The Vandoos champions: “We by no means stopped believing in it”

SOCCER. Through the years, Drummondville soccer has lived its glory years by means of the Riverains, the Patriotes and the Senators. Immediately, it is the Vandoos’ flip to style the thrill of a playoff championship.

Within the ultimate of the midget AAA class within the Montreal-Métro Soccer League (LFMM), Saturday night, on the Alphonse-Desjardins stadium in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the Vandoos overcame the Patriotes de l’Ouest on account of from 24-13. Disputed in a heated ambiance, in entrance of many supporters of each groups, the duel allowed the Drummondville program to get their palms on a primary President’s Cup on this division bringing collectively gamers aged 15 to 17.

Holding a 17-0 halftime lead, the Vandoos noticed their Île Perrot rivals come again robust within the third quarter to cut back to 4 factors. Nevertheless, head coach Michaël Robin’s workforce took management of the scenario within the final quarter.

The emotion might simply be learn on Michaël Robin’s face. (Picture: Ghyslain Bergeron)

“I give 100% of the credit score to our gamers, launched Michaël Robin when he left the sector. The blokes have believed in themselves all 12 months. They labored laborious. All of the sacrifices they made, that is what made the distinction tonight. They by no means stopped. At 17-13, they didn’t doubt. Quite the opposite, they needed to show to everybody who was the perfect workforce.

The Vandoos pilot recalled that inside this group, a number of gamers have been a part of the pee-wee membership which had a troublesome begin within the LFMM 5 years in the past. “We have been laughed at as a result of we misplaced video games 50-0. We have been the laughingstock of the league, however the guys by no means stopped believing it. I am pleased with their progress.”

“This victory can also be that of the builders of this system, continued Michaël Robin. All these gamers who’ve gone by means of our program, they’re those who’ve made it shine. It is due to them that everybody desires to affix our workforce in the present day.”

That is the Vandoos’ first conquest within the midget AAA class. (Picture: Ghyslain Bergeron)

Michaël Robin additionally raised his hat to the present president of the Vandoos and former figurehead of the Riverains, Maurice Noël. “Maurice is a coach who made the distinction in my profession. Stéphane Berteau, François Labrie and Luc Sylvain are additionally examples for me. The coaches round me in the present day are additionally my mentors as a result of they consider in me.

Working for 115 yards and a landing, operating again Yohan Deguire was named Vandoos MVP of the sport. “Yohan, he is an actual battle horse! He has understood a variety of issues this 12 months. He has every little thing to succeed. I’m satisfied that he’ll proceed to evolve to the very best degree. It’s going to make our program shine,” mentioned Michaël Robin.

A complete of 23 Vandoos graduates can be eligible to make the leap into the faculty ranks after incomes their highschool diploma at Marie-Rivier, La Poudrière, Jean-Raimbault or Jeanne-Mance faculties. “Will probably be as much as them to decide on. I want them the perfect.”

Undefeated in eight common season outings, the Vandoos remained excellent through the playoff match. Within the semi-finals, the workforce defeated the La Prairie Diablos 28-6 in a sport performed in Drummondville. As for the Patriotes, they’d gone 6-2 this season.

A heartbreaking setback

Within the ultimate of the bantam AAA class, a number of hours earlier, on the identical discipline, the Vandoos suffered a heartbreaking lack of 26-20 in entrance of the Laurentides-Lanaudière Wildcats. Holding a 20-14 lead within the third quarter, the Drummondville residents dedicated three expensive turnovers within the ultimate portion of the sport.

Many Vandoos supporters made the journey to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to encourage their favorites. (Picture: Ghyslain Bergeron)

“Within the first half, we had the momentum. Our opponents appeared nervous they usually made extra errors than us. Within the second half, the tide turned and the turnovers damage us,” mentioned Vandoos head coach Jean-Michel St-Laurent.

Within the common season, the 2 groups had maintained an equivalent report of eight wins and two losses. “We knew it could be a good sport, as a result of it is a workforce that appears like us. Their operating backs are fast and really laborious to hit. Defensively, they include the sport properly, “mentioned Jean-Michel St-Laurent.

After profitable the President’s Cup on this class final 12 months, the Vandoos brought on an actual shock by reaching the ultimate once more this 12 months. “I am very pleased with the man’s angle. Though it was troublesome, they by no means gave up, as they’ve accomplished all 12 months. After the sport, I reminded them that we did not lose every little thing in the present day. We gained the silver medal! As there are 11 groups in our league, we will be pleased with ourselves. Our purpose is to return again right here subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Jean-Michel St-Laurent, noting that 25 gamers can be again with the workforce in 2023.

Within the Bantam AAA ultimate, the Vandoos suffered a heartbreaking 26-20 loss to the Wildcats. (Picture: Ghyslain Bergeron)

With features of greater than 100 yards on the bottom, operating again Thomas Guillot was named the Vandoos participant of the sport. Zackary Lambert and Timothé Gatineau additionally led the cost offensively, whereas Félix Bélanger shone defensively.

On the finish of the sport, Émile L’Heureux remained mendacity on the sector for a number of minutes after struggling a shock to the pinnacle. The younger Vandoos participant was lastly evacuated by ambulance.

“Whereas making his sort out, he fell face first to the bottom. He had a concussion and he had ache within the cervical vertebrae. He is a courageous man and an excellent chief for us. Even on the bottom, he thought extra of the workforce than of himself,” mentioned Jean-Michel St-Laurent.

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