Making the tackle: Gabriel Murrells-Allaway successfully slide tackles a Kamloops player during a game in the Shore N Score Cup at the SASCU Little Mountain Fields last Sunday.

Shuswap teams dominate cup

There was wind, rain and sunshine. There was also more than 450 smiles on the faces of the minor soccer players

There was wind, rain and sunshine.

There was also more than 450 smiles on the faces of the minor soccer players that participated in the second annual Shore N Score Cup on the many fields across the city this past weekend.

“All indications tell me that the teams and kids had a great time at the tournament,” said Shuswap Youth Soccer Association executive director Kevin Harrison.

“This tournament is a great way to promote the game of soccer and our community. It also allows us to see how our teams measure up to different teams from around the province.”

In total 32 teams, 24 of which were from out of town, played in three boys divisions and four girls divisions.

Matches were played at Little Mountain, Blackburn Park and the Sullivan and Jackson campus fields.

As a result of all the action spread out across the city, Harrison said their reffing situation was stretched very thin, but they coped well.

The tournament kicked off on Friday evening at SASCU Little Mountain Sports Fields under the lights and in blustery conditions.

Harrison said the kids loved playing under the lights, and he would like to continue to have a few matches a year be played under the lights.

“Mother Nature was tough this year. Last year it was 37 C and this year we had to deal with wind gusts and sideways rain at times,” said Harrison.

Despite the adverse weather conditions the teams representing the Shuswap fared very well against the visiting teams from across British Columbia and Alberta.

The U11 boys, U12/13 boys, and U12 girls each won the gold medal in their respective divisions.

In the U14/15 boys division, Shuswap faced tough opposition from Calgary and the Division A provincial- winning team from Port Moody.

The U11 girls wound up tied for third place in a competitive division.

Extra time was needed to decide the outcome of the U13/14 girls division, which saw Shuswap settle for the silver medal in a 2-1 score line.

In a nail bitting final the Shuswap U15/16 girls were outdone 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

Harrison is pleased with the turnout at the tournament and is looking forward to next year – hoping to grow the tournament slowly over the coming years.

He says in order for the tournament to grow, the infrastructure has to be in place to allow growth, citing the city’s proposal to upgrade the fields at Blackburn Park.

“The city is already a popular summer destination and this tournament can help add to that reputation.”

Harrison estimates the tournament helped draw in more than 1,000 visitors to the area over the weekend.

 

Just Posted

Shuswap Middle School requests city’s help in resurfacing sports courts

Total cost estimated at $43,000, school would like 50 per cent contribution

Warm winter clothes wanted for Women Who Wine, Downtown Salmon Arm initiative

Clothing for Community event on Oct. 29 to support Lighthouse Shelter, SAFE Society, CMHA

North-Okanagan Shuswap candidates spending little on Facebook

Social media platform posts what federal parties have paid to advertise

Non-compliant buoys to be removed from Shuswap, Mara lakes

Transport Canada enforcement action to occur Oct. 21 to 25

Coalition talk at Okanagan College candidates forum

Vernon Students’ Association hosts forum to discuss important youth issues, minority government

Competition shakes up for the Okanagan Mixoff

The Okanagan Mixoff takes place Nov. 7 in Kelowna

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

South Okanagan dangerous offender guilty plea struck down

Trial delayed again because Ronald Teneycke failed to elect his choice of trial

Six bears destroyed in three days in West Kelowna

A West Kelowna business has been charged for leaving garbage around Lake Okanagan Resort

West Kelowna Warriors being sold back to BC Hockey League

Current owner Kim Dobranski said the sale back to the BCHL should be completed by the end of October

Police standoff ends peacefully in West Kelowna

A distraught man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon

Most Read