This past weekend (July 8,9 and 10th) 14 boys and girls tier 4 teams teams from across the Lakeland District were in St. Paul, Camrose and Ponoka for the Servus Rural Provincial Championships. With a total medal count of 9 medals (3 of each gold, silver and bronze), our teams did exceptionally well against the competition from other rural districts around the province.
This year St Paul played host to the U12s and U14s. Winning gold for the U12 Boys division were the St Paul Awesome Possums who defeated the Edson Vipers 2:1 in an exciting Gold Medal match on Sunday afternoon. Winning Bronze in the same division were the Vermilion Strikers who downed the Breton Cougars 4:0. The St Paul United U12 Girls won silver in a tough fought showdown with Athabasca rebels but fell short of gold in a 2:0 decision. The Vermilion Strikers U14 Boys went undefeated in the group phase but fell to the Lacombe Panthers 2:1 to win silver. The Lac La Biche Lightning Queens U14 Girls also won silver. After going undefeated through out the group phase and semi finals, they came up just a little short against the Edson Strikers 3:1.
Meanwhile in Camrose, the U16 Boys and Girls both came away with Gold. Both teams were undefeated throughout the tournament. The U16 Boys from St Paul bested the Whitecourt Warriors 2:0 to earn their Gold medal. The U16 Girls from Vegreville defeated their competition from Sherwood Park 3:1 for Gold in the girls division.
In Panoka the competition was strong for the U18 Boys and Girls and two of the three teams came away with Bronze medals. The U18 Boys from both Bonnyville and Lac La Biche, undefeated in the group phase, went head to head for Bronze after coming up short in their semi final matches. Bonnyville proved the victors over Lac La Biche in the spirited match that was played in front of an all Lakeland crowd on Sunday afternoon. Similarly the U18 Girls from Bonnyville, after coming first in their group, fell to the host team from Panoka in semis, but showed their strength and determination by winning Bronze in a 4:2 decision over the Strikers.
Congratulations to all of our Lakeland teams which includes those mentioned above and also the Lac La Biche Strikers U12 Girls, St Paul U14 Boys, and the U14 Girls from Cold Lake. Complete results and standings for all competitions in Servus Rural Provincial Championships can be found at http://competitions.albertasoccer.com/