The 40th Anniversary Disability Sport Fife Football 5s and Unihoc 6s Championships, supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Fife Council, were held at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre on Thursday 9th March. The Fife Referees Association supported the football and fresh from their mid week victory against St Mirren, Raith Rovers Football Club was represented by manager John Hughes plus youth coach Craig Easton and members of the youth squad. Aileen Penny and Helima Mutch umpired the unihoc matches.
Twenty-one teams (over 160 players) from East Fife CSS, West Fife CSS, Central Fife CSS, Lochgelly HS Sports Club, Lochgelly HS, Balwearie HS, Fife College Dunfermline, Scottish Autism and Glenrothes Strollers competed in the best of spirit and fair play.
Pupils from Balwearie HS and Lochgelly HS contested the football and unihoc junior competitions with Balwearie HS winning both junior titles for the first time. Only one point separated the first teams of each school at the end of football qualification with the final ending up a 4-2 victory for the Kirkcaldy School. Lochgelly HS second team finished in third place. In the unihoc competition the girls from Balwearie and Lochgelly High Schools contested three matches with two matches drawn and one victory for Balwearie HS. That single win was enough to win the overall competition by 4 – 2.
The senior women’s unihoc championship was closely contested over three matches. Defending champions East Fife Community Support services won the first two qualifying games by 1 – 0 and 2 – 0 to accumulate an unbeatable total of 4 points. Central Fife CSS came back strongly in the final game to win by a single goal and take the overall points total to 4 – 2 in favour of East Fife CSS. East Fife CSS remain the undisputed champions of senior unihoc.
Queen Anne Lads won the Division 3 football championship with a convincing win against Scottish Autism. Scottish Autism players had an excellent championship winning through to the final undefeated throughout qualification. The final on this occasion was a step too far. West Fife CSS 2 and East Fife CSS reached the Division 2 final with a win and a draw in qualifying. The West Fife players played magnificently in the final to run out worthy winners by 4 – 1.
The Division 1 competition for the Fife Regional Council Cup was as always a series of closely contested matches. Lochgelly HS Sports Club qualified for the final without losing a match or even conceding a goal. DSF Strollers lost only one match but in the final they lost out by the odd goal in five. A wonderful match played in the best of spirit. Fife College Dunfermline and West Fife CSS lost out during qualifying.
Presentations were made by Raith Rovers staff and young players. With three events of the 2017 Fife Annual Sports Festival completed, attention now turns to badminton, basketball and netball competitions in week two in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes.
Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife