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Football fever for 1,200

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:53 05 July 2010

MORE than 1,200 potential stars of the future lit up proceedings as pre-season football kicked off in style at Walmer Road.

Footballing fever was out in force at the weekend as youngsters from across Suffolk and Norfolk battled it out to be the best youth side.

MORE than 1,200 potential stars of the future lit up proceedings as pre-season football kicked off in style at Walmer Road.

Footballing fever was out in force at the weekend as youngsters from across Suffolk and Norfolk battled it out to be the best youth side.

Kirkley and Pakefield Youth's annual five-a-side tournament on Saturday and Sunday was hailed as a success as 147 teams aimed to be the top-shots.

“It was another successful tournament providing football for 1,200 children over the two days,” organiser Barrie Atkins said. “Thanks need to go to all those who helped in some way to make this a huge success.”

Competition was equally fierce over both days, with young boys battling it out at Under 7, U9, U11, U13 and U15 level on Saturday, with the Under 8, U10, U12, U14 and U16 teams in action on Sunday.

WAVENEY Youth entered the tournament with a combination of players from the B and C teams representing the U11 age group.

Playing some fantastic football throughout the group stage they finished top of their league with maximum points and only conceded one goal.

They progressed through the quarter final with a 1-0 win and battled through the semis coming back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and earn a well deserved place in the final against K&P.

The final produced a great display of football from both teams with Waveney just losing out 1-0 to a strong and determined Pakefield side.

This is the third final in a row the club have reached in their last three outings and some superb fun, attractive football has been played.

KIRKLEY & Pakefield U11A Gunners were the unbeaten winners of their own tournament for the fourth consecutive year - going all day without conceding a goal.

The team, managed by Ady Sannerude, are sponsored by Hannants and Moores Fencing- both of Lowestoft- and A1 Safety training consultants 1995 LTD of Gt Yarmouth.

K&P Gunners played some excellent football throughout the group stages winning their group and going on to play Caister in the quarter-final winning 1-0 with a great finish from Ben T.

In the semi-final against K&P B (City) Kahlan smashed home the penalty to take the Gunners to the final against the other group winners Waveney Lynx.

The final saw K&P Gunners having the better chances and they continued playing some great football in the second half.

A lovely through ball from Liam to Kahlan saw his good run brought down and awarded a free kick outside the area in which Kahlan fired home the winner through the Waveney wall for the Gunners to win 1-0.

Well done to the boys who were excellent on the day.

WAVENEY Youth U10A entered two teams in the tournament and it was Waveney Rangers who ran out victors.

Both Waveney teams performed well, losing just one match between them throughout a competitive tournament.

Waveney Celtic lost just once in their group and unfortunately just missed a quarter-final slot despite amassing 12 points in their competitive section.

Highlights included Anderson's brace and first Waveney goals for Woods and the keeper Meades.

Waveney Rangers meanwhile stormed through their group without conceding a goal.

In the quarter-final, French popped up with the decisive golden goal against Gorleston Rangers, before a Sissen double and another from French despatched Pakefield in the semi-final.

The final against Hemsby was a close affair but again it was left to the cool head of French to hit the winning golden goal after good play by Walpole and Evans.

KIRKLEY and Pakefield U12A shone at their own tournament, winning in style with some crowd pleasing football.

The boys came through the group stages unbeaten and without conceding before they met Bohemians in the quarter final.

After a 2-0 win, Thorpe Rovers were duly dispatched 3-0 in the semis setting up a final with Gorleston Rangers.

After dominating the game it took a golden goal winner from Kaiden to clinch victory for K&P.

Upon receiving their trophies the boys were also presented with the fair play award.

K&P are looking to strengthen their squad for next season, any players interested should telephone Chalky on 01502 508150.

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