Lions roar as Pickwick tournament is a big success

Widbrook Blues under-11s celebrate a goal against Purbrook Youth Pumas. Picture: Mick Young (151331-11)
Widbrook Blues under-11s celebrate a goal against Purbrook Youth Pumas. Picture: Mick Young (151331-11)
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Pickwick Youth’s summer football tournament provided plenty of drama and excitement.

A total of 94 teams took part at Alexandra Park across the weekend.

Purbrook Youth Eagles (151331-06)

Purbrook Youth Eagles (151331-06)

Even some showers on Sunday morning failed to dampen the spirits.

The league format was a big success across the age groups, with many winners crowned on the outcome of the final matches.

Pickwick Youth Lions won the under-12s age group on Sunday in dramatic fashion.

They needed to win by six clear goals and achieved it in style, winning 10-0 for a memorable home success.

The tournament was first class. Around 2,500 people attended overall and we got lots of great feedback

Phil Scott

Organiser Phil Scott said: ‘The tournament was first class.

‘Around 2,500 people attended overall and we got lots of great feedback.

‘On Sunday the under-12, under-14 and under-16 age groups all went down to the final game – it was phenomenal.

‘We had all the Portsmouth clubs and teams from Fareham and Gosport.

‘The age groups were from seven through to 14 with mini soccer and 15 to 16 played nine-a-side.

‘With the league format it meant all the teams played the same amount of games as the others in their age group.

‘The maximum was 10 teams in an age group, so they had nine games. It’s a format we have always used and is popular.

‘Everyone was standing to watch the last games and the atmosphere was really good.

‘Pickwick Lions had to win by six to top their league and they scored 10 goals in 12 minutes. That’s some ratio!

‘We had lots of people helping out and they make the tournament happen.

‘Alexandra Park is a great venue, it is our home ground now, and we will be doing it all again next year.’