Friday 12 April 2013

Groups drawn for maiden Tynwald Hill Tournament on the Isle of Man

The Tynwald Hill Tournament will take place in St Johns for the first-time this summer with the non-FIFA competition taking place from 4th-7th of July. The draw took place at the Sefton Hotel in Douglas tonight where the hosts, Isle of Man Premier Division club St Johns United, were drawn with Raetia and Alderney in group B. Group A saw Occitània, Sealand and Tamil Eelam paired together in a tricky looking pool. The tournament falls on Tynwald Day, the 5th, the Manx national day during which the village holds a festival to celebrate the islands independent parliament.

Group A sees 3 N.F.-Board members facing off against each other in what looks set to be a competitive field. Tamil Eelam will open the group on the 4th with an evening game against Sealand, in an intriguing fixture. Occitània will then make their bow at the competition when they take on Sealand, who'll be massive underdogs, the day after which is on Tynwald Day. The Tamils will conclude their group campaign against Occitània, who comfortably saw off the Asian team 7-0 at the 2012 VIVA World Cup, on the Saturday.
Tamil Eelam vs. Occitània at the 2012 VIVA World Cup

Group B looks set to be a more open pool. The hosts St Johns will take on Raetia in the opening game before playing Island Games members Alderney the following day in what's expected to be a bumper crowd at Mullen-e-Cloie. The Manx club are spending a month preparing for the tournament. The Channel Islanders will wrap up the group, as they look for only their 3rd international win, with a Saturday game against the Raetians.

The two groups will be played out from the Thursday to Saturday, with the 5th-place, 3rd-place and final match taking place on the Sunday. St Johns United’s Mullen-e-Cloie ground will host all the fixtures and each game is set to be streamed live on the internet. The organisers have created a website which you can visit for all the information needed – 

Full schedule

4th July - St Johns vs. Raetia - 2:30pm
4th July - Sealand vs. Tamil Eelam - 7:30pm

5th July - St Johns vs. Alderney - 3:00pm
5th July - Occitània vs. Sealand - 7:30pm

6th July - Alderney vs. Raetia - 2:00pm
6th July - Tamil Eelam vs. Occitània - 7:00pm

7th July - 5th-place match - 11:00am
7th July - 3rd-place match - 3:00pm
7th July - Final - 7:30pm

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