Canadian Girls Win In Denmark! – July 15, 2001
Tulis U-13 Girls
Dana Cup Tournament in Denmark Results:
3 – 0
2 – 0
7 – 0
1 – 0
5 – 1
Hot on the heals of the U-12 boys who have just returned home from a very successful tournament, the Donosti Cup Tournament, in San Sebastian Spain, the girls left last week to compete in both the Dana Cup tournament in
Denmark and also the Gothia Cup Tournament in Sweden. The Dana Cup Soccer Tournament is Denmark’s largest and the world’s most international soccer tournament for young teams. This year’s tournament, July 9-14th, 2001 was the tournaments 20th year and had 25 countries participating.
After winning their group, the Tulis girls progressed into the final match for 1st and 2nd place. The match was played in the main stadium with much fanfare, music and a flag parade. It was a very exciting experience for parent spectators and players. The girls’ Swedish opponents, Triangelns IK, scored the first quick goal in the 1st minute of play and by half time the score was 1-1. It was a very close game until the final 15 minutes when the Tulis girls went into action and scored 4 more goals. A memorable cup and medal presentation followed. Andrea McLachlan from Maple Ridge, who has trained with Tulis for the past 5 years, was nominated the player of the match.
The Tulis girls are no strangers to this level of competition. Back in 1999, some of these girls competed with the Tulis School in the Women’s World Cup USA ’99 Celebration Tournament in California. The girls were both the youngest and smallest team in the tournament and yet managed to come home with a second place win.
The next leg of the girls’ journey takes them to Sweden to compete in the Gothia Cup Tournament that starts July 16th with approximately 40,000 people in attendance for the opening ceremonies and runs through July 20th. This year’s tournament will host 1,252 teams from all around the world – an all time high record for this tournament!