“Fantastic day” of junior sport in Bridlington

Burlington Jackdaws v Bridlington Rangers, Bridlington sports club fun day
Burlington Jackdaws v Bridlington Rangers, Bridlington sports club fun day

THE Sports Festival at Bridlington Sports and Community Club was postponed earlier in the summer due to bad weather.

Fortunately the weather was great on Sunday and the junior sport played was excellent.

The cricket section held a small competition with local players enjoying the competition. (see opposite page)

The hockey section organised a competition for U11s and all competitors were awarded medals, kindly sponsored by Zoe and Ian Burdass of St Quintin’s Arms, Harpham.

Several new players enjoyed the experience of playing hockey and hopefully will continue this coming season when coaching starts at Bridlington Astro Centre on September 11.

Sessions will be held every Tuesday afterwards from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. It is hoped that the hockey section can increase the numbers of young players that are taking up the game of hockey, both boys and girls.

BSCC was the venue for a day of junior football organised by their resident junior football club Bridlington Rangers.

During the morning session two age groups competed.

Bridlington Rangers Scorpions under 8s hosted teams from Burlington Jackdaws, Hunmanby and Flamborough.

All the games were very well matched and the players showed that there is some real local talent coming through.

Also playing in the morning session was the under 9 age group.

Eight teams were split into two leagues. One contained Burlington Jackdaws, Driffield, Thackerley Lightening and Hunmanby

The other league contained Bridlington Rangers Tigers, Scholes Park, Thackerley Storm and Tickton.

After the initial matches were completed Burlington Jackdaws and Driffield played out a very close and outstanding final, which had to be decided by a penalty shoot out with Driffield just edging it.

The afternoon saw si under 10 teams competing for the tournament cup. All six teams played each other once and the top four in the league then played two semi finals.

The six teams competing were Bridlington Rangers Cobras, Bridlington Rangers Panthers, Burlington Jackdaws, Cayton, Scholes Park and Hunmanby.

Burlington Jackdaws were very unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final when they narrowly lost on penalties to Scholes Park, while Bridlington Rangers Panthers came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Cayton 3-2 after extra time.

The final was a very close affair between two well matched teams.

The match ended 1-1 and the outcome was finally decided by a nail biting penalty shoot out which was narrowly won by Bridlington Rangers Panthers.

BSCC chairman Anne Hunter said: “To see so many youngsters playing sport is a credit to all the hard working coaches who give up their time volunarily and the support of parents who support their children and transport them to many fixtures in the area.

“Many thanks must go to Ian and Peter Winterbottom who helped to sponsor the event and to the staff and volunteers at Bridlington Sports and Community Club who work tirelessly to support the youth of Bridlington.

“It was a fantastic day to see so many happy faces of both youngsters and their parents.”