Olympiad Cup success for The Other Team
Twenty-four football teams from Great Yarmouth Borough turned up at Lynn Grove High School to compete for the Olympiad 2012 Cup and Shield.
The tournament, organised by Bohemians FC, was to give the adult football teams in the borough the opportunity to play six a-side football as a pre-season run-out for the players.
On a hot sunny day the league matches started at 10 am.
The first part of the tournament had three leagues of eight teams, each team playing each other once. Considering the heat the football was of a good standard with most matches being played at a high tempo.
There where plenty of drawn matches in the league stages, with some fine displays of athleticism by the goalkeepers.
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On completion of the leagues, the top four teams from each league were entered into the knock-out competition to play for the ‘Olympiad 2012 Cup’, with the bottom four teams from each league being entered into the ‘Olympiad 2012 Shield’. Some teams surprised themselves by managing to get to play for the ‘Olympiad 2012 Cup’.
With the temperature climbing the pace of the matches had reduced, teams started to pass the ball with greater accuracy with defending a priority.
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The standard of football still remained high. Many matches were very close, with some needing penalties to decide the winner. The goalkeepers yet again performed very well with some great penalty saves.
Most penalties were on target, perhaps the England team can take note! Of the four semi-finals only one was decided without the need for penalties.
Gorleston Revolution played The Albion in the Olympiad 2012 Shield final, with Albion Rovers playing The Other Team for the Olympiad 2012 Cup.
Albion Tramway FC had managed to get a team in each final. The Albion won the shield final convincingly 4-0.
The Olympiad 2012 Cup was a very tense match with neither side wanting to have too many players going forward. The outcome after full time was a goalless draw.
With the pressure on the penalty takers the advantage swung both ways during the shoot-out. The Other Team were victorious winning 4-3.
In a very busy schedule Yarmouth Mayor Colleen Walker visited the tournament mid-afternoon to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the good weather.
With 2012 being such a big year for the nation the Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Sports Partnership have been fully involved with promoting sport with the 2012 Celebration Grant Award Scheme. Bohemians Football Club would like to thank the Great Yarmouth Sports Partnership for the grant awarded to the club to enable them to purchase The Olympiad 2012 Cup and the Olympiad 2012 Shield. This tournament will be held annually to keep the London 2012 legacy alive in the Great Yarmouth Borough. All at Bohemians would like to thank Lynn Grove High School for enabling the tournament to be held on the all-weather pitch, the match officials for being diligent through out the day, especially in the heat, and to all the teams that took part.