Men's Division 1:
Men's Division 2:
by Jim Provenzano
A Cup Full
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Ice Ice, Baby
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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