No ID cards means Gorge can't play against LMG
Cowichan LMG Pringle would have preferred to play the game, but rules are rules.
Cowichan was awarded a 3-0 Div. 1 Island Soccer League default win over Gorge Friday night. Unlike most forfeits when teams are shorthanded and know it well in advance, Cowichan coach Glen Martin didn't get the call until 6 p.m. — only an hour and a half before game time at the Ladysmith Turf.
Gorge notified Martin it couldn't locate identification cards for the players. The league was also called and president Vince Greco informed Gorge it couldn't play without them.
Martin was perplexed by what happened, but "everybody knows the rules,'' he said.
ID cards must be presented to officials before every game for verification. "You can't just put anybody on the field,'' reasoned Martin.
Gorge had apparently left its ID cards behind in the changeroom during a previous game at Victoria's Finlayson Park. No one realized that until it came time to play the next game and it was too late to do anything about it.
"It makes you mad,'' said Martin. "My whole team shows up from Salt Spring Island, Victoria, Nanaimo.''
The late forfeit caught many off-guard, including some of the Gorge team members.
"There were a couple of kids sitting in the parking lot in Ladysmith,'' said Martin. "They didn't know.'''
The break won't do Cowichan any good as it heads into a big game Saturday against Lakehill at Victoria's Braefoot Park.
"Now we've got a game against a hard, fast team, said Martin.
He vows to have his team ready for a tough challenge in a smaller park.
Div. 2 Cowichan United went to Lakehill Friday with just 12 men and got outplayed in a 1-0 loss.
Jordon Korven suffered an injury and came off and Nick Crichton received a red card, putting Cowichan down to 10 on the field.
Lakehill scored the lone goal of the game prior to the red card.
The next game for United is at Comox Sunday.
"No idea what our team will look like,'' noted player-coach Neall Rowlings. "Out of 20 we might only have 12 players. Very challenging.''