Rino’s Fury crowned VMSL Division 2 Champions!

Kicking off the season with a 14 game undefeated streak, including 9 wins on the trot in October and November put Rino’s Fury in pole position to win VMSL Division 2 and gain promotion to Division 1. A late year loss in the final round before the winter break to nearest rivals Vancouver Strikers meant the pressure was on for the boys to maintain their lead in the New Year. The boys rattled off another 5 wins in 6 matches including an epic 5-3 come from behind victory over America FC, and travelling to Squamish to grind out a 1-0 win before heading to Whistler to celebrate. So on March 6, when Vancouver United FC rolled up to the Fury’s home ground, Point Grey Secondary, the Rino’s lads were feeling full of confidence, and treated their spectators to a 5-star performance as they secured the championship with a brilliant 5-1 victory. A pair of goalazos by Brooks Van Stavel and Cameron Gibson really put the gloss on the day as the champagne bottles were popped, and the celebrations began with other teams in the division unable to catch the Fury’s 54 point total despite some having as many as 3 games remaining to play.

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The management duo of Andy Norton and Derrick Freedman thanked the lads for their commitment over the course of the season, and look set to guide the team to a strong run in the BC Soccer Provincial Cup starting in mid-April.

Last Call for 2015-16 Vancouver Metro Soccer League Winter Season Tryouts

Looking to play competitive soccer in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League this winter?  Look no further than Rino’s Vancouver SC!

There are limited open positions available on our teams which will participate in the following divisions of the VMSL:VMSL

  • Premier
  • Division 1
  • Division 2
  • CAT
  • Masters (Over-35)

 

Final tryouts will occur on August 25 & 27.  Player selections will follow shortly after and the season starts September 12, 2015.

For more information on tryout locations please contact us at: info@rinosvancouver.com and provide the following details:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Position
  4. Highest level played
  5. Contact information (phone number, email address)

New VMSL Premier Team to be Coached by Blaise Nkufo

Over the summer months, the club’s management has been hard at work behind the scenes, and we now have two exciting announcements to make regarding the upcoming Vancouver Metro Soccer League season:

 

Rino’s Vancouver SC and FC Tigers Vancouver have merged operations to field a team in the VMSL Premier Division

For the past several years, Rino’s Vancouver SC has fielded a Division 1 side in the VMSL which has been a perennial contender for promotion, but has never quite been able to achieve that goal. In the last two years, a new challenger has emerged, FC Tigers Vancouver, and in the 2014-15 season the Tigers successfully earned promotion to Premier by virtue of a 2nd place finish. Since the end of the winter season Tigers management came to realise the difficulty of the task at hand, and an idea sparked that if they combined forces with another well-established club they would be better suited to challenge the VMSL Premier division.  A number of clubs were considered, with Rino’s being one of them.

While the two clubs have competed across multiple fronts in VMSL Div 1 League and Imperial Cup play in winters, as well as Division 1 of the RRSL in the summers, they have also shared a lot in common. The two clubs have shared the same training facilities, numerous players have pulled on both the blue jersey of Rino’s and the red of Tigers, and of course they have a shared passion for football. Finally, an approach was made, and after weeks of hard negotiations an agreement was reached, resulting in the combined club being the only one in the city set to field teams in the top three divisions of the VMSL (Premier, Div 1, and Div 2), the pinnacle of which will be the premier team playing as FC Tigers Vancouver Rino.

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Former Swiss International Footballer, Blaise Nkufo, has been appointed Head Coach of the FC Tigers Vancouver Rino Premier Team

Once the ink dried on the Tigers/Rino’s agreement, the next task at hand was to find a suitable coach to lead the team in its first year of VMSL Premier play. Having a third party was preferred so as to not bring any biases into the equation with regards to player selection, and the leading candidate emerged as Blaise Nkfuo. Blaise should need no introduction, but for the uninitiated here is a rundown on his playing career highlights:IMG_0542-e1352147384991[1]

  • US Open Cup Champion in 2010 (Seattle Sounders, Major League Soccer, USA)
  • Honored with a bronze statue in 2010 (FC Twente, Eredivisie, Holland)
  • FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa (Swiss National Team)
  • Eredivisie Champion in 2009-2010 (FC Twente, Eredivisie, Holland)
  • All time top scorer (FC Twente, Eredivisie, Holland)
  • UEFA Champions League and Europa League Games (FC Twente, Eredivisie, Holland)
  • Swiss Cup Champion in 1998 (FC Lausanne-Sport, Super League, Switzerland)

Since retiring as a professional player, Blaise earned a UEFA coaching license and founded two centres for the development of young footballers, N.K.U.F.O. Academy Sports in Yaoundé (Cameroon), and BlaiseSoccer Elite Training in Vancouver (Canada). Blaise is passionate about developing players into professionals, and with his expertise has already shown great results in a short period of time. In Yaoundé, N.K.U.F.O. Academy pupil Olivier Simo Kingue was selected earlier this year for the Cameroon U-23 National Team! Meanwhile in Vancouver, BlaiseSoccer Elite trainee David Genet attended open tryouts with 130 top local players, and was 1 of just 5 who earned an invitation to join the Whitecaps FC 2 in their inaugural pre-season preparations.

More recently, Blaise coached the Saudia Arabia team at the Nations Cup tournament in Richmond, BC. The team finished 2nd in their group, with their only loss coming to an eventual tournament finalist. What stood out most to the hundreds of spectators in attendance was the impressive style the team played, as well as the young age of many of the players, the youngest of which was just 15.  For more information on BlaiseSoccer Elite Training visit www.blaisesoccer.com

We are extremely fortunate to have the privilege to work with Blaise this season, and we hope that our current and prospective players are ready to rise to the challenge and have a great Premier season under his direction. If you are interested in opportunities to tryout, email us at info@rinosvancouver.com

Soccer Resort Vancouver Cup Champions 2015

Rino’s have once again proven their championship mettle, as they have been crowned champions of the Soccer Resort Vancouver Cup Men’s Open Division.  The 7-a-side tournament has become something of a biennial event for the club, as Rino’s teams were previously winners in 2011 and 2013.  Congratulations to this year’s team on keeping the winning tradition alive!

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Team Members: Tyson Atleo, Derrick Freedman, Brandon Hauk, Tyson Dodich, Boris Nikic, Jeff Thom, Yuda Shih, Benoit Baesel, Shaun Pejic, Kantcho Doskov, and Yuya.

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New Primary Kits for Winter 2014/15 Season Sponsored by Yule Homes

Rino’s Vancouver SC are proud to announce that via a sponsorship agreement with Michael Yule of Yule Homes, all three of our teams will be wearing new jerseys for the 2014/15 Winter Season.  The jerseys made a few introductory appearances with our Div 1 squad last winter and got some rotation throughout the summer, but we are looking forward to having all three teams play the majority of their matches in the beautiful white Adidas kit.  Thanks to Michael for his generous sponsorship!  You can find his listings and more info about him at his website www.yulehomes.com

Rino’s Fury to Host Opening Round Provincial Cup Match

Rino’s Fury have qualified for a second consecutive appearance in the Keith Millar Provincial B Cup, and once again have drawn opposition from the Vancouver Metro Soccer League. After bowing out in a penalty shootout to Sarajevo FC last season, the boys will be hoping for better luck as they host Vancouver-based rivals Bombastic SC. The match will take place 2pm, Sunday April 6 at Point Grey Secondary with the winners advancing to face Europa FC of the Burnaby Metro Soccer League. Come on out and support the team!

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Soccer Resort Vancouver Cup Champions

Congratulations are in order for Brent Hanson, John Bligh and the rest of the championship team they assembled to conquer the men’s open division of this year’s Soccer Resort Vancouver Cup.  Another successful tournament has earned this group of Rino’s lads an invitation to Vegas to compete in another Soccer Resort competition.

Team Members:  Brent Hanson, John Bligh, Dylan Maxwell, Brent Petersen, Eoin Brady, Jordan Atkinson, Ali Pickett, Charlie Carrick, Daragh Fitzgerald, Barry Houlihan, and Greg Brown

Provincial Cup Dream Over, But Summer Soccer Awaits

Rino’s supporters were treated to 240 minutes of non-stop action this past Sunday as the fighting spirit of both Rino’s Fury and U-21 squads produced a pair of thrilling extra time affairs in the BCSA Provincial Cup.

The U-21’s kicked things off in the early match vs. Estrella de Chile. Rino’s boys controlled the tempo in the first half, but seemed to lack the cutting edge in the final third of the pitch. As luck would have it, Chile opened the scoring early in the 2nd half as a counter attack down the right flank lead to their player sliding the ball under the onrushing keeper. Rino’s were quick to reply as Grayson Allen latched onto a ball in the Chile penalty area and calmly deposited it in the net. Despite some good chances for both teams, neither could convert and the match went to extra time.

Chile struck first in the extra time period as their speedy substitute raced in on a breakaway and beat Rino’s goalkeeper Justin Roets. At this point the match went end-to-end with both teams taking turns attacking. Shortly thereafter, the same player repeated the feat, giving Chile a 3-1 lead. At this point the game really opened up and both teams took turns going on the attack. Into the second period of extra time, Rino’s mounted a great deal of pressure, which finally paid off in the form of a second goal for Grayson Allen, assisted by Konstantin Vasic who had pushed up from his centre back position. Rino’s kept pushing to the end, but couldn’t manage to draw level, and fell as the hard luck losers by a 3-2 scoreline.

The second match featured Rino’s Fury against VMSL Division 2A winners, Sarajevo FC. The Fury had a poor start to the match, conceding 2 goals in the first 30 minutes as the direct attacking soccer played by Sarajevo caused problems for their backline. After the halftime break, the Fury emerged like a new team, controlling the play with incisive passing and looking likely to score. The goals came courtesy of Cory Matheson, who was twice setup by Vinny Martin to draw the game level at 2-2. The pace of the game started to slow down, as both teams began committing unnecessary fouls, and a number of bookings were made by the referee. Then out of nowhere with just minutes left, Sarajevo’s #9 wriggled free of his marker and slotted Sarajevo into the lead. A defender was sacrificed for an extra forward as Rino’s Fury pushed for yet another equalizer. Ian Solven won a corner and all 11 Rino’s players pushed into the attacking half. As Vinny Martin’s corner kick swung into the box Ryan Arceneaux rose majestically above everyone and powered a header off the underside of the crossbar and into the net, knotting the score at 3-3!

As the teams returned to half, an altercation occurred, and each team had a player dismissed. When the kickoff took place, the fulltime whistle sounded and extra time beckoned. In the extra time period, Rino’s fitness appeared to be an advantage as high pressure lead to the Sarajevo keeper misplaying the ball near the top of the penalty area. The miscue lead to a great opportunity for striker Ian Solven, but he overhit his shot and sailed over the unguarded net. Sarajevo had their own chance to take the lead as a long free kick deflected off the fist of Nathan Verbeek and crashed off the left goalpost. With no one able to finish, the match went to the dread penalty shootout. Sarajevo shot first, and it was their keeper who blazed over with the first shot. He did however make amends with a smart save to his right on the Rino’s first shot. Both 2nd shooters scored, and it looked to be a tight battle. However, it was not to be as consecutive misses by Rino’s and successful penalties by Sarajevo eliminated them from the competition. It should be noted that folks from AFTN Canada were on hand, and compiled a first round wrap-up which includes a detailed report of this match.

The club now looks forward to participating in the 33rd edition of the Richmond Regional Soccer League. Matches kickoff next week with our Div 1 entry playing Ajyal Tigers on Thursday April 25, and Div 2 squad facing Richmond All Blacks on Tuesday April 23. Both of which are teams still alive in Provincial Cup Competition!

Two Rino’s Squads Set for Provincial Cup Kickoff This Sunday

Rino’s U-21 team have known for months that they would have a spot in this year’s BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournament. The early acknowledgment came as a result of a diminished FVSL division which fielded only 4 teams for the 2012/13 season, opening up extra spots for the competitive VMSL teams. Meanwhile, the VMSL Div 2 Rino’s Fury find themselves in a totally contrasting situation. Having feasted upon a little too much Christmas Turkey, the team posted a poor 1-2 record in January and slipped from the top of the table into a 3-way tie for second, missing out on promotion to Division 1. That poor league form was followed up by a first round cup exit, and the boys were waxing their skis/snowboards ready to hit the slopes for what was left of the winter.

Those plans changed abruptly when the league informed Rino’s that they were to contest a single match playoff against arch-nemesis Dasmesh FC for a spot in the Keith Millar Provincial B Cup. The playoff was deemed necessary due to irregularities found in the transfer market by Gastown FC, who were summarily barred from Provincial competition. The case has now been forwarded to FIFA to see if a transfer ban will be imposed on them during the summer window.

The playoff match was held at Andy Livingstone on Saturday March 16 and young veteran, Vincent Martin, turned back the clock with a lively performance that saw him pop up in the right spot to net 2 goals in a 2-1 victory over Dasmesh. The BCSA Senior Mens Provincial Cup Draw was then held on April 2 in Victoria, and saw both Rino’s squad draw familiar VMSL opposition. The Fury were drawn against Sarajevo FC, who they’ve met many times in seasons past. Meanwhile the U-21’s drew Estrella de Chile, with whom they split the season series with one win apiece.

The matches will take place on Sunday April 14 at Andy Livingstone. The U-21’s kickoff at 12:30pm, followed by the Fury at 3:00pm. Both teams are hoping for a solid turnout from the home supporters.

Rino’s Fury 2012/13 Season Re-cap

The Rino’s Fury ended their season on Saturday in a 0-1 Cup loss to the Richmond Olympics. This normally would of sent them off to the golf courses with their usual long cup runs going well into March, but it seems they will be sent to the slopes with the ski season still in full flight.

It was a lackluster end to a year full of promise. Pundits predicting a successful promotion campaign, put pressure on the Rino’s Fury to live up to this expectation. With the team still finding their feet to start the league, a few hiccups early on against easier opponents, which had also been the case in years past, prompted another hole to be dug out of. From there the real season began with better team performances and standout individual play, starting an undefeated streak of 14 games to land the Fury in 1st place.  A number of ties limited the potential point tally, but it looked optimistic going in the final third of league play.

As the season progressed, a few notable injuries and departures to the Rinos squad took it’s toll and required re-enforcements to be brought in. Perhaps this led to inconsistent performances, with players struggling to build chemistry beside new faces required changes to the structure of the team down the final stretch .  At times, the Fury were unstoppable, controlling the game and playing composed soccer worthy of moving up a division. Other times they looked out of sorts, finding it difficult to create anything going forward.

With 3 teams fighting for the single promotion spot, it was only right that the last two games of league play were against these teams, both on home soil. With the season on the line, a Sunday fixture against Gastown FC brought nerves and excitement to a game that would decide which team would be playing in  Division 1 and the increased TV revenues that go along with it next fall (actually the addition of linesmen in this league is way better than money). Unfortunately, it was a game to be forgotten.  A 0-3 deserved loss brought the the Fury’s hopes crashing down. It would be another season in Div 2.

The Point Greysiders supporters club commented on the season. “We are proud of the mighty Fury, showing class through long stretches and the club record 14-game unbeaten streak. It was a devastating end to a bright looking season. We will always continue to support the team and look forward to a strong showing in the Summer league and for the boys to come out fighting in  2013/14”.

A team full of talent and potential, expected to move up will likely see big money transfers into higher divisions. The nature of this business.