Young soccer stars have fun in the sun during Falmouth tournament


Published on June 14, 2017

Published on 14 June 2017

Falmouth Chandler (in orange) took on Windsor Havakes (in green) during the Under-8 soccer tournament in Falmouth June 10.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

Published on 14 June 2017

Falmouth Chandler (in orange) took on Windsor Havakes (in green) during the Under-8 soccer tournament in Falmouth June 10.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

Published on 14 June 2017

Falmouth Chandler (in orange) took on Windsor Havakes (in green) during the Under-8 soccer tournament in Falmouth June 10.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

Published on 14 June 2017

Falmouth Chandler (in orange) took on Windsor Havakes (in green) during the Under-8 soccer tournament in Falmouth June 10.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

Published on 14 June 2017

Falmouth Chandler (in orange) took on Windsor Havakes (in green) during the Under-8 soccer tournament in Falmouth June 10.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

Published on 14 June 2017

Goalie Lara Fry, 7, tosses the ball out to Olivia Mosher, 7, of the Falmouth Purple Lightning.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

Published on 14 June 2017

Olivia Mosher 7, of the Falmouth Purple Lightning, attempts to intercept the ball from the Brooklyn Poole players, who were wearing blue uniforms.

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Published on 14 June 2017

The Falmouth Purple Lightning took on Brooklyn Poole (blue) in one of the morning soccer matches.

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Published on 14 June 2017

The Falmouth Purple Lightning took on Brooklyn Poole (in blue) in one of the morning soccer matches. Pictured for Falmouth are Madison Duncan, 7, Alyssa Bradford, 7, and Olivia Mosher, 7.

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Published on 14 June 2017

A Uniacke Demmings player reacts after scoring.

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Published on 14 June 2017

Brooklyn Knowles (in orange) took on Uniacke Demmings in an 11 a.m. match up during the Under-8 soccer tournament at Eldridge Road June 10.

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Published on 14 June 2017

Brooklyn Knowles (in orange) took on Uniacke Demmings in an 11 a.m. match up during the Under-8 soccer tournament at Eldridge Road June 10.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

Published on 14 June 2017

Brooklyn Knowles (in orange) took on Uniacke Demmings in an 11 a.m. match up during the Under-8 soccer tournament at Eldridge Road June 10.

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

FALMOUTH, N.S. — Young soccer players from across West Hants played their hearts out in an organized tournament on the weekend.

The organizer of the tournament, Mick Murray, said it’s all about getting the players together for some fun and to develop a love for the sport at a young age.

“Everybody plays in three games, they get a free hot dog and juice and it doesn’t cost the parents anything,” Murray said, adding that the West Hants United Soccer Association takes care of the costs.

The event had Under 8 (U8) teams from Falmouth, Windsor, Mount Uniacke, Brooklyn and U10 teams competed as well.

“At that age group, everything is about participation,” he said. “It’s less about trying to win a tournament; it’s about the fun of it.”

Another tournament is slated for August, where players will receive participation medals.

The U8 and U6 teams play primarily with fellow West Hants teams, from Mt. Denson to Mount Uniacke.

U10 teams are in the Valley league, playing against teams like Hantsport, Wolfville and Port Williams.

“It gets them out of the house and away from the TV; it gets them active, running around. It builds teamwork in them,” he said. “It’s not about doing stuff on your own, you have to work as a team.”

Murray said it would not be possible without the legion of volunteers that make the soccer association possible — adding that for every player there’s probably two volunteers behind the scenes, Most often, these volunteers are parents.

Murray said they don't keep the scores at that age.

“The kids love it; they think it’s absolutely great. They look forward to it every week,” he said. “They’re with their friends and making new ones.”