The First Mid Ulster Junior tournament

By · August 17, 2014 · Filed in News
Sunday 17 August was the turn of the Junior Members of Mid Ulster to show what they could do.  Mid Ulster LFC in conjunction with the IFA and Jackie Blyth held their first junior tournament. Thanks to the hard work of co ordinator Ruth Bell and her team of volunteers the day ran like clockwork: Lyn Sommerville, Elaine Junk, Alice Smith, Hannah Turkington, Vickki Howe, Patrick Cullen and dedicated husband David Bell all did their bit keeping scores, refereeing, rescuing goals from blowing away and tidying up afterwards.  We also must pay tribute to Tracey Neil who kept everyone in healthy food and snacks throughout the day and then Ma ruined all her good work by producing the buns!

tracy

Darryll Magee and Mark Howe took on the role of U15 coaches and after their success they may have got themselves a full time job.  
our very own Harry & Glenn

our very own Harry & Glenn

  A number of other parents attended to add their support and the club thanks them all for ferrying the kids back and forth to training all year too.    Even though gales and torrential rain were forecast the day went ahead with u11, u13 and u15 sections playing from 10.30 – 3pm.  Thankfully the weather was mostly well behaved aside from wrecking the Ards gazebo (last we heard it was in a garden in Stewartstown).  Teams from Bangor, Lisburn, Saint Oliver Plunket Belfast, Carnmoney, Armagh, Ards, Crusaders, Dungannon and Mid Ulster took part in a great display of girls football.  With prizes kindly sponsored by MossVet there were awards for U13 and U15 winners and runners up as well as players of the tournament and a special prize for sportsmanship.  U11 also got a medal to celebrate their participation in the day.  The Mid Ulster U13 team of Lilie Crooks, Olivia Donnelly, Megan Neil, Eimear Mallon, Naoimh O’Donnell, Aoife McKinless, Rebecca Culllen and Katie Conroy gave a superb account of themselves but a very strong Lisburn A side took the honours in this section.  The Mid Ulster girls battled bravely through standing on their own toes, having boots that didn't fit and then a few genuine injuries but they were all still smiling and cartwheeling at the end of the day.
Still happy!

Still happy!

Mid Ulster had more success in the U15 section.  With Mark Howe and Darryll Mage on the touchline the team of Megan Ferson, Amy Frost, Amy Bleeks, Jessica Magee, Mollie Young, Casey Howe, Annie O’Neill, Rachael Rodgers and Eimear McGarrity won the day without conceding a goal and scoring 16 enroute to lifting the cup.  Wins against Armagh, Carnmoney and St Oliver Plunkett secured the trophy and the standard of football on show from all the teams involved was a joy to watch.  Hopefully the tournament will be the first of many successful days and thanks to all those involved in the day.
the victorious U15 team

the victorious U15 team

Many thanks to Darryll and MossVet for the Sponsorship of the event and to all involved in the day.