JULIE BERTRAND/Independent reporter
Preparations are going well for Tier 4 U-18 Soccer Provincials, which will be held in Stettler for the second time in three years.
“We are on pace,” said Ernie Shirreff, head coach of U-18 boys soccer team.
“We did this a couple of years ago so it is pretty smooth for us.”
Stettler won the tournament by being the first team that wanted to host it.
“We applied for it but we were about six days late for the actual application process,” said Shirreff. “Nobody had applied. We were the first on the list of late people so they gave it to us.”
Eight teams from all over Alberta will be competing in the three-day tournament.
“There are going to be two teams from our area,” said Shirreff.
The first game will be played during the evening of July 9 and the last game will be played in the afternoon of July 11.
“The games will be at West Stettler Park and one other field,” said Shirreff.
“We don’t know if it is Waverly or the football field yet though.”
The Stettler team finished third the last time it hosted the tournament. The U-18 players won the silver medal at last year’s tournament.
Shirreff hopes to do well this year too.
“We have always been competitive. We finished second last year. We have had some bad luck in past years,” said Shirreff. “We expect to be on the hunt.”
The team had a great season, finishing second to Rocky Mountain House.
“We were six, two and two in league,” said Shirreff.
“The games with Rocky were very competitive. We just came up short or tied. “
As the season ended recently, the players will get to enjoy a small break before the tournament.