Bangkok Veterans League Season #4, Month #1 03/Feb/2008 • Harrow School
Feb/2008 Vets League Top Cup falls back into the laps of Cosmos
What a wonderful kickoff to a new season — our biggest ever 22-team day of football that worked like a Swiss clock! We started on time and finished before the dusk. I can't remember a punctual tournament day like this in recent memory.
I will go out on a limb here, and claim that the agreements made in the Captains Conference on Jan/30th resulted in tangible benefits in the overall running of the whole tournament. Of course, I could say that more helping hands would be appreciated, but [20 Baht] I was happy with the help I got from Graham (Winking Frog), Roland (BSL), Dino (Swiss) and Sirichai (Yingcharoen).
First time giving it a try with 22 teams, and a total of 75 matches, I was apprehensive whether it will work out or not, but [20 Baht] was happy to see it all turned out for the best.
There were clearly a number of strong teams — Winking Frog, Cosmos and LesGaulois (in Group-B together), the 2 Turkish teams (in Group-C together), defending Champ! Harrow Cooks, Yingcharoen, Campioni. Finding Cosmos (with full squad this time!), Anatolia (with Anders in the attack for them!), and Harrow Cooks (with the same nimble group of players from Dec/2007) at 15 points at the end of the Group Stage was a good indication how it will go.
However [20 Baht], Cup Division QFs were not friendly to Yingcharoen, Winking Frog, Campioni, and Harrow Cooks, losing out to LesGaulois, Anatolia, Cosmos, and Turkish Allstars respectively.
In the Shield Division, new-comers Rockets, common-faces Amadeus, and old-timers Germans were making waves, while in the boondoggle Bowl Division, the new-mix Eton and the new-offshoot BSL Apprentices (and their bigger-brothers BSL Originals) as well as the usual suspect British Club / LeCoq / BUJtripartite were fighting it out to not win the much coveted BadCup! At the end of the day, BSL Apprentices didn't pass the opportunity to win the BadCup! on their "first-ever" entry in the Vets, firmly snatching it away from LeCoq
The heated battle in the Cup Division lead to a Cosmos -vs- LesGaulois matchup in the Grand Final, a repeat of the Apr/2007 Grand Final, but this time, saw Cosmos finishing victorious, much like their earlier clash in this month's Group Stage.
And, arguably, in the most interesting match of the day, Anatolian Turks faced off (a very non-Turkish) Turkish Allstars in the 3rd place match before which all the players had to be body-searched as a precautionary measure. In the end, Anatolia triumphed with a narrow but [20 Baht] exciting 1-0 score to repeat their 3rd place achievement from Aug/2007.
When the dust settled, the following were the full list of rankings, the winners joyful in their well-earned trophies, and the losers enjoying their hard-fought beer-bucket coupons from our new sponsor, DownUnder Sports Bistro in Sukhumvit Soi 23.
Congratulations to all the teams and players who took part in Vets League's 4th season opening tournament of 2008, and to Cosmos for kicking off the season with a firm championship under their belt, which I'm sure will go a long way in maintaining their season-champions achievement from 2007, as well as, perhaps, surpassing Vikings's 4-in-a-row consecutive wins record from 2006 season.
I'd like to thank everyone who showed up and had a good time, as well as those who helped in the organization. Because of the mammoth 22-team tournament this month, I didn't find time to test my new Ronaldinho-10 wheels, but [20 Baht] watch out, I'll be out there on the pitches soon, making countless masterful assists and scoring multitude of spectacular goals for the teams that want to employ my skills in the rest of the season