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Congratulations to Windsor Polonia Senior Mens Soccer Team
Congratulations to Windsor Polonia Senior Mens Soccer Team for winning Playoffs Championship
Windsor Polonia Senior Mens Team Crowned Playoff Champions. The Windsor & District Soccer League would like to congratulate Windsor Polonia Senior Mens team on their hard fought 2-1 victory over Windsor Croatia on Sept./28/2014. The game was tied 1-1 after regulation time and Windsor Polonia won 3-2 on penalty kicks to end a very exciting game. This game brings to and end the 33rd season of Windsor & District soccer league action. We wish all clubs & teams the best on what once again was a very exciting season.Windsor & District Soccer League Board.
Summary of Men’s Soccer Season 2014
Polonia Men’s Soccer Season 2014
This years Polonia Senior Men’s soccer team had an extraordinary season and one of the best in club history! The season started off with the same team as season prior with the addition of a few players coming from other teams that folded from the league, Tecumseh and Teutonia to name 2.
The season started off slow with a loss to the previous seasons winner Croatia in the last minute of the game, 2-1. As the season went on though, the team gained momentum and started on a winning streak to carried them to land near the top of the table. A few more tough loses to Hellenic and Leamington put the team about even on the season going into the Walter Lomas Tournament. In this tournament, Polonia played against Leamington in a game that marked the turn around in the league. Polonia fell to Leamington 9-1 on a rainy and sub-par Friday night in June. After this loss, the team had a massive turn around.
Polonia Men than went on a 10 game unbeaten streak, in the process winning 8 games and tying two, against the toughest of teams in the league. After another tough loss to Leamington, Polonia than went on to win 5 of the next 7 games, and tying the two other ones, on course to tie Croatia for the league leader and season Champions, but besting Croatia because of a head to head tiebreaker win, securing a league championship for Polonia Men’s Soccer Team!
The playoffs went into a chilly early October weekend, having Polonia play Windsor Serbs, and Croatia playing Hellenic. Undermanned Polonia came out firing and took a 3 goal lead against the Serbs early and even though letting in 2 late goals, held on to win 4-2, heading into the finals against heavy favourite Croatia.
The final saw Polonia at 10 men to start the game, given a high number of injuries and health concerns, Croatia though, at full strength. Croatia dominated to game from the first whistle, controlling possession for majority of the match. Late in the first half though, a moment of magic occurred when Santo Cozzolino scored a beauty of a goal from a free kick, putting Polonia ahead by 1, heading into the half. Late in the second half, trying to hold onto a one goal lead, Croatia tied it up late with a great effort from long distance that Jesse Talelli couldn’t keep out of the net even though making remarkable saves to this point.
The game went into penalty shots to settle the tie and the championship. Polonia keeper Jesse Talelli stood tall, saving the first two shots from Croatia, and Polonia netting the first 3 shots. A goal by Croatia on their fourth shooter set up a goal and win for Polonia. Mike Bochus stood up and put a beautiful shot past the Croatian goalkeeper, giving an exasperated Polonia team the title and Playoff league championship!!
Congratulations to all the players and fans of Polonia Men’s Soccer on a spectacular season of soccer! Till next year!!
(Courtesy of Piotr Karas)
Organized sports within Windsor’s Polish community began in 1951, with the creation of the “Polish Vets”, a men’s soccer team made up largely of former soldiers, and organized and funded by Post126 of the Polish Army Veterans Association. Although the team went on to win the Essex County Soccer Association’s League Championship just one year after its inauguration, by 1953, it had dissolved. Several attempts were made to revive the winning soccer team, but without success. A junior team which was formed years later, won the Essex County League championship in 1974. But it did not continue on past that season.
In spring of 1982 a group of sports enthusiasts decided to start Polonia Sports Club of Windsor Ont. Many attempts were made in previous years to establish a sports club but all of them had failed after a short time. The Polish Canadian Sports Club of Windsor known and operating as “Polonia Sports Club did succeed and this year will be celebrating its 28th Anniversary.
Windsor’s Polonia Sports Club was founded in 1982 and registered with the Province of Ontario with the intention of keeping sports alive and thriving within Windsor’s Polish community. The Club offers a variety of recreational and sports activities to athletes of all ages, including soccer for adults, seniors, juniors and children, as well as tennis, volleyball, table tennis, fishing and skiing. Today more than 200 people – players, trainers and organizers – are members of the Sports Club.
The first members and senior players in 1983 included: Tony Jaroszewicz, Gusto Bago, Peter Jaroszewicz, Jan drab, Stan Murawski, Zbigniew Kruba, Krzysztof Smaczynski, Roman Sak, Andrzej Turlik, Laco Barta, Grzegorz Kepa, Marian Sak, Jurek Niec, Ryszard Furman, Piotr Niemasik, Zbigniew Kowalczykowski, Marek Markowski, Jozef Wroniak, Tom Bochus, Stanislaw Wojcik, Paul Bochus, Artur Krzywinski, Stanislaw Sak,, Beniek Jakowiec, Jan Kaszuba, Ryszard Kulesza, M. Brakic and Zdzislaw Roznawski.
In 1984 Polonia SC senior team joined the Windsor and District Soccer League. In 1986 Polonia SC was very instrumental in forming an international league known as “Michigan Ontario Soccer League” where the senior team played for 5 years. Due to some challenges and border crossing difficulties, in 1990 the team joined the Inter City League in which they won the championship title 5 times and were the play-off champs 3 times. In 1999 the team rejoined the MOSL where they played till its merger with the Windsor and Soccer Leagues and is playing until today.
Since the early 1990s, the Club’s senior soccer team has won several championships in the Inter City Soccer League. The junior team is active in the Windsor District Soccer League. Each year in Windsor, a tennis tournament is held for the “Polonia Cup”. The Sports Club’s volleyball team, which played its first matches at a beach in Colchester, is considered a recreational team, but has won some important matches, including a victory over a Canadian team, marking the 10th anniversary of Polonia Sports Club. In the winter, skiing trips to places as far away as Quebec, New York State, Vermont, Alberta and British Columbia have been organized. Many skiers from within the Sports Club have taken part in competitions during these trips. Since 1994, the Club has also offered opportunities for young people to participate in the game of hockey.
Older players (30 and over) continue playing for Polonia in the Recreational Soccer League. Most of the players are former members of the first team.
During the years Polonia SC represented Windsor in many tournaments in Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, New York and Houston TX.
Polonia SC would not exist without many hard working members such. Paul Bochus, Roman Sak, Stan Batog, Zbigniew Kowalczykowski, Stan Sak, Jurek Niec, Zygmunt Karas, Elek Piatkiewicz, Robert Sznurkowski, Emil Domaleczny, Marek Zalewski and many more.
WADSL is also the league where 3 of our junior teams are playing.
Windsor White Eagles Sports & Recreation (former Polonia Sports Club) Board of Directors
|V. President||Marek Zalewski|
|Directors||Ziggy Kowalczykowski, Jeff Turner|
For more information please visit us at our Windsor Polonia Sports Club Website
Coaches and Managers
Our teams are being coached by the following individuals:
Windsor Polonia SC Group 2003
Head Coach: Len Riccardi
Polonia Eagles 1999
Jeff Turner – Head Coach
Christina Riccardi – Manager
Polonia Eagles 1997
Marek Zalewski – Coach/ Manager
John Daskalakis – Coach
Windsor Polonia SC First Team Seniors open competive premier division.
Zbigniew Kowalczykowski – Coach/ Manager
Peter Karas – Coach
Over Windsor Polonia SC Over 45
Pawel Bochus – Coach
Peter Bednarek – Coach
Miro Tot – Manager