Strong finish for Highlanders

Mid-Isle side to build off first season

The Mid-Isle Highlanders had a victorious finish to their season after beating Victoria United 4-0 on Saturday, July 16.

 

The Highlanders finished their first season as a team in 6th position in the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s premier men’s division.

 

The team played a total of 12 games and traveled to Victoria for their final game at Royal Athletic Park.

 

“We’ve had a tough season. We’ve had a ton of injuries so it was a great way to end our last game,” said player-coach James Merriman.

 

“The whole game we played really well and we were definitely the better team both halves.”

Playing on the turf at Forrest Field has been an asset to the team during the season, picking up the majority of their points in front of their home field audience.

 

“It’s been a nice atmosphere to come and train and play.” Merriman said. “The crowds were really good and it definitely helped us when we were here.”

 

The next season will ramp up again next spring around April. Until then, many of the Mid-Isle Highlanders, who come from as far as Campbell River to play, will keep up their skills playing for Vancouver Island University, Merriman said.

 

The time off will also allow the Highlanders to re-group and spend less time on the administration that comes along with forming a new team.

 

“It will be nice to have all that experience and have that done,” Merriman said.

 

“For us, we’d love to continue to build and grow it and get support from Ladysmith and Nanaimo so when next season rolls around we can focus on players and team development. That will be something I’m really looking forward to.”

 

For more information visit http://midislefc.com/

Just Posted

Volunteers take down after another successful Ladysmith Festival of Lights

Good crowd comes out for a sunny Sunday volunteer session of taking down decorations

Blood moon over Ladysmith

Gerry Beltgens shook off cold fingers this weekend to capture this image… Continue reading

Reflections of Ladysmith: The Art of Michael Dean

Work, place and people are inseparable for Vancouver Island painter

Ladysmith business recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace

Ladysmith Home Hardware, Ladysmith Pharmasave, LRCA, and Maya Norte saluted

Editorial: Looking back at windstorm helps us prepare for next time

BC Hydro says it was the most destructive storm in its history

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, expenses

Speaker Darryl Plecas’ report details ‘flagrant overspending’

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Vancouver Island senior dies after medical emergency and rollover crash

Incident happened Saturday in Nanaimo on Poplar Street

MARS seeing influx of sick, injured eagles from north part of Vancouver Island

Factors for increase in eagle cases can be anything from lead poisoning to vehicle strikes

Suspect allegedly armed with handgun robs Island gas station

Incident occurred Sunday night in Nanaimo

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

Most Read