Jeff Power memorial tournament in Limerick set to grow

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend the annual Jeff Power Memorial Soccer Tournament which takes place this coming weekend.

HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend the annual Jeff Power Memorial Soccer Tournament which takes place this coming weekend.

The 7-a-side tournament, which takes place on Saturday, is being held in memory of Jeffrey Power, who along with his friend Paul Considine was killed in a road accident while on his way to work in Portlaoise in April 2010.

Huge crowds attended the inaugural tournament which was held in 2010 and large crowds attended the event last year.

Former Republic of Ireland international, Ray Houghton attended the tournament last year and the organisers are hopeful that another star will attend again this year.

“We have someone in mind and hopefully we will be able to confirm details before the weekend,” said Jeff Power’s cousin Mark Blake.

All of the proceeds from Saturday’s event will go to the Share A Dream foundation.

“Being associated with the Power family and the memory of Jeff Power is an incredible honour for us. What a beautiful way to remember Jeff by helping sick children in Ireland,” said Shay Kinsella, founder of Share A Dream.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin will attend this weekend’s tournament, which begins at 10am at Portland Park, Ballinacurra.

“We are hoping to have more than 30 teams again and it promises to be a fun day with something for all the family,” said Mark Blake.

Teams have until Thursday evening to register and each team can include up to ten players (male or women) and substitutes can be made on a rolling basis throughout each match.

Saturday’s tournament begins at 10am and will continue until around 5pm.

Following the tournament, there will be a DJ and raffle of sporting memorabilia including a signed Irish Rugby jersey at the Young Munster clubhouse on Saturday evening.

To register a team contact Mark Blake at 087 9050577.