It’s official Elm House won our inter-hostel football cup tournament this month. Even more unfortunately they managed it quite easily in the end too. A worthy win!
This month’s tournament, was more popular than the last, (I reckon there were nearly 30-people who turned out to play). I’ve no detailed report on each resident’s performance this time instead I shall simply report on those noticeable for the best of reasons and, for a few (well one) not so many good reasons.
Due to high turnout, our usual hour-long single game of football, whereby we tend to mix-up the residents to ensure a balanced game, was superseded. This time each hostel had its own team and played against each of the other hostels. Hence, three matches of 20-minutes each with each hostel playing a total of 40-minutes across their respective two games.
By way of summary and in order of games played:
- Elm won against Holly 8-1 (or something ridiculous..possibly more)
- Elm won against Oak about 5-1 (in the end after a pretty close first ten mins as it happens when it was 1-1 for quite a while)
- Oak won Holly about 6-1 (much to D’s total chagrin)
- Elm were declared overall champions! Oak over-performed, bearing in mind that many of its expected star players didn’t show on the day either. Holly were the “wimping boys” of the event despite their massive turnout (number of resident’s v number attending)
Elm Highlights – Winners
- After claiming a fitness level of 93% (last game 60% due to a chest infection), Dean was puffing uncontrollably within 10-mins of the first game kicking-off. Clearly been doing too much in the gym!
- D D – world-class (or was it Elm-class) in goals. He’s like a magnet with the ball.
- S – another good performance and also volunteered his services for the Oak match versus Holly after Elm was done.
- M – first time attendee. Could tell he’s played before. (Note to the Support Officers) he needs to work on his fitness and you’d better make sure he doesn’t leave or “promoted” to a move-on flat before the next game because Oak are “a-coming” for you.
- J – hopeless in nets (for Oak), but nobody told us beforehand (sorry for the pun) that he had a broken wrist!! Did OK in outfield for Holly’s second game.
- K – like M a first-time attendee. Played really well although not as naturally talented as M.
- J – least said the better. More bothered about paintballing than midfield.
- L – originally part of a cheerleading squad with C and S before the latter two moved on. I had literally planned and budgeted to buy some pom-poms for them. Anyway, she led the more general support and was last seen snaffling the trophy up to her room like a magpie…last you will see of that Dean!
- Amy (Housekeeper) – played a blinder with homemade pizzas for the after-match meal. Enforced a zero-tolerance attitude to those that played against Elm forcing them to come in through the back-gate now and forever known as “Traitor’s Gate”. In terms of competitiveness she makes Dean look mild-mannered.
Oak Highlights – Runner-up
- Packed-lunch / sandwiches – say no more Mark (Manager). An “army marches on its stomach” and all that.
- D – after less than 5-hours sleep over the previous two days it was not surprising that our midfield dynamo was running low on power.
- L – relatively new resident and first time attendee. Some really nice touches and an eye for goal. Also put in a good shift in net for the second game against Holly. Deserves a pat on the back.
- Z – (only female player this time) did really well and (priceless) scored against Holly which totally finished-off D’s dreams of winning and was worth turning up for just to see his face when it went in. Girl deserves a medal in my opinion; what did she get? A packed lunch instead!!
- Bob – player / ref. Struggling with general middle-agedness and a match the night before against a bunch of young “whipper-snappers”. Put in a “turn” for the mighty Oak and took great delight wiping the smile off D’s face in the match with Holly. Suggestions from the residents that his general standard of refereeing had improved since last time, or was it that they had learned not to bother complaining about it this time?? Who knows.
Holly Highlights – Losers
- Bumper turn-out from Holly after only one person attended last time.
- Pre-match betting had them taking Elm to the “wire” for the championship.
- However, pre-match promise is just that…pre-match!
- Despite their legions of human resources, Holly were poor with a few “exceptions to the rule”.
- B – played better in the second game. Clearly his speed / endurance training up and down the stairs to his room is working.
- R – what a surprise. I was quite worried about him before the kick-off, but worries unfounded. Within 2-mins he takes the ball, beats two Elm-ers and gets a shot-off towards goal. One to watch!
- K – very slight of frame but actually did really well. Hope he enjoyed it as much as he seemed to.
- D – not seen him since the first match in November 2018 during which he expended more energy giving me grief than running about the pitch. “Out-of-the-blue” he’s in the lounge yesterday morning and ready to go. Despite his absence he had not lost his ability to whinge, moan and generally cry about everything. A negative influence on the Holly team in general despite being one of its best players.
Post-match the trophy was presented to the Elm Captain and photos were taken of the winning team as well as a more general photo of all the attendees across the hostels.
A tricky one this time, mainly because of my dementia I think.
Two more top quality shirts provided by Vic. One Liverpool away shirt and a top-of-the-range Manchester United away top – yes, the pink one they had on against PSG.
After much thought (not really) awarded to K from Elm (wisely chose the Man United shirt) and S from Elm (left with the Liverpool shirt when he is actually a West Ham fan).
Thanks Vic (Duty Supervisor) – much appreciated once again.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and join us, onwards and upwards to the next game!