Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's that time of year again!

It's that time of year again with our annual AGM and Christmas pints. Our AGM will take place at The Bard & Banker starting at 5pm with supporter group business/agenda and lead to a few festive pints plus definite laughs. Updates to AGM agenda and voting results will be made public on our website to all the people who didn't get a chance to make it today.

Hoping that a there is a good turn out today, new and old Buoys alike. When you get to the Bard, just ask for the Lake Side Buoys reservation.

Cheers all!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Whitecaps Win Inuagural JdF Plate

The Vancouver Whitecaps U23s of the PDL have won the inaugural Juan de Fuca Plate, a supporter-created trophy for the top British Columbia team in the Pacific Northwest Division.

Inspired by such trophies as the Supporters Shield and the Cascadia Cup, supporters of the PDL sides in British Columbia looked on with a bit of envy when the creation of the Ruffneck Cup was announced for Washington State PDL clubs. Fans in Vancouver (Southsiders) and Victoria (Lake Side Buoys) led by Drew Shaw began to organize an effort to create our own trophy.

By the time of the deciding match last week Drew had managed to assemble a beautifully engraved silver plate, custom built wooden stand and decorative ribbons in all the eligible team colours. At the end of the match (which saw the winner decided in the last ten minutes of play) Drew, representing the Lake Side Buoys, and a rep from the Southsiders presented the plate to the winning team.

More information can be found on the official JdF website (including the origin of the geological pun of the name): http://www.juandefucaplate.ca.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Kitsap and a Plate

Check out the latest issue of the RAP Sheet which includes a quick recap of the recent away-trip to Kitsap and an introduction to the Juan de Fuca Plate.

Back issues available via the downloads page.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We have a logo!

After a long and arduous process we finally have a logo to call our own:

Update: new wallpaper now available on the Download page with the new logo.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Keep Cardiff Blue!

We will be having a bit of a display on Saturday in a show of solidarity with the loyal supporters of Cardiff FC.

Yes, as in Wales, United Kingdom.

You might be asking why, but then you probably remember some of the vitriol and anger when we lost the Highlanders women's team as it became Insert Corporate Sponsor Name Here Women's FC.

For many of us the whole point of supporting a football club is not to shovel money into rich owners pockets (and I am sure Alex can attest we have not done any such thing here!). A Cardiff Supporter summed it up when he wrote:
For me, supporting a football club has always been about identity, about belonging, about sharing ecstasy and depression in equal measure with like-minded companions.
- Losing my religion
So stand with us as we stand with them and maybe, just maybe somebody will get it.
Update: a pic from the match:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Road Trip: Kitsap

Not a lot to be glad about so far this season at RAP so let's plan a road trip!

Respond to the FB Event if you are interested.

Proposed Itinerary for Kitsap v Victoria, Sunday June 24, 2012:

7:00 AM - Ted parks van in line-up @ Belleville St terminal and buys tickets
9:00 AM - Meet @ Belleville St terminal with passports for immigration clearance
10:30 AM - Ferry departs Victoria
12:30 AM - Leave Port Angeles (assuming short wait time to clear customs)
- travel time  to Bremerton is estimated @ 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - Kick-off @ Bremerton Memorial Stadium
4:00 PM - Return to Port Angeles
5:30 PM - Put car in line for 9:30 ferry as 5:20 sailing disappears over horizon
- find someplace to eat, drink and make merry for a couple of hours
8:30 PM - return to terminal
9:30 PM - Ferry departs Port Angeles
11:00 PM - Ferry arrives Victoria

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Home Opener This Weekend

Welcome back to another season at Royal Athletic Park! 

Join us @ Logan's Pub before the matches Saturday and Sunday - double-header weekend!.

Here are some stories to get things going as we head into the 2012 season.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

From the ISC to Don Garber, MLS Commissioner



Commissioner Garber,
We are writing on behalf of the Independent Supporters Council, a group made up of twenty-seven American and Canadian supporters groups, including supporters from almost every team in Major League Soccer. Our mission is to advocate for fair treatment of home and away supporters at all levels of American and Canadian soccer.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kambere to Edmonton

Just came across this tidbit from the most recent ISM NASL news roundup:
Also in the Eddies’ Casa Grande, Arizona training camp is 5’9″ defender Diaz Kambere. The 26-year-old was born in Uganda but moved to British Columbia as a youngster and played for the Vancouver Whitecaps between 2006-2008, appearing in 28 matches. Kambere played PDL ball in 2010 with the Victoria Highlanders.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

T-Shirt Giveaway

Season tickets sales are approaching 400. Four-hundred! and to celebrate the club is having a little contest on their Facebook page. They are giving away a free-t-shirt to whoever can guess the date on which the 400th ticket will be sold.

Better get there quick as the dates are going fast. One per customer!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

2012 Schedule Announced

The schedule is out and with 86 days until kick-off @ RAP  the season is taking shape [Full fixture list below]

Unusually this year we open the seasons at home hosting the Seattle Sounders U-23 squad on May 12th - the former Tacoma Tide who were bought in the off-season by the MLS club as part of their development system. This means all three Cascadian MLS clubs now have development teams in the PDL.

The downside of the schedule is that we then have the Whitecaps for the first of two home encounters (May 13, June 9)  the next day due to the unbalanced schedule created for this eight-team conference. The return fixture will be our final game of the regular season, Sunday July 8th when the Buoys will try to top the 2011 supporters road trip with an even larger presence away to the Whitecaps U23 squad.

The flip-side of the unbalanced schedule is that we make two trips to Abbotsford to play the Fraser Valley Mariners (June 3, July 2).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year Full of Hope and Dreams

As 2012 dawns in Victoria with a day that might optimistically be described as mostly sunny there is a distinct feeling of anticipation in the air for the Buoys as we look forward to our fourth season in the PDL.