U14 Girls: Win the San Marino Cup!

The Aurora Stingers U14 Girls were in Italy this past week and have sent the following email updates:

Days 1-3:

The U14 girls left Toronto on July 2 and flew into Venice, Italy. Day 2 was spent sightseeing the beautiful city of Venice and then we travelled to the Republic of San Marino to compete in the 2010 San Marino Cup. Day 3 started with a team practice and then it was off to the beach in Rimini on the Adriatic coast.

More to follow........

Reported by: Colin McCreesh

Day 4:

After a couple of days touring in Venice and then Rimini we played our first
game today against Soca Soccer Academy from Virginia, USA. The Aurora
girls played very well and were unlucky to come away with a 0-0 tie.
Fantastic team effort against a very good side.

The opening ceremonies were that evening and the girls proudly represented Aurora and Canada.

Reported by: Colin McCreesh

Day 5, Part 1:

Another update from the U14 trip to the San Marino Cup. 
This morning we played Leppavaaran Pallo from Finland and after a very
dominant game we came away with a 2-0 win.
Last night we attended the opening ceremony where we represented Aurora and Canada.

Reported by: Colin McCreesh

Day 5, Part 2:

We just played Game 3 against CFF Clujana from Romania.
The Aurora girlswere very strong and tied an excellent team 1-1.

By the end of the day Aurora Stingers were sitting at the top of
the table, unbeaten in three games.

One more game to go tomorrow and then hopefully we are off to the final
round of games on Saturday.

Reported by: Colin McCreesh

Day 6:

Aurora Stingers sting the Italians from FCF Como 2000!

After a well fought battle in scorching temperatures the Aurora girls scored a brilliant 2 on 1 goal a few minutes from time and they came away with a 1-0 victory. The U14 Girls are assured of a place in the final and they could also win the qualifying group.

The girls made the coaching staff and their parents very proud today!

Go Stingers!

Reported by: Colin McCreesh

Day 7:

Stingers had the day off today and so we headed off to the beach.
Games today had the USA winning and so we will meet them in the final.
Aurora Stingers were the only unbeaten team in the qualifying round and we finished in 1st place.

Tonight the coaches play the referees in what should be an exciting game!
The girls get a chance to see how their coaches play.

The final game is on Saturday at 11 am.

Reported by: Colin McCreesh

Day 7 Update 2:

The U14 Girls Stingers are heading into the finals of the San Marino Cup tomorrow, defending their first-place position against the U.S. team.

Playing in record high temperatures nearing 40C and under sunny Italian skies, the team has a no-loss record after fending off elite-level teams from Virginia (0-0), Romania (1-1), Finland (2-0) and Italy (1-0).
Forty-eight teams from 12 countries are taking part in the international tournament that combines high-calibre competition in soccer and basketball for girls and boys with an opportunity to explore the culture and heritage of this picturesque independent republic in the mountains of central Italy.

Since leaving Aurora July 2, the 17 players, with head coach George Watt, assistant coach Collie Salmon, trainer Dan Rife, manager Colin McCreesh and parents, explored the ancient canal city of Venice before travelling 657 metres above sea level into the mountains of San Marino, marked by its three medieval fortresses atop its peaks, and enjoying the nearby beaches of Rimini on the Adriatic Coast.

After competing in the finals, the team will travel to the Florence area for a training session with a professional Italian coach, a visit to the Italian Soccer Federation Museum and guided tour of Florence.
The trip of an lifetime continues with a stay in Montecatini, the spa and art nouveau city, a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a friendly match with the Real Aglianese, before reaching the final destination of beautiful and historic Rome. The team arrives home July 14.

Reported by: Deb Kelly (editor of the Era Banner)

Day 8:

Stinger Girls win the San Marino Cup.

After a closely fought game in extremely hot weather the Stingers came away with the Cup against Soca Girls from Virginia.  The score was 1-1 at full time and the Stingers won 4-3 on penalties!

Reported by: Colin McCreesh