The Story of the SISBAA Football Tournament 2014; Trimetsoontorn Lands the Treble
Canterbury Field, Wednesday 2 July 2014
A spectacular last-minute header by the talismanic defender Ball Trimetsoontorn secured the third consecutive Alumni Football Tournament trophy for Biggest Croc as the defending champions successfully completed their mission of title defence once again with a slender 1-0 victory over the Year 11 team.
This tournament also served as the testimonial competition of two legends in staff football, Kevin Hall and Richard Paez. The two players had contributed immensely to the success of staff football over all these years and they were fittingly chosen to captain Staff 1 and Staff 2 respectively. After a highly consistent year of football in which the afternoon sessions went all the way until the last week of June, the staff teams certainly were amongst the favourites in the group stages, and there appeared to be high hopes of a staff team retaining the trophy for the first time since 2011. Moreover, following a narrow defeat in the final of Not the World Cup, the staff squad was filled with even more determination to win their first major accolade in about thirty-six months.
The tournament kicked off shortly after 3pm with two matches in Group A. Goalless draws between Staff 1 and Beer Bellyand Squad Rotation and the Year 11 team summed up the first pair of games. Staff 1 appeared to be the favourites on paper but a team boasting the likes of Will Jenkins, scorer of a hat-trick in last Thursday’s afternoon football with the Year 11 team, alongside fellow top-scorers at Not the World Cup Kevin Hall and Alex Richards, were held by the tight defending from Beer Belly.
Resolute and passionate, the Staff team met Squad Rotation in buoyant mood and took to the fields encouraged by the statistics that Squad Rotation (Class of 2013) had failed to score in the previous two editions of the tournament. However, the teachers on the sidelines were silenced as goals from the SHB’13 star striker Win Piyawat and Nic guided the young alumni team to a morale-boosting 2-1 victory and sent the Class of 2013 into raptures. Led by superstar Merck Paisalachpong and his influential displays, Squad Rotation put on confident attacking performances and displayed high self-efficacy to break their goalscoring drought and claim the vital four points.
The Year 11 team were the debutants in the tournament this year but last Thursday’s staff football session had proved already that they were ready for the “ultimate stage”. Despite losing 16-6 to the Staff in regulation time, they persevered and delightfully forced the Staff team all the way in the First to Five before star striker Joe Cole scored the winner and his fifth of that matchwith a clinically taken one-on-one with the outstanding Year 11 goalkeeper, who pulled off several top-class saves in that encounter. Deeply encouraged by last week’s performance, the players pressured Beer Belly right from the start and eventually took the lead through a well-taken effort. Beer Belly responded with a series of swift attacks and their highly experienced players forced the Year 11 players onto the backfoot, but sturdy defence and organisation helped the Year 11 team survive one of their biggest challenges in the group stage with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
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