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The Patriotlandian Witness Domestic Sports Newswire

By Roland Leduc

The Patriotlandian Witness is proud to announce the launch of our new domestic sports newswire. We will follow all the sports and teams you hold dear and bring you all the action in written form. For live coverage of games and events don't forget to tune in to the Patriotlandian Sports Network (PSN - Channel 33 on PatrioComm).

The most popular and the most played sport in the nation is hockey with games being held at every level from professional arenas to pick-up games on a frozen pond. The Patriotlandian Hockey Association (PHA) governs the nation's top divisions operating two divisions for a total of 24 teams. Keep an eye on this newswire for season previews, matchday results and season reviews. An entry for the division 1 team is also in the works.

Per our sources inside parliament, the government is looking into expanding it's sports offering across the nation to incentivise physical activity and drive the economy. More information will be passed along once the situation is clearer.

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Team Previews (WIP)
Division 1 Part 1 Part 2

Season* Regular Season Champion Playoff Champion Second Division Champion
1 Grand-Ours Bears Asche Flames Chaville Sabres
2 Grand-Ours Bears Chaville Sabres Sherguy Guys
3 Blackbay Islanders Blackbay Islanders Port-Crotay Cleaners
4 Grand-Ours Bears Grand-Ours Bears Planteau Patriots
5 HC Jolicoeur Port-la-Ville Anchors Couen Lancers
* Seasons scoresheet prior to season 3 were lost to a rogue shredding machine operator

Football/Soccer
Season	Super 8 Champion	Omnium du Montagnard
1 Union Port-la-Ville N/A
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PHA: Team Previews [Part 1]


By Roland Leduc, Last updated: 27 November 2021

For all our international readers, we are presenting you with a digest of sort describing all the major teams and renowned players in Patriotlandian Hockey. For now we will start with all twelve teams currently in the first division but have plan to add division 2 teams in the future.

Division 1
Alexandrie HC

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City: Alexandrie, Foubrac
Arena: Amphitheatre Bill Major (Cap. 8000)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Ryan Aurel

Located in the northeastern coast of Patriotlandia, Alexandrie is one of the most isolated cities in the nation. As such, they don't get much national attention and have trouble attracting key players to the club. They have to rely on a good development system to train players for the main club. They also have a good group of veteran players to mentor those new arrivals. Their young defender, Cassandra Gaulin, is one of the league's premier blue-line general with a keen eye for the perfect pass. Alexandrie HC plays a fast and fluid game concentrating on causing turn-overs and counter-attacking.

Players to watch: (LW) Gabriel Durant, (D) Cassandra Gaulin


Asche Flames

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City: Asche, Abelanne
Arena: City Coliseum (Cap. 14000)
Status: Professional
Head Coach: Bob Shanahan

Often written off as a suburb of Port-la-Ville, the Asche Flames are playing with something to prove and it shows. They are known for an aggressive style of play and a high level of pace that does not stop until the final whistle blows. Having won a championship in the first season of the PHA, the team is now capable to sign top talent and solidify their spot as one of the league's top teams.

Players to watch: (G) Hervé Terellien, (C) Cory Bertrand


Batille Bataillon

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City: Batille, Foubrac
Arena: Charles Papineau Arena (Cap. 7500)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Georges Paul

Named after the nearby army base, the Batille Bataillon is a team that as been surviving in the lower to mid table of the first division despite fierce competition and the constant threat of relegation. The club as long be known for developing good young players that are technically sound. This attracts plenty of attention from the league's professional teams that are trying sign new players. Guided by head coach Georges Paul the team plays a no nonsense system designed to help with roster rotations. Despite not being title contenders, they strive to at least compete with local rivals the Grand-Ours Bears.

Players to watch: (D) Jérome Dartagne, (LW) Joel Noël


Blackbay Islanders

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City: Blackbay, Griffin Isles
Arena: Cumberland Arena (Cap. 16000)
Status: Professional
Head Coach: Romain Durivage

Even the biggest teams fear a trip to the Griffin Isles if they have to play the Blackbay Islanders. The Islanders play a really physical game that tires all but the fittest team. And when physicality is not enough they have the talent to score the finest of goals. If you hadn't caught on the Islanders are contenders for the National Cup every year and their relatively young core only means they will be fighting for silverware for years to come.

Players to watch:(C) Michel Saunders, (RW) Charles Roy, (D) Denise Bentley


Chaville Sabres

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City: Chaville, Foubrac
Arena: Pitstop Arena (Cap. 11000)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Glen Boraton

We still don't know what they put in the Chaville water mains, but they sure can field a great hockey team. Long regarded as just a reststop on the highway, by the northern teams on their way to play in the province of Foubrac, the Chaville formation as been able to turn it around in recent years and even snag a division 1 championship right after being promoted. They've also developed a rivalry with the Asche Flames because of their recent meetings in the playoffs and it's been one of the best to follow due to it's recent history and the strength of both teams.

Players to watch:(G) Léa Gagné, (LW) Alphonse Tremblay


Couen Lancers

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City: Couen, Foubrac
Arena: FNC Centre (Cap. 18000)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Yoland Pike

Hockey is not the most popular sport in Couen but that does not stop the population to back their local team. Founded as a sports club for the nearby arms manufacturing factory, the Lancers surprisingly do not have professional status. This is a significant set-back compared to other big cities. However the team's front office keep insisting they are not cheapskate and are doing it to keep the factory team tradition alive. As for their style of play, the Lancers try to keep games close tightening things down and choking opposing offenses. This as been somewhat effective, finishing recent seasons with some of the lowest goals against of any team in the PHA. However, they need to find a way to light the lamp more often.

Players to watch:(D) William Varocher, (RW) Marius Lambert
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PHA: Team Previews [Part 2]


By Roland Leduc, Last updated: 29 November 2021

Grand-Ours Bears

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City: Grand-Ours, Foubrac
Arena: Pinewood Forum (Cap. 22000)
Status: Professional
Head Coach: François Saumure

The Grand-Ours Bears are the reference for all the professional clubs in Patriotlandia. One of the first professional teams in the country, the Bears quickly developed a winning culture. The team is led by a group of veterans who take winning to heart and they are the perfect group to mold the team's emerging young talent. As for playing style, the Bears play a complete game that overpowers their opponents. They won't score the most goals, but their play in the defensive zone is one of the best in the league.

Players to watch: (C) Vanessa Garant, (LW) Axel Plouffe, (G) Frederic Dagenais


HC Jolicoeur

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City: Jolicoeur, Abelanne
Arena: Arena Nationale (Cap. 18000)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Jean Francoeur

HC Jolicoeur have not been setting the league on fire in recent years, but they are one of the league's most storied clubs. The club's unique arena has also recently been renovated to be able to host the PHA Playoff Finals. This can also be interpreted as a step toward professional status, but it is only rumors at the moment. On the ice, "the Hearts" have been able to challenge even the top teams. They play a no-nonsense system that enables them to cut down on mistakes and exploit when their opponents show weakness.

Players to watch: (D) Quentin Guerrier, (C) Victor Hérault


Heron-sur-Fleuve HC

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City: Heron-sur-Fleuve, Foubrac
Arena: Dalton Centre (Cap. 18000)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Daniel Victorin

In similar fashion to HC Jolicoeur and the Couen Lancers, the Heron-sur-Fleuve Hockey Club is one of the oldest in the nation. The city is also home to the Dalton Brewery Company which conveniently sponsors the arena. The games are thus known to have a real party atmosphere, which traveling fans really like. As a club, the Fleuvians play a fast paced style that can cost them at times, but they manage to outscore their opponents from time to time.

Players to watch: (G) Josée Sinclair, (C) Victor Hérault


Ocrebourg HC

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City: Ocrebourg, Foubrac
Arena: PNB Place (Cap. 11000)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Paul Roland

Along with Alexandrie HC, Ocrebourg represent one of the longest away trips for traveling teams. The games at the PNB Place aren't easy either. Ocrebourg has a team that plays with heart and determination and they can be a handful even for the the strongest teams in the league. One of their new addition, center Jeremy Faraday as shown great promise in the junior categories and can hopefully help the club to take their next step towards the top.

Players to watch: (C) Jeremy Faraday


Port-Crotay Cleaners

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City: Port-Crotay, Griffin Isles
Arena: Grant Buchanan Arena (Cap. 9000)
Status: Semi-Professional
Head Coach: Brent Calhoun

Newly promoted to the top flight, the Port-Crotay Cleaners have a real challenge ahead of them if they hope to stick around division 1 for more than a season. The second team out of the Griffin Isles, it is going to be an interesting story to see how their rivalry with the Blackbay Islanders evolves. For those that don't follow division 2 hockey the Cleaners offensive style might catch them by suprise, but it's going to be imperative that their defense holds against even more powerful teams.

Players to watch: (D) Alex Mollock, (C) Tim Rochester


Port-la-Ville Anchors

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City: Port-Crotay, Griffin Isles
Arena: Formatech Arena (Cap. 24000)
Status: Professional
Head Coach: Francis Seymour

Port-la-Ville is the biggest city in Patriotlandia, with that comes a lot of affluent fans willing to spend money. As such they have had plenty of budget in recent years to improve the team the challenge for a position at the top of the table. The newly built Formatech Arena is testament to the team's commitment to success. On the ice, the Anchors play a balanced game producing decent chances without overexposing themselves. Promise shown by their young core is also encouraging for the team as it hopes to build a solid winning culture.

Players to watch: (LW) James Offmeister, (G) Renée Latraverse


This marks the end of our first division team overviews. Don't forget to check in soon as we will bring you the season 3 recap shortly.
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PHA Season 3 Review


By Roland Leduc, Jolicoeur, Province of Abelanne

Millions were of Patriotlandians were glued to their television sets earlier this month as the Blackbay Islanders lifted the Patriot Cup above their heads. In the Arena Nationale, the festivities had also started with the losing team's fans making their way out of the building. Twelve teams started the season with the eye one prize. However only one could win it all. This is a look back at the Patriotlandia Hockey Association season 3.

Division 1

In the first division, the standings tell us that the playoff race was never in doubt for the four clubs that ultimately qualified. Even if they were 11 points behind first place the Anchors had a comfortable cushion to the fifth place HC Jolicoeur. In the mid table, HC Jolicoeur completed the Top 5 with a reasonable season for the semi-profesionnal formation. The same can be said of Ocrebourg who finished a single point behind. Mixed in those two were the Asche Flames which are probably regretting the few games they dropped against the likes of the Bataillon and Lancers. They will be looking to turn things around next season. Lower in the table, Heron-sur-Fleuve, Couen, Batille and Alexandrie were relatively safe from relegation and overall they did manage to beat the Sherguy Guys who are unfortunately going back to the second division after being promoted a few seasons ago.

Division 1	             Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Blackbay Islanders 44 31 10 183 143 +40 65
2 Grand-Ours Bears 44 26 13 98 74 +24 57
3 Chaville Sabres 44 27 15 135 107 +28 56
4 Port-la-Ville Anchors 44 26 16 109 90 +19 54

5 HC Jolicoeur 44 20 21 85 84 +1 43
6 Asche Flames 44 19 21 129 120 +9 42
7 Ocrebourg HC 44 18 20 132 142 −10 42
8 Heron-sur-Fleuve HC 44 14 21 170 179 −9 37
9 Couen Lancers 44 16 23 58 79 −21 37
10 Batille Bataillon 44 14 24 105 114 −9 34
11 Alexandrie HC 44 14 24 129 161 −32 34
12 Sherguy Guys 44 11 28 89 129 −40 27


Division 2

There was big drama heading into the final matchday of the season in the second division. Without a playoff format, the table determines who gets promoted and both the Oreilly Irish and the Port-Crotay Cleaners were separated by a single point. The Irish took care of business at home with a 6-3 win over the Lavante Suns. However they needed a Cleaners loss in order to advance because they had not secured the goal difference tie breaker.

On paper, the Cleaners should have wiped the floor with the Boiscomplet Axes who were in last place. However, the Foubracois formation had come to Port-Crotay with the intention on being party crashers. With a sluggish start, the home side quickly found themselves a goal behind. After a tripping penalty to Alex Mollock, the Axes managed to double their lead on the man advantage. At intermission, the Cleaners were down 3-0. Brent Calhoun's locker room talk seamed to have worked as the team came back with a lot more intensity and managed to claw back to a 3-2 score at the 7 minute mark. However two quick turnovers meant the Axes increased their lead back to 5-2 after the second frame. In the third, the Cleaners barraged the opposing netminder with 22 shots on goal to Boiscomplet's one. With Mollock, Rochester and Gasper all finding twine they had managed to level the score at 5-5. However not content with a tie the Griffin Isles formation continued to push in the dying moments of the match with Alex Mollock securing the win for his side and sending the fans into hysteria.

Division 2                   Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Port-Crotay Cleaners 44 30 11 132 83 +49 63
2 Oreilly Irish 44 29 11 159 129 +30 62
3 Yvesmont Yetis 44 28 15 132 108 +24 57
4 Vilnay Racers 44 22 18 110 104 +6 48
5 Villy Squirrels 44 20 17 83 84 −1 47
6 Planteau Patriots 44 21 19 140 130 +10 46
7 Charme-du-lac HC 44 19 20 153 141 +12 43
8 Ouville Citoyens 44 20 21 73 70 +3 43
9 Conflans Flankers 44 19 20 154 156 −2 43
10 Lavante Suns 44 15 26 68 103 −35 33
11 Briardon Blades 44 9 30 138 181 −43 23
12 Boiscomplet Axes 44 6 30 90 143 −53 20


Patriot Cup Playoffs

With the teams qualified for the Patriot Cup Playoffs, the stage was set for a great tournament. The Islanders were looking to complete their perfect season by finish first in the regular season and winning in the playoffs. The Grand-Ours Bears failed to get past the first round in the previous two seasons and would love to finally get their hands on the prestigious silver cup. The Sabres were trying to defend their championship. Finally the Anchors were happy to see their off-season work payoff with a spot in the leagues top teams.

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In the first round, the Islanders saw themselves in an early deficit to the fourth seed Anchors, but managed to fight back and force a decisive game #5 at home. To the happiness of their many fans present, the Griffin Isles club won their bout and punched their ticket to Jolicoeur and the Patriot Cup Finals. In the second series, the Grand-Ours Bears disposed of the Sabres in four games, including three shutouts from goaltender Frederic Dagenais.

In the finals, the Islanders saw a similar story to their first round series. The Bears took and early 2-1 series lead only to squander it away in the remaining three matches. This now marks the third time the Bears fall short in the playoffs the their travelling fan base was very much displeased. As Bears' head coach François Saumure told the Witness: "We need to take a long hard look at our work ethic during this off season. We had an easy series win in the first round and got complacent against a club skill enough to make us pay".

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The PHA is going into an off season now where teams will look to improve for next year's competition. In international news, the PHA also announced that the Patriotlandia National Team would participate for the first time in international competition. The PHA announced their intent to take part in the 44th World Cup of Hockey. The host of the competition is yet to be decided but many players are already packing bags with the expectation of being selected.

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PHA Season 4 Part 1


By Roland Leduc, Jolicoeur, Province of Abelanne

As the curtain fell on their first international hockey tournament, Patriotlandia's hockey had to get set for another PHA season. Despite not getting out of the group stages, the team showed promise and the whole fanbase seemed content with the level of play and that it was a sufficient platform to build upon in future events. In the effort of keeping the competition as close and exciting as possible, the PHA have officially announced that two teams would be promoted from Division 2 with the addition of a promotion playoff. The second and third teams in the standing at the end of the season will go into a thrilling two leg match up to determine who advances to the top flight. As the saying goes: "What goes up, must come down". Thus, two teams will now have to be relegated from Division 1. This should also bring plenty of excitement as struggling teams try to build a gap to protect themselves from relegation.

Division 1

The Bears seem to be back in form after last season disappointing defeat in the final. The team boasts a remarkable 12-7-3 record at the halfway mark of the season. However the Bears have dropped a game against Alexandrie they would surely want back. The rest of the provisional top four is composed of the Flames, Jolicoeur and their historical rivals Heron-sur-Fleuve. The Fleuvians are led by France Faulk who has already scored twelve goals, eclipsing her previous season records. The team's form seems to have significantly from last season where they dwelled in the middle of the table. Suprisingly, the Patriot Cup champions are finding themselves seventh in the standings having lost the second most games of any division 1 team. They're followed closely by their Griffin Isles rivals, the newly promoted Port-Crotay Cleaners. The battle for relegation will be fierce with a single point separating the Chaville Sabres from safety. The Sabres announced, yesterday, that they had parted ways with head coach Glen Boraton and assistant coach Armand Lavoie will be taking over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Division 1                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Grand-Ours Bears 22 12 7 3 66 38 +28 31
2 Asche Flames 22 13 2 7 56 52 +4 28
3 HC Jolicoeur 22 10 7 5 61 43 +18 27
4 Heron-sur-Fleuve HC 22 11 3 8 58 47 +11 25
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5 Port-la-Ville Anchors 22 9 5 8 39 43 −4 23
6 Batille Bataillon 22 9 4 9 54 58 −4 22
7 Blackbay Islanders 22 9 2 11 62 53 +9 20
8 Port-Crotay Cleaners 22 8 3 11 52 56 −4 19
9 Couen Lancers 22 5 9 8 47 57 −10 19
10 Ocrebourg HC 22 6 6 10 51 58 −7 18
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11 Chaville Sabres 22 6 5 11 37 59 −22 17
12 Alexandrie HC 22 5 5 12 41 60 −19 15


Division 2

The second division is still a melting pot of skill levels, with a lot players finding spots on division 1 teams, it can be a tough sell to acquire the talent needed to compete. The race at the top might be competitive but it is often at the detriment of the lower ranked teams. The Suns, Patriots, Irish and Guys are all fighting for a spot in the newly minted promotion playoffs. The Lavante Suns are looking good with a four point lead heading into the mid-season break.

Division 2                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Lavante Suns 22 15 4 3 62 43 +19 34
2 Planteau Patriots 22 13 4 5 66 48 +18 30
3 Oreilly Irish 22 12 4 6 69 42 +27 28
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4 Sherguy Guys 22 11 6 5 64 57 +7 28
5 Conflans Flankers 22 9 6 7 54 47 +7 24
6 Charme-du-lac HC 22 7 7 8 44 54 −10 21
7 Yvesmont Yetis 22 8 4 10 65 58 +7 20
8 Ouville Citoyens 22 7 4 11 53 58 −5 18
9 Vilnay Racers 22 7 4 11 55 65 −10 18
10 Villy Squirrels 22 7 3 12 50 61 −11 17
11 Briardon Blades 22 5 6 11 40 65 −25 16
12 Boiscomplet Axes 22 3 4 15 40 64 −24 10


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The next step for the PHA is the organisation of the annual Provincial Junior Clash. The best young talent from around the country will take part in order to showcase their talent to PHA scouts. PSN and The Patriotlandian Witness will bring complete coverage of the event.

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Historical result for the Griffin Isles


By Roland Leduc, Grand-Ours, Province of Foubrac

With the mid-season break in the PHA means it's time once again for the Junior Provincial Clash. This year, the tournament is hosted in Grand-Ours and players will be able to explore the Pinewood Forum one of the biggest and most modern arena in the country. The hottest commodity this go around is Griffin Isles center Jason Calico. The 18 year-old is here to prove he is one of the most dominant players of his class and build on his already sky-high draft stock. Goaltender Axel Duvernay will also be one to look out for. The Couen prospect will be looking to impress his future managers to earn a shot in the top flight. The Abelanne formation is led by winger Sofie Bivouac. The 19 year-old developed a lot in the past year and evolved into in one of the greatest passers of her class.

Matchday 1

Defense was at a premium during the match between Foubrac and the Griffin Isles. Jason Calico's line was all over the opposing defence. The star prospect scored two goals and bag an assist to lead his team to a 5-3 win. In the second match, Abelanne clawed back from a 2-0 deficit and triumphed over Sourterre. The latter as been an underdog in previous tournaments and are looking to improve on those results.

Province of Foubrac 3–5 District of the Griffin Isles
Province of Abelanne 3–2 Province of Sourterre

The Provincial Clash Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 District of the Griffin Isles 1 1 0 5 3 +2 2
2 Province of Abelanne 1 1 0 3 2 +1 2
3 Province of Sourterre 1 0 1 2 3 −1 0
4 Province of Foubrac 1 0 1 3 5 −2 0


Matchday 2

Sourterre came close once again to upset one of the top teams. With the game tied at three late in the third period, Jason Calico played the hero and gave his team the lead. The Griffins then scored the empty netter for insurance and solidify their lead. In the second matchup, Foubrac's defence managed to stave off the Abelans in a 3-1 win. Axel Duvernay saved 34 out of 35 shots as Sofie Bivouac was held scoreless even though she managed to create a significant amount of chances for her team.

District of the Griffin Isles 5–3 Province of Sourterre
Province of Foubrac 3–1 Province of Abelanne

The Provincial Clash Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 District of the Griffin Isles 2 2 0 10 6 +4 4
2 Province of Foubrac 2 1 1 6 6 0 2
3 Province of Abelanne 2 1 1 4 5 −1 2
4 Province of Sourterre 2 0 2 5 8 −3 0


Matchday 3

For the fourth time in tournament history, the Griffin Isles swept the event with a convincing 4-1 victory the Province of Abelanne. The final game of the tournament opposed Foubrac and Sourterre. The former had the crowd behind them and the close fought game seemed to generate energy for players and fans alike. With the score still tied after overtime, a shootout was needed to declare a winner. With an unfortunate Foubrac miss on the fifth attemp, all that was needed was a goal to net Sourterre their first win of the event. The local fans were hoping Axel Duvernay would be able to keep them alive for one more attempt. In the end, Sourterre forward Blaise Parmentier forced Duvernay to move first and fired past the netminder to net his team the win. The team deserved a turn to good fortune after being so close to winning their previous encounters.

Province of Abelanne 1–4 District of the Griffin Isles
Province of Sourterre 3–3 Province of Foubrac (1–0 SO)

The Provincial Clash Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 District of the Griffin Isles 3 3 0 14 7 +7 6
2 Province of Foubrac 3 1 1 9 9 0 3
3 Province of Abelanne 3 1 2 5 9 −4 2
4 Province of Sourterre 3 0 2 8 11 −3 1

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PHA Season 4 Part 2


By Roland Leduc

There is a lot still to play for as the second part of the PHA season get underway. The league's commissioner announced today in a surprising turn of events that the Division 1 regular season champion and the Patriot Cup playoffs champion would qualify for the Hockey Champions League's 20th edition. Additionally, there's been a lot of rumors of teams getting the financial backing to make the switch to a professional organization following the country's foray into international tournaments. Some big city teams that are at the present struggling have been mentioned in those rumors such as Conflans and Couen.

Division 1

The regular season crown never seemed in doubt for the Grand-Ours Bears, the team built upon their success in the first half of the season and closed it with the same amount of grit and determination to win that they have showed for years now. The Islanders and Flames were right behind them in securing their playoff spots with the former scoring 25 points in the second half of the season and jumping from 7th to 2nd. The final playoff spot was claimed by HC Jolicoeur. The Hearts didn't have the best ending to the season but still managed to keep ahead of their rivals. The Chaville Sabres were looking to get in better form after firing their head coach going into the mid-season break. The team consolidated and managed to get themselves out of the relegation spots, finishing 7th overall. Unfortunately for the Couen Lancers and Ocrebourg HC, they finished in the relegation spots and will have to play in Division 2 next season. There is bound to be some serious demand for change in the Foubracois capital. Couen had been struggling for a few seasons now but the demotion is a serious blow to the fans of the club who expects the team to be fighting for the top spots.

Division 1                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Grand-Ours Bears 44 24 12 8 123 81 +42 60 Regular Season Champions, HCL Qualified
2 Blackbay Islanders 44 24 7 13 126 91 +35 55 Playoffs
3 Asche Flames 44 24 6 14 118 104 +14 54 Playoffs
4 HC Jolicoeur 44 17 13 14 116 97 +19 47 Playoffs

5 Heron-sur-Fleuve HC 44 18 8 18 109 102 +7 44
6 Batille Bataillon 44 17 9 18 111 120 −9 43
7 Chaville Sabres 44 18 7 19 97 113 −16 43
8 Port-Crotay Cleaners 44 16 8 20 105 111 −6 40
9 Port-la-Ville Anchors 44 15 8 21 88 106 −18 38
10 Alexandrie HC 44 15 7 22 98 117 −19 37
11 Couen Lancers 44 11 12 21 100 125 −25 34
12 Ocrebourg HC 44 11 11 22 106 130 −24 33


Division 2

The second division had plenty of stories too. With the new promotional playoffs, more teams have a fighting chance to advance to the flight. At the halfway mark, the Lavante Suns were looking like the favourites to secure automatic promotion, however after a string of injuries and a few heartbreaking defeat, the Suns fell all the way to 6th place. It was the Planteau Patriots who capitalized and clinched automatic promotion. After a few years of being near the top of the table the Flankers and Irish are going to be the first teams to participate in the promotional playoffs. The best-of-5 series will be played in parallel with the Patriot Cup playoffs.

Division 2                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Planteau Patriots 44 27 8 9 125 94 +31 62 Regular season champion, Automatic promotion
2 Conflans Flankers 44 22 11 11 124 89 +35 55 Promotion playoffs
3 Oreilly Irish 44 20 11 13 123 88 +35 51 Promotion playoffs

4 Sherguy Guys 44 20 11 13 113 109 +4 51
5 Charme-du-lac HC 44 19 10 15 109 103 +6 48
6 Lavante Suns 44 18 9 17 110 121 −11 45
7 Yvesmont Yetis 44 19 6 19 129 109 +20 44
8 Vilnay Racers 44 17 10 17 117 108 +9 44
9 Ouville Citoyens 44 13 9 22 104 117 −13 35
10 Villy Squirrels 44 11 11 22 92 117 −25 33
11 Boiscomplet Axes 44 10 11 23 96 126 −30 31
12 Briardon Blades 44 10 9 25 84 145 −61 29

The two series of first round of the Patriot Cup Playoffs opposed the Grand-Ours Bears and HC Jolicoeur, and the Blackbay Islanders and the Asche Flames. The Bears continued with their great form and swept HC Jolicoeur in three games. The Hearts put in a valiant effort but the first seed was just a too strong. In the second series, the Islanders hosted the first two games against the Asche Flames. However, the defending champions could not win either of the matches and found themselves fighting elimination heading into game 3. The Islanders redeemed themselves by winning the game, but lost finally lost in game 4 after a lengthy overtime clash.

The Patriot Cup finals started with a statement 7-2 win for the Bears over the Asche Flames. Grand-Ours continued with a 3-0 win and had a chance to sweep the whole playoffs with an away win in Asche. With the home crowd on their side, the Flames battled back from an early deficit and defeated the Bears 2-1. Still on the verge of elimination, the Flames had to win to force a decisive game 5. Unfortunately for them, the Bears scored first and then played an excellent defensive game to close out the series and win the Patriot Cup for the first time since the implementation of the playoffs. On the bright side, the Asche Flames will benefit from the Bears win by qualifying for the Hockey Champions League because the Bears already punched their ticket to the HCL by winning the regular season Hubert Faraday Trophy.

The Promotional Playoffs opposed the Conflans Flankers and the Oreilly Irish. Both teams were separated by only four points during the regular season and the series promised to be interesting. Both teams split the first two games in Conflans. After a 5-3 win, the Irish were feeling good heading back to Oreilly with a chance to secure their promotion in front of their fans. However, things did not turn out as well as they had hoped. The Irish lost game three 2-0. Now fighting elimination, the Irish scored two goals to start game five. Unfortunately, the Flankers rallied in the second period and tied the game at 2 and secured the lead during the third period. With their defeat, the Irish have now failed to secure promotion for two seasons, after finishing second last season by a single point. The Flankers are for now celebrating promotion but they will be looking to the draft and free agency to acquire the players they need to stay in fierce competition of the first division.

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PHA Season 5


By Roland Leduc

Draft

With the end of last season, the managers turned to the draft to enlist help for the coming season. Stars from the previous Junior Clash were touted to go early in the event. Center Jason Calico went up to the stage on the second pick joining the Port-Crotay Cleaners. The 18 year old will look to bolster the Griffin Isles formation with his offensive play and great vision. Left wing Sofie Bivouac fell a bit to 6th pick Jolicoeur having been rated much higher in mock drafts earlier in the week. She will be looking to show the doubters wrong during her rookie season. Finally, Blaiser Parmentier surprisingly decided to sign with his hometown team, the Conflans Flankers. The newly promoted team needs a lot of improvements in order to stay in the top division. The young phenom had this to say about his decision: " I wanted to stay close to home. The Flankers have always been my home team and it will be an honour to represent them on the ice".

Division 1

Parity is closer than ever in the top flight, the season was full of ups and downs, but ended with the team from the capital on top of the standings. The Hubert Faraday Trophy is thus heading home with the legend having played most of his career in Jolicoeur. Surprisingly, the Bears had a tough season, the champions from last season failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since it's inception. Is it a sign that it's time for a rebuild or just a champion's slump? Only time will tell.

Division 1                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 HC Jolicoeur 44 25 6 13 116 92 +24 56 Regular Season Champions, HCL Qualified
2 Asche Flames 44 23 8 13 119 90 +29 54 Playoffs
3 Alexandrie HC 44 20 8 16 98 97 +1 48 Playoffs
4 Port-la-Ville Anchors 44 19 9 16 116 99 +17 47 Playoffs

5 Chaville Sabres 44 20 7 17 98 104 −6 47
6 Batille Bataillon 44 19 8 17 89 92 −3 46
7 Blackbay Islanders 44 16 10 18 103 109 −6 42
8 Grand-Ours Bears 44 17 6 21 105 108 −3 40
9 Port-Crotay Cleaners 44 17 6 21 95 103 −8 40
10 Heron-sur-Fleuve HC 44 15 10 19 96 114 −18 40
11 Planteau Patriots 44 13 8 23 96 109 −13 34 Relegated
12 Conflans Flankers 44 15 4 25 87 101 −14 34 Relegated


Division 2

Despite losing key players due to retirement during the off season, the Couen Lancers managed to prove the belong in Division 1 after winning automatic promotion. Goaltender Axel Duvernay shined and helped his team with quality starts all season long. The Oreilly Irish are still within spitting distance of promotion having secured a spot in the promotion playoffs. The Foubrac formation has been on the cusp of promotion for the past few years. Will this be the year?

Division 2                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Couen Lancers 44 23 9 12 108 88 +20 55 Regular season champion, Automatic promotion
2 Yvesmont Yetis 44 22 9 13 123 87 +36 53 Promotion playoffs
3 Oreilly Irish 44 22 9 13 120 93 +27 53 Promotion playoffs

4 Sherguy Guys 44 19 14 11 119 103 +16 52
5 Ocrebourg HC 44 20 11 13 113 97 +16 51
6 Charme-du-lac HC 44 18 7 19 98 106 −8 43
7 Boiscomplet Axes 44 14 13 17 88 98 −10 41
8 Lavante Suns 44 11 17 16 98 109 −11 39
9 Vilnay Racers 44 15 9 20 100 112 −12 39
10 Villy Squirrels 44 12 13 19 94 113 −19 37
11 Ouville Citoyens 44 12 9 23 84 98 −14 33
12 Briardon Blades 44 10 12 22 96 137 −41 32

Surprisingly, the promotional playoffs ended in a sweep of the Oreilly Irish by the Yvesmont Yetis, Irish players were quick to voice their discontent after falling short one more time. In the first round of the Patriot Cup playoffs, the Port-la-Ville Anchors got an early two games lead in the series by winning on the road in Jolicoeur, the Anchors closed the deal at home for a 3-1 series win. In the second series, the Asche Flames took on Alexandrie HC. Despite an early scare, losing game one, the Flames regrouped and won the next three games to close out the series. The final thus opposed local rivals Asche and Port-la-Ville. Both Abelanne peninsula teams have been in the top of the table for a few seasons and this matchup was bound to happen. The excitement was incredible and Asche were first to put their rivals on the hotseat. However, Anchors were able to mount a comeback while facing elimination and carry the Patriot Cup home.

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Pro football is back on Patriotlandian soil


In a public announcement earlier today, Professional Soccer Association president Jean-Jacques Grivert unveiled plans for a new professional league bringing together eight of the country's biggest teams. The league will feature a 25 million Piastre salary cap and a franchise system so teams won't have to fear relegation. Rumors also arose that gas, oil and energy company Petro-Pat could be the title sponsor for this new league dubbed "Super 8".

"Soccer, football, whatever. The sport has been a part of this nation for a long time and it's time we finally structure it and help the athletes make a living out of it." said president Grivert.

The teams who have secured a spot are AS Couen, Athletique Alexandrie, CF Capitale (Jolicoeur), Grand-Ours Rovers, Griffin Isles United, Rapides St-Charles (Héron-sur-Fleuve), Stade Conflans and Union Port-la-Ville. A season will see the teams face each other 4 times for a total of 28 match days and the champion will be decided via the standings.

Finally, Mr. Grivert assured fans that the Super 8 league would follow the PHA's footsteps by allowing for men and women to compete together. This policy is a point of pride for sports in Patriotlandia.

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We have plenty of things to discuss has the new first tier of Patriotlandia soccer got underway for it's inaugural season. Early favourites Union Port-la-Ville didn't have the start they were hoping for but have seemed to bounce back in recent weeks shrinking the gap to first place Stade Conflans. Conflans has been on a tear since opening it's new stadium. The 45,000 seat stadium has been hailed has one of the best in the league so far. Rapides St-Charles is going strong after 14 matchups and sits in 2 place.

Rounding off the top 4 is Griffin Isles United. Surprising quite a few critics the Griffins are only 3 points away from the lead in the championship. For the bottom four teams, it is fair to say that the season is not going how they had hoped. However they are still in contention for a decent finish and have all proven to be competitive at this level.

 Petro-Pat Super 8       Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Stade Conflans 14 8 2 4 20 18 +2 26
2 Rapides St-Charles 14 7 3 4 21 15 +6 24
3 Union Port-la-Ville 14 7 2 5 25 14 +11 23
4 Griffin Isles United 14 7 2 5 21 18 +3 23
5 Grand-Ours Rovers 14 5 2 7 20 25 −5 17
6 AS Couen 14 4 4 6 16 22 −6 16
7 CF Capitale 14 4 3 7 19 18 +1 15
8 Athletique Alexandrie 14 3 4 7 14 26 −12 13



The second half of the season has now concluded with Port-la-Ville taking home the silverware. The Union climbed through the standing after being in third place at the half. Stade Conflans had a reasonable shot at the title but had to win their final match and hope for a Union defeat against last place Athletique Alexandrie. Conflans lost 2-0 to AS Couen who were looking to act as spoilers to end the season on a high after falling to a disappointing 7th place. Griffin Isles United and Grand-Ours Rovers round up the top for and along with Stade Conflans are qualified for the IFCF Challengers Cup.

 Petro-Pat Super 8       Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Union Port-la-Ville 28 15 6 7 49 29 +20 51 Champions, IFCF CL Qualified
2 Stade Conflans 28 14 4 10 46 40 +6 46 IFCF CC Qualified
3 Griffin Isles United 28 12 5 11 43 37 +6 41 IFCF CC Qualified
4 Grand-Ours Rovers 28 11 5 12 42 46 −4 38 IFCF CC Qualified

5 Rapides St-Charles 28 9 9 10 37 36 +1 36
6 CF Capitale 28 9 8 11 34 39 −5 35
7 AS Couen 28 8 10 10 36 41 −5 34
8 Athletique Alexandrie 28 7 7 14 26 45 −19 28


We hope you liked reading up on the first season of the Petro-Pat Super 8 Football League and that you will join us next season.

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