Women's playoffs this weekend

David Rogers/Contributing Writer / Staff writer
March 28, 2014 01:00 AM

The last regular season games were played this week as the women's league wraps up this weekend with its year-end playoffs.

Second place is all that's left up for grabs, with Ya Yas only losing games where they score own goals (i.e. last week's defeat to Sitas).

Blazers needed a tie, but took the 4-2 win over Mayhem, on a pair of goals from Dawne Clancy and Ashley Taylor, whose centre line smash soared over half the field to hit its back-of-the-net bullseye.

The youngsters on the ever-ripening Banana Pep-pers squad also shocked pundits everywhere by beating Ya Yas 4-1 last week.

The last pair of regular season games were played Wednesday night, which sets up the playoff tournament this weekend with action all day Saturday and Sunday at Ted Dixon Park.

With their tie against Ridgepoint, CPU's arithmetic odds of winning the men's league regular season title decreased from that of a Keno extra play to that of a 6-49 jackpot, thanks to Mike Husband's last-minute strike, which equalized an earlier bulldozing effort from CPU's power-forward Kurt Vernon.

Halfmoon Bay came on to beat Sitas 5-1, with a pair from Mohamed Iren and singles from Dean Schutz, Jesse Moran and James Knustler.

At Ted Dixon, it was another battle of the Band teams and another tie.

Chiefs went up 3-0 on goals by JC August, Brandon August pushing up from defence and Ryan Paul's penalty shot.

In the second half, the tide turned, as the Xenichen Wolves poured over centre, over-running the Red Army's usually impregnable defence, with four goals from Eddie Paul, Dan Muir, Junior Dixon and Kevin August.

Chiefs looked like they'd squandered it all, when a late game cross landed at the thunder foot of Matt Joe, with Wolves' keeper looking like he'd just met a bear in the woods. But before the hair could even rise on his neck, the ball was bouncing in his net behind him.

When asked how he was kept off the scoreboard this week, Chiefs' striker John Jackson answered cryptically, "Sometimes even the good-looking get unlucky."

Everyone went home happy, as this contest remains undecided, but come playoffs in two weeks, there can be only one.

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