Soccer stars set for Indigenous games

Three Terrace soccer players are part of a roster of young men travelling to Saskatchewan this summer to represent B.C.

Terrace’s Josh Grant plays defence two weekends ago during a Team BC vs. Nisga’a United matchup.

Three Terrace soccer players are part of a roster of young men travelling to Saskatchewan this summer to represent B.C. at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games.

Josh Grant, Clark Matthews, and Harry Moore are part of Aboriginal Team BC, U16 and U18 boys division, Team North-Skeena.

They’ll represent the province next month in Regina, Saskatchewan at the North American Indigenous Games 2014.

To make it to the continental tournament,  the teams played their hearts out at a grueling provincial tournament last August in the Fraser Valley.  Five regions took part in the tough tournament, with North-Skeena U16 boys and U18 boys winning both of their divisions to represent as Team BC.

Team North-Skeena is diverse with many First Nations players from the local region – Haisla, Haida, Wet’suwet’en,  and a vast majority from the Gitxsan Nations.

Coaches Chris Daniels and Warren Maitland have been setting up team practices weekly in Kitwanga and Hazelton on alternating weeks.

Team BC will journey to Regina July 19 and will play a tough international rules tournament against North American teams from the USA and Canada.

The tournament runs from July 20 to 27, and this year’s theme is “raising the bar.”

Historically, previous teams from the north have won the competition and the team is looking forward to the games. And Team BC is prepared and able to play a good draw no matter who they find themselves up against, said team manager Brian Grant.

 

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