Bow Street Junior Tournament 2017 – Report

The highly acclaimed Bow Street Football Club Junior tournament celebrated its fifteenth year of existence in style on the weekend of 8th and 9th of July. Record entries were again attracted this year, and large crowds came to enjoy the two day festival, now widely recognised as one of the foremost events of its kind in Wales.

This year saw the Wales Assistant Manager, Osian Roberts, visit the event for three hours on the Saturday. Bow Street chairman Wyn Lewis said, ’It was another absolutely brilliant weekend. Following bad weather last year, we were blessed with sunshine on both days. As a club, we are very proud to be the hosts of such a phenomenal event, and I want to thank all who contributed to the success of the tournament. I particularly want to thank the army of volunteers from Bow Street FC who worked extremely hard as a team to ensure that the whole event proceeded in an organised and efficient manner It is believed that there was over 1600 in attendance on the Saturday and we also thank all our visitors for supporting us again this year.

I would also like to thank our tournament sponsors, Subway Aberystwyth, for their continued support and commitment.’ Terrific to welcome Osian Roberts to Bow Street, and judging by his Twitter comments he was very impressed by the whole event. Also, we are grateful to the new Ceredigion MP, Ben Lake, who paid us a visit on Sunday morning’.

One of the organisers, Amlyn Ifans, added, ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to organise such an enjoyable event. Every year, the greatest pleasure is seeing the enjoyment on the faces of all the competitors and spectators. The effort put in by club officials to ensure the smooth running of the whole event is incredible. From our club’s point of view, it is great that the players get the invaluable opportunity to test their skills against a large variety of teams’.

There were teams participating from as far afield as Pontyclun and Pwllheli and for the fourth consecutive year, an all-girls competition took place on the club’s adjoining 3G surface. Also on Sunday morning, a TUP(Turn Up and Play) session for girls aged 4-7 took place under the guidance of Meirion Appleton and over 40 turned up.

Under 6
Winners – Llambed
Runners Up – Carmarthen

Under 8
Winners – Rhayader
Runners Up – Llambed

Under 10
Winners – Llambed
Runners Up – Newtown

Under 11
Winners – Carmarthen Stars
Runners Up – Berriew

Under 12
Winners – Rhayader
Runners Up – Penrhyncoch

Under 14
Winners – Aberaeron
Runners-Up – Carmarthen

Under 16
Winners – Bow Street
Runners Up – Ffostrasol

Girls Under 11
Winners – Ffostrasol
Runners Up – Bow Street

Girls Under 13
Winners – Bow Street
Runners Up – Bow Street B

Mark Horwood Memorial Award
(Trophy for best local player of the day)
Saturday – Carter Norris (Talybont)
Sunday – Ryan Evans (Bow Street)

Overall Player of the Day
Saturday – Jack Roderick (Pontyclun)
Sunday – Iwan Lloyd (Ffostrasol)

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