Hay River teams took to the pitches in Yellowknife on the weekend of May 4 for the annual Super Soccer tournament, and netted one gold and two silver medals.
The 15-and-under girls’ team from Ecole Boreale took first place over Diamond Jenness Secondary School girls, while the Diamond Jenness 15-and-under boys took silver in their category as well.
Both Diamond Jenness 19-and-under teams, boys and girls, lost in the semi-finals.
“We only had nine players,” said Kyla Milne, the right forward on the 19-and-under girls’ team from Diamond Jenness. “We were getting tired pretty fast. We played really well in the game we won against Inuvik and, if we could have kept up that level of energy, it would have been great.”
Milne felt that the team played well overall and enjoyed the trip to Yellowknife.
It was the first time in several years that the school chose to go to the Super Soccer event in Yellowknife over the Rock Around the Clock tournament held around the same time in Grande Prairie, Alta.
“The new bridge made it easier and cheaper to get to Yellowknife this year,” said Diamond Jenness teacher and volunteer coach Kelly Webster. “It was also nice to play in their new facilities (in Yellowknife). It was pretty impressive.”
The junior teams from Diamond Jenness and Ecole Boreale were in Yellowknife the weekend before, beginning April 27, for their own shot at a Super Soccer title.
The Diamond Jenness Grade 8 girls’ team lost in the quarterfinals, while the boys made it to the semi-finals before losing to the team from Deline. Neither team from Ecole Boreale made the finals.
While their high school comrades were in Yellowknife, 39 students from Princess Alexandra School make the trek to Grande Prairie for the Rock Around the Clock tournament May 3-5.
The school took a Grade 6 girls’ team for the first time this year, along with girls’ and boys’ Grade 7 teams.
“We had a group of really motivated students this year,” said Sitelle Cheskey, a volunteer coach who accompanied the teams. “Not only was it great soccer, the kids just really love the opportunity to have a break from Hay River at this time of year.”
Both girls’ teams took bronze medals and, while the boys didn’t place, Cheskey said they had a good time nonetheless.
— Sarah Ladik