A Memorial football tournament which took place last month has been described by the organiser as a “Huge success.”
The Gomez memorial tournament was arranged by Sabrina Alexander in memory of her friend Catherine who was tragically killed in a car accident when she was sixteen.
Trainee Teacher Sabrina, who arranged the tournament which took place on August 18 said: “The Gomez tournament was a brilliant way to keep Catherine’s memory alive and to celebrate what would be her 21st birthday this year. I would like to thank my close friends that helped me set up for the tournament, my friends that volunteered to referee on the day, my friends and family that helped with the raffle, tuck shop and BBQ and finally everyone who came along to play, watch and donate their money in honour of Catherine. Raising awareness for Safer Driving is something that needs to be done much more frequently. Everyone raised £810 for charity and campaign Safe Drive Stay Alive,
“Myself and Catherine’s family thank every one of you that was part of that. Julio, Catherine’s father, wrote to us on the day: “Hope you are all having fun. It’s of great comfort that you remember Catherine with such an event for the second time. Well done to the organisers and those taking part. And especially to Sabrina. Love Julio.” Ruth, Catherine’s mother, also wrote to us saying, “To Sabrina Alexander and everyone involved in the Tournament sorry I can’t be there, but will be thinking of you all. Good luck and have fun xxx”
Sabrina also expressed her thanks to the Co-operative where she works, who allowed her to run bag-packs which raised £800. She was however disappointed by the participation of other businesses in the area.
She said: “We had hoped to use the majority of this money raised (from the bag pack) to add to our overall total, however, with the lack of support from local businesses this year we had to provide all of the raffle prizes for ourselves using some of the money raised, it also went towards the cost for food and drink for the tournament.”
Sabrina explained that whilst the tournament was a success if they do it again next year they will do it in June so that it does not coincide with the School holidays and school teams have the option of entering.
Twenty teams competed on the day and lots of friends and family were there supporting them.
The tournament was set up with 4 pitches and groups, meaning the winners from each group would go through to the semi-finals. Competing in the semi-finals were Mearns United against Werder Beermen and Puyol’s Pirates against Moleicester City FC.
Mearns United were then to face Puyol’s Pirates in the final. In the final both teams played some great football along with providing some very impressive finishing and overall an entertaining final, which with a full time score of 3-3 went to penalties with Puyols Pirates winning the match, and being crowned tournament champions.
Former Mackie academy pupil Catherine Gomez (pictured below)was killed in a car accident in 2008 in Spain just weeks after moving to the Country.