Michael Empric arrived at SLSFSC from New York, and the finish line was in sight. At the 10:00 break Sunday morning, when we equalled the current record, there was a cheer, and a realisation that the record was within our grasp: 42 hours!
By 11:30 the stands were filling up with friends, family and supporters, and the media had arrived to record the moment. At 12:00 when the 42 hours was reached, the countdown for a final minute of play began, and at 12:01 on Sunday, October 7, 2012 the indoor turf erupted as MP Blake Richards blew the final whistle, the players hugged, and the dream was finally realised!
A year of Soccer Quest 42 committee planning plus the 42 hours players' blood, sweat and tears together achieved the dual goals of raising money for Right To Play and breaking the Guinness World Record. The record was officially confirmed by GWR adjudicator Michael Empric on the spot. Cue speeches, paparazzi and champagne, and the event was done! Huge thanks goes to many people, without whom this event wouldn't have been possible...
Firstly TriOil for being our title sponsor, and for all of the Soccer Quest 42 sponsors. Martin Parnell for approaching CRSC with the dual goal of fundraising for Right To Play whilst attempting a Guiness World Record. Robin Mitchell and all of the staff at SLSFSC for their help and enthusiasm from the planning stages to execution. Julie Arnold from Netball Alberta, whose previous experiences with the LaCrosse Quest 24 and Netball Quest 61 was invaluable, from advice to sharing of documents and suggestions. The entire organizing committee for time and energy toward this cause. Also the volunteer referees, witnesses, timekeeper and scorekeepers, team managers, Cochrane Minor and the people of Cochrane who stepped up to help out, as they so often do. The Food donations from many local businesses, along with donations of printing, jerseys etc.
Finally, the 16 players who did all that was asked of them and more during those 42 hours (and 1 minute)! You guys are all Officially Amazing, and here's hoping the toenails grow back soon! The players:
- #1 Martin Parnell
- #2 Daran Fletcher
- #3 Cecily Woolrich
- #4 Jason Smith
- #5 Denean Thorsen
- #6 Sherry Grund
- #7 Dena Sykes
- #8 Dee Dee Cook
- #9 Matt Wiacek
- #10 Andy Harris
- #11 David Savage
- #12 Rochelle Nydokus
- #13 Caitlin Smid
- #14 Maria Perkovic
- #15 Kira Alston
- #16 Ellen Anderson Penno
What an accomplishment! Congratulations!
CRSC Women's Recreational League Tournament
RCL pipped Blue Mondays to the post by winning the recent Womens Recreational league tournament with a final score of 1-0. The winning goal was scored by Stacy Voss. The ladies then enjoyed a fun social at the Curling club, where the theme was ABC ... as in "Anything But Clothes"! Many trashy fashions were on display!
This year teams also decided to change things up from the regular team basket idea, and instead picked a charity cause close to their hearts for a money donation. The charities chosen this year ranged from Right To Play, Cancer Chic, AIWC, Boys And Girls Club, Hands Across The Sea and the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Foundation.
The Women's Recreational league commitee wish to thank the Cochrane Curling Club, Chiang Rai restaurant, Tammy Christensen, the referees and of course all the fabulous ladies who come out every year to support our fun and friendly league!
Current Weather Information
We have added a dynamic weather information feed - for the current and next day - to the left-hand sidebar of our website. Club members and visiting teams alike should now better be able to anticipate local playing conditions. As always, please continue to use our Rain-Out Line at 403.851.2552 for official field closure information!
Player Of The Month
Wayne Cannon, the new acquired forward of the Men's Over-35 A team has been recognized with the MVP award for the month of May by CUSA. Wayne comes from a city of champions where he has sculptured his amazing skills, Manchester City. Congratulations to Wayne who proved to be a real 'Cannon' for the Cochrane artillery.
Medals At Senior Provincials
The CRSC Women's Classic Premier soccer team went on the weekend of March 23rd to Edmonton in an effort to compete for provincial glory. The team had been preparing all season for the right to represent the south of the province at this tournament, which they did by placing second in their division.
The competition in Edmonton was intense and hard fought, but always on a fair and positive sportsmanlike level. When it was all done, the Cochrane Rangers earned a bronze medal with a tie, a loss, and a win for a total of 4 points. In comparison, the gold medal winner had 6 points from 2 wins and a loss, and the silver medal winner had 5 points from 2 ties and a win. These results indicate a very tight tournament where a lucky bounce here or there made a difference in the final standings.
The ladies who travelled to Edmonton were Joanne Daviduk, Nicole Angelozzi, Cecily Woorich, Sarah Tas, Karina Neil, Tania Schmidtke, Jackie Shier, Jill Uniacke, Sandra Rush, Heidi Packard, Melanie Martzoukos, Karen Georgacacos and Dena Sykes. Missing from the roster were Sheila Mehan and Janet Norman.
All can be pleased with the way they represented the Cochrane Rangers. The atmosphere at the tournament was great, and the harmony and support among the Ranger team members was first class!
Girls' Under-18 Provincials
The Cochrane Rangers Girls' Under-18 team started the season as a mixed group of girls from Canmore, Bragg Creek, Cochrane, Calgary and Airdrie. It took a surprisingly small amount of time for the girls to get to know one another and get used to playing with new teammates. The team finished tier 3 a respectable 4th place. On to provincials, where a tough first game was followed by a very strong second outing to take game 2. Our final game was a hard fought match, but the breaks did not come our way and we ended up in the middle of the pack at provincials.
This team has made soccer fun. They were great to watch and great to be a part of. Through wins and losses the girls stuck together, supported each other and gave it their best. A huge thanks to coach Patrick Ryan and assistant coach Don Long. We can't wait for outdoor!