Was tipped off to a friendly between the new look CCB and Prov Cup Finalists Langley at Newton last night and that just happened to sync up nicely with a golf game I had yesterday afternoon out that way. I stopped by on my way home and watched for an hour; score was 2-1 CCB at that time but both teams were headed to their benches to get guys runs out at that point. Not sure how it finished, not that it really matters this time of year. For CCB their stand out acquisition has to be Victor Blasco from Vic West. The man looked a cut above, just as he did with Victoria when I watched him against Rovers Tigers in the Prov Cup last year. He scored the opener after five minutes and was a constant threat on the counter attack paired with Nic Morello in the opening thirty. He then slipped the ball through for Milad Mehrabi, who partnered him over the next half hour, to deftly poke around Andrew Hicks in the Langley goal. CCB has a forward line that looks like it has the potential to devastate the opposition at any moment. They started the game guns blazing and could have had a pair before they actually got that opener. Their defending is nothing to write home about though, as any time Langley was able to maintain decent possession they looked threatening. The goal I saw the FVSL lads score was a sublime finish, though the build up was woefully defended by CCB, as they were undone by a simple wide ball and cross. The lack of Elie Gindo's presence up front for Langley was very noticeable. Hildebrandt was playing and, if he is putting the Europe idea on hold and suiting up for Langley, he will be a big boost for the Valley side. Hicks is obviously an all-star and Langley should be a favourite to lead the way in the FVSL again this season. Their workmanlike approach did make it difficult on CCB at times, but they struggled to have an answer for the Surrey boys pointed attack and that might prove costly against the other big guns of the VMSL should their paths cross. It is tough to see them replicating their run to the Prov Cup final again unless they can find a bit more star power along the way, especially with Hicks presumably suspended for their first game of the tournament, if they qualify. Elsewhere, it seems the Inter/Chile era is off to a posisitive start as, per Twitter, they knocked off Coastal 4-3 in another VMSL/FVSL pre-season clash.