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Quebec City Amiral
« on: May 05, 2009, 12:03:50 PM »
W-League heads to Quebec City

Arsenal set to begin play in 2009
USL News Release
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

QUEBEC CITY, QC -  At Québec city hall, in the présence of François Picard, vice-president of the Québec executive committee, the club board has announced the name of the team that will represent the Québec area in the W-League in 2009, the Québec Arsenal.

The W-League presents the highest level of womens’ soccer in North America, and will give athletes from the Québec area access to first-class competition. The team will wear white, black and gold and will begin its first season in May at Séminaire St-François’ new stadium.

”The W-League has had tremendous success in Canada over the years,” said W-League Director of Operations Melanie Fitzgerald. “USL has been wonderfully supported when friendlies have been played in the city of Quebec and we expect the community to rally behind the Arsenal when they begin play next spring.”

The team will be playing other W-League teams in Northeast Canada and the United States. The official alignment will be released from the USL office following the 2008 AGM in Tampa, FL.

The club has also announced the nomination of Maxime Barabé as its general manager. “We are enthusiastic to play in a well established league and we believe we will be competitive as soon as 2009. We wish to bring together the best players in our area, but also attract the best talent in eastern Canada. We also want to bring back players from the Québec area playing elsewhere in the league so they can play in front of their families and friends,” Maxime stated.

“We are happy to offer to soccer fans of the Québec area a very interesting, spectacular, family-oriented product, in the superb environment that is Séminaire Saint-François’ stadium. We will be able to host nearly 1,500 people and make each game a true soccer experience,” said Stéphane Alain, member of the Arsenal board.

The club’s logo features the silhouette of famed hotel Chateau Frontenac, which opened in 1893 and has become a symbol of the city as one of its most popular attractions. The club will now look to hire its head coach, and then begin player recruiting.

The Québec Arsenal is a non-profit organization created to ensure the development of regional soccer in the Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. The Arsenal is an original idea from a team of four promoters: Samir Ghrib, David Desloges, Stéphane Alain and Maxime Barabé. The team’s five-person board will consist of three individuals from the Association Régionale de Soccer de Québec (ARSQ).

Maxime Barabe, who holds a CSA national B License, began coaching for the Dynamo de Quebec U17 womens team in 1993 - 1998. In addition, he coaches the Quebec provincial U-17 girls team. From 1994-2005 he coached FX Garneau College Elans women who were national champions in 2002, 2003 & 2004. He was the ARSQ assistant to the technical director from 1998-2002 and has been the ARSQ executive director since August 2002.

Michel Valle is an infrastructure specialist for Quebec Transportation who has been involved as a coach and manager since 1998. He was the Dynamo Women’s manager from 2000-2007 (National Champion 2007). Valle served as Dynamo De Quebec President from 2000-2005 and has been the ARSQ President since January 2006.

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Re: Quebec City Amiral
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 12:14:02 PM »
Sorry to disappoint Gunners fans but it looks like the new City franchise has decided to ditch the Arsenal name in favour of a more poltically correct French Connection.

Quebec City adopts Amiral moniker

Thursday, February 26, 2009

QUEBEC CITY, QC -- The board for the Quebec City W-League franchise announced Amiral as the club’s new moniker, in part, as a reflection of the city’s historical military background.

The club happily unveiled the Québec City Amiral SC denomination since Québec City is known as a port and fortified city with a pronounced military history. Amiral is the French equivalent to the military rank of Admiral.

The city’s location on the St Lawrence River provided an excellent military location in addition to serving as a port for the new world over the course of the first few hundred years. Originally under French rule, the British captured the city in 1759 and were finally ceded the city in 1763, going on to build a military garrison that withstood attack from the southern colonies during the American Revolution in the Battle of Quebec. After the confrontation, the city’s walls were strengthened and an elevated military artillery battery, the Citadelle of Quebec, was built along with several nearby artillery towers, turning the city into a fortress. The remaining presence of the city’s military background has become symbolic of the city with several of the artillery towers now serving as museums and tourist attractions.

The Quebec province’s capital city, founded in 1608, is considered to be the first European-built city in non-Spanish North America, making it one of the oldest cities on the continent. It’s flag and crest both feature the image of city founder Samuel de Champlain’s ship.

The club’s logo will continue to highlight a capital A with the silhouette of famed hotel Chateau Frontenac, which opened in 1893 and has become a symbol of the city as one of its most popular attractions.

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Re: Quebec City Amiral
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009, 08:53:18 PM »
Quebec Amiral Debut With Road Win

Saturday 23rd May 2009

Caroline Valliancourt, Catherine Scott and Marie-Michelle Valle each scored a goal as the Quebec City Amiral made their W-League debut  with a 3-0 victory against the Rochester Ravens at the Rhinos Stadium
before a crowd of almost 400 fans. Standout defender Myriam Bouchard helped the Amiral limit the Ravens to three shots on goal in the whole contest,

The Amiral are now in second place in the Central Conference, Great Lakes Division with their inaugural three-point victory and two points behind the Toronto Lady Lynx for the division lead.

Rochester is 0-2-0 and in last place in their first season in the league after their change in franchise ownership from their former Rhinos ownership.

Both teams take on another W-League debutante next in the Buffalo Flash —Quebec City travel there Sunday (24th) and Rochester host them on Friday 29th.



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Re: Quebec City Amiral
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2009, 02:54:16 PM »
Amiral fall to Buffalo and Ruiz

Sunday 24th May 2009

Buffalo fprward Maria Ruiz earned herself a Player of the Week award from the W-League assessors for her performance aganst the Amiral.
Her two goal, two assist contribution led the Flash to a 4-2 victory over the Quebec side.

Ruiz’s first goal of the Sunday, May 24 match served as the first goal in Buffalo Flash history. She was assisted on the strike by teammate Rosa Tantillo, who netted the second goal in Flash history on a feed from Ruiz. That goal was scored 23 minutes after the first, giving the Flash a 2-0 advantage at the 30 minute mark.

Ruiz continued to be the catalyst of Buffalo’s attack, scoring a 62nd minute goal that put Buffalo up 3-0. Quebec made the score 3-1 in the 73rd minute on a goal by Caroline Vaillancourt, but they would get no closer as Ruiz picked out Tantillo again in the 87th minute for her second assist of the match.

Quebec came into the match against Buffalo with a record of 1-0-0 after downing the Ravens 3-0 in Rochester the previous day.

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Re: Quebec City Amiral
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009, 02:59:04 PM »
Amiral wins historic home opener

USL Soccer - 3rd June 2009

Quebec beat provincial rival Laval Comets

Rain, clouds, gusting winds, nothing was going to stop a determined Amiral SC, and the near 1000 fans in attendance, for a historic afternoon of soccer in Quebec City. The Quebec City Amiral, a new team to the W-League, started off its season at home (Sunday 31st May) with a decisive 3-1 win over their provincial rivals, the Laval Comets.

After much anticipation, the game was underway and it wasn’t long before the visiting team got a taste of the much talked about speedy Amiral offence. Indeed, in the 9th minute, an excellent pass from Caroline Vaillancourt sent teammate Genevieve Marcotte on a breakaway against the keeper. The talented forward made no mistake and the stadium erupted as, for the first time in the club’s home history, the ball hit the back of the net.

The Laval Comets were not to be intimidated as they continued to press on, creating several scoring opportunities. The crowd held their breath as Andreanne Gagne fired a free kick at the top left corner of the net, but were happy to see keeper, Marie-Pier Bilodeau, come up with an impressive save.

The Amiral did not let up and in the 18th minute, Catherine Scott sent a ball over the Laval defense and Josée Belanger in alone against the goalie. Her textbook far-post shot left the goalie baffled, the crowd on their feet and her team up 2-0. The battle continued and unfortunately Caroline Vaillancourt became one of its casualties in the 30th minute suffering an injury to her right knee. The Amiral weren’t going to let the injury, nor the weather, stop them. In the 37th minute, Melissa Lesage demonstrated her speed and ability as she connected with a ball sent in by Cristina Di Ielsi to the back of the Comets’ defense and beat the goalie making the score a decisive 3-0.

The third goal seemed to serve as motivation for the Laval Comets who went on to have a string of corners and scoring opportunities late in the first half. The most dangerous of which saw the Amiral goalkeeper make a spectacular, one-handed save on a powerful, close-range shot from Veronique Laverdiere. The half-time whistle blew and the scored stayed steady at 3-0.

In the second half, the Laval Comets were fired up and looking to close the scoring gap. The youthful substitutes provided a fresh start for the visiting team as the pressed forward with intent. Despite having good possession of the ball the Comets found the Amiral defense to be resilient to their attacks. In the 64th minute, however, the opponents managed to penetrate the Amiral stronghold, and Pascale Pinard’s low shot found its way to the back of the net making the score 3-1. From there, the Laval Comets maintained their offensive pressure but their efforts came to no avail and the game finished 3-1.

Fabien Cottin, head coach of the Amiral, was pleased with his team’s performance and was glad that they were opportunistic with their scoring chances, especially early in the contest. Undoubtedly all are looking forward to the second match-up between these two teams in Montreal on june 10th.

The next home game takes place Sunday June 7th at 1pm at the Séminaire Saint-Francois, when the Quebec City Amiral square off against the Toronto Lady Lynx who presently sit at the top of the chart.

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Re: Quebec City Amiral
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2009, 07:07:59 PM »
Amiral Victorious at Home

Quebec improves to 3-1-0 with 3-0 win over Lynx

Quebec City Press Release – www.amiraldequebec.com
Monday, June 8, 2009

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, in front of a crowd of 520 people, the Quebec City Amiral extended their winning streak after defeating the Toronto Lady Lynx by a score of 3-0.

In what seems to be true Amiral fashion, the game started off very strong and as the home team showed their opponents that they were not to be underestimated. From the get-go, the Toronto defense got a taste of the much talked about speedy and talented Quebec City attack.

After only nine minutes of play, the home team gave the fans what they came to see: some high-class soccer followed by a stunning goal. Josée Belanger exploited the right wing beating her defender with speed and agility, finding herself in a position to shoot. She then unselfishly laid a perfect pass back to her teammate, Genevieve Marcotte, who was waiting in front of the net. She made no mistake as she cracked a powerful shot pass goalkeeper Justine Bernier and gave her team an early 1-0 lead.

The home team did not stop there. Only six minutes later they doubled their lead with another fantastic display of ability and team play. A nice ball in behind the defenders sent Melissa Lesage alone against the goalie. Thinking she had the neat-minder beat, she took a shot. The goalie came up with a fantastic save, but was not prepared for the subsequent, rebound shot from Josee Belanger and after only 15 minutes of play the Quebec City Amiral were up 2-0.

As the first half went on, the Quebec City Amiral were not to be intimidated by the size or physicality of their opponents. The two teams fought hard and refused to be dominated; sometimes the referee seemed to think that it was getting out of hand. Indeed, in the 38th minutes, Melissa Lesage, once again, used her abilities to find herself in front of the net, this time accompanied by two Lady Lynx players who pounced on her simultaneously. The referee whistled the play and gave the home team a penalty shot, trying to set send a message about the level of physicality for the rest of the game. Catherine Scott converted the spot-shot and gave her team a familiar  3-0 lead before half time.

In the second half, the Toronto squad increased the pressure and made several changes to their formation trying to break through the Amiral defense. Throughout the second half, the home team demonstrated that their defense was just as note-worthy as their offence as they kept a clean sheet for the rest of the game.

Coach Fabien Cottin was very happy with the result; “this was an important thee points,” said the Frenchman.

Indeed, the Quebec City Amiral is happy to be winning its home-games, giving a show for their fans and gaining the desired point for the league standing early in the season. Coach Cottin was glad that his team was able to put the ball at the back of the net right away, giving the Amiral an early lead, and a chance to rest some of his players for the up-coming games.

The next two weeks will see the Quebec City Amiral in action five times, the first of which is the much-anticipated rematch against their provincial rivals the Laval Comets this Wednesday, June 10, in Laval. The team will then return home Saturday, June 13 for a game against the London Gryphons,

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Re: Quebec City Amiral
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2009, 07:05:11 PM »
Amiral welcomes Tunisian player
East Meets West as member of the Tunisian international joins the ranks of the Amiral

Quebec City
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

As the Quebec City Amiral prepare for a busy month of June, they are happy to add Marwa Chebbi to their roster. The 22 year-old is a member of the Tunisian national team, and thus already has quite a bit of experience at the international level which she is excited to demonstrate on North American soil.

Chebbi, has only been in Quebec for one week, but she has already been able to ascertain a difference in American style of play. She is not, however, intimidated by the increased physicality. She is a focused, offensive minded player who hopes to be able to bring a Tunisian touch to the Amiral attack.

Chebbi has already made her debut in the W-league, subbing in during her team’s 3-0 victory over the Toronto Lady Lynx last Sunday. She looks forward to playing a more important role in the coming weeks. She won’t have to wait very long as the Quebec City Amiral are back in action tomorrow night in Laval for the rematch against the Comets.

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Re: Quebec City Amiral
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2009, 01:49:39 PM »
In their debut season in the W-League, the Amiral made it as far as the Divisional Play-Off for the Great Lakes Division by virtue of their runners-up spot. They came up against a rampant Buffalo Flash side and went down by five goals to nil on the night.