It appears there will be a slight shakeup in the usage of natural grass soccer pitches this summer.
During Sunday’s annual general meeting of the Corner Brook Molson Senior Men’s Soccer League, it was determined the setup would mostly utilize Wellington Street Sports Complex, Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Pitch and George (Daddy) Dawe Memorial Pitch in the Curling area of the city, with usage of the Monarchs Complex on Atlantic Avenue scaled back drastically.
League president Pat Fewer said the decision stemmed from two factors — first, the Steers Insurance Curling Rangers wanting to play more home games and, second, the men’s league as a whole wanting access to earlier time slots, where they could play a 6:30 p.m. game at Dawe instead of waiting to play a 9 p.m. contest at Wellington.
Of course, the long-standing issue with Dawe has been drainage problems that prevent the field from being used right away. Last year the first game wasn’t played on Dawe until July, Fewer estimated.
As for the Monarchs Complex, Fewer said those at the meeting cited safety as the main deterrent to playing as much on that field.
“It’s not a good grass field,” he said. “It’s not fit, really.”
That said, the league still intends to utilize the facility for practices and make-up games.
The executive for the new season was also elected during Monday’s meeting, which included Fewer as president, Jay Johnson as treasurer, Wayne Walters as secretary, and Dean McCarthy as the league administrator.
Another meeting for members of the executive and team representatives will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at G.C. Rowe, which will follow up on a number of topics, including scheduling for the annual kick-off Spring Invitational tournament over the Victoria Day long weekend.