There is always a lot of discussion on whether preseason games mean anything. Teams play a different number of games, against different opponents with a varied line-up of talent on both sides. London has cruised through the preseason 6-0, while Listowel is 4-0 and two-time defending Sutherland Cup champs Caledonia are 3-0.

Does it mean anything? I have always felt that it does.

As far as Strathroy is concerned, their last two championship seasons came on the heels of excellent preseasons where they went undefeated or close to it.

We would all love a highly competitive season with a lot of parity. At first glance it doesn’t seem that way, especially in the West. There could be as many as four clubs that might really struggle at the bottom. Let’s hope not but the early indicators are not encouraging.

At the moment Brampton, Elmira, Waterloo, Welland, Pelham, Strathroy, Chatham, Lambton Shores and St. Marys are a combined 5-25-2 in preseason action.

Now it’s not how you start the race but how you finish it that really counts. These clubs might be stumbling out of the starting box but they could still be lifting that Sutherland Cup by the end of the season. The slate is clean. The race begins on Friday, September 11 at the Showcase in London.

(photo credit:  Stratford Beacon Herald)

David Honsberger

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