Gorey will stage U-12 tournament

Six sides to battle it out

Published 16/06/2015 | 00:00

Boo Boys, winners of the annual Freda O'Keefe Memorial tournament to raise money for the I.S.P.C.A.
Boo Boys, winners of the annual Freda O'Keefe Memorial tournament to raise money for the I.S.P.C.A.
A group at the launch of the Under-12 Wexford Challenge Tournament.

The Under 12 Wexford Challenge Tournament 2015 will be held in Gorey over the weekend of June 19 to 21.

There will be six teams in action (two representing Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Wicklow and St. Joseph's Boys from Dublin).

The games will be played in Gorey Rangers' and Gorey Celtic's pitches, starting Friday night, continuing throughout Saturday with the finals on Sunday.

The main trophy is the Tracie Lawlor Memorial Cup (sponsored by Ian and Phil Lawlor), and the second piece of silverware on offer is the Alex Robinson Cup.

The Wexford teams will be managed by Simon Barnes.

Meanwhile, the annual soccer tournament organised by Garreth and Tom O'Keeffe in memory of Garreth's mother and Tom's wife, Freda, to raise money for the Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was held in North End recently.

Boos Boys were delighted to be crowned the winning team in a great final, winning 6-5 against Unreal Madrid.

A great day was had by all and later back in T Morris, Mary O'Brien of the W.S.P.C.A. presented the Cup to the winning team and there was some lovely food and a huge raffle.

A big thank you goes to all those who sponsored prizes, especially to the committee of North End A.F.C. who kindly donated their grounds, and to T Morris for their food and premises.

€1,400 was raised this year which will be a great help to the Society, and its members want to say a huge thank you to all the players who participated.

In schoolboys news, five soccer clubs will be taking part in the 2015 McDonald's FAI Future Football programme which was launched by Irish international Aiden McGeady on Friday: Wexford Celtic, Bridge Rovers, Forth Celtic, North End United, Rosslare Strand and St. Cormac's.

Now into its third year, this scheme supports grassroots clubs and enriches the work they do at a local level. It combines various elements of coach education, player development and club management to give young players a platform for the application of their skills in an inclusive, fun and friendly environment.

All of the children taking part (boys and girls from Under-8, -9 and -10) will enter into a local McDonald's FAI Future Football Cup event, leading to six regional finals and an overall national finals day which will take place at the newly re-developed Abbottstown pitches in October.

A total of 83 clubs nationwide took part in the inaugural event, and this rose to 140 and the new high of 165 in 2015. More than 10,000 children will take part, generating over 70,000 additional hours of activity.

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