Bangkok Veterans League Season #2, Month #5 04/Jun/2006 • Patana School
Vikings make it a record 4-in-a-row in Jun/2006 Vets League
Once again, many thanks to all those who participated in the 5th monthly competition of our 2nd season of Bangkok Vets League on Sunday Jun/4th. Although we were expecting a record-breaking 8-team turn-out, we still ended up with a record-equaling 6-team competition. Again, Patana School's grounds are truly unmatched and a joy to play on.
While I was scrambling to re-schedule the game fixtures, strange things were happening in establishing new alliances on the other side. Who would have thought the remnants of the "no-show!" Germans can form a new frontier with the LeCoq French? To make matters worse, how could Winking Frog allow any of the Sunbelt boys to wear the froggy greens? It's beyond belief..! But, none of us would have guessed the Franco-German Alliance and the Sunny-Frog Unified could form 2 of the strong teams of the day.
So, the 6 team of the day were:
• Scandinavian Vikings
• British Club
• BU Japan
• Harrow Teachers
The 6-team 17 min/game group fixture again allowed plenty of play-time for everyone involved, probably more than they would have liked in the scorching Bangkok afternoon. However, some of the teams were very lucky to get the chance to play under the torrential rain we had during the middle part of the day, for example our friends from BU Japan pulling out a 2-2 draw (with some great goals) against the British Club.
Vikings were again full-force on show, only missing their injurred star Niclas (get well soon!), and chasing their 4th-in-a-row championship. Again, strange things can happen in football, as their 1-1 draw (with a fantastic last minute shot from their striker-turned-goalkeeper Anders) against British Club can be blamed on the "French Blue" they were forced the wear in that game due to colour clash.
Sunny-Frog didn't look as promising in the beginning of the day, as they were still recovering from Derek's 24th! birthday party the night before, but grew in confidence (and numbers) as the day went on and more of their regular players started waking up from their hang-over sleeps.
The (localized) British Club again had strong showing, aiming for their first championship since Dec/2005, and had relatively good games in the Group Stage. Franco-German alliance took a while to get used to each other, pulling an early win against BU Japan, and losing their other 2 group games.
Our friends from the Land of the Rising Sun had their best tournament so far on their 4th outing, however, their 2 points from their 2 draws wasn't enough to surpass Franco-German's to whom they handed 3 points earlier in their first group game.
And, last but definitely not least, one of our former champions, Harrow Teachers, after a long "summer break", brought up the rear with only 1 point in 3 group games.
So, the stage was set for a fierce Semi Final clash between Vikings -vs- Franco-German and Sunny-Frog -vs- British Club. The Vikings breezed through their Semi Final unceremoniously, but the second SF went to penalties after an entertaining 2-2 game. And, true to their character, the British Club handed over the Grand Final spot to Sunny-Frog after a dismal penalty-shootout (incidentally losing all of their last 5 shoot-outs over the past several competitions).
The 5th place game Harrow -vs- BU Japan didn't produce any goals, repeating the score of their game in the Group Stage. And, in the penalties, BU Japan came real close to winning this time, and had everyone cheering them (even Harrow!). However, luck wasn't on their side once again, and they brought home the much-coveted BadCup! for a 4th time in-a-row, continuing to smash every known record in our League's short history. We're hoping they don't get discouraged, but still bring themselves and their upbeat spirit ti next month's competition.
While BU Japan were breaking records at one extreme, Vikings had plans to break records at the other extreme. This month's Grand Final was a repeat of last month's, but the quality of football and entertainment was much improved. The Sunny-Frog leapt ahead with a very early goal, totally numbing the Vikings, but yet again, the Vikings pulled themselves out of the hole again in the very last play of the game, equalizing with a nice high header from Anders fed from a corner. One stops and asks oneself, what would the Vikings do without Anders (who was promised to be confined to the goal in this month's competition)? It's a question everyone seeking for an answer, hoping to find one in future months.
In the ensuing penalty-shootout, Vikings were able to skillfully convert all their penalties, Sunny-Frog missing one, and handing Vikings their 4th-in-a-row championship — an achievement that I'm sure will be extremely hard to repeat by any other team.
Congratulations to Sunny-Frog, for coming so close once again, as well as to Vikings for lifting up the quality of football in our league. Both of these teams deserve genuine praise.
Here's the complete scores of the day ==>
Also thanks to Derek for the finger-licking snacks and Bruce for helping out with the logistics on the beer and ice. Everyone had plenty of good time, and it was good to see friends after a month.
As I said at the end of the day, let's keep our league mature and civilized, let's keep it together and among friends, and enjoy the beautiful game.
I also want to wish good luck to all the national teams competing in the World Cup. May the best win in the end.!
Next month's Vets day falls on Jul/2nd, which perfectly fits between the Quarter Final and the Semi Final matches in the World Cup. There will be a lot to talk about..!!
Please write me back as soon as possible if your team will be joining the Vets on Jul/2nd, and I'll start making arrangements again.
Picture 1 — Joyous Vets in the end-of-the-day group photo, displaying their silverware.
From: Mori Team: BU Japan Date: 26/Jun/2006
Hello EG San,
Thank you for your information.
Yes, Bangkok United Japan will be there on Jul/2nd.
Thanks and regards,
From: Dominique Team: LeCoq French Date: 26/Jun/2006
France beats Togo !
So we are in the next round, in Germany and in Thailand !!!
Yes EG we will be there; I have been struggling just like Domenech and I've got a team for the next round too, even though the summer is great for a Holiday in France now.
I do not see any German team in your list ! Are they all in Berlin to watch the Quarter F. ?
If they are any players left in Bangkok and want to play, we can do the Franco-German trick one more time and I gladly invite them to join us
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