Bloomiehall Park Centenary Trophy Retained by the Bairns
A thrilling final in Bloomiehall Park on Friday 10 June saw the young Bloomiehall Bairns side retain the trophy they won last year. In the final again was a team drawn from Ward’s Garage on Lanark Road. Last year’s man-of-the-final Scott from Ward’s Garage was in goal but this time he was unable to keep his side in the game. The fast flowing team of youngsters who have grown up through their time at Juniper Green Primary School had too much fire power on this occasion.
Ward’s Garage team played well in the round robin preliminary games when they scored four goals in each of the matches they played against an experienced RBS side captained by Tomie Cannon and a team drawn from the staff of JG Primary School led by popular teacher Gordon Paul.
In the other preliminary round the Bairns had overcome a strong Kinleith Mill side to reach the final again.
The man of this year’s final was Ryan Stevenson. From the off Ryan was “flying” down the wing and even in the first minute gave a cross that nearly opened the scoring. Calum Gordon captained the Bloomiehall Bairns to this successful retention of the trophy. Referee Stephen Reid thanked all the players for the spirit in which they played the games. Thanks must also go to Iceland for supplying oragnges and water at the half-time breaks and to Mark Porteous who again provided prizes for the man-of-the final.
The trophy was sponsored by Juniper Green Community Council to celebrate the centenary of Bloomiehall Park in public ownership so this is the fifth final since 2012. Touch judges Ian Gilmour, Ken Davies and Vic Stewart from JGCC and first aiders Mark Goodall and Alexandra Gibb all gave sterling service.