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60 teams vie for JulyFest Soccer supremacy

Kimberley
Kimberley's JulyFest hosts the largest soccer tournament in western Canada.
— image credit: Bulletin file photo

JulyFest soccer has a history of attracting a full complement of teams and 2014 will be no different with 60 teams signed up for the various categories.

Teams are coming from as far away as Vancouver, Grande Prairie and Saskatoon, says tournament organizer Simon Davidson.

There are both competitive and recreational divisions with Masters as well as mens’ and womens’ teams vying for the Happy Hans trophy.

There is plenty of local representation as well, Davidson said.

“We have a Kimberley and Cranbrook old boys team, as well as two womens’ teams from Cranbrook in the competitive group. We have Kimberley men in the rec division and the Cranbrook mens’ team should go far in the competitive. They played the final last year and we’re hoping to see them do well again this year.”

Davidson says referees are coming from as far away as Ontario and the refs will once again support Kimberley by making a donation to the Food Bank.

There will be eight soccer fields in action for the weekend — the three at Purcell Park, which will be headquarters for the tournament — as well as the Central Park and Marysville school fields in Marysville. In Kimberley, soccer will be played at Selkirk Secondary, Chapman Camp and Blarchmont schools.

“We’d like to thank the school board and city for keeping the fields well watered during this heat wave,” Davidson said.

All finals will be played at Purcell Park on Sunday afternoon beginning at about 2:30 p.m.

 

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