Last Friday saw the start of the Annual IBM 5-a-side football tournament at Keele, and I was attending for the first time. The format for this year was 2 leagues of 7 teams from which 4 would progress from each. Our league form was varied, but we managed to scrap to a 3rd place finish which put us in the pot for the knockout draw. On the way to qualification we lost twice to Aidy Spenders‘ Dynamo Chicken Kievs, who played some outstanding football, and were probably the in form team.
The Sunday knockout saw us scrap past The Scruffies, another Hursley team, before again scrapping past a team of old boys from Havant. Hopes of an all Hursley final were scuppered when the Dynamo Chicken Kievs were soundly beaten by The Toon Army, which left it up to us to retain our title… We took the lead, but with 1 minute to the final whistle we conceded and we ended up losing 2-1 in extra time.
Apart from the final result I had a great time, and have all penciled in the date for next year (17th-19th April). Nightlife was good too, but not for posting here!