Marine Harvest U18 Girls win Gold at BC Soccer championships
The Marine Harvest Riptide U18 Girls won gold at the 2018 BC Soccer A-Cup championships, July 5-9 in Richmond.
To quote a BC Soccer official, “The girls played very well,” as they demonstrated how Upper Island soccer teams are making their mark in the BC Soccer world. The girls worked hard in each game and were inspired amidst some injuries and fatigue. “Thanks to clever organizing by the Riptide committee/coaches, the Riptide teams were privileged to stay at the UBC dorms where all amenities were just a short walk away.” a Riptide team spokesperson noted.
“The gold medal ceremony caps off a previoue bronze and silver medal for a team who came together in the fall of 2015, and grew strong together, training every week, rain or shine, and playing hard every weekend to be the top in the U18 girls division on Vancouver Island and the best team in the province.
“The joy and sadness at the end of this great season was felt by all present. Thanks to to coaches Scott Harris and Ernie Selentin, and Mike Kearns for his consistent support,” the spokesperson said.“Johanne Moreau kept it all so very well organized, and Shel Brodsgaard provided excellent technical support. Thanks especially to the parents who shared in all the wins and, smiles and tears as without you, it would not have been possible.”
U16 girls dominate bronze medal game
The Marine Harvest U16 Girls Riptide team demonstrated grit and determination in their efforts to bring home the bronze medal at the BC Soccer Championships, July 5-7, 2018. They held their own during some tough battles and played through some sore muscles and minor injuries. They did not want to settle with just playing out the minutes. they battled to the end in the final match to score a last minute goal to tie it up and continue in overtime. Within the first 5 minutes of overtime, 3 goals were scored by our girls to secure the win for bronze! The energy was palpable as the excitement grew exponentially with each goal that was made in overtime play. What a momentous end to an amazing journey for this team who have played together for a minimum of 2 years together with several players who have played together at the competitive level since U12.The coaching staff of Jamie Barnie (Head Coach), Paul Nimmon (Coach), Savannah Beirnes (Coach) and Jae Yon Jones (Team Manager) dedicated their time and heartfelt energy into the preparation for this tournament in order to ensure it was a positive and fun experience. From having the privilege of staying on the UBC campus to an organized private tour of the campus and an information session with the Head Coach of the UBC Women’s Soccer team. This unique experience made a lasting impression on the girls and opened up their eyes to the opportunities that post-secondary education can provide.Riptide Technical director Shel Brodsgaard assisted the coaching staff on and off the field providing a depth of tactical and technical advice to assist the girls in adapting to and recognizing different styles of play and formations. Shel was supported Max Powsey who captured most games using our video Hipod system, Sabine Schill looking after first aid and physiotherapist and Jared Perras as keeper coach. The marine Harvest Riptide program’s success cannot be achieved without the help of all volunteers and parents and the dedication of all our players. Thank you to everyone who made the trip possible and successful!