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 31st 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 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 teams are 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.
|Polish Veterans Soccer Team 1952
|During the years of 1951-52 a soccer team by the name of “Polish Vets” was organized and sponsored by Post-126 of the Veterans of the Polish Army. The team was comprised of former soldiers of the Polish Army, whose faith brought them to Canada by the turmoil of Second World War. “Polish Vets” team played in Essex County Soccer Association with some success and in 1952 they captured the League Champions title.Former players of that team, Mr. Jan Jaworski-captain and Edward Solecki are still living in Windsor.
|Junior Polonia Soccer Team 1973-74
|In 1973-74 Zdzislaw Kulesza was coaching a junior U-12 soccer team which has won a championship of the Western Regional Youth Soccer League. The best player of the team Rick Kulesza scored 39 goals in 20-ty games in that season. The members of that team: Rick Kulesza, Andrzej Siender, Edward Kowalski, Stefan Polewski, Jan Drab, Piotr and Toni Jaroszewicz went on to play for the senior team in the 1990s.
|Polonia Rockets Under 12 Soccer Team
|Polonia Rockets Team was founded in September 2008 and became the first girls team in Windsor Polonia Sports Club’s history. In 2009 Polonia Rockets finished third in W.A.D.S.L. U-12 Division. The same year they won 18th Annual St.Thomas Select Tournament and they were finalist in Kitchener Soccer Tournament(lost in shootout). In 2010 They reached semi-final of Soccer Fest Tournament in St. Thomas and as of Aug. 4th they are the only unbeaten team in U-12 Division of W.A.D.S.L. and looking to improve last year standing.
|Polonia Bengals 99 – (White Eagles 99)
|Our humble beginnings started in the fall of 2008 with 5 girls that had finished the Windsor Select Competitive Program with the Windsor Soccer Club (Cayla Renaud, Jade Samping, Kendra Meloche, Stephanie Turner and Natalie Turner), we were introduced to Polonia Sports Club through reference of Marek Zalewski and Robert Augustyn both players and coaches of Polish Heritage. We recruited through the primary school system with flyers and word of mouth. The Club was looking to acquire girls teams so through some introductory talks with Paul Bochus (Past Club President) we signed up and became the second girls team in the Club, thus began our history as we named our team The Polonia Bengals. Our team played 4 years in WADSL Level 5, two of those years finishing as league runner ups (2nd place). In the fall of 2011 several girls made the ECSA District All Star Team which represented our region in an annual Thanksgiving Tournament in London in which scouts from Region 1 choose girls they felt have the potential to play for the Provincial Team. Stephanie Turner was selected and made it through all stages (10 months) in the program up to the final cut for the final tournament for the Provincial Team, it was a fantastic accomplishment which showed that although our Club is small in size we spend time to take the necessary steps to ensure our girls learn the correct fundamentals, as we believe technique is paramount. The competitive business is tough but we enjoy the challenges as well as the girls. In the Spring of 2012 our team experienced our first U.S. Tournament win at the Bowling Green Soccer Challenge. In the fall of 2012 we started to play in the Michigan Youth Soccer League in the Premier division to gain experience with International play, for some time we were in a battle for first and second, with some unlucky bounces we placed 3rd, which was still a huge accomplishment since most teams we played were at least one year older. Our team which is now officially White Eagles 99 continues to practice and play year round as we train to prepare the girls for College and University play, we train in Canada and in the U.S. and three years running continue to train at the University of Windsor to maintain our fitness and balance. We thank the Club for the fantastic support they have provided our team over the years, we work towards keeping the game fun and playing it to the best of our abilities, and enjoying some quality time with some wonderful families that are part of our journey.Coach Jeff Turner
|Polonia Oldtimers 2009
|Second senior team “Oldtimers” Over 30 continues to be a huge success in the Windsor Recreational Soccer League.
|Polonia Eagles Under 15
|Polonia U-15 boys team has been playing together for last several years. Coach Jurek Niec managed to keep them together and improvement has been steady. The team plays competitive soccer in Windsor and District Soccer League. The team made the playoffs since going competitive in 2007. In 2009 they won WADSL, Kick Off Cup and made the playoffs final. This year team has won: Jaguar Tournament in Novi-Michigan, WADSL, Kick Off Cup, Under-15 League Championship without loosing a game. Dedication of Coach Jurek Niec, Manager Jill Kanwischer and parents and players bring results that we are proud of.
|Polonia Seniors 1990 League Champions
|In this photo is the team whose greatest achievement was to be crowned as the best team in the league since the inception of the “Polonia” Sports Club. In the 1990s, Polonia won the League Champion title five times and Play-offs Cup three times in the Inter City Soccer League.
|Polonia Seniors 1990 League Champions Windsor Star Article
|Polonia’s very successful 1990 soccer season was documented in the Windsor Star.