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28th annual Gunn Baldursson soccer tournament set for July 3-5

Among the early games Friday afternoon at the 26th annual Gunn Baldursson women's soccer tournament was this U-14 Tier 1 match between Valley United, in the red uniforms, and Suburban FC. This Valley header resulted in a goal. Tournament action continues all day Saturday and into Sunday, with most division finals set for Sunday afternoon.
Among the early games Friday afternoon at the 26th annual Gunn Baldursson women's soccer tournament was this U-14 Tier 1 match between Valley United, in the red uniforms, and Suburban FC. This Valley header resulted in a goal. Tournament action continues all day Saturday and into Sunday, with most division finals set for Sunday afternoon.

WOLFVILLE - Female soccer will be in the spotlight July 3-5 as the annual Gunn Baldursson Memorial women's soccer tournament is held on fields throughout eastern Kings County.

According to tournament coordinator Eric Cederberg, this is the 28th year for the popular and well-attended tournment which, at one point, was the largest all-female soccer tournment in Eastern Canada.

The tournment is held as a memorial to the late Gunn Baldursson, an all-Canadian Acadia soccer player and outstanding all-round student who lost her life in a tragic automobile collision en route to Halifax in November of 1987.

Soccer Nova Scotia created the memorial tournament the following summer. Acadia managed the event from 1989 through 2009, then after a few years with outside organization, took the tournament back over in 2014.

The 'Gunn', as it is affectionately called, normally attracts teams from throughout Nova Scotia and occasionally from further afield. In 2007, a team from Baldursson's native Iceland made the trip and took part in the tournment.

Over the years, members of the Baldursson family have also been in attendance.

This year's tournament features more than 114 teams, in age groups from U-10 Academy through Senior women's B and C.

This year's special guest is Team Canada women's hockey player Natalie Spooner, who will be available to answer questions.

Cederberg describes Spooner, a gold medal winner at the 2014 Olympics and a CWHL Clarkson Cup winner in the same year, as "an incredible female athlete for the tournament's athletes to look up to."

Following the 3 p.m. game July 3 on Acadia's Raymond Field, a Kick-Off event will be held at 4:45, sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, presenting sponsor for the tournament. Spooner will be on hand to host the event.

Tournament games are scheduled from 3 p.m. July 3 through July 4 and into July 5, with most medal games set for July 5. The schedule is available online at www.gunnbaldursson.ca.

The tournament will make use of soccer fields from Wolfville through to Kentville. All tournament games played on Raymond Field will be webcasted by Bell Aliant. 

 

 

According to tournament coordinator Eric Cederberg, this is the 28th year for the popular and well-attended tournment which, at one point, was the largest all-female soccer tournment in Eastern Canada.

The tournment is held as a memorial to the late Gunn Baldursson, an all-Canadian Acadia soccer player and outstanding all-round student who lost her life in a tragic automobile collision en route to Halifax in November of 1987.

Soccer Nova Scotia created the memorial tournament the following summer. Acadia managed the event from 1989 through 2009, then after a few years with outside organization, took the tournament back over in 2014.

The 'Gunn', as it is affectionately called, normally attracts teams from throughout Nova Scotia and occasionally from further afield. In 2007, a team from Baldursson's native Iceland made the trip and took part in the tournment.

Over the years, members of the Baldursson family have also been in attendance.

This year's tournament features more than 114 teams, in age groups from U-10 Academy through Senior women's B and C.

This year's special guest is Team Canada women's hockey player Natalie Spooner, who will be available to answer questions.

Cederberg describes Spooner, a gold medal winner at the 2014 Olympics and a CWHL Clarkson Cup winner in the same year, as "an incredible female athlete for the tournament's athletes to look up to."

Following the 3 p.m. game July 3 on Acadia's Raymond Field, a Kick-Off event will be held at 4:45, sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, presenting sponsor for the tournament. Spooner will be on hand to host the event.

Tournament games are scheduled from 3 p.m. July 3 through July 4 and into July 5, with most medal games set for July 5. The schedule is available online at www.gunnbaldursson.ca.

The tournament will make use of soccer fields from Wolfville through to Kentville. All tournament games played on Raymond Field will be webcasted by Bell Aliant. 

 

 

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