Hundreds flock to Sawtry for girls' football tournament

SAWTRY hosted the region s biggest-ever Girls Football Tournament on Saturday. Over 400 girls from 56 teams travelled from 12 counties to compete in the Roy Green Cup. The tournament gave girls aged 9-13 the opportunity to play a high calibre of football

SAWTRY hosted the region's biggest-ever Girls Football Tournament on Saturday.

Over 400 girls from 56 teams travelled from 12 counties to compete in the Roy Green Cup.

The tournament gave girls aged 9-13 the opportunity to play a high calibre of football against opposition they would not normally have the opportunity to meet.

"Many teams have to travel for over an hour to get to a decent tournament, or face a good team, so to be able to put on such a big tournament is great," said organiser Steve Purnell, of Sawtry Colts.


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The event was watched by Watford Ladies' Kelly Bingham, and she later took the opportunity to present trophies to the worthy winners and runners-up.

Bingham said: "'It's great to see so many girls here playing football.

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"My message to them all has been that hard work and determination, along with the courage to take risks, can lead them to their chance of a life time."

The four age group finals were fiercely contested with three of them going to penalty shoot-outs.

Top age group winner were Coundon Court (Coventry), as the U13 girls proved too strong for their Linby Ladies counterparts, winning the final 2-1 in normal time.

At U10 level, Rugby won 5-4 on penalties after the match against Isle Lode (Kettering) had ended 1-1.

The U11 final between Cambridge City and Kettering Town ended goalless but Cambridge took the honours 4-3 in the shoot-out.

Another hard-earned goalless result was the outcome of the U12 match when Linby Ladies (Notts) met Hungate Rovers (Wisbech) with Linby snatching a 3-1 win from the spot.

Girls' football is growing fast at Sawtry Colts and any girls interested in giving football a try should contact Steve Purnell on 07964 496259 or steve.purnell@sawtrycolts.org.

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