Launceston Tournament wraps up in style

The future of Launceston soccer was looking very bright as the Launceston Tournament wrapped up on Sunday.

The senior under-16 age range featured strong teams from Launceston United, Riverside, Westside and Northern Rangers full of players destined for their senior sides.

United progressed furthest and despite losing the first-place play-off to two late goals to Olympia, coach Glenn “Otis” Reading found plenty of positives.

“There’s four strong sides in this town with 350-400 kids which is just great and we’re very proud of them,” he said.

“It’s been a fantastic tournament, always well run by the NTJSA.

“It was great to get to play the Hobart sides. They are quality as you’d expect with the population, but our kids aren’t far behind.”

In its 27th year, the popular annual tournament involved a record entry of 85 teams.

Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association president and tournament manager Dale Rigby thanked officials Andrew Nichols and Melinda Slade for their “untiring commitment” to managing the logistics of the event.