13th Grade Metro take First and Second place at Hamilton

ECB 13th Metro took their annual pilgrimage down to Hamilton North FC 7-a-side tournament on 29 March.

Splitting the squad into 2, we were joined by four members of the trialling 13th Development squad forming Team White and Team Blue, drawn in separate pools.

The tournament started in a monsoon type downpour that had players looking forward to the mud and water and parents looking sideways at each other, huddled over coffee. The surface water was such that the usual passing game was abandoned in favour of a form of aerial ping pong - hilarious for all to watch and be involved in. With the rain easing, both teams progressed though their pools, playing a fast and accurate passing and finishing game.

By post pool play both teams were in full cry and unbeaten, entering sudden death semi-finals.  Both were tight games needing all players to dig deep and fight for the wins, pleasing both coaches.

A deam final. ECB White v ECB Blue. Some good natured light ribbing between parents and coaches up to kick off. An early goal for White, then two more and a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second half. Seven minutes remaining, Blue scored, then added a second, and with one minute left the equaliser. Wow. Off to penalties.

Team White prevailed in the shootout, taking the title, with both teams and parents enjoying the spoils of the day. A brilliant supporting act as always from the large parental/family group that accompanies these lads.

A second pre-season camp and a couple more friendlies will see the squad preparing really well for the season.


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