2012 marked the Third Annual Peruvian Soccer Tournament near the Little Snake River Museum in Savery. Quite a few Peruvians work on the ranches in our Valley, and for years, they have gotten together for pickup “futbol” games. In 2012, some local folks decided that it would be fun to hold a tournament during the community’s fall barbeque.
Faithful blog readers may recall that our team, the Osos de Ladder Ranch, were the 2011 champions. This year eleven teams showed up to play, including one from Utah and one from Meeker, Colorado. (This prompted some discussion as to how local the teams should be, as there are some teams in places like Salt Lake and Denver who are much more “professional” than our local teams. The local guys literally come in from sheep camp and cow camp and hay fields to play.)
The last minute appearance of three teams necessitated the reworking of the brackets. Luckily, local rancher and tournament co-organizer Jack Cobb also helps coach the local high school football team, so he had the skills to create new brackets on the spot.
Our guys played valiantly, and ended up in the championship game (their fourth of the day), but alas, lost by one goal to another local team–let’s call them the Adams Ranch “Hombres de Baggs”.
Pat broke his pelvis in late July. We spent six weeks in Denver while he recovered, but he made it his goal to be home to cheer on the Osos. We made it by one day.