Rain was a pain, but it didn’t dampen young footballers’ enthusiasm

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WET weather at the weekend played havoc with the 27th Lenzie Youth Football Festival.

The venue at Boghead was flooded for a second week-end (pictured), however, help from East Dunbartonshire Council – and in particular Michele Smith and Billy Kerr – ensured that most of the age group sections managed to get through the fixtures.

Only the 1998 and 2000 age groups did not and their games have been rescheduled for August.

At the weekend the fun fours, soccer sevens and schools competition had to move to the astro facility at Merkland.

This was the busiest week-end with over 500 youngsters aged from six to 12 involved.

Changing the venue added a lot of work and extra cost as astro-pitch hire is very expensive.

However, the organisers did not want to let people down by just cancelling the event.

The youngsters involved in the fun fours showed loads of enthusiasm and skill, and in this age group there was also a ‘beat the goalkeeper’ competition with young Lenzie goalkeepers having to face over 150 penalties each.

The sevens also played at Merkland – in sunny conditions – and the most sporting team awards selected by the referees were 2001 Lenzie Youth Club, 2002 Greystone Rovers (Dumfries) and 2003 Greystone Rovers (Dumfries).

Details of the Primary Schools Competition will be reported in next week’s Herald, with 12 local primary schools taking part.

Lenzie would like to thank East Dunbartonshire Council – the main sponsor – Lenzie Taxis, Kirkintilloch Miners’ Welfare, the Lenzie Committee, parents who brought the players along and, of course, the players themselves who behaved impeccably, and the great band of referees – organised as usual by Donnie Brooks.

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