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Penelakut Thunder rolls to Cowichan indoor soccer title

Seven straight victories in tournament a testament to the team’s strength
This is what a championship team looks like. The Penelakut Island Thunder men’s indoor soccer team, back row from left, includes: Roger Charlie, Patrick Brown, Jacob Ready, Leighton Lepine and Fred Mitchell Jr. Bottom from left: Jody Mitchell. Shane Brown, Caden Jack and Brent Brown. Front: goalkeeper Cordell Jack. (Photo by Colleen Bob)

The Penelakut Island Thunder took the men’s division of the first Cowichan Football Club Futsal indoor soccer tournament by storm.

The Thunder stormed through seven games undefeated at the Si’em Lelum gymnasium in Duncan to place first among the 10 participating teams with a great display of teamwork.

The Thunder began to roll in the first of four games in the Group B round robin Friday night with an 8-2 victory over Pacific Edge from Duncan.

Through three Saturday games, the Thunder only allowed eight goals which is quite remarkable in indoor soccer.

The first opponent was Young Bucks, a young Cowichan team that filled in for the Songhees First Nation team Cousins that dropped out of the tournament at the last minute, and beat them 9-2.

A team of young talent from west and east Saanich’s Tsartlip and Tsawout First Nations known as Wsanec Colosen was up next and the result was much the same, with the Thunder winning handily 10-2.

In the last game Saturday, the Thunder defeated the Kingcome Inlet/Campbell River First Nations team known as 11 Donkeys, One Goat 8-4.

Sunday’s knockout playoff round began with an 8-2 Thunder victory over Wsanec Whalers of Saanich.

The Thunder kept it going with an 8-4 triumph over the Ladysmith Strikers from the Stz’uminus First Nation in the semifinals.

That just left the final game on the drive for the championship and the Thunder went all the way with a 5-2 win against Cowichan’s Cosmos FC.

The Thunder’s Shane Brown was the top goal-scorer in the tournament with 18. Shane’s dad Patrick Brown and Caden Jack were Thunder all-star selections.

The team travels to Campbell River for another tournament Feb. 17-18.

In the women’s final at the Cowichan FC tournament, the Creatures defeated Cowichan 5-4.


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Thunder’s Patrick Brown with twin sons Shane Brown, left, and Brent Brown. (Photo by Colleen Bob)
Thunder team members from left: Shane Brown, Cordell Jack, Caden Jack and Brent Brown as they bask in the glory of indoor soccer championship. (Photo by Colleen Bob)

Don Bodger

About the Author: Don Bodger

I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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