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PREVIEW: Kickers Finish Regular Season and Prepare for Playoffs

The Kickers wrapped up 1st Place in USL1 last weekend but have one last match before the playoffs start.

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Opponent: Greenville Triumph (12 – 8– 9)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 14th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – Forward Madison 0

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Another perfect night for a bit of footie.

Three Things to Kickabout

  1. Championship Preview? – I’m a big advocate of not counting your championship games before you’ve won your semi-final matches but… Greenville currently sits in 2nd place if they win they’ll capture 2nd. Wich gives them a bye in the first round of the playoffs just like the Kickers. However, all the teams in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th could finish in 2nd. So this raises the question does Sawatsky go all out for the win to perhaps push Greenville down or does he sit most of his starters to cut down the risk of injury? I’m betting on starters for the 1st half and then regardless of the score wholesale changes in the lineup to give the likes of Emiliano and Bolanos a rest and play it safe. To complicate the question, Bolanos and Gordon were pulled from the last game with some sort of injury so we don’t know where they stand.
  2. Golden Boot –  Emiliano Tergazhi is in a position to capture his 3rd Golden Boot in a row. Garrett McLaughlin is two goals behind. They both play on Saturday. I’m not one to wish ill on a player (slight lie) but I hope Garrett has a horrible night and picks up a slight ding and has to sit on the bench. Petty? Yes but I’ve never claimed impartiality in these previews.
  3. Coach of the Year – There have been 8 USL1 Coaches of the Month. The latest (September) is Tuscon’s Jon Pearlman his second win. Jon Harkes has won it twice. As has South Georgia’s Ian Cameron. Logically it would seem that Sawatzky is in the running for Coach of the Year, since his team won the League Title. Seems odd that he hasn’t picked up the honor earlier this year. I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy but I’ll be leading an investigation.

Prediction

It’s easy to say this game doesn’t matter but I’m really hoping for a win. The Kickers haven’t lost a game in the past 8 matches. Finishing off the season with 9 game streak would be a nice cap to an already successful season. However, if we’re to win and have one of our key players get injured it would definitely be a pyrrhic victory. I laid out what I think Coach Sawatsky will do and I think the results will be right in the middle.

Kickers 1 – Greenville 1

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RVA Beer Explorer: World Cup, Holiday Market, Gingerbread House Contest, Scott’s Addition Crawl

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GO DO THIS

World Cup Various Locations
Now through December 18th

Nearly every brewery and bar have the games on the big screen. One notable exception is Triple Crossing Fulton. We would recommend Three Notch’d and Triple Crossing. USA plays today at 2 PM for a do or die match. If you want to be among the American Outlaws the official USMNT supporter groups go to one of the spots below.

Triple Crossing Midlothian Holiday Market
December 3rd

Beer while you shop or beer while someone else shops. I still haven’t made it out to this spot yet, Foushee 4 Lyfe.

Join us for our outdoor Midlothian Holiday Market on December 3rd and shop gifts, goods, and treats for your loved ones and yourself.

Starting at 12pm, we will feature twelve local Richmond artisanal vendors.

Enjoy a beer, shop and have fun as you prepare for the holiday season!

We are dog friendly & family friendly. We also offer a selection of wine, mimosas and a full kitchen.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


COTU Gingerbread House Contest
December 2-4th

I have memories of building gingerbread houses that were complete nightmare fuel. Slanted walls, coated in frosting with random half-eaten candy dispersed throughout. Do better than me and you could win an evening at King’s Dominion.


Looking for a little Christmas cheer with your COTU beer?!?! Well, come hang out the weekend of December 2nd – 4th and join in on the gingerbread house contest. The winner gets 2 all-inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest!

Date: Dec 2nd – Dec 4th
Time: During regular taproom Hours
Cost: $20 and includes a pre-assembled gingerbread house and access to additional candy decorations. Houses can be purchased upon arrival, while supplies last.
Judging: All participants will be assigned a number, which will be included in the photo taken by a COTU staff member once the house is complete. Participants can then take their house home to keep. Monday morning, the production crew will do a blind judging of all entrant photos to determine the winner. The winner will be announced and notified on Monday afternoon, December 5th.
The Prize: The overall winner will receive 2 all inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest! Includes: Admission, Parking, Single Meal deal, and a Souvenir Mug. Valid until 1/1/23.


Scott’s Addition Home For The Holidays Crawl
December 3rd

I’m old, beer crawls with lots of other people make me grumpy. I’ll be doing my crawl with a buddy on Friday and missing out on possibly winning a cool prize pack.

Join us as we kick off this year’s House That Craft Built with a crawl through Scott’s Addition just in time for the holidays! All of partners will be donating proceeds to Richmond Habitat for Humanity that supports a build starting in early 2023. Wear your best holiday apparel or ugly sweater to get even more in the holiday spirit 🎄
Each partner is also donating merchandise that will be put together for gift basket giveaways! Everyone that RSVPs will be entered to win: https://givebutter.com/habitatholidaycrawl2022
Thanks so much to all Holiday Crawl Partners:
Bingo Beer Co
Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop
Brambly Park
Ardent Craft Ales
Reservoir Distrillery
The Veil Brewing Co (SA location)
Vasen Brewing Co
Strangeways Brewing (SA location)
Three Notch’d
Black Heath Meadery
Buskey Cider


BEER NEWS

A new spot is opening on Wednesday which might or might not be awesome. Our invite to the media preview apparently got lost in the mail. We’re not bitter, you’re bitter.

$8M entertainment venue The Park at RVA opens this week – Richmond BizSense.com

Marketed as “an indoor wonderland,” the venue consists of a mix of entertainment options, including an 18-lane duckpin bowling alley, an 18-hole mini golf course, three virtual golf bays, three bars, a food hall with six restaurant concepts, a beer garden-style area with 30 self-pour taps, a 200-person banquet hall and a 200-seat auditorium for live music, comedy acts and corporate functions.

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Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk this Saturday

Get a start on finding the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself.

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The Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk December 3rd, Saturday, 10-4. Stroll the sidewalk and check out Southside artists’ lawns this season. Additional free parking at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Shop 40+ local artists and vendors.

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Gilles Creek Goat Was Goatnapped

Currently there is a fundraiser to fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats.

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Details from the GoFundMe

Thank you for considering donating to our cause! This fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats. The details of Mary’s abduction are below:

Mary was seen tied up in the back of the suspect’s white/silver lifted Chevy truck on November 22, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm by a bystander leaving the Gillies Creek Disc Golf Course. Two men, over 30, were in the pens kidnapping Anne, another one of the goats. The good samaritan spooked the suspects, and they abandoned their efforts to steal Anne, escaping with Mary in the bed of their truck. Two men were in the truck, ready to drive the suspects away, for a total of 4 men perpetrating this crime. We hope to recover her safely and unharmed.

Gillies Creek Park is a community park run by a non-profit. The goats are on this property for community engagement and enjoyment; it saddens us that a situation like this has happened.

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