Head Coach- Peter Karas
Assistant Coach- Manager Ziggy Kowalczykowski
Assistant Coach- Kazimierz Czubernat
|1||SrM Windsor Croatia||10||8||1||1||35||7||28||25|
|3||SrM Windsor Serbs||10||6||2||2||25||13||12||20|
|4||SrM Polonia White Eagles||10||5||1||4||29||18||11||16|
|5||SrM Tecumseh Warriors||9||1||0||8||9||46||-37||3|
|6||SrM Bosnian Club Windsor||9||0||0||9||7||52||-45||0|
SrM Polonia White Eagles
|Xhestiano (Jesse) TALELLI||1|
|Xhestiano (Jesse) TALELLI||1||1|
Mike and Roman,
If you recall, I had refused the protest submitted by the Polonia SC due to procedural errors made by the club in filing it. I haven’t changed my mind–the protest is invalid.
Upon further review of the ECSL’s rules and regulations, I have decided to act on this alleged violation of league rule 12.1.1 as it pertains to playoff competition.
Article 2.1.1 of the league’s rules and regulations states that “to be eligible to play in any playoff game, the player must have played a minimum of three games with the team in question.”
Furthermore, Article 2.9 (Eligibility) states that “the League Administrator reserves the right to act upon alleged ineligibility of any player in the League and will be able to do so throughout the season.”
Article 2.4 of the rules and regulations does not apply to this reported violation of Article 2.1.1
This article states that “any and all matters regarding illegal (in)eligible, suspended players, and team officials will be referred to the ECSA discipline committee.”
The discipline committee has jurisdiction over these matters if and only if there has been a violation of OSA rules.
The playing of players in a playoff game who have not previously played three (3) league games is a violation of an ECSL rule and as such falls under the purview of the league administrator and not the discipline committee.
I have reviewed all fifteen (15) league game sheets of games played by the Windsor Croatia Senior Men’s team this season and have found the following.
Nick Mastromattei and Matt Canzoneri, two (2) of the alleged ineligible Windsor Croatia players have in fact played three or more league games prior to the team’s first playoff game.
These two players were eligible to play for the team in the playoffs.
Filippo Rocca and Domenic Do, the remaining two (2) alleged ineligible Windsor Croatia players have not played the minimum number of league games (prior to the team’s first playoff game).
In fact these two players have only played in two (2) league games (prior to the playoffs) and therefore were not eligible to play for the team in the playoffs.
Given that Flippo Rocca and Domenic Do were listed on the playoff game 1644 game sheet, they are deemed to have played in the game (Article 9.2.1 of the league’s rules and regulations).
Based on the reported findings, I have decided to declare playoff game 1644 a forfeit resulting in the removal of the Windsor Croatia Senior Men’s team from the league’s playoff competition.
The Croatia Club is also fined a $100 as a result of the declared forfeit.
The club has the right to appeal my decision to remove its Senior Men’s team from the playoff competition and to fine the club the specified amount.
The appeal must be made to the ECSA discipline committee as per the attached ‘Rights of Appeal’ document.
Please be advised that the reported ineligibility of Ryan Mallat (who allegedly played while suspended) has been referred to the ECSA discipline committee since (as previously stated) it is a contravention of an OSA rule.
Tim Filipic, Essex County Soccer League Administrator
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!!