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Inverurie charity football tournament's boost for Clan and Roxburgh House

By David Porter

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The Garioch Sports Centre played host on Sunday to a special football event which was set up to raise funds for Clan and Roxburghe House.

Organiser Graham Watson welcomed everybody participating and supporting the first Inverurie Charity 7’s Football Tournament and said a few words as a tribute to fellow photographer, friend and very respected in the sporting community Paul Douglas who passed away earlier this year and asked everybody to join him in a minutes applause before Pauls’ wife Gillian was invited to start the first games of the day with an air horn.

Graham said: "The sun was out for the tournament and everyone was enjoying themselves watching or taking part although some of the footballers were realising they aren’t as young as they were, which showed when it eneded up with two of the younger teams in the final.

"There were three leagues of four teams, with the winners of each and the best runners-up going through to the semi-finals.

"In the first semi group, the three winners were Brotherhood FC team who beat Group 1 winners Nicholls AFC on penalties after drawing 2-2 in their semi-final

"In the second semi group 3, best runners-up Hamilton Eccies beat group 2 Winners Jake Mcdonalds’ team 4-1 to go through to the final.

"In the final Hamilton were just to strong for the Brotherhood FC beating them 2-0.

Tournament winners Hamilton Eccies
Tournament winners Hamilton Eccies

"The runners up received their medals from Garioch Sports Centres’ Jamie Reid who then presented the winning team with their trophy and winners medals.

"He also handed over a £200 voucher for them to spend at the Black Bull Inn who very kindly donated the voucher."

Graham thanked everyone for coming along and hoped they enjoyed themselves.

He also thanked the sponsors of the event. Garioch Sports Centre, Kintore Trophy Centre, Brian Middleton Garden Machinery, CWU Union Grampian & Shetland Branch, Rood Signs and Graham Watson Photography.

Tournament runners up Brotherhood FC.
Tournament runners up Brotherhood FC.

Harry Fraser Catering was the food sponsor who donated £500 from the BBQ sales.

Graham added: "I would also like to thank all businesses and friends who donated raffle prizes and the team of helpers on the day. Marlene my wife, Morven Mathers, Dafyyd Williams and also Mark Taylor for bringing along our great friend the 7ft Clan Mascot Clancy."

A total of £1276 was raised and Graham has agreed to round it up to £1300 so both charities will receive £650.

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