VAUGHAN—Wednesday, October 3, 2001
IT'S CHAMPIONSHIP TIME!
But one-game deciders may be necessary as top four placings still undecided in tight race for the playoffs
There is little doubt that this coming weekend the CPSL league title will be decided when Ottawa Wizards host defending CPSL champions Toronto Olympians in the last regular league game of the season for these two teams. Both have been favourites for the top position for some weeks now. Ottawa will play Montreal Dynamites on Saturday, a 6.30 p.m. kickoff at the OZ Stadium, but any results from that game still leaves the league title in doubt until the Wizards-Olympians clash the following day.
Just as interesting, is the race for the third and fourth positions with no less than four teams, Toronto Supra, St. Catharines Roma Wolves, Montreal Dynamites and Toronto Croatia all with a chance for the two remaining playoff berths. St. Catharines play their last regular game of the season this Friday night and it's a crucial one with a win against Toronto Croatia needed if the team from the Niagara Peninsula is to finish in the top four.
The Dynamites and Croatia have one big advantage—both have two games in hand over the Roma Wolves.
If any two teams are tied on points for a top four position, a one-game decider will be played.
When the standings are in place for the top four positions, the stage is almost set for the Rogers Cup, emblematic of the CPSL Championship to be played at Club Roma, St. Catharines during the weekend October 12, 13 and 14. If the Roma Wolves are not in the top four, they have a one last chance opportunity to make it to the semi-finals. As host of the playoffs, they have an opportunity to play the fourth place team to decide that all-important fourth position. If this Wild Card game is necessary, it will be played at Club Roma next Friday, October 12.
A possible Wild Card game on Friday night will kickoff the CPSL Championship weekend and the following schedule has been set:
Friday, October 12
Club Roma 8.15 p.m.
St. Catharines Roma Wolves vs. fourth place team (if necessary)
Saturday, October 13
Club Roma 1.00 p.m.
Semi-final 'A' 2nd PLACE TEAM vs. 3rd PLACE TEAM
Club Roma 3.00 p.m.
Semi-final 'B' 1st PLACE TEAM vs. 4th PLACE TEAM
Sunday, October 14
Club Roma 12 Noon
Club Roma 2 p.m.
Rogers Cup Final for the CPSL Championship
Club Roma 5 p.m.
CPSL Annual Banquet and Awards Night
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