Haines Junction Soccer Club welcomes all children and youth to play soccer locally and in territorial tournaments. The HJSC currently has 55 child and youth players registered. We enjoy the talents of local coaches such as Callum Weir and Martin Jahr who have years of experience playing the beautiful game and are committed to sharing their skills. The Haines Junction Eagles practice twice a week (typically after school and evenings) from November through to the end of March. Last year we took seven teams to the Northwestel Championships in Whitehorse with players ranging from ages 6 to 14, and have become a team to beat.
Adult Co-ed Soccer runs every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9, starts September 24th through April. It is an informal drop in event in the school gym that focuses on laughter, fun and fitness.
We have been fortunate to purchase four different sized nets, fitness kits and are able to host tournaments. The Haines Junction Soccer Club annually fundraises by doing a highway litter pick up every spring. We'd like to thank the HJ Recycling Center, Village of Haines Junction, Yukon Lotteries, The Lions and the Village Bakery who have been instrumental in supporting soccer in our community.
Yellowknife Super Soccer School Tournament 2017
Grade Eight Team brought home silver and the Grade Six Team improved a ton!
From April 27th to May 2nd fifteen Grade 6 to Gr. 9 students from St. Elias Community School travelled to Yellowknife to compete in the territorial Super Soccer Tournament.
This annual tournament involves teams from across the three territories, although Haines Junction was the only Yukon team to compete. Our teams competed in the Grade 6 Boys category and the Grade 8 Boys category against teams from places like Yellowknife, Kugluktuk, and Rankin Inlet. Haines Junction was the only community to enter a mixed boys/girls team in any category. It was great to participate in a tournament that looked to our northern neighbours for friendly competition, rather than the habit of looking to the south.
The team bunked in a classroom in the Weledeh School in Yellowknife and team members socialized with kids from across Canada’s north. An improvised Ping-Pong table and informal soccer games proved to be great icebreakers with our neighbors. Team members also enjoyed visits to the Northern Heritage Centre, pool, movie theatre, Visitor Centre, Gymnastics Centre, Buffalo Airways Tour, the Glassworks and walking around Old Town Yellowknife.
In all, the St. Elias teams played eight games of soccer over 2 ½ days, a physically demanding feat in itself. As a team, we worked hard to focus on playing a controlled game heavy on passing and teamwork. Each and every player contributed to the team in his or her own way. Jonas Schaerig was a rock star in net for the Grade 8 team and Marshall and Isaac blew folks away in net in the Grade 6 division. Freya Rowe, Psalm Clunies-Ross, Tanner Germain, Joah Thompson, Ethan Thompson, Jason Symanski, Kaelen Lewis (a guest player from Whitehorse) and Callum Weir created a rock solid Grade 8 team. The Grade 6 team roster included Brooklyn Miller, Eden Dulac, Marshall Boss, Joby Clunies-Ross, Lauren McKinnon, Piper Wirth, Isaac Lawrence and Marin Lewis (guest player from Whitehorse) learned they had the skill to score goals and work together.
The style of soccer we played, which focused on teamwork, communication, passing and controlling the ball, was a winning combination for us, but was at times frustrating for our opponents. I am proud to say that despite some losses the St. Elias Eagles displayed sportsmanship and behavior in which we can all be justifiably proud.
Thanks go out to Derric Lewis (coach extraodinaire from Whitehorse) for his encouragement and coaching for the Grade 8 team. Derric ran practices and supported the Grade 6 team too. Thanks to Andrew Lawrence - our trusted, fearless and flexible male chaperone. A big shout out to all of our team member's parents for their support, trust and encouragement. We would also like to thank St. Elias Community School, St. Elias School Council, The Lions and CAFN and all the community members that pitched in on various fundraisers. A quiet support consistently comes from folks that drop off recyclables at the RC for The Haines Junction Soccer Club. We are fortunate to have the support in our little town to give our children opportunities to see more of our crazy world!
This is the third Super Soccer Tournament that Haines Junction has competed in. In 2015 we entered a Grade 6 and a Grade 8 team, earning bronze and gold and two team sportsmanship awards. Haines Junction is building a reputation for itself in soccer circles across Canada’s north.
If you see any of our young athletes around town, give ‘em a high-five and thank them for doing such a great job representing Haines Junction and Yukon.
Annual Ombrelle Soccer Festival - Haines Junction School Field
May 26th, 2018 - the last Saturday in May
We welcome all childeren ages 6 to 17 to come play the beautiful game and enjoy coaches and youth from Whitehorse who are coming to share their passion for soccer with kids and youths.
Last year players from Whitehorse came out, and played with our 20 Haines Junction players. We had a total of 37 participants with the U17 boys and two head coaches, John McPhail and Edgar Musonda.
This year we have a talented bunch of young folks coming out with John McPhail, so let's see how many kids from the Junction will come out too!!
The Northwestel Championships - Covid Style - 2021
Photos by Sarah Lewis