13th Annual Tournament of Hope Red Eye goes this weekend in Taylor

Ball players, pack your umbrellas. Despite the heavy rain forecast and the downturn in registered teams, the 13th annual Alleln Lafleur Tournament of Hope Red Eye is happening as scheduled this weekend.

The tournament will begin at 7 p.m. on August 16, and run all weekend day and night. The final games are scheduled for 3 p.m. on August 18.

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Up to 20mm of rain is forecasted for both Saturday and Sunday, but the games will continue uninhibited.

“Hopefully the rain goes away, but once the tournament starts they’ll keep playing straight through the weekend,” said Velma Spencer, one of the tournament’s organizers.

Only 36 teams are signed up to play this weekend, down from the usual 40. It’s the first time the tournament will have less than 40 teams since it began drawing that many five years ago.

“We’re not sure why we have less this year. We usually are turning teams away and putting them on a wait-list, but this year it’s different for whatever reason,” Spencer said.

The tournament raised $16,000 last year, and the tournament committee is shooting for the same mark this year. The money raised will be split towards Laura Conway, and the family of Donna-Lee Cooper, who died in July.

The committee is asking players and campers this weekend to keep three metres spacing between each trailer, and to make sure all fire pits are raised above ground.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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