Another KIST in the Books

The Prince George Girls and, the UCC Alumni captured titles in the 28th anniversary of the Kamloops Invitational Men`s and Women’s Soccer Tournament during the August long weekend at McArthur Island.
PG defeated Here for the Beers of Vancouver to collect top prize of $700.
UCC in winning the men’s open division for a third consecutive year also won $700 after downing Drake and Macefield’s Soccer Quest entry 3-1 in the final.
The tournament began in 1990 to give adult male and female players the opportunity to compete for cash prizes against clubs from BC, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest, under the umbrella of the Kamloops men’s and women’s soccer leagues.
The first tournament attracted 13 teams, compared to the 64 that signed up for this year’s event. 2003 was the biggest turnout when close to 120 teams took part. The overflow of entries made it a logistical nightmare, scheduling games in every conceivable nook and cranny in Kamloops.
Organizer Rob Piva said 64 teams this year was like a dream format. KIST still represents the largest gathering of adult soccer players in Canada’s Tournament Capital. Aside from involving close to 900 players, there were also approximately 20 referees and 40 linesmen who sweated it out.