Rangers and Monarchs open season with a tie

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Steers Insurance Curling Rangers’ Colin Lynch, right, runs across to knock the ball away from West Side Monarchs’ Chris Grant, left, who was being pursued by Rangers’ Mike Chafe in men’s soccer league play at the Wellington Street Sports Complex Wednesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

By Rudey Downey

Special to the Star

All it took was a few days, and Chris Bulger found himself a member of the West Side Monarchs.

The 28-year-old police officer transferred to the Corner Brook RCMP detachment within the last four or five months. Bulger played Challenge Cup provincial soccer against now-Monarchs captain Patrick Fewer in St. John’s.

Bulger was delighted to hear that Corner Brook has a competitive soccer league — The Corner Brook Molson Senior Men’s Soccer League — and a couple of days after he found out he was getting transferred, he got a message from Fewer welcoming him to the Monarchs.

The newest member of the Monarchs likes the feeling of camaraderie on the team so far.

“Everyone came in one by one and introduced me,” said Fewer. “I felt like I fit in pretty good the first day.”

Bulger’s Monarchs faced the Steers Insurance Curling Rangers on Wednesday night in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Both teams were opening their 2014 seasons. Tyler Lavers of the Monarchs scored the game’s opening goal at 32 minutes.

The Rangers tied the game at 43 minutes.

The game took place at the Wellington Street Sports Complex and ended in a draw, 1-1.

Tyler Gallant of the Curling Rangers has been playing with the team for the past 11 years. Gallant feels the turning point for his team was when Chris Elford tied the game at one in the 43rd minute.

“We had lots of chances to bury this game,” said Gallant. “It easily could’ve went our way.”

The game ended with Curling having a chance to score on a free kick, but they were unable to convert.

Organizations: Monarchs, Soccer League, Steers Insurance Curling Rangers Wellington Street Sports Complex

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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