Members of the Bonivital Flames boys’ soccer teams may be the pride of the province, but they could still use a little help from their friends.
At the Manitoba Provincial Soccer Championships last month, the club completed a rare hat trick by winning all three titles at the U-14, U-16 and U-18 level.
In the U-14 final, Bonivital beat Portage Trail 2-1; the U-16 team overcame Winnipeg South End United 1-0 and the U-18 side defeated Portage Trail in a dramatic penalty shootout after regular play yielded a 1-1 draw and overtime couldn’t separate the deadlock.
The teams are now preparing to travel to their respective nationals next month, which will be held in Lethbridge, Alta. (U-14), Kamloops, B.C. (U-16) and Mount Pearl, N.L. (U-18).
To help fund their trip west, the U-14 team will host a Sip, Slurp and Crunch pasta dinner event at In Ferno’s Bistro (312 Des Meurons St.) on Sun., Sept. 29. Tickets are $20 each and the price includes an entree of spaghetti, garlic toast and wine. Organizers say individuals who are unable to attend can still support the team by purchasing a $10 ticket, which will include an entry into a raffle draw. There will also be a 50/50 draw and a silent auction at the event.
There will two sittings at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available from Wendy Lourenco at email@example.com. Please identify your sitting of choice.
The U-16 team will be travelling even further west and is set to hold a giant yard sale fundraiser to help shoot them to success. Organizers are hoping families of the players will donate slightly-used items that would be suitable for the sale.
Organizers will be at the soccer field at St. Vital Memorial Park on Sun., Sept 22 from noon to 6 p.m. to gratefully accept donations of items, and the sale will be held at the same location on Sun., Sept 29 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The U-18 team will be heading east in its search for glory and organizers will be holding a Bud, Spud and Steak fundraising event on Fri., Oct. 4. The evening will include a silent auction with numerous prizes, a 50/50 draw and a fine wine draw.
For tickets, call Cosmo Racano at 204-771-4773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.