Bangkok Veterans League Season #3, Month #9 07/Oct/2007 • Harrow School
Oct/2007 Vets League conclude with Cosmos as repeat champions
Vets League repeated another high-mark this month, having a total of 20 teams compete in the tournament (similar to 20-team, 68-match tournament of Jun/2007), with 2 new teams on board:
• John Smiths (a.k.a. re-branded Irish Xchange)
• Medical Gear
and, of course, the venerable:
• Team-X Volunteers
Frankly, the 20-team tournaments are a beauty to organize — make the 5 groups x 4 teams format, and let the teams play with each other in their own groups, and let the games run smoothly — 4 games in the groups and 3 games in the knockout rounds. Love it!
Well . . . . . that all, of course, much depends on the time of the first kickoff, which if doesn't happen at 1:00 pm definitely causes the end of the tournament to sag into the early hours of the night. Yes, this month's competition was one of those days, and as you'll see in some of the pictures below, we had to call on the lighting experts (i.e., nearby parked cars) to allow us to finish all the games this month.
And, once the group matches were over, we saw some surprising Top-2 finishers:
• Group-A: Amadeus and Cosmos (LesGaulois a victim)
• Group-B: John Smiths and British Club (LeCoq a victim)
• Group-C: Nextstep and Campioni (other Thai teams biting the dust)
• Group-D: Winking Frog and Anatolia (no surprises here!)
The Knockout rounds saw some more exciting matches:
LesGaulois 2-1 LeCoq <== 2nd-ever encounter of the 2 French teams
Before the final rounds kicked off, we witnessed a much unnoticed match taking place between Hotspot and Yingcharoen, all the way on pitch #17! somewhere out there, for the glory of not winning this month's BadCup!, hoping maybe the hard-working Hotspot may end up with some glory after losing 5 straight matches so far. Well . . . . . it wasn't meant to be, and Hotspot finished the day firmly owning their "first-ever" BadCup!
When we concluded the final rounds of the 3 divisions, the teams standing tall were:
Yes, another worthy victory for Cosmos, and another great day of Vets football. Congratulations to all!
At the end of the day, the following were the full list of rankings:
1) Cosmos <== Champ!
2) British Club
3) Winking Frog
5) John Smiths <== Plate!
9) LesGaulois <== Shield!
10) BSL Veterans
12) Japan FC
17) BU Japan <== Bowl!
Here's the complete scores of the day ==>
My usual thanks go to Hotspot's Gonzague and Yingcharoen's Sirichai for their generous offer help throughout the day.
Looking forward to seeing you in next month's Vets League Sunday.
Picture 1 — BSL Veterans are early at Harrow and in planning mode.
Picture 2 — Eralp the Organizer cooking the match fixtures as he goes along.
Picture 3 — Plenty of spectators in anticipation of the action ahead in the day.
Picture 4 — With Thierry and Carlo on board, Campioni Italians are always a powerhouse.
Picture 5 — Nextstep Steppers brought a strong squad again this month, and finish 4th overall.
Picture 6 — The BSL Veterans looked rather bare-bones this month.
Picture 7 — Yingcharoen Standbys cheering themselves up, but finished winning the BadCup! Final.
Picture 8 — Cosmos testing LesGaulois goal in their group match.
Picture 9 — Benches are full attention watching the matches in action.
Picture 10 — Ice Man cometh.
Picture 11 — Team-X at that instance in time.
Picture 12 — This month's debutantes, Medical Gear got a good taste of Vets action, finishing 15th overall.
Picture 13 — A full-house Hotspot Spotters, resigned themselves to their "first-ever" BadCup! this month.
Picture 14 — Medical Gear back in the frame with a wider angle of the fabulous Harrow School venue. [picture courtesy of P30's Krazy Football Club website]
Picture 15 — LesGaulois's elder statement, Robert, battling it out in the midfield against the Enfant Teenagers.
Picture 16 — Trophies and Formula-1 Trophy Girls — always a good mix.
Picture 17 — Winking Frog and Cosmos still friends after their Cup SF2 match.
Picture 18 — Japan FC enjoying the end of the day.
Picture 19 — Here's how to take a penalty (from British Club -vs- Nextstep match).
Picture 20 — Tuck it into the bottom-left corner, despite all the goalkeepers fantastic dive.
Picture 21 — John Smiths's reds, with Anders and Keld as imports from legendary Vikings, shining bright in the heat of the night.
Picture 22 — Winking Frog and Nextstep seem content in finishing the day as 3rd and 4th overall.
Picture 23 — Champ! Cosmos, although missing their influential leader Mauro on the ranks this month, always bring an invincible squad to the Vets League.
Picture 24 — Although BSL Veterans go home empty-handed today (with a respectable 10th place ranking), Captain Roland can't resist the temptation for photo-op with the Formula-1 Trophy Girls before the trophy presentations.
Picture 25 — Sponsors and Formula-1 Trophy Girls — always a good mix.
Picture 26 — Eralp the Organizer opens the trophy presentation ceremony with his statistics in hand.
Picture 27 — Hotspot's Gonzague victorious receiving their "first-ever" BadCup!
Picture 28 — BU Japan's Wakana San in the middle of his victory sermon, much relieved without a BadCup!, and better yet, with Bowl! (17th overall) trophy in his hand.
Picture 29 — Eric from LesGaulois guarding the Shield! (9th overall) trophy under his wings.
Picture 30 — John Smiths's maestro Kevin handling the fragile Plate! (5th overall) trophy carefully.
Picture 31 — Winking Frog's respected captain Kevin going home with yet another 3rd place trophy.
Picture 32 — Always joyful Wayne from British Club much rejuvenated with their 2nd place trophy in his hands.
Picture 33 — The one-handed catch form Cosmos's Emilio in carrying their yet another championship trophy.
Picture 34 — Cosmos strike a pose as a team at the end of the day.
Picture 35 — And, those who put in the full work today in showcasing on the tournament, Hotspot's Preben & Gonzague and Eralp the Organizer, get the best picture of the day with the Formula-1 Trophy Girls.
Thank you very much for your hard work management last Sunday. I and Nextstep players are very happy.
From: Graham Team: Winking Frog Date: 08/Oct/2007
(With gritted teeth) Congrats to Cosmos for their masterclass performance!
Re-branding of Vets combined side is a good idea. Is there anyone out there willing to sponsor the side? Sponsorship funds could go towards branded shirts, pitch rental and "refreshments".
The MBMG Winking Frog team is still seeking a goalkeeper (or two), so if anyone fancies a regular weekend game, please contact me. The WFFC has a friendly next Saturday which would be an ideal time for new players to come along.
Finally, thanks for your continued hard work and enthusiasm in organising the monthly football marathon that is the Vets League.
From: Stefan Team: BSL Veterans Date: 08/Oct/2007
Great tournament on Sunday. Thanks.
From: Kevin Team: Winking Frog Date: 09/Oct/2007
Another fantastic day was had by all on Sunday, all down to your efforts.
Feel free to e-mail to me if you would like to voice your take on the above summary, or would like to obtain the original resolution pictures.