Kondors drag themselves in the B.C. finals

Kwalikum Secondary School's senior boys soccer team earned a berth in the 2011 AA provincials.

Ben Robson and his KSS Kondors teammates pulled their soccer season out of the fire in Victoria this week.

Ben Robson and his KSS Kondors teammates pulled their soccer season out of the fire in Victoria this week.

“The Kondors are not only alive and well, they’re actually pretty hot right now.”

Talk about rising from the ashes. Kwalikum Secondary School’s senior boys soccer team had a great ride back from Victoria Wednesday night, knowing they’d pulled their season out of the fire and earned their school’s third consecutive berth in the AA provincial championships.

Just over a week ago, the host Kondors hung on for a fourth place finish at the North Island finals in Qualicum Beach. Two days later (last Friday) they made the trip down to Cowichan where they trimmed the Esquimalt Dockers 2-nil in a wildcard game for the last berth in the eight-team Island finals.

Back at it this Tuesday and Wednesday at Saint Michael’s University School, the Kondors opened the Islands with an upset 3-0 win over the No. 1 seed from the North, the Gulf Island Scorpions.

The Scorpions were the favourites in this one, but the lads from Kwalikum came to play.

“It’s been quite the ride,” Kondors’ coach Butch Gayton confirmed from his cell phone on the way home from Victoria shortly after the game.

Connal Spencer staked the Kondors to the early lead with two first half goals, and Grade 10 call-up Darien Atkinson iced the win in the second half when he connected on a ‘greasy’ rebound with time winding down.

“We were very excited — they’re a solid team, very skillful, and we were very happy to get out of there with the win,” said Gatyon, adding, “they hit some posts and a cross bar, they pressured us big-time, but our thing now is we absorb the pressure and then counter-attack — that’s been the key.”

Against the South No. 2 Glenn Lyon Norfolk Gryphons Tuesday afternoon, the locals “came out flat and tired and never gained any traction,” in a 4-1 loss.

Andreas Zehrer counted for the Kondors off a penalty kick.

In game three with their season on the line against the Carihi Tyees, the locals responded with a solid 3-1 win.

Atkinson opened the scoring when he buried a Ben Robson rebound about 10 minutes in, and Spencer upped it to 2-nil with a twisting, turning, left-footed half-volley.

“It was a really bad angle and somehow he spun around and ripped the far side of the net apart,” said Gayton.

Atkinson reeled in the win over the Tyees with about 10 minutes left in the game when he connected on a cheeky little chip over the charging keeper.

That win earned KSS a spot in Wednesday’s three-four game against the Highland Raiders, with the winner of that match earning the final berth into the B.C.s.

The Raiders punished the Kondors 7-1 at the North Islands, but it was a different story line on Wednesday.

“So we’re dominating the game and Darien gets red-carded 10, 15 minutes in for objectionable conduct but the thing was we never missed a beat,” said coach Gayton, adding “it brought out some inner beasts in our guys … it was nice to see.”

Inner beasts indeed as the Kondors sent the Raiders packing in what Gayton described as “an emotional” 2-1 final.

The two longtime rivals played to scoreless first half draw, and Andreas opened the scoring early in the second.

The Raiders drew even about 10 minutes later off a free kick.

Connell lifted the Kondors into the B.C.s when he scored the golden goal just as time expired.

“So the ref blows the whistle to mark the goal and then he immediately blows it again to end the game. I’ve never witnessed that before,” said Gayton, then confirmed what we suspected, that “the boys were very happy.”

“It was quite a mob scene on the field,” he chuckled, “some of the guys may have sustained some career-ending injuries in the ensuing dog-pile.”

Keeper Kevin Frampton “had an outstanding weekend,” tending the mesh for the Kondors every minute of all four games.

“We definitely had some standouts this week,” said Butch.

 

A WHOLE

LOTTA SOCCER

Starting with the North Islands (Nov. 1-2), the Kwalikum’s senior boys soccer team played 10 games in 9 days.

“And that’s not including their Oceanside (youth soccer) commitments,” said Gayton, adding, “we’re paying for it now though — we have a lot of sore and inured bodies, but we have 11 days to heal up and get better.”

Whatever happens from here on out says Gayton is all a bonus.

With no returning players from last year, “they wrote us off at the start of the season,” said Gayton, adding, “we had no metro players, no development players, no nothing, just a bunch of Oceanside players that have come together to play as a team.

“This team was given no chance,” said the longtime local high school coach, “so for them to earn a chance to prove themselves at the provincials is pretty special …very rewarding. It keeps me ticking.”

 

GAME ON

The Kondors new set their sights on the BC High School AA Sr. Boys Provincial soccer championships slated for Burnaby Fields Nov. 21-23.

Just Posted

Hannes Grosse, left, and Iris Steigemann, right, as they prepared for their 'Moments of Silence' exhibit. The father-daughter duo are showing at The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach until June 26. (Submitted photo)
Cortes Island artists exhibit at Qualicum Beach’s TOSH in first father-daughter show

Both artists will be present at shows on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26

The Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society will get more funding from the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Submitted Photo)
More PQB communities to fund Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society

RDN to introduce amendment to service bylaw contribution

A slide on best practices when reporting a suspected impaired driver that was presented to Parksville city council on June 7 by Margarita Bernard, a volunteer with MADD. The organization’s Report Impaired Drivers campaign involves the installation of informative signs within the City of Parksville. (Mandy Moraes photo)
MADD brings campaign to report impaired drivers to Parksville

Aim is to raise awareness that 911 should be called

Pam Bottomley (executive director), right and Sandy Hurley (president) of the Parksville Downtown Business Association visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Downtown Parksville gears up for post-pandemic bounce back

Podcast: Hurley, Bottomley chat about what’s ahead for the PDBA

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.’s Indigenous language, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact they recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says re-opening B.C.’s border to the U.S. ‘is not in our best interest’ right now. (B.C. Government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (B.C. Government photo)
B.C. records 113 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 4 deaths

Vaccination of young people rising quickly, near 75 per cent

Most Read