Laval Comets

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Laval Comets
Lavalcomets.jpg
Full name Laval Comets
Nickname(s) Les Comètes
Founded 2006
Ground Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogneat Laval, QC
Ground Capacity 800
Chairman Philippe Ciarlo
Manager Cindy Walsh
League USL W-League
2013 1st, Central Division
Playoffs: Championship Final

The Laval Comets (French: Comètes de Laval) is a Canadian women's soccer team established in 2006 in the city of Laval, Quebec, Canada, a northern suburb of Montreal. The team is a member of the W-League, the second tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. The team plays in the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference against teams from Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Quebec City, Rochester and Toronto.

The team plays its home games at the Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogne. The club's colours are light blue and dark blue.

History[edit]

The Laval Comets is founded in 2005 by Pierre Marchand ( a businessman of Laval), following the demise of Montreal Xtreme (2004) and Dynamites de Laval (1997-2001). Pierre Marchand joins to 3 partners ( Montreal Impact, Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogne, and the Fédération de soccer du Québec ) who will allow to assure the team for period minimum of three years.[1] The club set up as a non-profit organization owned by the 3 partners: This to assure the survival of the team for some years.[2] In October 2005, the contacts are established with the W-League and a new franchising is granted to the group for the city of Laval. In November, 2005, a competition is thrown to find a name to the new team. Already a craze for the new team is tangible because hundred of names are subjected. And so the management of the club opts for the name Comètes de Laval.[3] In January 2006, the club confirms the first major sponsor joins the team (Grolsch beer). The presentation of team's colors shirts and the first players under contract takes place on March 8, 2006.[4][5]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Division Regular Season Playoffs
2006 USL W-League Northern Division 3rd no participation to playoff
2007 USL W-League Northern Division 3rd [6] elimined in first round [7]
2008 USL W-League Northern Division 3rd [8] lost in Conference Semifinals
2009 USL W-League Great Lakes Division 5th [9][10] no participation to playoff
2010 USL W-League Great Lakes Division 3rd [11] elimined in first round [12]
2011 USL W-League Great Lakes Division 2nd lost in Conference Semifinals
2012 USL W-League Central Division 3rd[13] lost in Conference Semifinals
2013 USL W-League Central Division 1st lost in Championship

Players[edit]

The Laval Comets have a wide range of talent, some from university, high school and others that currently play or have played for the Canadian National Team ( 7 Laval Comets players in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship ).[14] The season is short since most players play in Canadian and American universities, therefore it is designed to accommodate their schedules and ends the first week of August.

The Laval Comets line up for the National Anthem.

Squad 2014[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Genevieve Richard
2 United States DF Morgan Taylor
4 Canada DF Julia Liguori
5 Canada DF Kelsey Wilson
6 Canada DF Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchain
7 Canada MF Kylie Davis
8 Canada MF Constance de Chantal Dumont
9 Canada MF Vanessa Grégoire
10 Canada MF Catherine Charron-Delage
11 Canada MF Kaitlyn Fournier
12 Canada MF Rhian Wilkinson
13 Canada FW Mélissa Busque
14 Canada FW Josée Bélanger
No. Position Player
15 Canada DF Kathryn Acton
16 Canada MF Valérie Sanderson
17 Canada FW Amandine Pierre-Louis
18 Canada FW Amy Pietrangelo
19 Canada DF Marissa Duguay
21 Canada DF Marie-Ève Bernard O'Breham
22 Canada MF Larissa Fedorowich
23 United States MF McKenzie Bricker
24 Canada FW Véronique Laverdière
28 Canada GK Lysianne Proulx
Canada MF Audrey Lagarde
Canada DF Courtney Wilkinson-Maitland

[15]

Notable former players[edit]

Coaching Staff 2014[edit]

Former head coach[edit]

Former assistant coach[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

the Centre sportif Bois-De-Boulogne

Laval Comets have a big rivalry with Quebec City Amiral SC.[27][28][29] Several former players of Comets play for the Amiral SC.[30][31] In matches between the two teams, it is not uncommon for supporters to travel Montreal-Quebec city or Quebec city-Montreal to go to encourage her teams.

Laval Comet training inside of Centre sportif Bois-De-Boulogne

Supporters[edit]

At the gate, the Comets had always been solid with average crowds of 500 fans.[32] After disappointing season in 2009 [33] (where the average gate was between 800 and 900 people), the attendance to the matches falls to 266 persons by match in 2010.[34]

The all-time single game high is the 952 fans in attendance against Ottawa Fury Women (Friday evening July 4, 2008).[35]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/teams/2011/4069058.html#ABOUT
  2. ^ (French) L'Xtreme est mort et enterré, vive les Comètes de Laval! http://www.canoe.com/sports/nouvelles/archives/2005/12/20051213-092400.html
  3. ^ (French)La courte histoire des comètes, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Equipe.html
  4. ^ http://www.quebecsoccer.com/article.php?id=374
  5. ^ Photo: http://impactmontreal.com/photo_front_page/cometes1.jpg
  6. ^ (French)Match nul à Toronto,http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2007/7/21_Match_nul_a_Toronto.html
  7. ^ (French)Saison 2007 terminée, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2007/7/25_Saison_2007_terminee.html
  8. ^ (French) Victoire contre Toronto, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2008/7/23_Victoire_contre_Toronto.html
  9. ^ (French) Grosse commande pour les Comètes, http://fr.canoe.ca/sports/nouvelles/archives/2009/07/20090715-063500.html
  10. ^ (French) Défaite pour terminer la saison, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2009/7/21_Defaite_pour_terminer_la_saison.html
  11. ^ (French) Les Comètes qualifiées pour les séries, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2010/7/19_Les_Cometes_qualifiees_pour_les_series.html
  12. ^ (French) Saison des Comètes terminée : Bilan positif, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2010/7/23_Saison_des_Cometes_terminee__Bilan_positif.html
  13. ^ "W-League 2012". USL Soccer. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  14. ^ (French) Sept (7) joueuses à la qualification de la Coupe du Monde U20 féminin, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2010/1/20_Sept_(7)_joueuses_a_la_qualification_de_la_Coupe_du_Monde_U20_feminin.html
  15. ^ "Team". W-League. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Profile on Canada Soccer, http://canadasoccer.com/players/profile.asp?playerid=656
  17. ^ (French) Profil: http://lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Cindy_Walsh.html
  18. ^ Profile on Canada Soccer, http://canadasoccer.com/players/profile.asp?playerid=621
  19. ^ (French) Profil:http://lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Anne-Marie_Lapalme.html
  20. ^ (French) Anne-Marie Lapalme de retour avec les Comètes de Laval, http://www.courrierlaval.com/Sports/Sports-aquatiques/2010-02-24/article-1125433/Anne-Marie-Lapalme-de-retour-avec-les-Cometes-de-Laval/1
  21. ^ (French) Saison terminée pour Sandra Couture, http://lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entr%C3%A9es/2007/6/2_Saison_termin%C3%A9e_pour_Sandra_Couture.html
  22. ^ (French) Arianne Mano fera ses débuts avec l’équipe, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2008/6/13_Arianne_Mano_fera_ses_debuts_avec_lequipe.html
  23. ^ (french) Les Comètes de Laval attaqueront en force Ajout de Charron et Julien à l’alignement, http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2009/4/1_Les_Cometes_de_Laval_attaqueront_en_force_Ajout_de_Charron_et_Julien_a_lalignement.html
  24. ^ Profile on Canada Soccer, http://www.canadasoccer.com/players/profile.asp?playerid=1893
  25. ^ Cindy Walsh to lead Comets http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/688866.html
  26. ^ "Team". Laval Cometes. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  27. ^ (French) http://www.quebecsoccer.com/article.php?id=1711
  28. ^ (French) http://www.rds.ca/soccer/chroniques/299880.html
  29. ^ (French)http://www.quebecsoccer.com/article.php?id=2108
  30. ^ (French) Guillaume Dumais, Amiral SC: des comètes filent à Québec, http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-soleil/sports/soccer/200905/19/01-857968-amiral-sc-des-cometes-filent-a-quebec.php
  31. ^ (French) http://lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/sports/encoreplus/archives/2011/04/20110403-170759.html
  32. ^ (French) Les Comètes visent un premier championnat dans la W-League, http://www.courrierlaval.com/Sports/Soccer/2007-03-24/article-1129554/Les-Cometes-visent-un-premier-championnat-dans-la-W-League/1
  33. ^ (French) Les Comètes écartées des séries éliminatoires, http://www.courrierlaval.com/Football/2009-07-16/article-1125486/Les-Cometes-ecartees-des-series-eliminatoires/1
  34. ^ Taking Attendance, 8/2/2010, http://www.kenn.com/the_blog/?p=3455
  35. ^ (French) http://www.lavalcometes.com/lavalcometes.com/Nouvelles/Entrees/2008/7/4_Les_Cometes_sincline_devant_le_Fury.html