Hipsburn Tournament: Report and pictures

UEFA Pro-coach and former Manchester City and Scotland International Willie Donachie with the winners of the Hipsburn Tournament, Wooler First School.
UEFA Pro-coach and former Manchester City and Scotland International Willie Donachie with the winners of the Hipsburn Tournament, Wooler First School.

The 20th Annual Hipsburn Tournament was hailed an immense success as first-school teams participated in the sporting event.

Wooler First School took the Championship for the first occasion overcoming last year’s finalists, Belford.

Runners-up Belford First School.

Runners-up Belford First School.

The final tie between the two sides ended in a 3-3 draw after extra-time, but Wooler kept their nerve to win the penalty shoot-out 3-0.

The football tournament, organised by Trident Soccer, has raised thousands of pounds for school funds over the years and the event encompassed support from ‘the four corners of north Northumberland’.

A total of 16 teams participated in north Northumberland’s most popular inter-school competition and included boys and girls from Amble, Alnwick South, Belford, Branton, Broomhill, Felton, Harbottle, Hipsburn, Longhorsley, Longhoughton, Rothbury, Swarland, Thropton, Warkworth and Wooler first schools.

UEFA Pro-coach and former Manchester City and Scotland International Willie Donachie, who played in two FIFA World Cup tournaments, was guest of honour at the event and selected the Player, Goal and Save of the Tournament.

Willie Donachie presents Owen Beverley with the Save of the Tournament trophy.

Willie Donachie presents Owen Beverley with the Save of the Tournament trophy.

Player of the Tournament was Bailey Burnlees, Goal of the Tournament was scored by Murray Davis and the Save of the Tournament came from Owen Beverley.

Dot Charlton, Hipsburn First School headteacher, said: “I’d like to thank Willie Donachie, all the first schools, parents, teachers, helpers and children involved, as well as Trident Soccer’s Ryan Jobson and his coaching team, for organising and hosting the tournament.

“It’s been a brilliant day, professionally organised and run, and I congratulate all the children, parents and staff involved.”

Trident Soccer director Ryan Jobson said: “The atmosphere and fun had at the event were incredible and the quality of football was top class.

Murray Davis dribbles past three players to score the Goal of The Tournament.

Murray Davis dribbles past three players to score the Goal of The Tournament.

“I’d therefore like to thank everyone involved as well as offer a big thanks to FA referees Richard Kelley and Peter Taylor for officiating at the Hipsburn Tournament.

“This was an amazing event with so many quality teams involved and the standard was incredible.”

Player of the Tournament, Bailey Burnlees.

Player of the Tournament, Bailey Burnlees.