|Heston Rovers Football Festival 2012 - Review|
Author: Ryan Rowe
Players, fans and coaches from all over Scotland descended to the ground of Heston Rovers FC on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June to participate in the annual football festival 2012.
The competition has grown in popularity over the years and this year saw its highest ever level of entries.
The event showcased a wide range of talent across six age groups from 2000s to 2005s (Under 12s to Under 7s).
The 7-a-side teams performed on the playing pitches next to the ground of Heston Rovers, Maryfield, where the 4-a-side squads would be playing. This gave the players a chance to see what a proper stadium was like and encourage them to keep playing to maybe one day play on even bigger stages.
A proper fantastic footballing festival feel buzzed around the place, despite the ever-changing weather, with the motto being: “Have fun and enjoy your football."
Squads travelled down to Dumfries from all around the country with representatives from Dumfries and Gallowy itself plus North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Midlothian, Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Fife, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Wigtownshire, East Dunbartonshire and the Scottish Borders.
Once the football had been played each and every team was given a medal in the presentation ceremonies, as a token of ‘well-done’ for their participation and experience. We can only hope some of them go on to achieve even more medals as they continue to grow. From the talent on show, a lot of stars seem to be blossoming from the roots of Scottish football.
A special mention for the first three games of Saturday afternoon in 7-a-side goes to Annan Athletic, who were chosen as “Team of the Hour”.
There was also some superb individual talent on show in 7-a-side, with the awards for “Players of the Hour” going to:
Jay (Annan Athletic, no.2)
Jay (EK Rolls Royce C, no.12)
Cameron (Annan Atheltic, no.6)
Ross (Lochar United, no.9)
Ross (Glenboig United, no.11)
The spectacular show of talent continued well into the late afternoon and the “Team of the Hour” award goes to the successful Glenboig United outfit.
As for “Players of the Hour”, the stand-outs were:
Emma (Galloway Thistle, 6)
Jay (EK Rolls Royce C, 12)
Jamie (EK Rolls Royce C, 11)
Declan (Cambuslang FC, 9)
Singling players out was extremely hard with such good quality on show all afternoon.
Scott McGill, Chairman of Heston Rovers FC, stated in thanks that: “There are many people to thank for making this event thus ensuring the festival experience for the players, coaches and spectators is very enjoyable for many reasons. We have received an unbelievable amount of support from all of our local sponsors and advertisers, for which I would like to thank them for their generosity, but not least the committee and coaches at Heston Rovers FC."
Below are the teams who took part (with many clubs having multiple teams at each age group): Annan Athletic, Beith Juniors, Bonnyrigg Rose FC, Caledonian Thistle, Cargenbridge, Cambuslang FC, Carrick Colts UTD, Crosshouse BC, Dalbeattie Star, Eastend BC, EK Rolls Royce Youth, Galloway Thistle, Glenboig UTD FC, Glenburn Miners Welfare FC, Greystone Rovers, Heston Rovers, Holytown Colts YC, Kennoway Soccer 7s, Kilwinning Sonics, Lochar Thistle, Loch Ryan BC, Mauchline, Mid-Annandale, Millenium, Rossvale BC, Selkirk Junior FC, St Cuthbert Wanderers, Terregles, Threave Rovers and Villa Park Boys Club.