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GREEN MEANS GO! – The champs, at back from left: Paul Inglis, Cheryl Ritz, Jason Steele, Rob Bouquet, Jaime Whitty, Susan Whitty, Franklin Fru. Front, from left: Joe Morrison, Philip Mullin, Creed Swan, Danny Macdonald, Goher Hafeez. Photo courtesy of KEN SYLVESTRE

Macdonald, Fru lead green squad to soccer glory

The Yukon Brewing Co-ed Soccer Tournament brought together the best talent the territory has to offer last weekend.

By freelancer on April 13, 2016

The Yukon Brewing Co-ed Soccer Tournament brought together the best talent the territory has to offer last weekend.

More than 60 players on five teams took part in a highly competitive but fun competition at the Canada Games Centre.

Early round-robin rounds saw Danny Macdonald’s green team and Phil Jackson’s red team lead the way, both ending up with 3-1 records.

Cheryl Ritz and female MVP Jaime Whitty starred for the green team while Christina Terpstra and Simon Pulido were the standout performers for the red team.

Meanwhile, Eric Murphy’s blue team and an orange team from F.H. Collins Secondary comprising of staff and students came third and fourth in the standings, respectively.

Jim Brown’s yellow team won the hearts and minds of the supporters but failed to make it into the playoffs.

The three-four playoff game ended in a 4-4 tie with male MVP Peter Mather scoring a goal for orange in the dying embers of the match.

The game was noteworthy for some heroic performances by Abbie Smart and the veteran Rob McGurk in orange, with Mamadou Togola and Desley Mcleod putting in a shift for the blue team.

The final came down to a titanic contest between two of Yukon’s soccer juggernauts – namely Macdonald and Jackson.

This time it was Macdonald – assisted by a huge performance by Franklin Fru – who led his side to glory, securing a 6-2 win in front of a large crowd in the bleachers.

The green team was superb throughout the tournament, playing a brand of soccer rarely seen in these parts, with every player contributing to a well-deserved victory.

By ANDY TODD
Special to the Star

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