Junior stars support Sharon Wood soccer tournament

Falmouth Packet: The winning under-11 team were Penzance Raiders The winning under-11 team were Penzance Raiders

More than one hundred teams from all over the South West entered this year’s Wendron Sharon Wood mini-soccer tournament, and for the first time in six years, the event was blessed with sunshine.

Tournament organiser Alan Watson said: “It was a fantastic day with once again another huge entry of teams. It was definitely another success and most importantly of all lots of money was raised for Cancer Research UK.

Sharon Wood was one of the founding committee members at Wendron and her death from cancer in 1999 triggered the club to start this tournament as a means of raising funds for Cancer Research UK. Sharon’s husband, Graham, also died more recently after a short illness, also due to cancer.

In his memory the family awarded the “Graham Wood Sporting Award Trophy’s” to the team in each group who, in the eyes of the referees showed the highest level of sportsmanship. In their respective age groups teams who were honoured this year were: under-7, St Day; under-8, St Day; under-9, Tregorrick Terriers; under-10, Illogan All Blacks; under-12: Trelya FC and under-13, Wendron Utd.

There were several talent scouts from local clubs Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and from further afield Manchester United. Trophies this year were presented by Mark Wood (Sharon’s son), Elizabeth Champion (Sharon’s close friend), Treve Matthews (Wendron Youth chairman), Jonathan Stedman (Wendron Youth secretary) and John Reid (CCFA Referee mentor) Winners in the under-9 to 13 age groups were as follows: under-9, Bodmin; under-10, Illogan All Blacks; under-11: Penzance Raiders; under-12, Trevenson Vipers; under-13: Charlestown Pumas.

Runners-up were: under-9: Tregorrick Athletic; under-10: Godolphin Atlantic; under-11: Truro Cobras; under-12: Wendron Goats Blue and under-13: Penzance Silver Knights.

Adam Rowe, Illogan youth FC coach summed up the day by saying: “A very big thank to you and your team for another fantastic effort, great day, dry weather, fantastic football what more can we ask”.

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