Master’s League 30+ Action Starts this Sunday at For Pete’s Sake Park

Black Oaks Soccer Club (Green) Competing in the North Bay Masters Soccer League age 30 and older

We love the North Bay Master’s Soccer League, especially their choice of photos for the website showing the Black Oaks (green) against Santos (red). The first games take place this Sunday, May 19 with the same teams back from last year. Local Boys has dominated this competition for the past three years and is the team to beat. Black Oaks play Thistle at 3 PM. Good Luck, Oaks!

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Co-Ed Team Wins Cinco de Mayo Soccer Tournament

The accolades for the Black Oaks Co-Ed team keep rolling in, this time with a Cinco de Mayo Tournament Win.  Thanks to Antonio Rosales who organized the tournament.  And, thanks to coach Luis Medina for the match report from Saturday:

Adult Coed Soccer; Cinco de Mayo Tournament. We had 5 players from our regular team, and the rest were friends from other teams. I believe we won the first game 5-0, we tied the Shockers 0-0 for the 2nd game. We won the last game 5-1. We had to play the Shockers a 2nd time for the Championship, and we won 1-0. Great goal by George. Next game 5/11 vs. RP Express at Galvin #1 @ 9am.

Santa Rosa Soccer Adult Co-Ed Team for the SCACSL Black Oaks

2012 Black Oaks Adult Co-Ed Team of the SCACSL

Celebrating Cinco de Martin

Martin Linley - Santa Rosa Black Oaks Soccer Club

Long-time Black Oaks Soccer Player Martin Linley

There will never be another Cinco de Mayo without remembering my old friend Martin Linley.  Martin was a founding member of the Black Oaks and played for several years on the over 30 team.  He was a feisty Brit who played hard, but after the whistle blew he would go from swearing at you to drinking pints with you, and made friends wherever he traveled.

He had many famous quotes, some directed at me and other teammates, like: “Touch of a donkey, lad!” or “Get stuck in!” A stalwart fullback, Martin had one philosophy, “You can let the ball by you, or the man by you, but never both.”  We had many great memories, including a fun soccer tournament in Puerto Vallarta with his family and our 30+ soccer team, Black Oaks Sol.  I always thought of him like an uncle, big brother, or team captain.

Not only did I have the pleasure of playing soccer with Martin, I worked with him for many years.  He was a mechanical engineer and loved working on cars, motorcycles and carts, loved to drive fast and love to experiment, or as he puts it, “blow things up.”  He was always a source of inspiration and recreation for me, whether it was having pints after work, talking about English soccer, or playing soccer, often a couple times a week. Read more of this post