Men's Division 1:
Florida Storm- Gold - 1st
SF Spikes - Silver - 2nd
Team America SC
Hotlanta
Seattle Stonewall
San Diego Sparks

Men's Division 2:
Spikes Classic
Spikes Too
Los Angeles Eclipse
Dallas Sideburns
New York Ramblers
Boston Strikers
Sydney Rangers
DC Feds
DC / Philly United
Team Samurai - Japan
Out for Kicks - Vancouver

Women's Teams:
SF Spykes- Gold - 1st(SF)
Wilde Oscars - Silver - 2nd (SF)
N'oreaster - Bronze - 3rd (DC/Philly)
Real Seattle- 4th place
Hope & Anchor (NYC)
Team Chaos (SF)

Stats

by Jim Provenzano
Aug. 12, 2004

A Cup Full
The International Gay & Lesbian Football Association’s (IGLFA) World Cup filled the fields of Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields for five days over the past week, making for some of the most exciting local soccer playing in years.

With fields marked by small rainbow flags at each corner, sometimes up to four matches took place simultaneously.

Starting off with convivial spirits and warm sunny mornings and afternoons, by the last day of competition, the sky turned gray and chilly as clouds of fog raced over the playing field.

The final in the Men’s Division 1 had the Florida Storm facing off against the host team, the San Francisco Spikes, with Gil Chavez scoring first, followed by a Storm player. By the end of the second half, with the score tied 2-2 (a second goal by the Spikes’ amazing kicker John Kiladis), the tension (and perhaps the weather) kept fans on the sidelines shivering with anticipation.

Despite strong defense by Spikes players Adel Berrachdi, Bob Hartnagel and others, and some swift turnovers by Ryo Asao and Ed Center, Florida scored twice more in overtime, giving the storm their first championship victory at 4-2.

In one of the roughest of matches, each team got an average of five yellow and red cards from referees. The Spikes’ Karl Myrvold suffered a cut eyebrow from a Storm player’s foul, and later had to get stitches.

What made this event so unique was the contrast of hard-hitting competition on-field, and festive celebration from the sidelines, with eliminated players cheering, some in drag and feather boas.

Scores
In other matches, the Men’s Division 1 Bronze medal game between DC/Philly United defeated by Team Americas 4-1. In the Men’s Division 2 matches, San Deattle (a mix of San Diego and Seattle players) defeated Vancouver 4-1. The men’s Division 2 Bronze match ended with New York defeating the Tokyo Samurai 3-0.

The women’s final ended with two local teams vying for the championship, with the Spykes defeating Wilde Oscars 3-0. The women’s Bronze match ended with the Noreasters defeating Seattle 3-1 in overtime.

Shorts
Special parties included events at the Metro Bar, The Lexington Club, and a very festive party last Thursday at Café DuNord, where over a dozen male soccer players and various hunks competed in a sexy wet underwear contest hosted by a gaggle of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The enormously handsome Florida Storm player James won the most audience beads, although local favorite Allesandro was a cute runner up.

At Saturday’s awards party at Mezzanine nightclub, the “Golden Boot” was given to the top scorer in each division for the week, Division 1 men’s award going to a member of the Florida Storm. The Division 2 winner was a tie between Eric Eiben from Sandeattle and Anthony Gil from the NY Ramblers.

Salut!
Carlo Togni from the SF Spikes was inducted into the IGLFA Hall of Fame for his many years of contributions to the Spikes and the IGLFA overall. Carlo was one of the original founding members of the SF Spikes Soccer Club in the late 1980s, and also played on the SF Classics men’s team in the tournament (that made it all the way to the Div. 1 Quarterfinals). “We're very proud of him and honored that he's still an active member of our club today,” said Spikes rep Barry Skown.

Congratulations to all teams, particularly our local soccer players, and the many volunteers who helped out. The Spikes, women’s Spykes and Wilde Oscars resume league practices and matches soon. Get more info at www.sfspikes.org and www.sf2004.org.

Track Stars
Bay Area gay track athletes did exceptionally well at last month’s International Front Runner Games, held in Seattle, WA, July 21-25.

The always outstanding Curtis Moore (who won 13 medals at Sydney’s Gay Games) took first place in all his events, including the 100-meter, long jump, triple jump, and set a record in the 400-meter race, with a time of 51.31 seconds.

Bob Callori took first place in his age group’s 100-meter and 200-meter races, as well as in shot put. Dave Dibley took first in shot put, discus, javelin, and second in hammer in his group.

Allen Eggman won first place in four events; shot put, discus, high jump and long jump. Chris Goodwin took first place in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, and second in the 400-meter.

Drew Monahan won first place in the 110-meter high hurdles, and second place in the long jump. Gwynne Villegas took second in the 110 and 400-meter hurdle race. The relay team of Dibley, Monahan, Moore and Villegas took first place in the 4x100.

Congratulations to these members of the San Francisco Track and Field Club.

Eurowing Eur-swimming, Euwrestling…
Over 5,000 people participated in the gay and lesbian EuroGames July 29 - Aug. 1 in Munich, Germany. With more than 200 competitive events in 26 sports, it was the largest GLBT sorts event since Sydney’s Gay Games. Wheelchair dancing was one of the more unusual events, along with more traditional competitions, including swimming, wresting, soccer, fencing and rowing.

The venue for the games was the 1972 Summer Olympics site. Participants from Bulgaria, Hungary and Turkey joined athletes from 17 countries, mostly in Western Europe. Over 20,000 spectators attended the games, which are staged by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation. Germany's minister of justice, Brigitte Zypries, spoke at the opening ceremonies. Next year's Eurogames will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

EVENTS

Ice Ice, Baby
One Voice: A Cabaret on Ice, will be held Aug. 28 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Ice Center. The show combines live music by ten singers, 30 skaters performing. “We have a great show lined up, with skating performances from delightful novice skaters to champion athletes including Angelo d'Agostino and Emanuel Sandhu, plus musical performances from the likes of Broadway's own Jason Graae to the incredible Barry Lloyd,” said organizer and skater Alan Lessik.

Proceeds from the exhibition/show benefit the Music Theater Collaborative, which brings music education to children in the Bay Area. There will be a stage with a piano literally on the ice, along with cabaret seating at tables on the ice, plus general admission seating in the stands.

General Seating: $20, On-Ice Seats $50 Doors Open 7:30pm, Performance begins promptly at 8pm. Yerba Buena Ice Center, 750 Folsom (between 3rd & 4th) Reserve your tickets now at SKATE OUT

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