Summation of AUFA Walking Football
The long, hot summer of AUFA Walking Football is ever nearer to drawing to a close and therefore worth a look back at some of the highs and lower highs!
The season began with an AUFA Touring Team flying out to Cambrils, Spain for The Spanish Masters international tournament.
With an ever ageing side entered into the over 50s section it was never likely to result with an open top bus celebration but more likely a ‘zimmer whimper!’ The weekend of competition saw a fairly competitive edge from AUFA fronting up against teams such as Kettering, Southampton, Cove, Worcester and Norwich but the second day was hard for a number of team members to remember! However, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend for all concerned including, great meals, some sightseeing in the ‘Mucky Duck’ and a multitudinous array of libations!
Next up for the AUFA Walking Footballers was the Annual East Ayrshire Tournament hosted at Stewarton.
Three teams entered by Ayr with all competing well on the day. However, after all was said and done it all came down to another Cup Final v Hearts and after a hard fought 0-0 draw, ended again in yet more penalty shoot out woe for the Ayr Team.
Onwards and hopefully upwards, the National WF League had since begun again at Ravenscraig and the opening week provided some hope with 2 wins and a defeat for one of the teams. The following month provided only 1 win and 2 defeats so much work to be done in the Autumn months!
Next up for for 6 of our senior Walking Footballers Jim Kirk, Tom Dowman, Chris Johnston, Harry Harvie, Billy Thomson and John Crawford representing Scotland was an International Masters 65s World Cup held in Bristol. A superb performance from our 65 and overs along with Hearts players Jimmy Bremner, Allan Thomson and Davie Barr finally saw a World Cup win for Scotland. Manager David Watson and coach Jason Butler guided the team to victory.