This past 2015/16 season the U16 Riptide girls worked hard to win a berth at the BC Provincial games. In doing so, they also qualified to play in the 63rd BC Coastal Cup 2016 Championship Finals.
In order to get to the finals they had to win their way into the tournament, and then keep winning. On April 9 they won 1-0 vs the North Shore girls soccer club, and on April 16, they won 1-0 vs the Vancouver Football club. April 30, they traveled by school bus with a group of ardent supporters all the way to the coastal city of Aldergrove to play against the West Vancouver Rangers.
Once again, the girls pulled together, and worked hard as a team to achieve gold, and to bring the Coastal Cup home to the central Island. Althought the team is based in the Comox Valley, it’s members are girls from Port Hardy, Campbell River, Powell River, and the Comox Valley, with a sub for this game from Nanaimo.
West Vancouver was a strong team, but goalie Avarie (CV) gave a top performance with the goal posts, and managed a shut out.
Alongside her, as defence, were Maddy (CR), Toni (CV), Tommylia (CR), Jodi (N), Jill (CV), and Jenna (CV). Strong in midfield were Olivia (CV), Sophia (PR), Elysa (CV), Emily (CV) scoring the first goal, Rowan (CV), Emma (CR), and Breanna (CV). Scoring the second goal was Carsyn (PR), working with the other forwards Kaleigh (PH), and Cameron (CV). Tanisha (CR) was unable to play due to an injury.
The weather was great, the traffic terrible, but the cheers on the ferry were unmistakably those of some very happy girls, and proud supporters.
Thanks again to coaches Scott Harris, and Ernie Selentin, and manager Johanne Moreau for getting it all organized