20th to 22nd May 2016

Hong Kong Football Club

Masters Squad : Gianluca, Kieran D, Pat, Kieran McK, Stephano, Oscar, Zin,  Andy A, Dirk, Andy C, Pascal.
Coach : Andy Archer
Coach Assistants : Gazza and Warren
Team Photographer : Jean-Luc

After weeks of organizing by Gianluca (and wife) and training by Andy Archer, the squad was narrowed down to the required 11 players; the rules requiring everyone to be over 35 and at least 6 players over 40.

The event actually started on Thursday night 19th May 2016 with the tournament opening dinner and guest speaker Ray Palour (the Romford Pele). This was a great night with all the teams, young and old (open and veterans competitions) from all over the world. Ray Palour was a very entertaining speaker and the following questions and answers session, for which he was joined by Peter Beardsley and Anthony Taylor (English Premier Referee), was funny. DBFC were well represented with 2 tables of 12 people and most wearing DBFC shirts to get us noticed. We need to keep a high profile so that we keep on being invited back!

Friday night’s games started very well against HKFC Veterans and DBFC were unlucky to lose 1-0 (an own goal from nothing) in a game we should have won. Our second game was against Ajax All Stars (ex-professional players) and although their quality was obvious they struggled to break DBFC down and only managed to squeeze a 1-0 win.

Saturday morning the players got to the HKFC early and had a good warm-up ready to start against KCC Veterans. DBFC were the much better team in the first half but failed to capitalise with a goal and in the second half KCC got a free-kick that curled in at the far post to score against the run of play. DBFC tried to get a goal back but got caught on the counter to lose 2-0. The next game against a resurgent USRC team (they started badly yesterday) was difficult against their ex-professional players and they ran out 3-0 winners.

So DBFC did not qualify for the Sunday Cup semi-final or Plate final and spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday watching the very good quality football and drinking beer. A great event enjoyed by all, even when losing. DBFC did not look too far away from winning and should have done enough to be invited next year. The lads did us proud and can hold their heads high.


Reporter: Gazza