By Bob Messenger
Thanks to everyone who turned out on Saturday for the 3rd Eltham World Cup!
We were lucky enough to have a magnificent day weather wise and the decision to move our “stadium” to the other side this year and under the tress was a good one as it probably stopped a lot of sunburn.
The turn out was fantastic, and so was the conduct of all the players, there was a little friendly banter of course but it was all in good spirits!
Thank you again to Nigel (Holland / Alphington) and John (Scotland / Diamond Valley) for supporting our event!
If you had to leave early and missed the end, the World Cup this year delivered a classic finale, after 7 rounds of hard competition,Australia and Holland ended up on top of the World Cup Ladder, narrowly edging out Brazil.
After a scoreless 20 minute final, Holland eventually won after a nail biting penalty shoot out, when the 8th penalty was saved by the Dutch keeper, congratulations to Holland and well done to Australia for a great performance on the day.
I would also like to thank some people who helped make this happen on Saturday;
Graham Attwood who did a brilliant job at managing all the referees and keeping all the games running on time
Also thanks to Neil Pearson, Brian Stockley, and the other volunteers who reffed and played, on such a hot day, it was a big ask
Thanks to everyone else who lended a hand, Darren and Gary (bar table and medical support), Phil, Dom, Frank and all the guys who donated beer, soft drinks and water to sell at the bar.
Thank also to our sponsor for the day, Steve Brown from Continental Tyres who put money behind the bar to allow us to make pure profit for donations on all our bar takings.
My thanks also to Steve Harrison who stepped up at the very end to take charge of the auction (as usual) and all the team Captains and their assistants who collected all the money which was crucial to our cause
Finally my thanks to Ivan who kindly donated some funds from the club to add to our overall donation
So finally and all importantly, Im happy to tell you what we raised!
I’m delighted to say 2013 has been the most successful World Cup ever, and we ended up raising $3,645 for the Eltham Retirement Home – an absolutely brilliant effort, guys!!!
I am about to go down and deliver the money to them and I know they will be so grateful of what you have all done for them, so read this and feel good you have been part of something special guys, so thank you all very much for all your kind support!