Lo­cal girls travel to St. Lawrence for Un­der 12 Tour­na­ment

The Labradorian - - Sports - BY CRAIG WAL­LACE craig_wal­lace@ymail.com

The Un­der 12 Happy Val­leyGoose Bay All Star Soc­cer Team was on the Burin Penin­sula Aug. 18-19 for an All-Star Soc­cer Tour­na­ment, hosted by the St Lawrence Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion.

The girls com­peted in four sep­a­rate matches across the three days of com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ish­ing the tour­na­ment with one win, one draw and two losses.

Todd Walsh and Pat Adams coach the team.

Walsh told The Labradorian, fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment, “Our first game of the tour­na­ment was re­ally our first real game as a team against com­pe­ti­tion, so we started off a bit slow. But through­out the week­end we got bet­ter.

“I like coach­ing these age groups be­cause it’s more than just soc­cer, it’s about life skills, re­spect, ac­count­abil­ity and that’s what I re­ally en­joy. I hope I con­tinue to coach, they’re a great bunch of kids,” he says.

The town of St Lawrence is a hot bed for soc­cer ac­tiv­ity in New­found­land, and the or­gan­is­ers did a great job co­or­di­nat­ing the matches across the two dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, Walsh adds.

“It was a great event to be a part of.”

It was quite the ef­fort for the HVGB teams to com­pete in this tour­na­ment, and other tour­na­ments this sum­mer that took lo­cal teams to Har­bour Grace, Mount Pearl and Grand Falls.

Walsh notes it re­quired months and months of fundrais­ing to cover the costs of air travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Todd Walsh told The Labradorian that the one thing he would like to see is teams from the Is­land (New­found­land) come to Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay.

“It would be great to see Goose Bay host a pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment.”

PHOTOS CON­TRIB­UTED

The Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay and Labrador City teams join for a group photo fol­low­ing their match.

Mem­bers of the U12 girls soc­cer team from Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay. Front row (left to right) are: Ash­lee Adams, Holly Rear­don, Taryn Wal­lace, Gaida Cen­tonze, Tay­lor Sch­walbe, Grace Goudie, Shaila Saun­ders and Elena Pike; and back row: Bri­anna Line­han, Emily Martin, Natasha An­drews, Amy Cooney, Adele Walsh and Shelby Payne.

Post match hand­shakes af­ter the game against Mount Pearl

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay takes on PCSP.

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