1993-1996 Prince Albert Celtic Girls Soccer – Team
In the mid-1990s the Prince Albert Celtic Girls were the dominant team in female soccer in Saskatchewan.
The Celtic captured five provincial championships and appeared at the national championship three times in a four-year period from 1993 to 1996.
Competing in the under-15 and then the under-17 divisions, the Celtic won Saskatchewan outdoor soccer championships in 1993, 1995 and 1996. In 1994, they finished second in the Saskatchewan outdoor final. The Celtic added provincial indoor titles in 1993 and 1995.
On the national scene, the Celtic traveled to Quebec City, Saskatoon and St. John’s, Newfoundland for Canadian championships. The Celtic performed admirably at the Canadian championship level, improving with each appearance at the nationals, including a sixth place finish in 1996.
Besides provincial and national championships, the Celtic competed successfully at a number of prestigious tournaments in Western Canada. In 1994, the Celtic won tournaments in Saskatoon, Regina and Red Deer. The Festival of Soccer in Saskatoon was a favourite for the club as it captured that tournament in each of 1993, 1994 and 1995 and finished second in 1996.
The Celtic were primarily coached by Brian Fremont and Don McGillivary, with Don Radcliffe and Rick Gardiner coaching the team in 1994.
An example of the high skill level of the team is shown by the fact that 10 players were members of the Sask First soccer program and four went on to play for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies team. Two players from the Celtic participated at the Western Canada Games and one player participated in the Canada Games and the World University Games in Beijing, China.
The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to induct the Prince Albert
Celtic Girls Soccer Team in the Team category.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.