IT was a day of fun, great netball, and remembering a character who was larger than life.

The first Alex Stuart Netball Memorial Tournament took place on Sunday.

Alex, who was a popular player in her native Peebles, died in August at the age of 22.

Alex, or Wee Al as she was affectionately known, was a member of the Peebles Hotshots.

Her former team-mates came together to establish the memorial tournament to raise funds for Save the Children, a charity that was close to Alex's heart.

On Sunday a packed sports hall at Peebles High School watched teams go head-to-head.

Evanna Holland, who was the tournament organiser, said: "Alex was one of the bravest, funniest, wildest persons we had the honour of knowing and calling our friend.

"A lifelong friend with many of the girls on the team, she joined the Hotshots last year and threw herself into the game."

She added: "Wee Al was there for all of us, whether it was putting her body on the line during matches or supporting us from the bench, she was a team member through and through.

"We will miss her laugh, her enthusiasm and her friendship."

The day began with a tribute speech from Evanna before play began.

In fine showing, the players, many of whom had never played netball before, gave it their all in matches of breathless, fast-flowing play.

And everyone agreed it was a fine tribute to a woman who moved at a hundred miles an hour With a jam-packed hall, visitors were able to enjoy a raffle, a cake stall and a selection of prizes from local businesses such as Stobo Castle, the Tontine Hotel and Cringletie House Hotel.

Over £3000 was raised by generous spectators and supporters.

Team Thunder defeated the Ruthless Regiment 5-2 in the final.

Gala A beat Gala B to claim the bronze medals.