Date: 16th February 2016 at 1:28pm
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A sporting tournament has been launched in memory of Walsall fan Joel Richards who was murdered in Tunisia terror attacks last year.

Organisers of the Gaelic football contest said they wanted to keep his spirit alive and hope to turn it into an annual event.

The 19-year-old former Stuart Bathurst pupil played for Birmingham-based James Connolly’s Gaelic Football Club where he was a popular and talented member of the team.

Joel was was killed whilst on holiday in Sousse in June, alongside his uncle Adrian Evans and grandfather Patrick Evans.

A total of 38 people lost their lives in the terror attack.

Club president Tony Donahoe said: ‘He was a lovely lad, the whole family are. We always wanted to do something in his memory and this pre-season tournament seemed a good way to do it.

‘Although he wasn’t Irish, Joel loved the game, and he was a great player. His grandfather Pat made sure he and his brother Owen got to all the matches. It’s still unbelievably sad what happened.’

The Joel Richards Memorial Tournament kicked off at Aldersley High School, Wolverhampton, on Saturday with Joel’s former team mates losing to local side St Mary’s GFC, who are in a division above them in the Warwickshire Football League.

The Wolverhampton club will now play Four Masters GFC in the Joel Richatds Memorial final this Saturday at a venue to be decided.

It is hoped Joel’s brother – Owen Richards will present the memorial trophy to the winning side.