The 2021-22 Van Isle Wave season has come to an end, and what an incredibly successful year it was.
While it should be highlighted for the success of all the youth teams, it’s important to note this was also the first full season for VI Wave under the Powered by Pacific FC umbrella.
The year began with 14 teams – seven boys teams and seven girls teams from U13 Intake to U18 level. Below are some synthesized stats from the season:
- 12 teams in the playoffs
- 6 teams in the semi-finals
- 4 teams in the finals
- 1 champion
The one champion was the U14 Boys team who won 4-2 in the final to claim the Provincial Premier Cup.
Every team and player who wore the VI Wave badge did the program proud this year. While success is not only determined by what happens on the pitch, there was plenty of that to celebrate this season. Off the pitch as well, all VI Wave athletes represented the club excellently and helped further entrenched the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, and development that are crucial to how VI Wave operates.
Another season also means another graduating class. While this moment is bittersweet, as it’s difficult to see so many fantastic players move on, it’s amazing to see just how much those players have developed as players and people regardless of how long they’ve been VI Wave athletes.
This year the 2004 Boys and Girls played their last season as members of VI Wave and were fantastic role models for the younger age groups.
To honour the U18 athletes this season, both teams were invited onto the pitch at halftime of Pacific FC’s match against Cavalry FC on June 30th as part of the Wave Graduation and Celebration Match.
Many graduating players have also already committed to continue their playing career at the university level next year.
On the Girls’ side, Rheana Desjardins, Payton Rangel, Tristan Russell and Kelsey Thexton will be playing at the University of Victoria; Amber Hawthorne is also staying on the Island at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo; Kattia Bingham and Aimee Woods are moving to Kamloops to play at Thompson Rivers University; and Maya Gibson will be at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
On the Boys’ side, Matthew Pearce is going to the Mainland to play at the University of British Columbia; Robert Hallsor will be playing at Trinity Western University in Langley; Charlie Stewart is also staying in the province and moving to the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George; and Aiden Lavery will be playing for Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Again, what a successful year this was! It’s all down to the incredible guidance of our coaches, the tireless work from our volunteer team managers, the dedicated support from all Wave parents, and, of course, the fantastic soccer ability and positive attitude shown by every single VI Wave athlete!
Here’s to another amazing season next year!