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Members of the Moose Jaw Supra Storm under-10 boys team pose with their gold medals after winning the JJ Soccer Umbro Cup over the weekend.
The Moose Jaw Supra Storm took home the JJ Soccer Umbro Cup in the under-10 boys soccer tournament over the weekend held at the Moose Jaw FieldHouse.
Two teams from Regina came to play, the Regina East United Boca Junior and ACFC Regina and two Moose Jaw teams, the Moose Jaw Supra Storm and Moose Jaw United.
In the final game, the Supra Storm won a hard fought battle over the REU Boca Juniors 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.
“It was a really good game to watch no matter who won,” said Jason Jones, the organizer of the event. “But it was nice to see a Moose Jaw team come out on top.”
The Boca Juniors advanced to the final with a record of 3-0 and the Supra Storm made it with a 2-1 record. The ACFC Regina team finished in third place and the Moose Jaw Team United finished in fourth. Team United was a team put together of players from local teams during the week after a third Regina team cancelled. The team didn’t have much time to practice together before heading into the tournament.
“The United team actually gave themselves a good showing and played very well,” said Jones. “They got better as the weekend went on and I’m very happy with how they played. Their play was tremendous with the calibre they were playing against.”
The tournament was in a round robin format with each team playing each other once and the top two teams advanced to the final game. ACFC Regina finished with a 1-2 record and Team United had a 0-3 record.
The four-team tournament was originally planned to take place in Regina, but there was not enough field space because of another tournament so Jones decided to take over the tournament in was given three weeks to organize the event, get medals and a cup made as well as full brochures with all the players names and their jersey numbers.
“They were going to cancel that weekend’s age group. So I contacted them and asked if they would mind if I picked up the four teams,” explained Jones. “I went to work on it and put it together as the host for the four teams.”
Not only did the players get to compete for a cup and medals, during the tournament, Jones and some of the coaches held a skills development training component. The session had all the players mixed up in four different stations and worked on drills. Jones said he received emails afterwards from parents saying how happy with they were that not only their kids made new friends, but they learned new skills.
“I was very happy with how the way things went,” said Jones. “We were happy to be able to bring the teams here and we hope to make it an annual event for the U10 program."