Old-timers soccer tournament this weekend

It was Aldergrove versus Aldergrove in a senior men
It was Aldergrove versus Aldergrove in a senior men's warm-up game for the this upcoming weekend's old-timers soccer tournament. Dieter Hilberer (left, now in his 70s) and Des Double were two of the players in the 'friendly' on Sunday, March 23 at Aldergrove Athletic Park.
— image credit: HARRY HUNT PHOTO

This weekend the annual Barry Bauder and Spring Fling Tournament brings 29 senior – some very senior — men's and women's soccer teams to Aldergrove sports fields.

Running March 28-30 at the Aldergrove Athletic Park, Kinsmen and Parkside soccer fields, there will be 15 registered men's teams in the Over 60s, Over 50s, Over 40s and Open divisions, as well as 14 women's teams in the Classics Competite, Classics Recreation and Open divisions

Participating Aldergrove men's teams include Aldergrove Masters, Aldergrove over 40s, Aldergrove over 60s, Aldergrove over 50s and Aldergrove Allegiance, and Aldergrove women's teams include the Aldergrove Battle Axes and Aldergrove Ascent.

Visiting teams include Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Peace Arch, Fort Langley, Mission, Haney, Vancouver, Coquitlam, North Shore, Poco, and elsewhere.

The tournament promises good competition in a friendly environment. All FIFA rules apply. Tournament games will be played with 35-minute halves.

A concession and beer garden will also be open.

The maximum points per team, per game, are 10 points. The top team from each group proceeds to the final. If a finals game is tied at the end of 70 minutes of play, the game will be decided by a shoot-out (best out of five shots, and if still tied, then alternating shots until someone misses or scores to break the tie.

There will be a First Aid station in the lobby of the Rotary Field House at Aldergrove Athletic Park, as well as at Philip Jackman Park (Parkside) where there will be a First Aid station under the Referee’s tent.

Field addresses are: Parkside fields: 32nd Ave and 271st Street; Kinsmen fields: 267th and 29th Ave (west of High School); and Aldergrove Athletic Park fields: 268th and 27th Ave. (end of 27th off 272nd Street).

Friday games run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday games begin at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (start); Sunday semi-finals and finals begin at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (start).

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