The ACES 2012 tournament began with us having to cancel our first weekend of action due to the great Britsh weather…. a complete wash out . The tournament was rescheduled for 18th & 19th August.
The following weekend started wet but thankfully the sun cam out for the rest of the weekend and a great tournament came alive. A BIG thank you to all players, coaches, parents, ACES staff and those at Market Harborough FC who worked so hard and showed patience in difficult conditions to get the U13′s and U15′s going. We think it paid off in the end.
So saturday saw Nottingham (Blidworth Welfare) beat Warrington (Winwick Athletic) on penalties in the U13 Final. Really bad luck for Warrington as they also lost in the final lasy year!
The U15′s saw Derby ( Burton Central) beat South Shields ( South Shields) on penalties, a cruel way to finish but thats football!!
A much brighter Sunday enabled us to have the full stage show for which ACES has become famous at the start of the day. The pitches stood up well to a weekend of top class football and the sun shone all day.
In the U14′s Birmingham (Ulverley Hawks) beat Sunderland (Washington Utd) once again on penalties and in the U16 section Harrow ( Harrow & Wealdstone) beat Hull (Hessle Sporting)
Along came August and the rescheduled u11′s, U12′s and Girls tournament. Unfortunatley we lost a lot of seems in all ages groups as teams were unable to make it due to holidays with players absent. The tournament was moved back to Judge Meadow Community College who once again provided the first class facililties that the ACES tournament is now becoming famous for. The weather was superb and all teams competing agreed it was a great weekend of competitive pre season football!
Saturday saw the ‘newcomers’ to the tournament, the U11′s playing and once again teams from all over the country came to compete. Pro – Future FC representing Blackburn beat Aylestone Park representing Leicester in a close fought final. The U 12′s section saw Hessle Rangers representing Hull overcome all opposition, including Ribbleton FC from Preston to become ACES national champions.
Sunday was girls day and two hard fought age groups competing in a long day of football. Stretton Swifts from Burton beat Doncaster Belles to become U14 champions and Leicester City Ladies beat Coundon Court representing Coventry to become deserving U16 champions.