Last Wednesday, Web Applications UK held a 5-a-side football mini-league between four teams of Webbies. The player contributions of £3 each are all going to Sport Relief, adding to the money we raised last week.
The fearless volunteers playing for charity were:
Fahim, Chris S, Andrew S, Stephen L and Mark W for the Mighty Managers
Dale, Graham, Shui, Safder and Enoch for Super Systems & Support
Paul, Aamir, Patrick and Robert B for the Daring Developers
Craig Dean, Shaun, Ashleigh, Nick and Craig K for the Downstairs Dominators
The four impressive teams played each other once, after which the top two teams in the league battled it out in a tense final for the title of Office Champions!
One of the first matches lined up was Developers v Downstairs. It was a shaky start with a couple of developers running late. So to even the teams up Craig K switched to play for the Developers – any excuse to kick a ball at Chief Executive Craig Dean in goal! This swap could have been what clinched it for the Daring Developers as the game ended 2-1 in their favour.
At the same time, on the other pitch the Managers v Systems & Support match was hotting up, providing a flurry of goals ending in 5-3 to the Managers.
Quickly moving on to the second matches, the Mighty Managers faced the Daring Developers; the two winners from the previous matches. Seemingly going for the world record of most goals scored in 12 minutes of 5-a-side football, the game ended 6-4 to the Managers who were proving to be a surprisingly talented team.
Meanwhile in the Systems & Support v Downstairs match, Network Engineer Dale was showing off his enviable skills and scored an incredible winning goal for Systems and Support, probably the best in the tournament which lead them to a 2-1 victory.
By the third set of matches, the players looked exhausted but definitely still determined. The Managers v Downstairs game was a ferocious battle despite the fact that the Managers already had enough points to go through to the final and Downstairs had none. By this point it was all about pride and the Managers were triumphant 4-2. The other team making it to the final was decided in the match between Developers v Systems & Support. The worn out Developers fought hard but lost 5-1, leaving the league table as follows:
|Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Difference||Points|
|Super Systems & Support||10||6||4||6|
So it was down to the final, the Mighty Managers v Super Systems & Support. The Managers had won the first time these two teams met so Systems & Support had a lot to prove. What the final was lacking in energy was made up for by competitive spirit. The score quickly moved from 1-0 to 1-1 to 2-1, it was anybody’s game; then the Systems & Support goalie fumbled with the ball and from the angle of the spectators it was unclear whether the Managers had evened the score again. After an anxious wait our expert referee Gordon ruled that it was not a goal, meaning a controversial 2-1 win for Super Systems & Support.
Huge congratulations to the winners led by team captain Dale! They may have won nothing but pride and bragging rights but it was more than worth it to them. Thank you to everyone who took part and supported Sport Relief, your effort will make such a difference to so many people’s lives.