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Cook Islands Quest 100 (Quest #4)

  • Friday Sept. 28th 2012

  • Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean

Soccer Quest 42 (Quest #5)

  • Friday Oct. 5th to Sunday Oct. 7th 2012

  • Location: Spray Lake Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

The last two weeks have been all about soccer. Sue and I have watched every game played in Euro and we have a couple of comments on the state of the game.

Number one, I want to get a can of that "Magic Spray" they apply to the injured players. An opponent taps a member of the opposite team on the ankle and they spin around on the ground like a gyroscope. Then, four medics trot on and cart the player off the pitch on a stretcher. Next, the team doctor comes along and applies the "Magic Spray". Up pops the player and he's back dashing up and down the field.

Number two, England must practice more taking penalties. A goal is 8 feet high and 24 feet wide. That's 192 square feet. If you subtract the area of the goalie (say, 16 square feet) then that leaves 176 sq ft. The ball will fit into a 1 sq ft opening hence there is more than enough holes in which to score a goal.

Moving on to last Friday night. Sue and I had the pleasure of meeting Gavin Peacock. Gavin is a former English professional footballer who played as midfielder and striker from 1984 until 2002 notably in the Premier league for Newcastle United and Chelsea. He is presently living in Canmore and was gracious enough to agree to give the Cochrane Thunder Wolves U-14 girl's soccer team a training session at Cochrane Rangers Field.

It was a wet evening and things didn't improve Saturday morning. Cochrane Minor Soccer had planned their big Soccerfest and the games were played at Mitford and West Rock fields. In total, 53 teams turned up for the event including teams from Canmore and Redwood Meadows. The heavy mist didn't dampen the fun and U-6 boys and girls got things off to a flying start.

The event was a fundraiser for Right To Play and each team was asked to bring bags of pennies to donate to the "Ton of Pennies" initiative. Team after team poured their pennies into the large clear containers and a total of 200 lbs of pennies were collected. The winning team for pennies collected, at 98 lbs, was the Lime Cobra U-13 girl's team. Now that's a lotta pennies.

If you still have some at home in a jar then take them to Cochrane Toyota; Penny HQ. Thank you.

Quote of the Day

"I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play and good sportsmanship."

Major Taylor

The Lime Cobras U-13 girls soccer team collected 98 lbs of pennies for Right To Play. Now that's champion.


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