It’s the biggest day of the season for the Richmond Adult Soccer Association.
For the past few years, RASA has created a day to commemorate the league and its participants by putting some key games on the main stage. The Super Sunday Soccer event features an intriguing set of games at Minoru Park.
The day starts off at 11 a.m. with the RASA All-Star Game, where nominees from each team in the League play in a fun and talented filled match. Players from Division 1, Division 2 and Masters come together, playing with friends, season foes/rivals, in front of their teammates, friends and family.
At 1p.m., it’s the RASA Don Taylor League Cup - where all teams are initially involved in a seeded single game knockout. The prize for winning includes a nice big trophy and an automatic berth into the Keith Millar Provincial "B" Cup.
The finalists include back-to-back defending champions — the Graduates. They have been contenders since their inception into the league nine years ago — under the guidance of coaches Mike Rubinstein, Mark Fletcher and Brett Livingstone — earning promotion to the First Division in their inaugural season.
The team was launched for players graduating from youth soccer that wanted to keep playing. When the trio couldn’t find a team, they founded their own club — hoping others wouldn’t have the same problem. Now the Graduates also feature teams in the Second and Masters Division.
The Super Sunday Soccer action then concludes with the Masters Cup final was 3 p.m.
It should be a heck of a battle between the top two teams in the regular season — the Richmond Old Blacks and Flying Beaver.
The Old Blacks won the season series 3-0 but two of the results were by just one goal. Flying Beaver defeated its rival in the 2018 cup final. That was only time the Old Blacks haven’t prevailed — a dominant run since the Masters Division was created back in 2011.
“This past season was the most competitive since the league's inception and saw us in tough many nights, including our semi final game last week against the Jugadores that saw us secure the win in the final minute,” said long-time Old Blacks manager Kyle Shury.
“The Masters Cup is also one we've been fortunate to capture numerous times but Beaver did pry it from us a few years back in a well fought 1-0 win that saw Josh Harowitz stand on his head in the pipes including a last minute out-stretched palm save off the goal line. Looking forward to another well fought battle on Sunday.”