Author: Mikey Colville
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This weekend the Jim Hastie Festival took place by Graham Street in Dundee. The festival was a success as roughly 27 teams participated in the tournament. This was the fifth year of the festival and is in memory of Jim Hastie who was one of the founding members of the Boys Club.
The festival ran over two days, the Saturday hosted teams from the ages 9’s, 10’s and 11’s. Many teams participated on the Saturday in 10 to 15 minute matches all day. Two tournaments were played on the Sunday which included ages 13’s and 14’s. The games were a success as the crowds watched the teams battle it out in a group table styled tournament.
This was also the first year that the Fun Fours were introduced into the festival, the kids played 4v4 matches and were coached by Fairmuir, DUSC, Ferry Athletic, and Dundee West.
Montrose beat club 83 3-2 in their final match of the 13’s tournament meaning the won the tournament with 10 points from four games, Fairmuir were close behind on 9 points. The 14’s tournament was settled with a penalty shoot-out between Fairmuir and Dryburgh. Dryburgh kept their cool and won, having played brilliantly throughout the tournament it was a well-deserved victory.
There was also a fair play trophy awarded to the team who were the fairest and had the best sportsmanship throughout the weekend, and the referees decided the team would be Broughty United Under 11’s.
The Festival was a great success and included some fantastic games. Andy Bannan who was one of the organisers said: “It’s been a great weekend and there have been some brilliant matches.” Bannan also commented that it was great to have the Fun Fours for the first time and that it would be great to have them again next year.