Winchester City Flyers Tournament 2018

Posted by Mark Hickson on 11 September 2018

Over the past weekend the Club hosted its annual tournament to brilliant success. This year the tournament had an extra special dimension to it, as it saw the first use of the newly developed King George V Pitches. This was a huge moment for all those who have worked so hard to get to this point, as the Club and the League transition from the Garrison Ground in the wake of plans for the new leisure centre development that will occur there. The process has involved many people and within the Club our huge thanks must go to Allan and Adee, who have worked tirelessly alongside the council to make this development possible.

King George has seen vast improvements in a very short space of time, with both 11-a-side and 9-a-side pitches added, complete with new goals and pitch markings, the implementation of a groundsman, massively increased standard of pitch quality, refurbishment of the clubhouse and the building of new parking facilities. All of this work was put on show in the best way over the weekend as over 1000 girls took part in the tournament, with some age groups having up to 18 teams involved! On Sunday morning there was a celebration to signify this work with Cllr Lisa Griffiths, the Mayor of Winchester and former Southampton FC and England player Mick Channon all present. Micks grand-daughter Evie is part of the Flyers family and even captained the Under 14 side to victory in the tournament on Sunday!

King George Opening

In terms of the competitive nature of the tournament Flyers had a brilliant weekend. Not only did they have a record breaking 22 teams playing from Under 8 to Under 18, they were also the winners in 3 of the age groups (Under 11, Under 14 and Under 16), the runners up in 6 of the competitions (Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 12, Under 15 and Under 18) as well as making both quarter and semi finals across the two days!

To see pictures from the two days please check out our album. In addition, you can buy pictures from the tournament photographers using this link.

Tournament Results

Under 8s

Crows: Reached the semi-finals, lost to the other Flyers team Starlings 2-0

Starlings: Came runners-up, losing on penalties 2-0

Winners: Thatcham

Under 9s

Swifts: Came runners-up

Winners: Porchester

Under 10

Eagles: Came runners-up, losing 2-1 in the final

Winners: Whiteley Wanderers

Under 11

Flamingos: Winners! Beat Southampton Women on penalties

Kites: Reached the quarter finals, losing out on penalties

Owls: Reached the quarter finals, losing 1-0 to finalists Southampton Women

Kingfishers: Reached the quarter finals in their first tournament as a team

Under 12

Hawks: Came runners-up, losing 3-0 in the final

Merlins: Reached the quarter finals losing out to KBS

Kestrels: Reached the quarter finals and were beaten by the Hawks

Winners: Andover New Street

Under 13

Falcons Reds: Just missed out on getting out of the group and had two U12’s playing for them

Falcons Black: Just missed out on getting out of the group losing their last game to finalists Oakwood

Swans: Reached the quarter finals without losing a game, lost to the winners Eastleigh

Mavericks: Reached the quarter finals without losing a game, lost to Oakley 1-0

Winners: Eastleigh

Under 14

Reds: Winners! Beat St Francis in the final 3-0

Blacks: Just missed out on getting out of the group stages

Under 15

Flyers: Came runners-up losing 1-0

Winners: Southampton Women

Under 16

Whites: Winners! Beat Petersfield Development on penalties

Blacks: Reached the semi-finals, lost on penalties to Petersfeild

Under 18

Swallows: Reached the semi-final, lost 2-0 to Mudeford

Harriers: Came runners-up losing to Mudeford 1-0

Winners: Mudeford

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