Full-time has been called on the 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association’s fall season.
Local players from U6 to U12 were the last to kick it on Sept. 27, while younger and older players wrapped-up their respective seasons shortly before that.
Numbers were slightly sporadic with the school strike and start of hockey in the mix, but all in all the September season was a success, especially with the great weather, says organizer Lianne Heales.
“We’re very lucky because we started the season in snow,” she says with a laugh looking back to May when there was in fact a layer of snow on the field and players wore jackets instead of jerseys. “Our fall is beautiful.”
Knights of Columbus volunteers served lunch on Sept. 27 and Tim Hortons provided coffee and hot chocolate.
Heales also highlighted the hard work put in by coaches and referees.
“They’re totally the all-stars,” she says of the officials. “If you don’t have a ref, you don’t have a game. They have the training. They do a great job.”
She adds the association is in need of higher level referees – teenagers – for next season. The association is also putting a call out to parents as it looks to fill organizational positions.
“Some things might get missed when it’s a small group trying to do it all,” Heales says. “We’d really like to see some people out. People have input too. A better way to hear it is before the season, as appose to part way through and maybe missing out on an opportunity.”
Planning has also begun for an organizing group and local teams for the U13-U15 Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup, when a couple dozen teams from around the province are expected to compete in 100 Mile House in July 2015.
Considering the financial cost and time involved with playing organized sports, Heales says it’s awesome the 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association has close to 400 registered players.
“There are a lot of kids out here,” she says. “We appreciate it when families are involved.”
For more information, visit the organization’s website at www. 100milesoccer.com.