SOCCER Aid was not the only fundraising football event last Sunday as Dursley Town Ladies raised more than £1,000 through their 'Bang Em In For Biff' six-a-side tournament at the Rec.

Ladies team goalkeeper Stephanie 'Biff' Hill was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year and, while her treatment has so far been successful, her team-mates were determined to do something to help her out.

Organised by Dursley player-manager Suze Stanley and her team-mate Ros Rocke, Sunday's event was so successful that as well as receiving a financial boost to make up for not being able to work, Stephanie will also donate some of the money to charity.

CLIC Sargent's Young Lives vs Cancer campaign will receive a donation, while some of the money will go back to the ladies' football club to replace some stolen match balls.

Suze said: "The event went really well. Friends and family came along as well as the players. Initially we wanted to raise some money for Biff but a lot of people wanted to contribute and someone suggested a football match. She was overwhelmed on the day. People wanted to help by raising money to take the stress out of her recovery."

The tournament featured 12 teams featuring women, men and youngsters across a range of abilities from Hellenic League players to footballing novices and primary school children.

Dursley Ladies themselves formed several teams, while Stephanie's work colleagues from Henlow Court entered a team, as did her old team-mates from the former Tetbury Town club.

Athletico Bilbao Baggins, made up of Cam Everside Wanderers players, won the overall title, winning the 'Best of the Best' final against an experienced team from Cam Bulldogs.

The 'Best of the Rest' section, for teams that finished fourth-to-sixth in the two groups, went to Own Goals FC, who edged out Norfolk n Chance on penalties after a goalless draw.

Star of the day Stephanie said of the event: "The whole day was fantastic. The support shown by everyone has been amazing. Thanks to everyone who organised it."