Wednesday June 5th, 2002
By request I've been asked for my predictions on the CPSL season for the race for the three trophies. It may not be such guesswork as if I'd done this before the season started because by this date--June 5th--I've seen six of the teams already in either preseason or early season games.
League Competition--With 14 teams, the table has been split into two divisions and here are my choices for final standings: (Ottawa won last year in the one division system).
Western Division Eastern Division 1. Hamilton Thunder Ottawa Wizards 2. Toronto Croatia Toronto Supra 3. St Catharines Roma Wolves Metro Lions 4. Mississauga Olympians Montreal Dynamites 5. Brampton Hitmen Vaughan Sun Devils 6. London City York Region Shooters 7. North York Astros Durham Flames CPSL Championship (Rogers Cup)--This will be played the weekend of October 18th to 20th in North York with the Astros as the host team. Based on regular season standings I'd say the tournament will play out like this: Friday night Wild card game: Toronto Supra will beat North York Astros Saturday Ottawa Wizards will beat Toronto Croatia Toronto Supra will beat Hamilton Thunder Sunday Final Ottawa Wizards will beat Toronto Supra Ottawa will win the one trophy they didn't win last year! Last year St Catharines as the Wild Card team had to win three games within 48 hours to win. The CPSL League Cup draw was made before the season started partly to cut down on travelling costs. It will be a home and home knockout until the semi-finals when the competition wraps up on the September 27th to 29th weekend in Hamilton. First Round 1. Hamilton will beat St Catharines 2. Brampton will beat London 3. Mississauga will beat York Region 4. Toronto Supra will beat Toronto Croatia 5. Metro Lions will beat Durham 6. Vaughan will beat North York 7. Ottawa will beat Montreal Second Round A. Ottawa gets a bye B. Metro Lions will beat Brampton C. Hamilton will beat Vaughan D. Toronto Supra will beat Mississauga Semi Finals Ottawa will beat Metro Lions Hamilton will beat Toronto Supra Final Hamilton will beat Ottawa! Last year's winner Ottawa will fall to the home team Hamilton in front of a huge crowd.
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