Vernon Kal Tire’s Jesse Knight breaks away from a pack of Salmon Arm Beer Badgers

Vernon Kal Tire’s Jesse Knight breaks away from a pack of Salmon Arm Beer Badgers

Badgers bottle up Kal Tire

Salmon Arm Beer Badgers clipped Vernon Kal Tire 1-0 in Kelowna Tree Brewing Men’s 35+ Soccer League action

Morning Star Staff

Guess winning the Kelowna Tree Brewing Men’s 35+ Soccer League playoff title doesn’t bring a guarantee for officials every week.

Vernon’s Kal Tire waited more than an hour last week before giving up on a referee showing up for their game with the Mission Cleaners.

Same thing happened Thursday night at MacDonald Park before the Tiremen and Salmon Arm Beer Badgers agreed on using a guest referee from the sidelines.

The Badgers surprised the defending playoff champions 1-0 for their third win in six starts. Kal Tire is 2-3.

Damian Adams stepped up to play keeper with the absence of regulars and earned the Burger King Man of the Match for the Tiremen.

“Whether the result counts or not will depend on the fact we had to recruit a referee as once again there were no assigned officials,” said Kal Tire veteran Jason Beck.

“Lack of performance by us anyways as we did control play but had no game near the goal.”

The Tiremen battle the Penticton FC Masters Thursday at Mission #11 Sportsfield.

Meanwhile, Brandt’s Creek Pub brushed back the Silver Stars 2-1 in Okanagan Men’s 55+ League action Thursday night at Reiswig Park in Lake Country.

Two central defensive errors midway through the second half allowed the Pubbers to go in front. The Stars ralled and Mark Wasylyk scored on a shot that somehow found its way across the goal line.

The Stars applied good pressure thereafter but the woodwork and a little bad luck kept the ball out.

Superstar striker Tony Munoz took advantage of a makeshift central defence and pulled the hat trick as Penticton TC United ambushed Vernon Kal Tire 4-0 at Rosewood Field in West Kelowna.

Speedster Daryl Pace supplied the other goal while running a 10-kilometre race from the central fullback position for Penticton’s Barley Mill Man of the Match.

Kal Tire – missing several key starters – had a few scoring chances but played defence most of the night. Keeper Pete (The Heat) Richter took the Tolko Man of the Match. Penticton is 2-1-2, Kal Tire 2-2-1.

The host Summerland Rockets brushed back Beasley FC 4-1 at at Dale Meadows Park.

James Fofonoff of Summerland buried a header from a corner by Dan Dinsmore at the 22 minutes.

Dinsmore then beat out the Beasley defense to slot in his third of the season before the Beasley boys replied just before the break.

Keeper Tommy McGill snuffed out several Beasley attacks. Both teams missed good scoring chances until James Fofonoff produced a first-class corker from just inside the penalty area, top right cheddar.

Pat Buchanan finished the scoring with five minutes left for Summerland (1-4). Beasley FC is 0-5.

North Country Appraisals Kickers blanked Kelowna Vintage 8-0 at Mission #11 with Pat Arnieri recording the shutout.

Matt Cherrille exploded with four goals, while Fritz Bernyli bagged a deuce and singles went to Wil Kruiper and Steve Frost. Former CFL receiver Jay Christenson, in the Vintage goal, made several outstanding saves. North Country is 4-1, Vintage 0-5.

The Rockstars and the OTC Sistas battled to a 1-1 draw in North Okanagan Women’s Association Division 2 action Thursday night at Marshall Field.

There was no offence in the opening half with the Rockstars doing an awesome job of communicating and keeping Sistas out of their zone.

Liane Leger, Brooke Hackle and Lindsay Smith hustled their butts off and helped the Rockstars keep the ball so they could unleash  numerous shots on net.

Carmen Kinnenburgh opened the attack for Sistas from a sweet cross by Kim Sylvester.

Sherah Grant equalized for the Rockstars, who received marvellous passing by Leah Hildebrandt, Ashley Smith and Sasha Haddow.

“Overall, I am really impressed with how we are playing and building our skills and working as a team,” said Dana Loukota of the Rockstars.

Do-Itt-Drywall held off Sir Winston’s Attack 2-0 in other Division 2 play.

Karinda McGaw showed her incredible versatility by alternating between midfield and striker and her go-for-goal attitude resulted in some near-misses by Sir Winnie’s.


Ashley Stragier of the Attack held strong on the defensive line, even taking a few long-distance runs of her own. Keeper Celine Conly stopped a sure goal with a last-minute dive to the right and Peggy Schepp defended the goal aggressively in the second half. Carrie Sutch was superb on defence, using her signature back-kick to turn it around and send it down the line to her midfields.