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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:29

Fraserburgh Link-Up U16's season preview

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Last season saw the town of Fraserburgh have a new piece of memorabilia after Link-Up Under 15s lifted the league title, beating sides such as Albion and Dyce to the crown.
Now, Fraserburgh Link-Up coach Colin Simpson says it’s all to play for this season once again.The new ADJFA season for the under 16s gets underway this Saturday with Fraserburgh playing host to Balmedie who have come up from the A league.
Simpson looked ahead to the season ahead by saying ”Last season was a good season all round for us, however it’s a new season now and it’s all to play for once again.
“The expectations are the same as last year. Teams will be gunning this time around to beat us. Our guys are all local boys which will help us again. We’ll do the same as we did last season and take each game at a time as there is a lot of football to be played between now and May.
“There will be a lot of good teams out there this season; teams such as Echt and Culter are a bit like us. They like to play football the right way. Clubs such as Albion have a lot of players to start the season and there’ll be other teams that will want to challenge now.
“The Scottish Cup will still be a bonus for us this season. We had a fantastic run last season and considering the amount of miles that we had to travel, the guys did exceptionally well and we’ll be aiming for the league once again and also the two domestic cups.
“The strength in the team is good and the league won’t be won by one person. Everybody will have a part to play from the goalkeeper through to the striker's, everybody will have a part to play.
“We have a couple of additions to the squad however we are looking to strengthen the squad a bit more for the season ahead.”
As the ADJFA season prepares to open its curtains again on another season. It’s thrown up a cracker on the opening day of the season with two heavyweights from the area in Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United facing each other at Under 15s level.
Both sides have strengthened over the summer with Albion signing Ben Ross and Mark Reid from Culter Colts, Callum McKenzie from ALC Athletic, Joseph Bisset from Dyce as well as an Estonian keeper.
Lewis have also worked over the summer to bring players in, including from Dyce in goalie Callum McDonald and midfielder Kieran Simpson. Coach Brian Morrison has put his contacts to good use in signing Mitchell Foy who was released from Aberdeen last season.
We gathered the views of Banks O’Dee Albion coach Patrick Ritchie to see what his assessment was of the season ahead. Ritchie said “I can’t wait to get started. We’ve had three good friendlies and got a 100% record in them all.
"This is the best squad that we’ve had at Albion and it's very exciting. At under 13s we were fantastic, however we under achieved in the Scottish Cup, so hopefully it’s a good run this season.
“We have Lewis United next Sunday here at Spain Park and if you asked me who I would want in the first game of the season then I would have said Lewis at home. We couldn’t have a better opening game to kick off the season I’m looking forward to having Brian Morrison back at Spain Park. It will be interesting to see how they have progressed over the summer.
“I think we need to retain the title and also get a run in the Scottish Cup, that has been made clear to us. For a club like Banks O’Dee Albion our teams need to be in the latter stages of the Scottish Cup.
“Robbie Tough got to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup last season with his under 16s squad and that is the minimum requirement for an Albion side to be reaching with all the facilities that we’ve got and the players that we have as well.”
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:19

Top award for Merkinch FA

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A community football association in Inverness has been rewarded for its hard work by attaining the Scottish Football Association’s Quality Mark Community Award. 
The Merkinch Football Association, a partnership between Highland League side Clachnacuddin FC and the Merkinch Football Academy,  has set itself high standards for developing players and coaches as well as creating a pathway from grassroots all the way through to the senior game. The Scottish Football Association and High Life Highland, along with partners McDonald’s and Sportscotland have been fully committed to supporting Merkinch FA in achieving the Community Award.
The partnership between Clachnacuddin FC and Merkinch Football Academy took place to ensure that young talent from the Inverness area have the chance to progress to the next level. 
John Beaton, chairman of the Merkinch Football Association said that the partnership is an “important step in the right direction in the Merkinch area” and that the scheme has “got a lot of potential”.
He also commented: “This award highlights the hard work that has been put into community football. We continue to develop young players to reach their highest level and encourage good life skills and healthy choices.”
Peter Corbett, secretary of the Merkinch Football Association, explained the work of the association. "Our partnership brings together 30 coaches who are qualified to coach nearly 300 boys and girls for football,” Corbett said. 
“They also attend courses in first aid, child protection and health and safety so that youngsters play in a safe, enjoyable environment. 
“Thanks must go to coach David Paulin for putting our application together to receive this award from the Scottish FA.”
Peter Budge, the Scottish FA and High Life Highland’s football development officer said, “I would like to congratulate Merkinch Football Association on attaining the highly prestigious Scottish FA Community Award. 
“This partnership award is for the fantastic work that goes on behind the scenes at Clach and the Merkinch Football Academy.” 
Budge also called the Merkinch FA a ‘model organisation’ for other clubs, commenting: “The Scottish FA and High Life Highland, along with Sportscotland and McDonald’s, were pleased to support the Merkinch Football Association in their efforts to attain the community award and we are absolutely delighted that they have a group of people who are making a huge contribution to football in Inverness. "This is a model organisation for other clubs to follow, and we wish them continued success in all their efforts.”
Mark Slater, the Scottish FA North Region’s Club Development Manager was delighted with the success of the Merkinch Football Association.  
“I would like to congratulate the club in what is a fantastic achievement,” he told the Scottish FA website. 
“It is a great reward for the hard work that has gone into this by the two clubs to make it happen and shows what can be done when clubs come together. It creates a great opportunity and environment for players in the area to enjoy playing football. 
“Merkinch Football Association now has a great set up and with a full player pathway.”
Monday, 11 August 2014 09:42

Meet the team: Kingseat Rovers U14's

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Written by: Greg Milnes (Co-manager)
Date Established: 01-07-2014
The League you're participating in: ADJFA under 14's league C
Home Pitch: Denmore Park, 
Coaching Staff:
Greg Milnes (Co-manager) 
Mark Garnham (Co-manager) 
Duncan Strachan (Coach) 
Jo Wood (Goalkeeping Coach) 
Sandra Garnham (Secretary) 
Russell Anderson (Treasurer) 
Bob Campbell (Chairman)
Squad List:
Goalkeeper - Lewis Johnson 
Defenders - Daryl Robertson (captain), Adam Blake, Ryan Cumming, Andrew Downie, Shae Gallacher, Cammy Reid, 
Midfielders - Alex Durrand, Shaun Sangster, Ross Mcgregor, Lewis Krans, Myles Mack, Danny Milnes, 
Strikers - Sam Garnham, Ryan Ritchie, Matthew Lynas,
How did your team get on last season (13/14)?: We have recently only formed as a new team but last season we was Newmachar Utd. We ended up 3rd in the c-league. We also won our divisional trophy against Culter Boys club, winning 2-1.
What are your hopes for this season (14/15)?: Due to being a new club we have to compete in the C league again. But, we are confident that we can win the title or in the worse case scenario finish 2nd but still getting promoted. Hopefully we can win our divisional cup again.
What is the mood in the camp ahead of the new season?: A hard pre-season has been taking place and we are quietly confident that we can play even better this season. We are hoping that we can become a hard team to beat.
Has there been any 'Summer Transfers'?: Yes, we lost our exceptional & insperational skipper Euan Campbell Wylie who moved abroad with his family due to his fathers new job. He will be sorely missed. 
However, we have signed 3 new players; Daryl Robertson from Dyce Boys Club, Matthew Lynas from Colony Park and Myles Mack from Paul Lawrie Foundation. Three exciting new players. We are also hoping to take in one more player
What is your footballing 'philosophy'?: For my team of kids to enjoy their football, to help them progress their abilities and ambitions, and to make sure they have good memories of their football career as a child
Biggest Achievement to Date?: As a coach it has to be the divisional trophy we won last season. We were slight underdogs and it was a very tough match, but the boys worked very hard & deserved their victory. It had me close to tears to see their faces at the final whistle. It made myself & Mark Garnham (co-manager) very proud coaches.
Do you know much about your opponents? If so, what do you make of them?: In our new league for this coming season, yes I do, and it will be a very tough league. Very exciting times ahead
Who are your Sponsors: Our main sponsor is Weir Engineering Services, they were very kind to donate us our kits and tracksuits. 80:20 procurement services, Linzi's Barber Shop and we are in negotiating with three other companies to sponsor us. The Byron Group, Aberdeen Underwater Engineering Services and a valve specialist company from England
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The ADJFA have released the groups for the Under 13s Batt Cables Trophy and the Under 19s Murray Cup. The league also announced a number of play-off fixtures that are set to take place on the opening weekend (23rd August).
The groups for the Under 13s Batt Cables Trophy are as follows:
1/ Colony Park, Dee, Portlethen, Stonehaven Madrid
2/ Fraserburgh Link-up, Glentanar, Donside Juvenile,Middlefield Wasps
3/ Banks O’Dee Albion, Stonehaven United, Ellon Meadows  
4/ Deveronvale, Longside, Paul Lawrie Foundation, Kintore United  
5/ Dyce, Formartine United, Huntly, Greyhope Boys
6/ Cove, Deveronvale Colts, Culter Colts
7/ Westdyke, AC Mill Inn, Byron Swifts
8/ Culter United, Kemnay, North Star
9/ Lewis United Youth, Culter Cobras, Peterhead
10/ Banchory Pumas, Newmachar United, Byron Madrid
The 19's Murray Cup draw was also made which seen last year’s winners Colony Locos have a derby against Kemnay to look forward to.
A/ Banchory, Huntly,Peterhead, Culter Deeside
B/ Aberdeen FHS, Colony Locos, Kemnay, Ellon Meadows
C/ Glentanar, Dee, Turriff United, Newmachar
D/ Formartine United, Stonehaven Youth , Colony Colts , Culter Rovers
E/ Broomhill Juniors, Cove Colts, East End, Echt
There is also a selected amount of play-offs due to teams folding during the close season. The games are as follows:
14s A league: Deveronvale v Huntly & Colony Park v Westdyke Thistle (winners play each other in week 2)
14s B league: Newtonhill v Culter Boys (Winner into B league
15s A league: Ellon Meadows v Peterhead & Portlethen v Glentanar (Winners both in A league)
15s B league: Culter United v North Star Phoenix & North Star v Dee (Winners into B league)
16s A league: Culter Deeside v Peterhead Phoenix (Winner into A league)
17s A league: Formartine United v Stonehaven (Winner plays Peterhead Colts in week 2 for A League place)
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:27

Stonehaven YFC ready for season ahead

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There was an air of anticipation in the North East breeze, as the players of Stonehaven Youth FC returned to pre-season training.
The Aberdeenshire town, with a population of less than 10,000, will be running with two 11-a-side teams at the Under 13 age group this coming season. This comes in addition to the girls’ team whose season is already underway at the same age group. It’s the first time in recent memory that the club have managed such a feat, with participation levels growing every year.
Off the pitch, things are equally exciting for the grassroots players and volunteers. Thanks to an award from the Cashback for Communities fund, a brand new full size artificial pitch is in the pipeline.
Another area of progression for the club is the introduction of Positive Coaching Scotland methodology. All of the Stonehaven YFC coaches have been taken through the course, with the target of introducing the culture to all of the parents across the age groups.
Club Coordinator, Richard Thomas, said: “Over the past four years the club has been involved with the Scottish FA Quality Mark scheme. The foundations were always there, but the programme has really helped us push on. And it has brought the whole club together.”
“Our next step is to progress to the Community Award. As we work towards this we are in the process of creating links with the local amateur and junior clubs. It will be great to create a pathway that allows players to stay in Stonehaven.”
Graeme Sutherland, the North Regional Manager, said: "Stonehaven Youth FC have worked very hard alongside our local and regional football development staff to ensure a comprehensive range of coach education courses has been available to the volunteers at the club at a time and place that allows for maximum impact. 
“We look forward to working with them as they continue towards the Scottish FA Community Quality Mark Award."
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:35

Denis Law Team of the Tournament 2014

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GK Ross Doohan – Celtic: The Bhoys can be proud of their achievements at the Denis Law tournament and to only concede 3 goals across the whole tournament showcases how well they did. Ross came to the rescue for the Hoops on numerous occasions and an easy choice.
RB Greg Warwick – Dundee: Greg was always looking to play his part in the tournament getting forward from defence where possible. Not the best of tournaments for his side, but he can come away happy with his overall performance.
CB Dan Higgins – Celtic: Dan looks like he'll have a bright future at Celtic if this tournament is anything to go by. He put in some magnificent displays to help the Hoops on their way to defending their Denis Law tournament crown.
CB Tom Charlesworth – Sheffield United: A debatable choice for the other centre back placing, however it goes to Tom. He helped organise for the Blades at the back as well as helping out across the defensive line; playing both centre back and full-back at points. A good player to watch when he played in those respective positions.
LB Alex Brown – Sheffield United: Alex had a good week for the Blades and also put in a good display in the Denis Law Final against Celtic. The coaches at Sheffield United will be pleased with the work that Alex put in.
CM Max Avolio - Dundee: Cameron Tough saved Dundee from elimination from the tournament, however Max should be pleased with his efforts across the 5 days. 
CM Mark Hill – Celtic: The best midfielder at this tournament by a country mile. Mark led by example during the final against Sheffield United and put in a shift that any midfielder would be proud of. A brilliant strike in the final against the Blades capped off his performances and will give him something to savour over the coming years.
CM Bruce Anderson – Aberdeen: Bruce saved Aberdeen on a few occasions across the tournament. He scored a brace against Lewis United on the opening night and also scored against Dundee. Bruce played in a strikers role during the tournament, however considering how hot the Hoops were in front of goal, centre midfield will have to do for the Banff based player.
ST Aidan Quinn – Celtic: Ahead of the tournament, everyone was thinking Calvin Miller would sail Celtic on their way to the crown. However, Aidan Quinn made himself known over the week with a handful of goals which were pivotal towards Celtic’s success.
ST Regan Hendry – Celtic: A superb hat-trick in the final against Sheffield United rounded off a positive week for the former Hutchison Vale player. Regan showed what he is all about at the Denis Law tournament, getting himself into dangerous positions very easily, and showing he has a very good eye for goal.
ST Frank Koroma – Sheffield United: Frank showed over the Tournament that he has nearly everything in his locker. His physical presence gave him an edge over many of the defenders and he bagged a few goals for his efforts.
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:31

Denis Law Tournament 2014 coverage centre

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Denis Law Tournament 2014 coverage centre
Wednesday 16th June
Aberdeen FC v Sheffield United: Match Report / Photo Gallery / Video Clip
Celtic FC v Dundee FC: Match Report / Photo Gallery / Video Clip
Aberdeen FC v Lewis United: Match Report / Photo Gallery / Video Clip 1 / Video Clip 2
Thursday 17th June
Sheffield United v Lewis United: Match Report / Photo Gallery / Video Clip
Celtic FC v Aberdeen FC: Match Report / Photo Gallery / Video Clip
Friday 18th June
Aberdeen FC v Dundee FC: Match Report / Photo Gallery 
Celtic FC v Lewis United: Match Report / Photo Gallery 
Dundee FC v Sheffield United: Match Report / Photo Gallery / Video Clip 
Saturday 19th June
Dundee FC v Lewis United: Match Report / Photo Gallery
Sheffield United v Celtic FC: Match Report / Photo Gallery
Sunday 20th June
3rd/4th Place Play-Off - Dundee FC v Aberdeen FC: Match Report / Photo Gallery
Final - Celtic FC v Sheffield United: Match Report / Photo Gallery
Friday, 11 July 2014 12:59

Lewis United 98's Denis Law tournament preview

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Lewis United under 16s manager Lee Youngson today insisted that his lads haven’t entered the tournament just to make up the numbers.
Last season’s ADJFA league champions have a tough run of games including last season’s Denis Law tournament champions Celtic.
Youngson looked forward to the tournament by saying “The lads are looking forward to it. It’s only just round the corner now so it’s exciting times for all involved.
“We’re looking forward to all of the games. It’ll be a good experience for our boys to go and play against quality players and good opposition. We go into the tournament as the only Juvenile side however we’re not in there just to make up the numbers.
“Hopefully we can compete all over the park and get something out of the tournament to go into the new ADJFA season with.
“I go into every game wanting my players to do their best individually and for each other so we’ll go there and see how it ties up. However, hopefully in every game we play in I want my boys to compete and it won’t just be the first or the last game it’ll be every game.
“We’re in a better shape confidence-wise then we were last season. The heads were down at the start of the season however winning the double last season has given everybody at the club a huge lift.
“It’s been a big turn-around here at Lewis. Everyone was saying before the start of last season that we weren’t going to have a team.”
United have strengthened going into the tournament with five new signings on board including former Albion forward Richard Binnie. Youngson added by saying “We’ve got some new boys that will be coming in. They’ve signed for the club because I know they’ll do well for the team so I’m looking forward to watching them in action and mixing in with the guys who have stayed at the club.
“We’ve got a cracking set of boys here and the majority of the lads from last season’s title winning squad have stayed so the new arrivals need to come in and work hard to prove their worth to start in the team.”
Friday, 11 July 2014 12:39

ADJFA President's end of season message

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The ADJFA season is now over after a long campaign with an increidble 1,291 games played between the ages of under 13s-19s. From those there was 609 wins and a total of 7,958 goals.
At the league trophy presentation on Wednesday 2nd of July, there was a whole spread of winners and ADJFA president Andrew Hassan first looked back on the host of different winners when he said “Overall it’s been a very good season. We’ve a host of different winners this year and this was all about them. It’s also about the teams involved and the winning of the matches. After all it takes two teams to win a game and ten teams to win a league so tonight is about the winners. However, it’s important to remember that it’s a long season and every-one plays their part from the club officials, the mums & dads putting up their tea stalls and also the league officials as well.
“I joined Glentanar 14s midway through the season from Westdyke and it’s been a long season for my team. Albion won the 14s league on merit, some teams gave Albion close games and I heard about the late draw with Culter Colts and that’s the one that sticks out and there’s a couple of them guys in the North region select team.
“I think the best league out the whole association has to be the 14s C league which Newmachar won in the end. Four teams, North Star Phoenix, Kemnay, Dee and obviously Newmachar took it right to the wire. It went to the last game of Newmachar’s season against Dee to win it and it was even into the 2nd half when they got their goals.”
This season has seen the ADJFA without a Scottish Cup for the 2nd season running however Colony Locos 19s and Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 15s certainly did the ADJFA proud, Hassan didn’t feel too downhearted about it when he added “We’re proud of any team that does well for the region. There was a lot of teams who got into the quarter-finals as well. Yes we haven’t ended up winning any of the Scottish Cups this year however I don’t take that as a negative, I take that as a positive that we’re still competing and getting teams to finals  and semi-finals.”
Andrew also took the time out to praise the referees in the ADJFA this season “We had a quartet of referees that went down to Airdrie back in May from the area who did the Under 16s final between Hutchison Vale & Rossvale. This season we’ve went through the whole season and not had one single complaint about one of our referees which is excellent. I would like to praise the referees because this is certainly the best year that I’ve seen them and we’ve also had a lot of referees coming in doing 13s, 14s & 15s games.
“A lot of referees are continuing to do Juvenile games. For a spell we were losing them to Amateur and Junior football, however we’re retaining the referees now and long may that continue as without the refs we have no games. I’m happy to say there has been no complaints about our referees which for me under my time on the league committee is unheard of." 
Hassan then revealed that there’s been a couple of teams who have been adopted to playing in the ADJFA leagues as of next season and also praised YFS for the coverage they’ve gave to the league this season. “Some teams have been talking tonight about next week being pre-season, my own team (Glentanar 15s) aren’t starting for a few weeks yet but good luck to all the teams for next season.
“We’ve got some new teams coming in, which were adopted at the AGM last Wednesday which YFS will hear about in due course and hopefully cover them next season.
“We would like to thank YFS for the coverage we’ve received this season of our games, it’s been excellent all season. Yourself David, Photographer Maureen Lyall, the other reporters have been great. There is too many people to mention now! I remember it just used to be David doing the reports but now you're covering far more games more often and that’s good for the advertisement of the league. Good luck to all the teams for next season and we look forward to meeting all the teams at the start of August for the meeting.”