The Annual Freshers Tournament was particularly popular this year with 24 teams taking part in a Group Stage and Knockout Stage tournament. The overall winners were NetSix and Chill, who narrowly beat Procrastinators Union in the final.
Law Society vs. Bayer Neverlusen
Law Society vs. John Terry's Legal Team
Fatzio 8 - 4 Spicy Bites FC
All African Stars 7 - 4 LSD Einhoven
WBS 6-5 MT Dons
Following defeat to the same opposition the day before in the Cup final, WBS overturned MT Dons in a fascinating Champions League Final. Clearly the best two teams throughout the year, MT Dons once more took an early lead, yet were soon pegged back through good work from both Leo Knoertzer and Dom Easter.
In a tense second half, some fantastic goals were scored, including a beauty from Pete Urwin following a fantastic chip from Lewis Martin for MT Dons, yet WBS's class prevailed and enabled them to secure end of year silverware.
MT Dons 9-7 WBS
MT Dons won a thrilling Champions League final against WBS to cap a fantastic season for the team captained by 5-a-side vice-president Lewis Martin.
Inspired by Nick Meulenbroek and Javier Hernandez up front, MT Dons were 4-0 up within minutes. However, following a fantastic fightback from WBS, MT Dons were able to just about keep their noses in front for the remainder of the game to seal victory.
Unreal Madrid 6-5 LawSoc
Continuing the theme of thrilling finals, LawSoc were 3-0 ahead in as many minutes as Unreal Madrid were slow out of the blocks.
However, the champions from the previous year soon began to find their feet and the goals followed. The game was evenly balanced, yet with seconds remaining, Unreal Madrid were able to pinch the winner to win the Plate for the second year running.
BioSoc 3-2 Accrington Loxley
BioSoc came out on top in a tight game with Accrington Loxley as two final-year teams sought to end University with some valued 5-a-side silverware.
A low-scoring game with few chances, was decided near the end with a late winner for BioSoc.
Rarely threatened throughout the day, MT Dons, comprising of many first team men's football players, were mostly kept at bay by an organised Bayern Bru side in the first half with the half-time score only at 2-1.
In a game littered with injuries, it was MT Dons who eventually showed their superior class. Meulenbroek, in tandem with Leo Knoertzer, Pete Urwin and Javier Hernandez amongst others, reaked havoc throughout the tournament and proved too strong for Bayern Bru in the end.
A Little Bit Naked clinched the Champions League and Cup double, edging a hard fought contest with The Bonafide Boyz. At 2-2 it looked like penalties would be required to separate these two teams. But with less than a minute left, Naked broke away in their trademark counter attacking style to snatch the winner.
It was a thrilling match, which neither team deserved to lose. The game flowed from end to end, with both teams missing glorious chances to kill the game off.
A strong Unreal Madrid proved they were the best of the rest with an accomplished performance in the Plate final. They cruised into a 3-goal lead with some excellent goals, including a fine solo effort from Tristan Loffler.
It looked at this stage like the final would one-way traffic, but after the break Biosciences FC showed great character to come back into the match. They scored twice to set up a grandstand finish, but Unreal Madrid held out for the win.
Absolutely Lionel showed that they are a team to watch out for next year, after blowing Fighting Like Beavers out of the water in the Ladder Final. A fresher team ‘Lionel’ surely had too much class to be playing in the Ladder competition and with a bit more organisation will surely be aiming to play in the Champions League in future.
Fighting Like Beavers had no answer for the intensity and quality shown by their opponents, but should be commended on reaching this stage of the competition.
An organised Little Bit Naked side, triumphed over Machine Theory, who will be disappointed to have missed out on glory in a second consecutive Cup Final. Caution was the order of the day, with neither side willing to take too many risks. Both sides had chances to score the crucial first goal, but none were converted in a goal-less first half.
Mid-way through the second half, a Naked counter attack led to Simon Harris one-on-one with the Machine goalkeeper, and the striker finished expertly. From that point on, A Little Bit Naked grew in confidence, putting the result beyond any doubt with carbon copy second goal.
A really good day of football for all that attended. With some great results in the group stages seeing unexpected teams progressing to the knock out stages. The final was decided between Machine Theory and Unbelievable Tekkers who were both early favourites. The first half was very tight with each team scoring once. Machine Theory took the lead with some good play in the centre and a smart shot to finish the move. Unbelievable Tekkers then took control of the end of the second half equilising and missing a few good chances.
Early in the second half Machine Theory took a two goal lead which left Unbelievable Tekkers chasing the game. They pulled one back but a mistake from Unbelievable Tekkers left David Maybank through on goal to seal the win. The game ended 4-2 with both teams giving 110% effort throughout. Thanks to Chaz and the University of Warwick Mens Football Club for a brilliantly organised tournament.
Sunday 21st November saw the first Accenture Tournament organised by the five-a-side society. With some tight and other slightly less tight group games and some high quality quarter finals eventually Bayern Bru, Unbelievable Tekkers, Leavemyarcelona and Crystal Phallus made it through to the semi finals. Leavemyarcelona comfortably won through whilst fresher team Bayern Bru played superbly but needed a penalty shootout to finally overcome Unbelievable Tekkers and make the final.
The final was a tight affair with Bayern Bru twice taking the lead before Leavemyarcelona stretched away to a 5-3 victory leaving them to celebrate with the Accenture Cup. Bayern Bru performed admirably throughout the tournament led by Player of the Tournament James Armstrong and as a Fresher team certainly have a bright future in UW5 whilst Leavemyarcelona look set to challenge for the major honours throughout the year.
A great end to the three day tournament saw 2 Girls Wanchope beating Ginger Magic in the final. 64 teams started the tournament on Saturday and the competition was narrowed down to the two finalists along with ACS and Machine Theory.
The first semi-final between ACS and Ginger Magic was end to end throughout. ACS looked to have won it but unfortunately they were denied by a last minute equaliser that took the game to penalties. The first three penalties ended one a piece and Ginger Magic won it in sudden death.
After already meeting each other in the group stage Machine Theory and 2 Girls Wanchope battled out again. Machine Theory narrowly won the first game 2-1 but the semi-final was a very different story. 2 Girls Wanchope took an early two goal advantage that was later reduced to one goal with the score being 2-1. After this point Machine Theory failed to deal with 2 Girls Wanchope’s use of the ball and they convincingly won the game 9-2.
The surprise finalists Ginger Magic amazingly took the first goal in the final. The game however swung the other way and 2 Girls Wanchope took control by equalising and taking the lead to 2-1. At this point both teams put in some tough tackles and the game opened up. 2 Girls Wanchope looked a lot fitter and took advantage with some great individual and team play that left them with a 5-1 lead with not long left in the game. Ginger Magic managed to score a consolation at the end leaving the game to end 5-2.
Many thanks to all the One World Week members that organised and managed this tournament.
Machine Theory gained their second piece of silverware of 2010/11 by winning the second Accenture Tournament. In a tournament swamped with high quality Champions League teams Machine Theory saw off a spirited Warwick Astley side in the semi finals with some clinical finishing from captain Maybank.
They met Magners Fives in the final who had needed penalties to defeat Fiji in the semis after throwing away what appeared to be a comfortable 2 goal lead. However 3 solid penalties ensured an all-engineering final.
The final was far more comfortable than many were expecting with perhaps Magners smaller squad meaning fatigue became a bigger issue. Maybank was again clinical with Williams scoring a brace of powerful individual goals leaving the final score 6-1. The masters beating the apprentices on this occasion.