fAT bOYS iNVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT 2015 – the final whistle

 “Nothing Ever Happens in Hassocks

a series of fortunate events “

JuNE 6 – Fat Boys  football tournament

The day started with the absence of the much heralded pie oven and a slightly concerned organiser begging on the good graces of his lovely wife – who had taken the transportation device to Littlehampton for body shop succour – These, my good reader, are ultimately the real reasons for the Cobras poor showing (not a lack of team members or cohesiveness, no goal scorer and a lack of talent – no they were secondary issues) How we were going to cook the pies was wot dun for us.

 

The Original Whippets
The Original Whippets

The tournament, conceived in 2010 with 4 teams, this year grew to 11, with The Fat Boys (former whippets) on a three year winning streak having not lost a game since 2011, and with goalkeeper supreme Scott away on England duty, surely this was a time to test their invincibility?

 

Cobras - all stood up at once! Ash probably slide tackling someone...somewhere
Cobras – all stood up at once! Ash probably slide tackling someone…somewhere

You might have thought that with only 4 players available for their first match that things would start badly for  HOGS FC (one of several new teams to the tournament)but no they  still ran out 3-0 winners over a sorry shambles of spitting Cobras, we have no photograph evidnce of them being there – but I do know an overall 4th placed finish was a good start to their tournamnet involvement.

Over the course of a long afternoon many games ebbed and flowed, new teams all aquitted themselves well and entered into the friendly spirit of the occassion – just enough competitive edge to make it interesting, not so much as to be a constant handbag fest – some old scores were settled – 7SIS recording a controversial win over their 11 a side nemesis Rottingdean Greens yet no one left utterly defeated or overwhelmingly triumphant, well actually they did but it all felt very enjoyable so we’ll try the same thing again next year

This year even with 10 games each it all boiled down to a late encounter between the development day winners – Norfolk NC – and the brand spanking new team of YounG’Uns –

Perhaps it was the occasion, perhaps Georges party was on everybody’s mind? but in  the end Norfolk ran out 3-0 winners, their best result of the day, as the Guns suffered their only defeat of the tournament – perhaps they should have worn the pink more often?

So much skill...so much hair product. Norfolk NC the car park shoot
So much skill…so much hair product. Norfolk NC the car park shoot

For the rest of us? Well four of the top five places were taken up by new teams – but there really wasn’t much in it – as 11th was also from the new tranche – and all the teams were capable of putting a good result alongside a bad one, just for some of us the good was rather outweighed by the not so good. 7sis will be pleased to finish above Rotters, Cobras can’t believe they weren’t bottom, GL Rangers won best presented team in lovely matching tops, HOGS finally made it up to six players, Quaggy came through the rank of abject misery last year for a respectable finish without their Barry talisman, Quixote are now a team to be reckoned with, Fire – well they had a lovely day out

Teams Points goals for against diff
1 Norfolk N Chance 24 15 0 15
2 Youn G uns 21 11 5 6
3 Fat Boys 19 9 7 2
4 HOGS FC 18 14 6 8
5 GJ Rangers 16 8 2 6
6 7SIS 13 10 13 -3
7 Hassocks Quixote 13 8 13 -5
8 Quaggy Wanderers 8 4 12 -8
9 Rottingdean Greens 7 4 8 -4
10 Real Social Cobras 7 2 8 -6
11 Friday Fire 5 3 14 -11

 

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Fans swarmed to the game of the day
Fast paced action in what turned out to be the Championship decider
Fast paced action in what turned out to be the Championship decider

 

 

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Hassocks Quixote – The Conrad shoot – Still a few Windmills to topple yet but a good first showing in the main event
Rottingdean Greens - a change of colour might help results next year
Rottingdean Greens – a change of colour might help results next year

 

 

 

A group of Rangers - the GLee type
A group of Rangers –  the GLee type
Friday Fire - perhaps Saturday was a day too late this year?
Friday Fire – perhaps Saturday was a day too late this year?

 

Quaggy is as Quaggy does
Quaggy is as Quaggy does

 

Youn G uns limbering down
Youn G uns limbering down

 

 

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Player of the tournament – with his “Jeff the chauffeur” sidekick
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