Over the weekend, The Ings played host to the West Riding Girls Football League Cup & Shield Semi Finals and what an event it turned out to be! Organised by Wetherby Athletic Junior Football Club in conjunction with West Riding Girls Football Association, it ran like clockwork and the club have, quite rightly garnered many positive comments about the occasion.
Over 750 girls took part in various age ranges spanning U9’s to U16’s and in all, there were 64 teams all enjoying the superb sunshine that both days offered.
Each game started with a minutes silence for the recent tragic events in London and every one was impeccably observed.
Over the 32 matches that were played, the standard of football was amazing, with comments coming from all quarters about how impressed people were with girls’ football in the area. A number of the games, including the very last match of the weekend had the added excitement of going to penalties!
The atmosphere around The Ings was superb and credit must go to all the teams and spectators for providing such a friendly and supportive environment for all the teams to play in. This was one of the many highlights of the weekend that the club have received so much positive feedback for.
On a local front, the Wetherby juniors have gained places in a couple of the finals, including a stunning comeback for the U11’s who were 2-0 down to Norristhorpe, but sealed a 3-2 win.
The club would like to thank local businesses Wetherby Whaler and Imageco Print who sponsored and supported the event.
The finals will be held on the weekend of the 13/14th May when the games will also be added to with an U8s event & the U18s Shield final which Wetherby are in as well! These will also be at The Ings!
Speaking about the event on Saturday, Phil Wilkinson, one of the junior coaches and organiser of the weekend said "It has been an excellent day, we have had the sun and also seen some superb football. I was a little concerned early doors as the weather was quite cold, but by 8am, it had turned warm and I knew we were in for a great day."
Updated 18:43 - 29 Mar 2017 by Pete Arnett