Queens’ grads steal Darwin’s trophy

10 October 2007

Whilst most students were unpacking and waving goodbye to parents last Sunday, graduates were already fired up and ready to kick-start the football season with a one-day six-a-side MCR tournament on the astroturf pitches at Coldham Common. Top teams including Jesus, Queens’, Churchill, Darwin, Fitzwilliam/Clare and Wolfson were all competing against Deloitte teams to win this year’s Deloitte-sponsored tournament.

For the second year now Deloitte has held this graduate tournament and they are looking to make it a permanent tradition. This year’s event was organised by Matt Bullivant (Deloitte) teaming up with Christian Fink (Wolfson) and Alan Massey (Fitz/Clare), football MCR chairmen. Fink said: “It’s the beginning of the season, so it’s a good opportunity to get warmed up”.

Unfortunately, the tournament was only for men because of a lack of women’s teams, but Deloitte says it is keen to help organise a graduate women’s hockey tournament in the future.

Matches were played in two groups of four teams: group A and group B, with the top scoring two teams from each group going through to the semi- finals. Deloitte entered two teams themselves to try and give the grads a run for their money. Each group match was four minutes each way meaning it was crucial to make the most of every moment or goal attempt to earn points.

Darwin, defending champions and the favourites for this tournament, were keen to impress again and regain their title. There were some competitive matches in the early stages with Darwin leading group A before losing to a surprisingly good Queens’ team in the last of the group matches. However, despite this defeat both Darwin and Queens’ teams went through to the semis to play Churchill and Wolfson respectively, who came top of Group B.

There were some close matches with both Deloitte teams being knocked out despite gutsy performances. Jesus failed to make much of an impression in terms of goals and points whilst Fitz/Clare dropped out in the first matches despite some excellent attacking from Alejandro Carrasco who is actually from St Edmund’s.

In the first of the semi-finals with Queens’ playing Wolfson, Queens’ had some strong shooters with Gabriel Paternain scoring two goals and aiming for a hat-trick. Queens’ worked well as a team to set up each shot. However, it was quite a static game with not a great deal of pace or energy – tiredness had begun to set in. This was especially clear in the Wolfson defence, shown by the frustration from the somewhat verbal and overworked Wolfson goalie. Wolfson however did have a few strong moments and some good chances at goal though and did score once, making the final score 2-1 to Queens’.

In the second semi-final, a quick-off-the-mark Darwin scored in the first minute of play and kept the match pace fast and tactile to try and shake off the strong Churchill team. With one all at half time, there was everything to play for and with that there were many good and close goal attempts with the goalies working hard to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

After swapping ends, Churchill, with some fancy footwork, made a charge at goal and scored, leaving a tense Darwin just minutes to regain any hope of making the final. With a few rough tackles and a poorly refereed handball, both teams but especially Darwin, were getting a bit restless and uneasy. A few more attempts at goal were made, but unfortunately the whistle robbed them of any chance to equalise, with the final score at 2-1 to Churchill. Churchill played with some well placed passes and deserved their opportunity to take on Queens’ in the final.

Playing just seven-and-a-half minutes each way, the Queens’ vs Churchill final kicked off at pace with a Churchill ball hitting the post just under a minute into play, showing they were serious competition for the Queens’ underdogs. The Churchill goalie made some impressive saves, but he could only watch as the ball hit the back of the net when Paul Conduit from Queens’ caught him by surprise.

Churchill then stepped its defence up further and pushed forward for several good attempts at goal. However by half time, Queens’ had pulled ahead with a 2-0 lead and tried to step it up a notch even further. A foul near the Queens’ goal gave them another opportunity to score, but they were unable to capitalise on it. Paternain took to a more defensive role in this match, showing the versatility of the Queens’ team as a whole.

Fatigue was then beginning to show after a long day of matches, and some shots and passes became a bit scrappy with the ball flying through the air and players scrambling to head it goalwards. Overall this match wasn’t played so much in midfield, but equally at either end of the pitch, with both goalies working hard for their respective teams. The final score was 2-0 to a victorious Queens’.

Darwin then met Wolfson in the losers’ play-off place with Darwin eventually winning 2-1 in a tiring, but well played match. Darwin were at least assured they came third despite gunning for first place. Queens’ captain, Paul Conduit, proudly received the Deloitte tournament cup, keen to come back next year to take on Deloitte and other graduate teams alike. But there was no bitterness after an enjoyable day of football in the sunshine, with Fink commenting: “Queens’ deserved to win – they had a good team”.

Whilst most students were unpacking and waving goodbye to parents last Sunday, graduates were already fired up and ready to kick-start the football season with a one-day six-a-side MCR tournament on the astroturf pitches at Coldham Common. Top teams including Jesus, Queens’, Churchill, Darwin, Fitzwilliam/Clare and Wolfson were all competing against Deloitte teams to win this year’s Deloitte-sponsored tournament.

For the second year now Deloitte has held this graduate tournament and they are looking to make it a permanent tradition. This year’s event was organised by Matt Bullivant (Deloitte) teaming up with Christian Fink (Wolfson) and Alan Massey (Fitz/Clare), football MCR chairmen. Fink said: “It’s the beginning of the season, so it’s a good opportunity to get warmed up”.

Unfortunately, the tournament was only for men because of a lack of women’s teams, but Deloitte says it is keen to help organise a graduate women’s hockey tournament in the future.

Matches were played in two groups of four teams: group A and group B, with the top scoring two teams from each group going through to the semi- finals. Deloitte entered two teams themselves to try and give the grads a run for their money. Each group match was four minutes each way meaning it was crucial to make the most of every moment or goal attempt to earn points.

Darwin, defending champions and the favourites for this tournament, were keen to impress again and regain their title. There were some competitive matches in the early stages with Darwin leading group A before losing to a surprisingly good Queens’ team in the last of the group matches. However, despite this defeat both Darwin and Queens’ teams went through to the semis to play Churchill and Wolfson respectively, who came top of Group B.

There were some close matches with both Deloitte teams being knocked out despite gutsy performances. Jesus failed to make much of an impression in terms of goals and points whilst Fitz/Clare dropped out in the first matches despite some excellent attacking from Alejandro Carrasco who is actually from St Edmund’s.

In the first of the semi-finals with Queens’ playing Wolfson, Queens’ had some strong shooters with Gabriel Paternain scoring two goals and aiming for a hat-trick. Queens’ worked well as a team to set up each shot. However, it was quite a static game with not a great deal of pace or energy – tiredness had begun to set in. This was especially clear in the Wolfson defence, shown by the frustration from the somewhat verbal and overworked Wolfson goalie. Wolfson however did have a few strong moments and some good chances at goal though and did score once, making the final score 2-1 to Queens’.

In the second semi-final, a quick-off-the-mark Darwin scored in the first minute of play and kept the match pace fast and tactile to try and shake off the strong Churchill team. With one all at half time, there was everything to play for and with that there were many good and close goal attempts with the goalies working hard to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

After swapping ends, Churchill, with some fancy footwork, made a charge at goal and scored, leaving a tense Darwin just minutes to regain any hope of making the final. With a few rough tackles and a poorly refereed handball, both teams but especially Darwin, were getting a bit restless and uneasy. A few more attempts at goal were made, but unfortunately the whistle robbed them of any chance to equalise, with the final score at 2-1 to Churchill. Churchill played with some well placed passes and deserved their opportunity to take on Queens’ in the final.

Playing just seven-and-a-half minutes each way, the Queens’ vs Churchill final kicked off at pace with a Churchill ball hitting the post just under a minute into play, showing they were serious competition for the Queens’ underdogs. The Churchill goalie made some impressive saves, but he could only watch as the ball hit the back of the net when Paul Conduit from Queens’ caught him by surprise.

Churchill then stepped its defence up further and pushed forward for several good attempts at goal. However by half time, Queens’ had pulled ahead with a 2-0 lead and tried to step it up a notch even further. A foul near the Queens’ goal gave them another opportunity to score, but they were unable to capitalise on it. Paternain took to a more defensive role in this match, showing the versatility of the Queens’ team as a whole.

Fatigue was then beginning to show after a long day of matches, and some shots and passes became a bit scrappy with the ball flying through the air and players scrambling to head it goalwards. Overall this match wasn’t played so much in midfield, but equally at either end of the pitch, with both goalies working hard for their respective teams. The final score was 2-0 to a victorious Queens’.

Darwin then met Wolfson in the losers’ play-off place with Darwin eventually winning 2-1 in a tiring, but well played match. Darwin were at least assured they came third despite gunning for first place. Queens’ captain, Paul Conduit, proudly received the Deloitte tournament cup, keen to come back next year to take on Deloitte and other graduate teams alike. But there was no bitterness after an enjoyable day of football in the sunshine, with Fink commenting: “Queens’ deserved to win – they had a good team”.