Coquitlam’s Young Guns have created a dynasty in the the annual North Okanagan United Co-Ed Soccer Tournament.
The Young Guns brushed off Vernon’s Here For The Beer 3-2 in Sunday’s Competitive Division final at Marshall Field, earning their fourth straight title and $400 in prize money.
A total of 22 teams competed in the event which is a fundraiser for NOU’s trip to the 2013 World Masters Games in Turin, Italy.
An adult day care beverage garden and concession, all run by NOU, were highly successful, according to tourney director Shelly Johnston.
Vernon entries Taboo United and Sporting Good Looks finished third and fourth respectively.
The Recreational Division 1 crown went to the Kelowna Celtics, who won 9-2 over the B.C. Randoms, toppled the Abbotsford Eagles 4-1 and ambushed the CFFC Fusion of Calgary 5-2.
The Fusion settled for second spot, while the Retro Slurpees from Delta were third.
In the Recreational Division 2, it was the Slappers of Port Coquitlam shutting down the Aldergrove Highliters 4-0, stuffing the Abby Ringers 6-0, crushing Kick & Run 7-2 and shading the Crusty Jugglers of Kelowna 3-2.
The Crusty Jugglers ended up second, while Jugs & Thugs from Prince George were third.
“Vernon’s Big O Tire Brudahs ‘n Da Sistas also had a team in,” said Johnston. “With their ages being twice to three times than the teams they played against, they all left the tourney with a smile, an icepack and Ibuprofen.
“It was great to see so many Vernon teams in the tourney and other Vernon players helping out playing for visiting teams. The visiting teams were very gracious and very thankful for everything.
“They know us (NOU players) by name and know that they can ask us anything and we can help them out or at least point them in the right direction.
“They helped us set up tents, take them down, pick up recycling and kept the fields free of debris.
“It’s great to have such a wonderful team of ladies that can run a tourney top to bottom and still find some time to play a game or two. I am proud to be part of that. Thanks to the refs and ref assistants and all the people that make these events possible.”