If you noticed that Marple seemed quieter at the weekend it was because 233 of us were on a caravan park in Fleetwood, on the Lancashire coast, for a junior football tournament. The Cala Gran wouldn't be my holiday destination of choice, but we had an absolutely fantastic time. We had a great crack with the other parents and enjoyed their company very much. I saw a few parents this morning who have taken the day off to recover today. No such luck here, I'm afraid.
As for the football, Joe's team did well, finishing third in the league, just an unlucky bounce and a post away from winning a couple of games they drew 0-0. The six minutes each way format didn't do them any favours as they usually grind out wins through constant attacks. They looked exhausted by the end, but really enjoyed the presentation at the end where Kevin Ratcliffe (Everton and Wales) presented them with trophies.
Max and Louis played in different sides in the Under 7s and did really well, Max keeping a few clean sheets in goal.
There will be more news and photos on the Marple Athletic website, here, especially news about the win by our Under 10s and the Under 9s B team getting a "most sporting team" award.
We went into Fleetwood on Monday, a town that has seen better days. The fish was very good at this place on the front, but everywhere looked ever so tatty and tired. All in all a great weekend.