Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ireland only has six Regina players

A noticeable trend over the past few WCP Cups is that the Republic of Ireland's roster contains less and less Regina players each year. The 2011 version of the tournament will be no different.

Ireland currently only has six Regina players lined up to play in April with the possibility of a seventh. Every other player on the team will be from out of town - mostly from Saskatoon. There is no rule for out-of-town players and to Ireland's credit, it's seeking out heritage players, but I don't think there's any other team that takes the talent searching to this level.

The Regina players that Ireland will have are Mike Collins, Andrew Sanderson, Mark Wernikowski, Shaan Kapila, Landon Heron and Jonah Gardikiotis when he returns. The seventh possible player will be whomever Ireland picks up to play keeper for two games. No guarantee it will be a Regina player though.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

since when is jonah Irish

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to see more teams do this actually...bring in better and better players to make this tournament better quality. As long as they're playing within the rules (meeting the heritage/youth/masters rules when they apply) I don't see a problem with this...why not bring in out of towners to help promote the game in Regina and attract some new fans.

Anonymous said...

Playmaker doesn't look at the grand scheme of things. What makes this tournament what is it; is that fact that the more skilled players from Saskatoon make the trip down every year. If this tournament was JUST Regina players and there was a limit to how many out of town players could play that would hinder the growth of the event.
Kevin got the prototype from the Mini World Cup that is ran in Edmonton; in Edmonton players from all over the province come and participate which makes it a bigger event every year that its played.
Playmaker knows that no out of town players would want to play for his squad, therefore his chances of stamping guaranteed tickets to the play offs grow slimmer and slimmer each year.

As how many new, highly talented players has Norway been able to recruit? Their roster is filled with a bunch of blue collared no bodies that eventually will have a hard time winning matches once more skilled players enter the tournament and that is Playmakers fear.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure "Playmaker" wrote anywhere that he is against ROI bringing in players.

Anonymous said...

but whats the point of braden writing something if an anonymous person isnt gonna rant about the comment

Anonymous said...

In other breaking news, the WCP Cup will be played at the Regina Soccer Facility. It is located on the Exhibition Grounds between Lewvan and Pasqua, off of Dewdney.

Anonymous said...

I am torn with out of town players. I really like having out of town players come in because they offer so much talent and increase the intensity that it makes the games a lot of fun to watch. However, two things that I have issues with is that some teams do not have the ability to invite players from Saskatoon or surrounding areas because for whatever reason do not know players. Then this turns into a popularity tournament which kind of sucks because it is not a fair ability for each team to get players from other cities. Lastly, if we keep on increasing players from out of town, we skip over our own home town players. Like stated before, this is tournament is in Regina let Saskatoon start there own. Lastly, this tournament is running in a few big cities, like Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto but they have a complete league with it as well. We do not have the population to keep this just a Regina tournament, so I think yes there should be out of town players but we need to make sure that we don't overlook our players later down the road.

Kirk Dooley

Anonymous said...

i agree with u kirk but if u want to win it all u need players from out of town, ROI or Laos rely on those players so if u take it away from them then teams like Canada, france and Norway will be the dominant teams which would be nice to see that it doesnt become a two teams tournament btn roi and laos, so each team should try make new friends outside regina in order to have a shot

Anonymous said...

Having the ability to invite out of town players might not be fair to some teams. However, how fair is it being Team Canada and not having to worry about the heritage rule? Just saying.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Kirk, but I disagree with the whole not having the ability to get players from Saskatoon. how many players in this tournament play PSL? How many men's teams go to Saskatoon for provincials? How many players coach kids teams that go to Saskatoon for the SYSCO or provincial tournaments? Not that tough to take a look on Saskatoon Soccers website to see who top teams are and then contact Saskatoon soccer to find the contacts on the that team to find players. I don't know how Ireland or Laos got their first out of town players, but I would guess that's how they did it.

Anonymous said...

its all about knowing people in stoon who are friends with ppl who play in there league, i dont think u can contact there soccer association and they just give u contacts to ppl, coz if those guys dont know u they cant play for u so just try find friends in stoon and u will be good for players next yr

Anonymous said...

ya dumb ass, its common sense

Anonymous said...

so why fuck were u saying its hard to find players from sasktoon, u damb ass you self fag

Anonymous said...

i dont know what was going through that persons mind when they made that comment.

Anonymous said...

Convincing point on players from out of town. If the tournament stopped players from out of town, from playing it probably would be a two team tournament.

About the Canada issue not having to find heritage players that is true. However, my brother Hugh, when he created the team was just trying to get us to play together and have some fun, since we haven't played soccer on a team with each other for a while. At that point heritage wasn't a hard and fast rule. Also, he created the team after the first WCP Cup when he thought the tourney was gonna remain small. We did not expect it to balloon so fast. If he didn't do it, someone else would have, you would have been dealing with a team Canada at some point. Also at that point I had just moved back to Regina, completely out of shape and hadn't touched a ball in 5 years. Shawn was the only one playing, and Hugh isn't really a player. what team would have accepted us? In case you haven't noticed, the Dooley's are assholes that ruin tournaments.

Kirk Dooley

Anonymous said...

"Also at that point I had just moved back to Regina, completely out of shape"

About the part about you being out of shape... are you saying now that you are currently in shape?

Anonymous said...

Nope, which is why I am not playing this year.

Kirk Dooley

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when the roster and forms are supposed to be handed in?

Playmaker said...

Roster has to be finalized and handed in by March 14.

Mike Collins said...

Alright for those of you having trouble recruiting out of town players here is a 5 step guide to help you.

1. Be Awesome.

Nobody wants to drive a couple hours to find out everyone else on their team is a bunch of donkeys who can't pass the ball 3 feet. Good players want to play with people at their own skill level otherwise its frustrating as hell.

WARNING: This step may require training. ie. running, kicking a ball more than once a week, etc.

2. Drink Beer

Saskatoon players love beer and what better time to get them to commit to something than when they have consumed alot of it. ROI have literally recruited players over the outcome of a shot of beer pong.
Inebriation =

3. Diminish Costs

Everyone knows the WCP Cup would take your first born if they were allowed. So if you add to that the costs of travel, accomodation and booze then these guys are getting killed financially. Be prepared to subsidize some of the cost of these guys through a sponsor or your own pocket. (I recommend sponsor)

4. Don't Care

This might be a shocker but outside of Regina people dont think the wcp cup is the end all, be all. Out-of-towners come down for a giant party. Nobody wants an imposed curfew from a team taking it way to seriously. Boring.

5. Network

Once you have one player from a city, get that player to contact other players. I basically talk to one or 2 out of town guys and they do the rest. Of course whether or not they pass on the info is dependant on how well steps 1-4 were followed.

Well there you have it. I have shared some of my overwhelming wealth of knowledge. Hopefully this will enable other teams to recruit more talented out of town players. Who I will then steal.

Mike Collins said...

Didn't mean to write that last part.

Anonymous said...

dirty Irish man always stealing our players, we will steal yo guls in return lol

Mike Collins said...

Do it.. take the ghouls. I have been trying to get rid of them.

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha i enjoy reading comments most.

Anonymous said...

haha love the post Mike..