They call themselves “The Rookie Boys’ of the Calgary Lads Soccer Club.
And they merged with some rivals on the Victoria Day Weekend for glory in the men’s 35+ division at the 36th Vernon National Oldtimers Soccer Tournament.
The Lads shaded LWO Legends of Salmon Arm 2-1 (4-3) in penalty kicks in an entertaining final Monday afternoon at MacDonald Park.
“We’re actually from two clubs,” said playing-coach Chris McKenzie. “We play against each other in the indoor league. So, we’re foes in Calgary and friends in Vernon. This was a really fun tournament.”
Paul Selway buried the winner in PKs as the Lads pocketed $500 in expense money. Jeremy Shivers, John McCormick and Joe Nizetic also converted from the spot. Meddhi Mourali connected with a spectacular inswinging corner during regulation.
David Knight tallied in regulation for the Legends.
“They’re (Lads) a good team,” said LWO manager Al Walthers. It wasn’t a game where we said, ‘Should have, could have.’ They deserved the win.”
Calgary battled Prince George to a scoreless draw in their Saturday round-robin opener and then shut down Aldergrove 6-0 and toppled PoCo Loco 2-0.
PoCo Loco, also known as “The Beer Garden Junkies”, received the prestigious George Stein Triple S Award for superior sportsmanship, skill and support.
LWO blanked the Calgary Gunners 3-0, clipped Edmonton Arsenal 1-0 and grounded Football Club Bob Ross of Vernon 2-0.
The Legends collected $300, while Arsenal took $200 for third place in the field of eight.
Mission FC – recognized for being in the tournament for 35 years – took the men’s 40+ category with a 2-0 win over Calgary United Monday afternoon.
Mission reached the final of the four-team group by edging Surrey United 1-0, doubling Calgsary Blackstars 4-2 and icing Calgary United 6-2.
The Pacific 96ers of Surrey ruled the five-team men’s 45+ division round-robin format with 36 points on four wins.
The 96ers brushed back Calgary United 2-1, dispatched the Southside Rangers of Calgary 3-1, stopped the Calgary Storm 3-1 and ambushed Old Growth FC of North Vancouver 6-0.
The Rangers finished second and Old Growth third.
Coquitlam 50T Lickas bottled up Kamloops Piva Financial 4-2 in the men’s 50+ final Monday afternoon. There were 10 teams in the division.
Nick Moreni, Adrian Crabtree, Dave Blue, who finished the tourney with eight snipes, and Craig Fotheringham handled the Coquitlam attack.
“We came here in 2010 so this is our second year,” said Lickas’ manager Chris Williamson. “Lots of really hard work, no bitching and lots of commitment helped us this weekend. And staying at Predator Ridge and the bus (decorated with Vernon, 2015 on the side) helped. And so did our trainer, Keith Johnston, from the New Westminster (Senior A lacrosse) Salmonbellies. He made magic for the guys. He was Lazareth for some of the guys.”
The fun-loving Lickas went 20-2-2 in the Masters Over 50 winter season.
The Lickas defeated the North Okanagan United FC 50s 4-2 in their Saturday opener and then clipped FC Piast of Vancouver 1-0 and blasted the Calgary Oldbhoys 5-0.
Peace Arch of White Rock took third place with a 2-1 victory over North Okanagan United.
Nolan Clark, with a gorgeous, top cheddar penalty kick, and John Mateijcka scored for North Okanagan against the Lickas.
Ruben Cervantes, Andy Taklatts, Brad Conlin, John Garner, Mark Wasylyk and Steve McCourt supplied goals in NOU’s 6-0 win over the Calgary Selects Sunday morning.
Cervantes, with a deuce, and Wasylyk counted goals in a 3-1 NOU victory over the Oldbhoys.
The Southside Rangers of Calgary edged the Okanagan Kickers of Kelowna 2-1 in Monday’s 55+ final. Mike Francis equalized for the Kickers with six minutes remaining.
Bayern Moody edged Moody United 2-1 for third place.
Southside blanked the Nelson-Vernon Gunners 2-0, tied Bayern Moody 2-2 and stuffed the Delta Stingers 3-0. The Gunners, whose keeper Yogi Kongsdorf was superb, lost 4-2 to the Stingers (both goals by Billy Clark) and fell 2-1 to Bayern Moody (goal by Kevin Mitchell). There were eight 55s.
Matt Cherrille eruped for six goals as the Kickers smothered the Calgary Eagles 11-0 before stopping the Strikers 2-0 and defeating Port Moody United 5-0.
The Kickers used the tourney as a test for the B.C. 55+ Games, Aug. 25-29, in North Vancouver.
Star Paty of Vancouver won the 60+ category, which included Southill FC of Vancouver, tourney participants for all 36 years.