Pacific 6 Soccer - Kicking Into Chaos
On the grey, brisk morning of December 29th, nine eager Brentwood students started their journeys over the Malahat to the Pacific Football Club’s brand new indoor turf in Langford for the first-ever Pacific FC Winter 6s tournament. Jocelyn L, Mack ‘22 and I played alongside each other and were coached by the one and only Mr Barrett.
Despite arriving just 10 minutes before the game started, brothers Oscar & Erik L, Ellis joined forces with their Comox Valley comrades Ankit & Avik B, Privett, Jack NG, Ellis ‘21, Dylan G, Whittall ‘23, and Davis P, Whittall ‘23, under the watchful eye of Coach Veenema to destroy the Vancouver Island Wave side in their first game, coming away with a 5-1 win.
The girls fought hard in their first game with a tough 1-0 loss against a team they beat later on in the tournament. “It was really fun to get back on the pitch” exclaimed Jocelyn L who also keeps herself busy with volleyball, basketball and rowing.
Both teams had superb finishes in this high-level tournament. Jocelyn and I finished with a third-place medal in the U17 division and a satisfying record of 2-1-1 while the boys won their pool 4-0 before losing a nail-biter, 5-4, to come second in a field of nine teams.
“I’d say the opportunity and privilege to play the game I love with some of my favorite people was worth the early morning and the three stitches” declared beat up Davis after suffering an unscheduled encounter with a wall. Jack, who was also playing with his club team, continued his afternoon playing in four more games and finished third in the U21 division.
I think it is safe to say that these student-athletes were happy to be back on the field and thankful to Mr Barrett and Mr Veenema for giving us the opportunity to play the beautiful game and get a bit of exercise over the break. It was also nice to see those two old warhorses showcase their footy skills as they teamed up with some other coaches to show us how it should really be done.
Soccer’s winter term training begins as soon as we are back from holiday and the girls begin their competitive season in March.
Jensa NG, Mack ‘23