Champion Jags take South Coast Trophy!!
By Kierran Groom
…with tournament victory at the Sussex Cup
Fresh from claiming their MK District U13 League Title, the Jags spent their bank holiday weekend on the south coast competing in the Sussex Cup. Drawing teams from as far apart as Essex, Hampshire and the West Midlands, the competition ran over two days with every team playing 10 matches.
After some really fine Newport football, at times truly dazzling, late afternoon on Day 2 saw the boys claim the trophy - adding another piece of silverware to their already impressive collection. The tournament stats underlined the quality of the performance, with the Jags taking 27 out of a possible 30 points and scoring a remarkable 55 goals, while conceding only 2. With the exception of ever-watchful keeper Tom, every player made the scoresheet.
The tournament event closed with a noisy evening presentation, that saw the boys on stage to collect their medals and trophy from Carlton Cole (ex West Ham and England) …with the Cup then raised in front of a packed auditorium to the now near obligatory blast of Queen’s “We are the Champions!”.
As Newport came off the presentation stage, the boys from Coventry Copsewood FC had lined up to congratulate and shake hands with all the Jags players. Much appreciation and huge respect to the Coventry coaching team for arranging such a very kind and generous gesture.
For any grassroots team, a precious (and typically seldom) tournament win is certainly cause for celebration - so coaches, parents and supporters well recognise that we are privileged to have enjoyed so many successes over recent seasons. A talented young squad that the Newport Club will surely want to encourage and support as much as they can, as this team continues to develop young men with realistic first team potential.
With tournaments still to come, humility as always, recognising that there are many capable and determined teams around - and that victories always have to be hard earned (and perhaps sometimes a little good fortune along the way too), but we go forward with confidence that the Newport boys will always give it their best shot.
Not just a trophy triumph, but the Newport Jags won friends too, both with their style of football and the boys’ good conduct on and off the pitch …plus an always enthusiastic approach to activities in the pool, on the beach, throughout the arcade and some free-style moves on the dance-floor too!
Also, a most memorable tournament for the “grown-ups” - with great times spent together on the touchline, in and around Camp Newport - followed by camaraderie and good natured conversation at the evening socials.
A great winning weekend and a “helluva” lot of fun…