Buckskin Tournament returns to Cowichan soccer fields

Brydon Sampson goes up for a header during Quw’utsun FC’s opening-round win over Gwayasdums last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Brydon Sampson goes up for a header during Quw’utsun FC’s opening-round win over Gwayasdums last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Quw’utsun FC’s Quinton Thorne holds off a Gwayasdums defender during his team’s opening round win at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Quw’utsun FC’s Quinton Thorne holds off a Gwayasdums defender during his team’s opening round win at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Xituluq Hwitsum moves to get past a defender during Quw’utsun FC’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Xituluq Hwitsum moves to get past a defender during Quw’utsun FC’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Xavier Thorne chases down the ball during Quw’utsun FC’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Xavier Thorne chases down the ball during Quw’utsun FC’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Quw’utsun FC’s Johnny Williams delivers a cross during his team’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Quw’utsun FC’s Johnny Williams delivers a cross during his team’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Xituluq Hwitsum launches a header during Quw’utsun FC’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Xituluq Hwitsum launches a header during Quw’utsun FC’s first-round win over Gwayasdums at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Harmony Lecoy stretches to swipe the ball from a Salish Strong player during a first-round game at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Cowichan’s Harmony Lecoy stretches to swipe the ball from a Salish Strong player during a first-round game at the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Amber Wells charges ahead during her team’s first-round victory over Salish Strong at the Buckskin tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Cowichan’s Amber Wells charges ahead during her team’s first-round victory over Salish Strong at the Buckskin tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Kaleigh Seymour races a Salish Strong player to the ball during Cowichan’s win in the first round of the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Cowichan’s Kaleigh Seymour races a Salish Strong player to the ball during Cowichan’s win in the first round of the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Jaeda Douglas slips the ball past a Salish Strong player during her team’s win in the first round of the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Cowichan’s Jaeda Douglas slips the ball past a Salish Strong player during her team’s win in the first round of the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dennene Wallace settles the ball during Cowichan’s first-round win over Salish Strong in the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Dennene Wallace settles the ball during Cowichan’s first-round win over Salish Strong in the Buckskin Tournament last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

The Cowichan Buckskin Soccer Tournament returned on the Mother’s Day weekend with a full slate of 28 First Nations teams.

The Thorne family has been running the tournament for more than 50 years, welcoming 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams from across Vancouver Island and the Mainland every year.

The men’s tournament was won by Xwelmexw FC, who beat the Kingcome Wolves 3-2 in overtime in the final. Third place went to Saanich United. Quw’utsun FC was eliminated in the second round after a shootout loss to Musqueam. Quw’utsun opened the tournament by beating Gwayasdums in the first round.

Cowichan reached the final of the women’s tournament, where they lost 3-1 to Skwxwu7mesh Nch’u7mut. The Alert Bay Thunderettes took third place.

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