Pre-season fund-raiser features rugball' tourney

PUBLISHED: 17:32 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 15 June 2010

Colyton Football Club might be busy preparing for a new season of action in the Devon & Exeter League but this coming weekend their attention turns to off the pitch matters and some serious fund raising with three events taking place over the Bank Holiday festivities

Colyton Football Club might be busy preparing for a new season of action in the Devon & Exeter League but this coming weekend their attention turns to 'off the pitch matters' and some serious fund raising with three events taking place over the Bank Holiday festivities.

On Saturday (August 23), they are running a cake stall which will be situated outside Colyton Town Hall (from 9am), and the following day they stage a football tournament 'with a difference', when adult teams will contest a competition that involves football teams battling it out - with a rugby ball!

Mixed teams are allowed and each side competing must include at least two lady players and the minimum age for entry is 16. There are prizes for the winners and the runners up. The tournament takes place on the Peace Memorial playing fields with the action kicking off at 3pm. There will also be a bar and a barbecue in operation which will add to the occasion. Entries can be made right up until the day and anybody looking to take part, (the entry fee is £20 per team), is asked to contact Keith Somers on 07791 651658.

Completing a busy weekend of fund raising, Bank Holiday Monday sees the staging of the annual duck race which takes place on the River Coly between Chantry and Umborne Bridges. Racing gets under way at 12.30pm and there's £200 on offer for the 'first' duck home.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, the club has been staging twice weekly pre-season sessions for some time with an average turn out of 25 players. The opening warm-up game saw them beat Axmouth and the next home game is on August 30 when they host Exeter side Beacon Knights.

The reserves, under new manager Gary Bridge, have also been in pre-season action, beating a side from Axminster Power Tools, 4-2 and Perry Street Reserves 7-6. Next up for the second string they play Axminster Town 3rds on September 6.

The opening games of the season in terms of the respective league campaigns, do not begin until later next month, the 1st team face the long trip to South Zeal followed by a home game in the County Senior Cup against the holders, Willand Rovers.

The reserves begin their campaign at home to the Met Office, and they too have tough opening cup draw as they travel to meet the holders of the Devon Intermediate Cup, Langdon.

By Stephen Birley

Football

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