Football: Ready to roll

Gina Clouston-Cain (left) and David Hand. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Gina Clouston-Cain (left) and David Hand. Photo by Gregor Richardson.

Green Island Junior Football Club committee member Gina Clouston-Cain and president David Hand prepared for the annual Green Island Junior Football Tournament, now in its 40th year, at Sunnyvale yesterday.

The seven-a-side and five-a-side tournament, first staged in 1976, will attract about 1200 players across 120 teams when it takes place tomorrow at the Sunnyvale ground.

The 6 to 13-year-olds will be competing for one of 15 titles across various grades.

The Green Island club came up with the concept 40 years ago and has run the tournament ever since.

It is a good fundraiser for the club and has become a fixture in the football calendar in Dunedin.

It involves matches of seven minutes per half. The 9 to 13-year-olds play seven-a-side and 6 to 8-year-olds play five-a-side games.

Each team plays three pool games and the competition then moves to semifinals and a final.

Every club in Dunedin will be represented in the tournament.

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