Jags take oldtimers crown

You need quite an extraordinary offence to get scoring chances on the Calgary Jags.

You need quite an extraordinary offence to get scoring chances on the Calgary Jags.

Nobody managed to hit the Jags’ net in regulation time as they repeated as Women’s Over 40 Division champions in the 38th Vernon National Oldtimers Soccer Tournament.

Sue Porter scored and Sara Wyzykoski earned the shutout as the Jags jolted the Okanagan NSC Prime of Salmon Arm 1-0 in Monday afternoon’s final at MacDonald Park. The Jags pocketed $500, while the Prime took home $300.

Calgary clipped PoCo Cougars of Port Coquitlam 1-0 in penalty kicks, while Prime brushed back the Moosehead Poppers of Edmonton 3-1 in Sunday semifinals.

The Jags shut down Edmonton Scottish 4-0 in their opener Saturday morning at Grahame Park and bottled up Coquitlam 3-0 later that day, also at Grahame. The Jags and Poppers each collected 20 points to top the seven-team pool and held a quick shootout, won 4-2 by the Jags, to decide first place.

“After yesterday’s game (penalty kicks) where we were a little sloppy, we picked it up and had a really strong defensive backline,” said Jags’ captain Claire McKenzie.

The Prime punished Coquitlam 8-0 and ambushed the Edmonton Fireballers 5-1 in preliminary play Saturday at MacDonald Park.

“This is a throw-together team and they (Jags) obviously played together and play really well,” smiled Prime captain Trish Martin. “We have seven players over 50 and they (Jags) were a little younger. We weren’t taking our shots when we needed to and they were fast and passed the ball around nicely.”

The Prime got 1+2 from Kim Turner, a gorgeous snipe from Carey Philip and a goal from Lindsay Anderson in their semifinal victory.

Anderson (2), Cathy Bartsch, Turner and Kyla Sherman counted goals in the win over the Fireballers.

There was just the one women’s category this year since several teams just competed in the World Masters Games in New Zealand.