Vancouver Council and Mayor Lose in Soccer Against Downtown Eastsiders

Star striker Mayor Gregor Robertson and semi-pro goaltender Councillor Andrea Reimer and Team Vancouver fought hard, but Portland FC of the Downtown Eastside overwhelmed them in the end.

Mayor Robertson sets up a kick. Photo by April Smith

 Saturday morning on October 9th came early for teams  as they prepared for what turned out to be a heated battle between Vancouver City Council and PHS from the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. No, this wasn't a city Hall meeting, ths was a rough, tough soccer game  betwen Portland FC and Team Vancouver.
 
Portland FC being led by Sarah Blyth, Team Captain and ever dominant Allan Bates, Team Coach, who even scored a couple of goals during today's game.
 
Team Vancouver was led by star striker Mayor Gregor Robertson and sem-pro goaltender Councillor Andrea Reimer. Other players included Councillors Ellen Woodsworth, Geoff Meggs, George Chow while  Dr. Kerry Jang led a rousing cheer with some of the neighborhood kids.

 
In a closely fought match, each team scored goals in the first half, with Team Vancouver leading 4-2 at half-time.  The first half was highlighted by a spectacular goal by Satchel Robertson ( Mayor Gregor Robertson's son ) from outside the box. The second half was all Portland FX who came out and scored 2 gols to tie the game including a penalty shot goal.
 
Just as Portland FC's hopes were high, Team Vancouver scored another goal, and the mood got really serious! 

Things were very intense and it looked like Team Vancouver would get the win because of some superior goaltending by Councillor Andrea Reimer.
 
Five minutes left in the game, and Portland FC got a goal! Hopes ran high and then, the Ref ( and PHS chef ) motioned there was 1 minute left. Encouraged by the crowd, Portland FC scored, the whistle blew and Portland FC won 6-5!
 
A very close game with lots of excitement was ended by a specially prepared turkey lunch with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie with whipped cream!
 
Mayor Gregor Robertson thanked everyone for coming out to play and made a  speech about trying to get more shelters available for the upcoming Winter months.
 
This soccer game made for a happy ending after an intense week at City Hall over two development applications to turn both Bosman Motor Inn and 111 Princess into supportive housing. Vancouver has new units under the managment of PHS to look  forward to very soon.

 



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