Play was super fast, competitive and skilled under scorching temperatures at MacDonald Park last weekend.
It was the annual North Okanagan United (NOU) co-ed soccer tournament and 21 teams from all over the province went hard and NOU raised some money for their trip to the World Masters Games in Italy next August.
“A great time was had by all,” said Shelly Johnston of NOU. “There were lots of laughs and we thank all the participants, local and visiting.”
In the six-team Competitive Division, it was Vernon’s Taboo defeating Penticton Young Gunners 2-1 in a shootout final.
Heidi Holtman was chosen MVP for Taboo, while Matt Bumstead took MVP for the Gunners.
Vernon’s Here for the Beer finished third by edging Win The Night 2-1 with Alberto Lopez MVP.
In the 15-team Recreation Division, Kelowna Upper Class placed first with MVP honours going to Hailey Eyana.
Aldergrove’s Better Looking Than You were second, while the PoCo Slappers took third (MVP was Janine Kerr).
Honorable mention MVPs from other Vernon teams included: Ruben Cerventez of Big O Tire; Justin Sawka of the Dribbling Dudes & Dames; Tanner Kozak of Sogo and Andrew Pool of Win The Night.
The Best Beer Garden team award went to Jugs & Thugs from Prince George.
“One of the highlights was having the complete Neilson family out on the field for the first time ever,” said Johnston. “Pat was running the tourney as part of NOU, while her daughters, Christine and Monica, were playing for Sogo, and John (daddy) was watching and driving everyone home.
“Pat spent her birthday (Saturday) with her big family (the entire beer gardens) including all the teams singing her happy birthday.”
Great food was supplied by M&M Meats, including the steak dinner Saturday night.
Johnston praised Wayne Aasen for overseeing the scores, Marina Korberg of NOYSA for scheduling, Shannon Smart for scheduling the refs and assistants and Jim Wilson for lining the fields.