John Hird Challenge Cup

WINDY Nook Primary School beat last year’s champions St John’s Primary School 6-1 to lift the John Hird Challenge Cup at Gateshead Stadium.

The event, organised by Gateshead Council, featured eight five-a-side teams from the Felling area and is held in memory of long-term Felling ward councillor John Hird.

St Johns started promisingly with a 5-1 quarter-final victory over Falla Park Community Primary.

Windy Nook also put in a strong performance, beating Bede Community Primary 6-2.

Colegate Community Primary School also had a clear margin between themselves and opponents Brandling Primary School with a 3-1 victory.

The most emphatic result, however, went to The Drive Community Primary, who beat St Wilfrid’s Roman Catholic Primary 9-0.

Despite that huge win, Drive could only manage a 2-2 draw against St Johns in the last four, leading to a penalty shoot-out which St Johns edged 4-3. Windy Nook battled past Colegate 2-1.

In the final, Windy Nook’s Ross Wilson grabbed a hat-trick with Ryan Beard, Alexander Bainbridge and Jay Kirtley also on target.

Also in the winning team were Jack Parker, Jonnie Bolman, Harry Simpson and Lloyd Simpson.

Every child who competed was awarded a medal by the Mayor of Gateshead, Coun David Lynn, and the winners were presented with their trophy by Mrs Hird.

Coun Linda Green, spokesperson for culture at Gateshead Council, said: “All of the children involved gave their all for their schools and put in some fantastic individual performances.”

The event proved a big success and it is planned to stage a similar tournament in 2008.

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