Week­end in­ter­na­tional flavour

Hawkinge Youth PIL­gRIMS FIN­ISH RUN­NERS-UP IN IRE­LAND

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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.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4367280

Brom­ley Green un­der-8s take on New Rom­ney (blue)

Pil­grims un­der9s with coach Karl Lowry

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