BY NANCY KELLY
Kings County Advertiser/Register
Hundreds of youth soccer players on 46 teams descended on the Kingston/ Greenwood area July 16 to 18 for the annual Amanda Forster Memorial Soccer Tournament.
Close to 700 participants in nine divisions took to fields in the two communities for the tournament, held in memory of Amanda Forster, a former Kingston/ Greenwood Soccer Club player who died suddenly in her early teens several years ago. The tournament was renamed in her honour and tournament organizer Craig Sawler said this year’s event drew the most teams in recent years. Sawler added the weather, scorching all weekend with humidex values well into the 30s, didn’t stop the kids from having fun.
In U16 boys’ play, the host team swept the division, winning all three round robin games, a semi-final against Somerset and the gold medal game against East Kings.
In the U14 boys’ division Kingston/ Greenwood was also strong, earning a silver medal by going 3-0 in regular games, but losing to Chester 3-0 in the final.
Two Somerset-based teams also brought home gold medals from the tournament. In the U14 girls’ final, Kingston/ Greenwood had to settle for a silver medal against Somerset Doherty, which took the top spot with a final score of 1-0. Somerset’s U12 boys had a strong showing at the tournament, winning all four games before beating New Germany 3-1 in the gold medal game.
Under 12 girls was split into two divisions, with a total of eight teams. The Kingston/ Greenwood Devil Dogs and K/G Blue Jays both ended the weekend with 1-2 records that kept them out of the final, which saw Upper County and Bridgewater compete for gold and silver medals.
All players in U8, U10B, U10G and U10 HP received participation medals following their games.