Trojans Tournament attracts 193 teams

Burley Trojans Juniors annual five-a- side tournament attracted over 2,000 players, coaches and volunteers as 193 teams converged on The Recreation Ground over the two days.

Girls' teams graced the event for the second time. As well as representatives from all local teams Burley also hosted teams from Harrogate, York, Huddersfield, Halifax and Lancashire.

Boys' teams competed in age group events from U-8s to U-14s and there were also girls' age groups from U-10s to U-13s. There were also some excellent fun soccer events for U-6 and U-7s teams.

The highlight for the hosts was the girls' U-11s final which was played between Burley Trojans and Kirkburton from Huddersfield.

After winning their group Burley defeated Shipley 4-0 in the semi- final.

In the final Burley dominated from the start and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners with goals from Bethan Smith (2) and Natasha Sunderland.

Both teams defied windy conditions and bumpy pitch to play football of an extremely high standard.

The winning Burley squad comprised Bethan Smith, Natasha Sunderland, Katie Dinsdale, Charlotte Keane, Hannah Spivey and Lara Hutchinson.

Honourable mention must also be made of the Burley Trojans U-8s who won their group.

At U-11 boys last year's beaten finalists Ilkley gained some revenge by beating Guiseley B 3-2 in a derby final.

The level of football played all weekend was of an incredibly high standard and attracted scouts from at least four professional clubs, including one high profile Premiership team.

The winning teams in each age group were: Boys, U-9 Shipley; U-10 Wigton Moor; U-11 Ilkley; U-12 Sedbergh; U-13 Nunthorpe; U-14 Bradford Park Avenue.

Also at U-8s teams from Burley Trojans, Knaresborough Celtic, Warley Rangers and Ilkley topped their respective groups.

Girls, U-10 Hebden Bridge Saints; U-11 Burley Trojans; U-12 Idle; U-13 Batley.

The club would like to publically thank the all the volunteers, the local firms which supported the two days and especially the players and the supporters of all the teams who ensured that the games were played in excellent spirit and created a great atmosphere for the children to show their skills.

All profits from the weekend go towards keeping the club running through the next season and contributing towards the project to develop the Iron Row grounds with permanent changing and catering facilities and improving the playing surfaces.

For further information on the club visit www.btjfc.co.uk.

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