Sports

Langford turf fields help draw soccer championship

More than a thousand teenage soccer players will take over playing fields in Langford and Colwood this weekend for the Lower Island District Cup.

Girls and boys U-13 to U-18 teams representing 10 organizations will vie for glory in one of the largest soccer tournaments on the Island. The pressure is on in a single-knockout format for the championship.

Karen Thompson, with the Lower Island Soccer Association, expects high-calibre games from top teams from across the region and the Cowichan Valley.

“Each game is a final game,” Thompson said. “People are encouraged to come and support the teams and to pray for sunshine.”

Games will run on the three grass fields at West Shore Parks and Recreation and the two artificial turf fields at City Centre Park in Langford.

Juan de Fuca soccer president Dave Johnson said Langford’s addition of the turf fields has made it possible for the West Shore to host these large tournaments.

In the past, JDF soccer simply didn’t have the facilities to host more than a thousand kids and coaches, and hasn’t hosted this final “in many years,” Johnson said. “We are thankful Langford built those all-weather pitches,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without the turf fields. School fields just wouldn’t hold up. It’s what was needed.

“It’s wonderful. We can’t get rained out.”

Staff at West Shore recreation are working hard to get their three grass fields in playing shape for the weekend after coming off a tournament leading to the finals.

“We just had hundreds of kids on those fields, now they’re trying to prep it all and get the grass back.”

For a schedule of games, see www.lowerislandsoccer.com.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Wrestling results from the U15 tournament at Esquimalt High
 
Spartans brave the rain in Parksville
 
Young BMX star on the rise
Kondors wrap strong season
 
Heading to the end zone
 
Basketball Mariners feeling energized
DCS ties for 11th after many close volleyball matches in Surrey
 
(VIDEO) Daniel, Henrik combine for OT magic in 3-2 win over Montreal
 
Delta firefighter sets shortlived world record

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event




Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 29 edition online now. Browse the archives.