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Deh Gah Eagles taste victory at Super Soccer
Fort Providence team wins three of its four games

Roxanna Thompson
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, May 3, 2012

Deh Gah Eagles players are celebrating their success in winning three of their four games at Junior Super Soccer.

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Delaney Vandell, centre, of the Deh Gah Eagles, goes after the ball during a game against Inuvik during Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife on April 28. - Jesse Winter/NNSL photo

Ten athletes from Fort Providence competed in the girls U12 B division from April 26 to 29. It was the first time most of the athletes had participated in the tournament.

"They did very well," said Diana Gargan, who coached the team.

The girls had a strong start to the tournament, winning their first game on Friday 3-1 against Range Lake, a Yellowknife team. On Saturday morning, the Eagles had a second victory, winning 3-2 against St. Joe's White, another Yellowknife team. At one point during the game, the Eagles were down 2-0 but they battled back, scoring three goals.

Continuing their winning streak the girls beat Inuvik 12-2 during a lunch hour game.

"They were working well together," said Gargan.

All of the players were also having fun, which is important, she said. After two back-to-back games, however, the athletes were starting to feel the strain of the tournament.

"They were quite tired by then," she said. "Their legs were aching."

Gargan attributed the Eagle's 2-4 loss to Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School from Behchoko in the quarterfinals, in part, to the team's depleted energy stores. Behchoko provided the toughest competition the Eagles faced in the tournament, she said.

The team members who competed in Yellowknife included Leah Baptiste, Sadeedi Gargan, Bailey Gargan, Shannel Landry, Paris Levavasseur, Karen Thurber, Raynna Bonnetrouge, Ryanna Bonnetrouge, Delaney Vandell and Mikaela Vandell. To prepare for the tournament, the athletes practised four times a week for an hour each day during the month of April and also fundraised.

Gargan said a number of parents made the team's participation in the tournament possible by driving the athletes and their luggage to and from Yellowknife. Eddie Gargan also assisted with coaching the team.

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