“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 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?
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?
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
|1||Norfolk N Chance||24||15||0||15|
|2||Youn G uns||21||11||5||6|
|10||Real Social Cobras||7||2||8||-6|