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It took more than a decade to accomplish, but West Hants United has managed to unseat the Valley Masters Soccer League's reigning champions.

The mens' 35-and-over team emerged victorious this year, beating the perennial favourite New Ross.

“This is the first season we actually won the league (title),” said Paul Sharpe, who plays on the local team as well as runs it.

“We ended up being six points clear of the top.”

Of the 14 games played this season, West Hants United won 10, lost two and tied two for a total of 32 points. The goals for was 43 and against was 25.

New Ross and the Kings Arms Pub team tied for second place, each winning eight games, losing four and tying two for a total of 26 points. The league consists of seven teams.

“Last season, we came so close. It literally came down to the couple of games we had against New Ross. Not beating them was the difference between us finishing top and finishing second last season,” said Sharpe.

Sharpe credits the team's success with the dedication of the players.

“For the last three years, we've never played short. We've always had at least 11 guys turn up to a game. Before that it was hit and miss sometimes,” said Sharpe, who has been with the team for eight years.

With 22 registered to play this season, Sharpe said having a core group of committed players is what made the difference.

“It was certainly a group effort,” said Sharpe of the title win.

The team learned they secured the league win while playing their second to last game of the season. The game was against Bridgetown.

“Bridgetown is the furthest place for us to go. Typically it's very difficult to get everybody there. I was down to maybe 12 or 13 guys that were going to show up and I ended up with about 17 guys show up — four of which were hurt,” recalled Sharpe. “They showed up because they knew how important the game was.”

He said the injured players came so they could give players a brief rest if needed.

“It's nice to see when people are coming out and are so committed.”

In their last game of the season, which was played Sept. 29 at Avon View, West Hants came from behind to take a 4-3 win over the Valley-based team United FC.

For more information about the league, visit valleysoccer.org.

It took more than a decade to accomplish, but West Hants United has managed to unseat the Valley Masters Soccer League's reigning champions.

The mens' 35-and-over team emerged victorious this year, beating the perennial favourite New Ross.

“This is the first season we actually won the league (title),” said Paul Sharpe, who plays on the local team as well as runs it.

“We ended up being six points clear of the top.”

Of the 14 games played this season, West Hants United won 10, lost two and tied two for a total of 32 points. The goals for was 43 and against was 25.

New Ross and the Kings Arms Pub team tied for second place, each winning eight games, losing four and tying two for a total of 26 points. The league consists of seven teams.

“Last season, we came so close. It literally came down to the couple of games we had against New Ross. Not beating them was the difference between us finishing top and finishing second last season,” said Sharpe.

Sharpe credits the team's success with the dedication of the players.

“For the last three years, we've never played short. We've always had at least 11 guys turn up to a game. Before that it was hit and miss sometimes,” said Sharpe, who has been with the team for eight years.

With 22 registered to play this season, Sharpe said having a core group of committed players is what made the difference.

“It was certainly a group effort,” said Sharpe of the title win.

The team learned they secured the league win while playing their second to last game of the season. The game was against Bridgetown.

“Bridgetown is the furthest place for us to go. Typically it's very difficult to get everybody there. I was down to maybe 12 or 13 guys that were going to show up and I ended up with about 17 guys show up — four of which were hurt,” recalled Sharpe. “They showed up because they knew how important the game was.”

He said the injured players came so they could give players a brief rest if needed.

“It's nice to see when people are coming out and are so committed.”

In their last game of the season, which was played Sept. 29 at Avon View, West Hants came from behind to take a 4-3 win over the Valley-based team United FC.

For more information about the league, visit valleysoccer.org.

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