Soccer tourney moved to spring

Thanks to yesterday’s steady downpour, the annual fall junior soccer tournament at the St. Francis Sportsfield has been shelved until the spring.
Tourney organizer Cynthia Donald, a teacher at Robert Moore, said she made the decision to cancel the grade four-six competition after discussing it with several teachers, including fellow organizers Terry Hrychuk and Gerry Parent of St. Francis.
“We’re going to try for a spring date,” Donald said this morning. “I think [all schools] have busy weeks ahead. It’ll just start getting colder to set another date.
“I wish we had set it for today,” she added, after looking out the window and seeing the sun. “But the ground is still soggy so it would have been tough.”
She noted a likely date would be sometime in April or May to avoid conflict with track meets in June.
The tournament had been moved to yesterday after scheduling conflicts arose between the town and country schools over the initial date, she added.
Donald said an adequate substitution would be for the schools to play indoor soccer games as individual classes throughout the winter.
Last year’s tourney also was postponed by chill and rain before organizers squeezed in a workable date before snowfall.
Other elementary school athletic events have been fortunate enough to have good weather backing them up this fall, including the grade seven and eight soccer tournament a week ago Tuesday and the Rainy River District cross-country championships last Wednesday.
“Hopefully, we won’t see any long-standing snow in April,” Donald said.