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Vancouver Street Soccer League holds its first tournament

The Vancouver Street Soccer league held its first tournament last Saturday. It was a perfect day to christen the  new turf field at Memorial South Field (at Fraser & 41st). Six teams competed, including Team Vancouver City Hall with team captain Gregor Robertson and the members of Team Canada from the Homeless World Cup. The teams played five games each with only a short break in-between matches, leaving even the most skillful players worn out by the end. However, not even the near-freezing temperatures, could take away the players' drive, keeping them going until the early evening.

Most impressive was the showing by the Portland Phoenix, a recently formed women's soccer team. For some of the women, it was their first tournament and their first soccer match. The team put on a strong defence and Andrea Reimer maintained a tough leadership role as Phoenix Goalkeeper. All of the other teams happily welcomed and cheered on the new team.
After an impressive showing in each game, the North Shore Shields took home the day's trophy.
Special thanks to the Portland Hotel Society, Good for Grapes (for a special unplugged performance) and the Vancouver Food Bank for their donation of food and drink.

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