Luck of the Irish? Hardly! Yes there was a wee bit of magic in some of the shots during last weekend’s first annual “Shamrock Invitational” adult soccer tournament at the Dimond Park Field House.
There were also four talented coed teams from Juneau and two talented coed teams from Whitehorse. Each player battled through six grueling games in 48 hours. After the qualifying rounds finished on Saturday night, the playoff standings were established. It was a close race as the Blacks ended up on top of the Whites based on a one-point goal differential decision. On Sunday morning, the Reds (pictured above) emerged triumphantly after defeating the Blacks 3-1 in the Championship game. Based on peer votes, the tournament MVP for the guys went to Juneau’s own Jeremy Gleason while Whitehorse’s Rachel Pattimore took home the women’s MVP jersey. The oldest player was Whitehorse’s Terry Markley who managed the midfield for the Orange team. The youngest player was Jordan Cottingham who’s rocket shots helped power the Juneau Whites into 3rd place.
Along the way, the players also shared in a St Patrick’s Day Banquet complete with door prizes, soccer trivia, and a leprechaun emcee. Never underestimate the power of green hats and leis to liven up a party. Special thanks goes to all the sponsors who donated time, money, or door prizes to make this event a success. Before the tournament even ended, there was already talk about the “Shamrock 2013”.
CHAMPIONS, RED TEAM:
Jason Steele, Doug Badilla, Aaron Brakel, Kyle Herbert, Phil Subeldia (GK), Jer Gleason, Sam Adams, Jenni Lockwood, Rachelle Mesdag, Gretchen Geiger and Jane Boer.
SECOND PLACE, BLACK TEAM:
Mark Smith, Aaron Suring (GK), Roberto Ornelas, Troy Choquette, Pat Barry, Pat Race, Janelle Quimpo, Nikki Schultz, Cindy Eriksen, Anna Hoke and Jessy Post.
THIRD PLACE, WHITE TEAM:
Jim Swanson, Peter Hochstoeger, Mansour Alzaharna, Pete Schneider, Jesus Lopez, Luis Ariel Barrios, Meghan Kennedy Brown (GK), Karen Abad, Alison Cooney, Megan Milligan and Jordon Cottingham.
FOURTH PLACE, GREEN TEAM:
Ivo Amaral (GK), Erica Beasley, Lori Carter, Vanessa Corkal, Terry Edwards, Sylvain Laferriere, Joe Morrison, Rachel Pattimore, Joanna Pollock, Ian Robinson, JP Steverink and Andy Todd
FIFTH PLACE, ORANGE TEAM:
Kylie Bird, Bruno Bourdache, Liz Bradley, Phil Jackson, Julie Lachappelle, Cathy Macdonald, Terry Markley, Charlie McLoed, Bob Murkett, Kristy Donohoe and Geoff Woodhouse (GK).
SIXTH PLACE-, YELLOW TEAM:
Mike Goldstein, Dave Troup, William Gonzalez, Brad Robbins (GK), Matt Catterson, Jose Rodriguez, Stephanie Kushnick, Terra Hock, Kristen Dunlap, Hannah Slotnick and Liza Slotnick.