Weekend international flavour
Hawkinge Youth PILgRIMS FINISH RUNNERS-UP IN IRELAND
FC Coquelles added an international flavour to the line-up in Hawkinge Youth’s third annual two-day annual tournament.
The French club’s under-13s finished runners-up – one of 136 teams, involving players aged from six to 15, taking part.
The host club’s under-15s won their age group and the under-9s were also runners-up.
Organiser Gary Brazier said: “The weekend was a huge success, more than 1,000 spectators were with us over the weekend and we must also thank the army of volunteers involved in helping.” Pilgrims were beaten semi-finalists in the Emerald Cup under-9s Bank Holiday weekend tournament in Cork. They finished second in their group, before losing against tournament favourites Irish Academy side St Joseph’s, in a game where both goalkeepers excelled. A squad of 10 players, coaches and family flew out from Heathrow but had to get to grips with late rule and competition changes before the action started. Coach Karl Lowry said: “The boys were happy after being awarded medals and looked very smart in their new sponsored kit. We enjoyed some good hospitality, before flying home. “The trip was worthwhile and we will be considering taking part in similar competitions in the future.” He added: “We are growing steadily as a club and will be fielding teams from under-9s to 13s in the Ashford & District Youth League for the 2016-17 season.
Bromley Green under-8s take on New Romney (blue)
Pilgrims under9s with coach Karl Lowry