Catch some JulyFest soccer this weekend

The best soccer you’ll see in the Kootenays is at the JulyFest tournament

JulyFest soccer is the best soccer you will see in the Kootenays.

It’s JulyFest week, and one and all are gearing up for Kimberley’s biggest festival.

While much of the focus is on bocce, the dance and parade, there is also one other really big part of JulyFest weekend and that’s the soccer tournament.

Once again over 60 teams have signed up. With 15 players per team, plus entourages, tournament organizer Simon Davidson estimates the tournament itself brings about 1150 people to town.

Davidson would really like to see locals from Cranbrook and Kimberley coming out to take in the action, because this is quality soccer.

“It’s the best soccer you’re going to see in the Kootenays,” he said. “We have some really quality teams returning and some new teams like some boys from the Alberta Major League. We have the Missoula Athletic Club returning and a team on the women’s competitive side flying in all the way from Guelph, Ontario.”

The quality of the refereeing is also top notch,  Davidson says.

“The quality of refereeing is awesome. Our refs are very experienced and come from all over. One of the refs worked the tour of the European Premier teams in North America. He’s actually been on the same pitch as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”

As always Purcell Park in Marysville will be soccer HQ during the tournament but action will take place on Saturday at Chapman Camp, Blarchmont, Marysville School, Lions Park and Selkirk School fields as well.

“Games start at 8 a.m. Saturday and the last one will end at about 7 p.m. The knock out rounds start on Sunday and the finals will be at Purcell Park with the last starting at about 4 p.m.”

“Purcell is the place to be on Sunday. We anticipate there will be some really great games,” Davidson said.

Kimberley Minor Soccer will have a concession at Purcell Park to keep you fed.

For local teams on the competitive side, Davidson says to watch out for the Cranbrook Unicorns, who will be looking to rebound from their loss last year on the mens’ side.

“There are two Cranbrook teams on the women’s competitive side. I’m expecting good things from them.”

 

 

 

Just Posted

Kootenay Savings builds healthy and vibrant communities

Many organizations in the region, including Kimberley Community Foundation, receive funds

News recap: Kimberley

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Kimberley.

Kimberley City Council recieves letters of support for Trails Manager

Kimberley Trails Societies asking for ongoing City support to hire Trails Manager

Kimberley Pewee Nitros donate $600 to Food Bank

The Kimberley Pewee Nitros team was at the food bank on Wednesday,… Continue reading

RCMP investigate multiple dog deaths linked to Cranbrook forest

One veterinarian said ‘you can’t help but draw that conclusion’ that deaths parallel 2016’s story

Dynamiters help unload groceries for Food Bank

The Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank is putting together their Christmas Hampers

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of sexual harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

Most Read