East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
From the moment the heavens opened up at 2:22 a.m. on Sunday morning, I knew it was going to be a long day.!
The Three Kings fields were in great nick, firm underfoot, though a "bit" exposed to the elements.
The draw has us playing fellow US1 (Northern Football Federation) teams NorthShore and Hibicus Coast, both these games resulting in scoreless draws, despite possession and territorial dominance. In the third pool game we came up against the Waiuku Eagles, by now the calculators were out, and not only did we have to win by more than 6 goals (not likely, bearing in mind our inability to put the ball in the back of the net thus far), but NorthShore and Hibiscus Coast were need to draw their fixture.The "Coach" threw caution and commonsense to the wind and played with 3 strikers and one defender,in an attempt to break the goal scoring drought.. The game started with the boys playing some attractive passing football, a goal was scored in the second minute, and this pattern continued throughout the match, with our strike force placing 12 in the back of the net against our hapless opposition. Everyone was elated until we found out that we had been relegated to the Plate competition due to NorthShore winning their game.
In the semi-final we came up against Three Kings United Blue, the 3-0 scoreline flattered our opposition as we were well and in control of this game.
Our opponent for the final was Western Springs, again an unknown quantity. The boys stepped up and played good football, with some flowing moves, superb defending, topped off with clinical finishing, the final score was 3-1 to Bays, but could have been far more. For the record we played 5 matches, scored 18 goals and conceded only 1..! A nice surprise at the prize giving was find out that three of the boys, had won the coveted "Golden Boot" award. The smile on the teams' faces made the effort all worthwhile, a BIG thanks to all the parents, supporters, who put up with the vial weather, with good humour. Well done everyone..