Tykes tough out lacrosse tournament

Parksville hosts the annual Dilly Bar Tyke lacrosse tournament.

Oceanside’s Khol Krastel strips a Cowichan player of the ball deep in his end during Dilly Bar action on Sunday.

Oceanside’s Khol Krastel strips a Cowichan player of the ball deep in his end during Dilly Bar action on Sunday.

The free ice cream is always a big hit, and some 220 young players from 17 Island teams were in town running hard and having fun as part of the long-running  annual Dilly Bar Tyke Lacrosse Tournament over the weekend.

Half the games were played out at Oceanside Place the other half down at the old box at Parksville Community Park and every single player received a Dilly Bar courtesy of DQ. Panago Pizza donated 12 large pies which the association sold by donation as a fundraiser, “and we also had tons of local businesses that donated gift certificates and items for our gift baskets on the raffle table and silent auction,” said tournament co-ordinator Stacey Beaudry.

There were 34 games in all with each team playing two games a day.

“It was an absolutely wonderful weekend,” said Stacey.

Oceanside’s scrappy young squad of Sharks went undefeated over the two days.

“Lots of fun had by all,” Oceanside coach Terry Krastel confirmed Sunday night, adding his squad is currently 7-2 in league play with three games remaining in the regular season, “and are very much a force in the North Island Tyke division.”

More important then wins and losses, the kids continue to develop their lacrosse skills and have a great deal of fun doing so … a big thank you goes to all the lacrosse parents who gave their time this weekend to make the Dilly Bar Tournament another success and did Oceanside proud.

In other news, Stacey sent out a reminder “we need lots of peeps to sign up their young’uns for next year so we can have a Tyke team,” she said pointing out many of this years Tykes (aged 7, 8) will be moving up.

For more information go to www.oceansidelacrosse.com.

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