A tight-checking, extremely close finals match between the Prince Rupert Foofball Club (PRFC) United and the Hazelton Strikers brought Prince Rupert Seafest celebrations to a thrilling close on Seafest Sunday.
Playing to a 1-1 draw through the majority of the game, the two teams who have a history with each other, often meeting in regional finals across B.C.’s northwest, had no love lost in this one.
A red card to Hazelton in the first few minutes and a goal by Prince Rupert’s Mike De Lima were the early highlights in a match that saw each team try to break through the strong defences of each other’s back ends.
But it was the Strikers who would finally relieve themselves of PRFC’s solid pressure and capitalize on a free kick 20 yards out to PRFC goaltender Doug Lindley’s left side and claim victory with a 2-1 final score.
“We had possession … we were trying to capitalize by keeping the ball and we just couldn’t get it in,” said PRFC forward Matt Anderson.
“It’s always us and them in the final, so a 1-1 game all the way to [almost] the end is pretty good.”
A couple injuries and a red card to Eric Faion from the previous game hampered the home side’s ability to emerge with the win and it’s the first time PRFC lost a tournament they attended since they fell to the very same Strikers during Terrace’s Riverboat Days last year in August.
“Give them full credit. Their second goal was right in the bottom right corner – a very hard spot for a keeper to get,” said PRFC goalkeeper Doug Lindley.
PRFC’s Regan Kern won best forward, Vernon Barker won best defenceman, Addy Phu Ngam claimed the Adam Moore Memorial most inspirational player award, Hazelton’s Morgan Pottinger claimed MVP, Lindley took best goalie, the Gitsegukla Young Bloods won most sportsmanlike team, Faion took the golden boot, PRFC’s Shane Swanson won best coach and Rupert’s Devon Helin was named most promising and the Kispiox Eagles took third place.
In the novice division of the four-on-four street hockey challenge (with Initiation A and B players competing for the first time), the Road Sharks defeated RLW Designs/Ridley Terminals 3-1, while the Bri-Don Bruisers topped the Haida Fishing Salmon Kings 10-4 in the atoms category.
For the peewees, the Talin Eagles beat the Overwaitea Hawks in a tight 3-2 final and Storey’s Excavating defeated Bounty Hunter in another close match, 4-3 in bantam.
For the adults, Progressive Steel Fun Chasers cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Kingsmen.
First place in the Kaien Island Slo-pitch League’s Seafest tourney went to the Terrace Grim Reapers, who went undefeated over the weekend and beat Prince Rupert’s Bobs on the Rocks, who lost by three runs in the final to the Reapers.
The Belmont arm wrestling challenge found Jocelyn Peel victorious in the women’s middleweight division and Deanna Oickle as champion of the women’s lightweight category, while on the men’s side, Mike Pedersen took the lightweight crown, Catlin Flannagan won middleweight and Frank Nuwyens won the heavyweight title.
In the novice division, the Young Bucks, consisting of Mya Siemens, Correina McNeice, Kyron Holland and Tristian Walker (MVP) came from Terrace to win in the final over Grass Veebs 2015, who had Lauren Santiago, Ausha Wheeler, Helen Vo, Liam McChesney, Zoe Ignas and Alexi Armstrong (novice all-star) on the squad.
For the advanced division, 2 Legit 2 Hit, with Jade Rowse, Thai Pham (MVP), Devin Palmer and Brody Bishop were victorious over the Fantastic Four of Rampi Gill, Ian Fromm, organizer and player Nancy Le and Steven Le (advanced all-star). Eleven teams entered with 48 players altogether.
For the three-on-three basketball tournament held all weekend on Third Avenue and at the waterfront, Gat Leedm Lil Ballerz with Kanani Coon, Kobe Ikari, Kole Leighton and Josh Leighton were the Grades 3 and 4 champions. For Grades 5 and 6, the Fantastic Four of Kalen Cochrane, Rylan Adams, Simon Bellis and Tommy Ly took the title while the Brick Squad of Kai Leighton, Devon Laliberte and Tyler Jones grabbed the Grades 7 and 8 crown. For Grades 9 and 10, the Janitors beat their foes with Ben Rabel, Kolby Jones, Quinn Leighton and James Benner.
The Terrace Northmen came to town for two games versus the Prince Rupert Seamen and were victorious in both. In the first match, Terrace toppled the hosts 17-5 in a fifteens game, then later beat the Seamen 17-10 in twelves.
For the Charles Hays Rainmakers, Burns Lake and Caledonia formed the boys’ and girls’ teams’ competition. The male Rainmakers played two friendlies versus both sides and the girls’ squad played light contact tens against their visiting opponents. Both Burns Lake and the Rainmakers’ teams were supplemented with a few boys to even out the numbers.