They’re all up for the cup

Darley Dale Primary School, winners of the Bunting Cup 2012.
Darley Dale Primary School, winners of the Bunting Cup 2012.

IT was second time lucky for the organisers of this year’s Bunting Cup, which once again proved a success when it finally took place last week.

The popular and long-running inter-schools football tournament originally had to be postponed in late April due to the torrential rain that put paid to so many Dales sporting fixtures at the time.

But there was no such trouble with the weather this time around at Cavendish Fields in Matlock.

Players and supporters were basking in the sunshine as 21 teams from 13 junior schools competed to lift the prestigious cup.

The teams were split into four groups, depending on the size of their school with the winners from each group being All Saints, Matlock, Darley Dale Primary, Tansley and Bonsall.

The overall winner, after a Champions Trophy match against Tansley, was Bonsall.

Organiser Jeremy Wray, from Castle View Primary School, said: “It was a great day and the weather was good this time.

“It was very well supported by both the schools and parents and we had the most entries we’ve had for quite a while.

“Next year’s event is definitely and we are looking at running a girls’ football tournament alongside it, so the planning for that will start around October or November. “It was encouraging that so many teams and schools were involved and the level of football that was played was very impressive too, as was the number of people who came along to cheer the players on. It all bodes very well for next year’s Bunting Cup.”