GIRL power took over the football field in a hotly contested tournament at Nantwich.
The five-a-side tournament was designed to test the enthusiasm among primary school girls in South Cheshire and the response was emphatic.
Nine schools put forward teams which meant the tournament - designed to take place on one day - had to be extended to a two-legged event.
The Year 5 and 6 players demonstrated that they are not far behind the boys in terms of technique and ability, and that the female game is on the rise.
Berkeley Primary School eventually ran out winners of the event, held at Malbank School, winning three and drawing one of their four games. They beat runners-up Weaver on goal difference.
Organiser Philip Whiston, PE co-ordinator at Lodgefields School, said: 'The league was set up in order to give girls in primary schools a chance to take part in a fun football competition.
'The uptake was really encouraging and it was brilliant to see the girls playing so well. I feel the interest in the competition reflects the development of girls' football within the area.'
He added: 'Congratulations must go to Berkeley Primary School, in Wistaston. Their team, managed by Lorna Burgess, played superbly through all four games in a very close contest.'
Nantwich Town, Crewe Alexandra, Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council and Concorde Trophies, of Crewe, supported the event. Another event will take place after the Easter holidays.
For more information call Mr Whiston on 01270 212425.