Comox and Courtenay players, pictured in a recent clash of 45s teams, will join forces in an inaugural tournament next month. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox and Courtenay players, pictured in a recent clash of 45s teams, will join forces in an inaugural tournament next month. Scott Stanfield photo

CV Masters host inaugural soccer challenge

The Comox Valley Masters Soccer club is hosting an inaugural home-and-away challenge tournament next month with a team from North Vancouver.

The Salish Cup is set for Saturday, May 11 at Valley View Park in Courtenay.

The tournament will feature two games between Comox Valley age-group teams and their counterparts from Seymour FC.

The idea was hatched at a soccer tournament in Las Vegas, where several Valley players have joined the Seymour team over the last few years.

“It’s a fun event to keep our friendship and partnership with Seymour FC through an ongoing series each year,” event organizer Ron Quilter said.

A 45-plus game is slated for 1 p.m., followed by a 55-plus match at 2:30 p.m.

Both games will include 40-minute halves and unlimited substitutions.

Salish Cup and player-of-the-game presentations will be held immediately after the 55’s game.

Doug Hillian, a local masters soccer player and member of Courtenay council, will officially welcome all four teams at a pre-game ceremony, 12:50 p.m. at centre field.

Return matches will be played in North Vancouver in the fall. Date and location have yet to be determined.