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Result of the Sunday October 31st, 2010 CSL game between Hamilton Croatia and Brantford Galaxy played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 2:30pm. This was the one game Final.

21 min...Galaxy Haris Fazlagic GOAL...BG Ranko Golijanin on rush on left rolls cross from 22 yards on left and Fazlagic cuts in on HC Adam Leggett and kicks in 5 yarder up the middle into right corner of net beyond goalie Melford James anchored at center of net. All three players in the box fall over.

59 min...Galaxy Ranko Golijanin GOAL...BG Haris Fazlagic rushes on right from center line and goalie Melford James comes out almost to the edge of the box. Fazlagic rolls cross to left where Golijanin rolls in 7 yarder to right side of net past sliding defender HC Alvin Hudson and goalie.

66 min...Galaxy Haris Fazlagic GOAL...Fazlagic rush up middle from 45 yards and dekes goalie on edge of box on 3 on 0 rush and kicks low 15 yarder into left side of empty net.

Final Score:......Hamilton Croatia......0.........Brantford Galaxy..........3..........

Attendance was about 1800 on this extremely cold day. There were about 2 to 1 support for Hamilton Croatia. Some Croatian fans lit flares and fireworks but weren't spectacular as it was the middle of the afternoon. One thrown flare reached the field and one I saw burned harmlessly on the track.

Galaxy played well on the counterattack because when Hamilton committed players forward, the Galaxy would pass forward and set up forward rushes 2 on 2s or one man wide. This game was reminiscent of their semi-final win against

Portugal FC when they finished with five goals in that win last week.

Ante Domjanovic earned the shutout for the Galaxy. He didn't have too much to do because of the great blocking done by his defenders Zach Tait, Zvonko Bakula, Stanko Karacic, and Dragan Oluic. There were times when Croatia had two or three rapid-fire shots in a row from 25 yards and the defenders blocked each one on the edge of the box.

Both teams were guilty of blasting plenty of shots off target either high or wide of the net.

Justin Tasev was the referee for this game. He held back giving out any Yellow cards until 35 minutes and then I counted only one more the rest of the game.

At halftime, CSL Commissioner Domenic Di Gironimo announced four new teams were given conditional approval for joining the league for the 2011 season. They are Ottawa, Kitchener, Pickering, and Erin Mills.

After the game while filming a segment for This Week in the CSL he said there was a fifth team although he was not at liberty to say who they were at this time. I asked him if he would be splitting the league back

into divisions like previous years. That will be decided at upcoming league meetings. I'm thinking 10 more league games for each team on their current 24 if they don't waiver from every team playing each other home

and away may be a bit much.


Before the CSL Annual Awards were given out to players and officials from both first and reserve teams.

First Division:

Most Valuable Player--Tihomir Maletic (Toronto Croatia)

Top goalscorer (with 17)--Tihomir Maletic (Toronto Croatia)

Goalkeeper of the year--Milos Kocic (Serbian White Eagles) not here.

Defender of the year--Rick Titus (York Region Shooters)

Rookie of the year--Thomas Beattie (London City) not here

Coach of the year--Ron Davidson (FC Hamilton Croatia) first award presented so he could go back to leading his team through warm ups.

Referee of the year--Geoff Gamble not here

Harry Paul Gauss Award (team official award)--Tony De Thomasis (York Region Shooters)

The Fair Play and Respect Award--TFC Academy

CSL Championship--Winner Brantford Galaxy (obviously waited until today's game was over)

CSL Championship--Runners-up--FC Hamilton Croatia

CSL League Winner:--York Region Shooters

Reserve Division:

CSL Reserves Division Champions--Serbian White Eagles Reserves

CSL Reserves Division Runners-up--York Region Shooters Reserves

CSL Reserves Division League Winner--Brampton Lions Reserves

Most Valuable Player--Sergio Camargo (TFC Academy II)

Goalkeeper of the Year--Jesse Castillo (Brantford Galaxy Reserves)

Defender of the Year--David Ferreira (Brampton Lions Reserves)

Rookie of the Year--Sergio Camargo (TFC Academy II)

Top Goalscorer (each with 7)--Wesley Cain (Portugal FC Reserves) and Jonathan Singh (Brampton Lions Reserves)

Coach of the Year--Alex Di Matteo (Brampton Lions Reserves)

Lots of celebrities presenting these awards including Walter Gretzky, Dick Howard, Bobby Ierullo, Hector Marinero Sr, Lyndon Hooper, Peter Pinozzotto and Ryan Gauss (who handed out the award named after his father). This star power made up for the rumour that the City of Toronto's new mayor-elect Rob Ford would take the opening kickoff--he wasn't there.


This completes my attendance at 57 CSL games this year. A new record and certainly more than any other year when combined with TFC games and Toronto Lynx and Toronto Lady Lynx games as well as the few Canadian National Men's and Women's team game held in Toronto.

Rocket Robin


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http://22066.vws.magma.ca/reports/10csl175.htm pictures from the CSL Final including post game pictures.

http://22066.vws.magma.ca/reports/10csl176.htm pictures from the awards given out before the game started.

Rocket Robin


Guess Brantford fans couldn't find a Galaxy hat so they had Walter Gretzky wear that one.

It's okay, he flip-flopped a bit later:


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