After a three year break, the AJF 5-a-side football tournament is back!
On the 30th June 2019, the highly anticipated AJF football tournament was welcomed back by players and fans alike. This years tournament makes it the 4th since its inception back in 2014 and some say the toughest yet. Winning it in 2014 and 2016, Borussia Teeth, were unable to compete for the prestigious shield, guaranteeing us new winners this year.
Returning to the home of 5-a-side football, Goals Ruislip, 20 teams participated within 4 groups, playing multiple group games. The top 2 of each group progressing to the quarter finals, the rest heading to the bar for an early beverage.
The tournament started with ferocious intensity, players sprinting around and goals galore being scored. A shock to most and testament to the tournament, is that the intensity continued through the heat and multiple games as teams battled to be champions.
As we entered the knockout stages, the older legs started to tire and penalties were needed to separate a few of the tighter games. Entering the semi-finals we had; Village Kids vs Handstand Dan United and AJ Victoria vs Rice Rice Baby.
Rice Rice Baby squeezed a vital goal past AJ Victoria for a 5-4 victory, whilst Village Kids secured the other final spot with yet another penalty shoot out win. The final showdown between Rice Rice Baby and Village Kids ended with a 2-1 victory to Rice Rice Baby!
Overall, a successful tournament with £1,175 raised for the Alexander Jansons Fund!