Memo­rial tour­na­ment

Aubrey Pike tour­ney go­ing strong

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE POWER

Labrador West memo­rial soc­cer tour­ney cel­e­brates a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.

Aubrey Pike was a found­ing fa­ther of soc­cer in Labrador West. He brought his pas­sion for the game and his skills to Labrador City many years ago. Pike, like so many oth­ers, played soc­cer on the prov­inces Burin penin­sula, an area fa­mous for pro­duc­ing some of the prov­ince’s finest soc­cer play­ers.

From those hum­ble begin­nings, the Labrador West Mi­nor Soc­cer League has grown into a very suc­cess­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion that has seen quite a num­ber of its young play­ers move on to be­come mem­bers of provincial teams. Pike passed away more than 15 years ago, but a year af­ter his pass­ing his fam­ily de­cided to hold a soc­cer tour­na­ment in his hon­our.

“It was a way of keep­ing his mem­ory alive, and to ac­knowl­edge his love of the sport and his con­tri­bu­tions to it,” Pikes wife Gail told the Aurora.

The tour­na­ment be­came an an­nual event and is or­ga­nized and run by the Labrador West Mi­nor Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion. On Sept. 4, mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion took part in the 15th an­nual Aubrey Pike Memo­rial Soc­cer Tour­na­ment with a se­ries of games through­out the day and awards were pre­sented af­ter the in­di­vid­ual games.

Af­ter the final game of the day, which was the U16 and U14 group, a cer­e­mony was held to thank the many spon­sors who help the as­so­ci­a­tion. A spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion was held for some of the older play­ers who were leav­ing the league. They were pre­sented with per­son­al­ized jer­seys.

Reuben Hil­lier, a long­time friend of Pike, spoke of Pike and his con­tri­bu­tions to soc­cer to the as­sem­bled crowd. Then the Aubrey Pike award was pre­sented to Amanda Daniels by Gail Pike, Aubrey’s wife. It goes to the soc­cer player who shows ded­i­ca­tion, pas­sion and love for the game of soc­cer.

“I am very pleased and hon­oured to be given this award,” Daniels told the Aurora.

Also on hand for the pre­sen­ta­tion was Pike’s son Kirk, grand­chil­dren Reggie and Gra­cie Pike, and daugh­ter-in-law Glo­ria, all of whom are avid soc­cer play­ers.

The tour­na­ment marks the end of the out­door soc­cer sea­son for the Labrador West Mi­nor Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

The final game at the Aubrey Pike memo­rial tour­na­ment.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Some of the play­ers who are mov­ing on from the Labrador West mi­nor soc­cer pro­gram were pre­sented with their num­ber jer­seys by as­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Tony Rec­cord.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

On hand for the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Aubrey Pike award, from left. Reuben Hil­lier, friend of Aubrey Pikes, Gail Pike (Aubrey’s wife,) Amanda Daniels (award win­ner,) Kirk Pike (Aubrey’s son,) Glo­ria Pike (Aubrey’s daugh­ter in law,) Reggie Pike (Aubrey’s grand­son.)

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Gail Pike presents the Aubrey Pike award to Amanda Daniels.

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