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Corinthians in Holland!

posted 26 May 2015, 07:38 by King George Field
The Corinthian teams returned yesterday from a very successful tour of Holland.  The exhausting schedule didn't appear to affect the players too much, who all played well and won more games than they lost, made some new friends and represented their club and country with sportsmanship, fair-play and good humour.

The teams faced a cross-section of clubs from across Europe in the four age groups and were not found wanting, nor were they completely outclassed by any team.

There were hiccups on the way and there were moments to tax any sane person, but special thanks to the level-headedness and patience of 
tour organiser, Martin Woodroffe, everyone will remember this weekend as a very special and memorable experience.

The teams had three group games on the Saturday, either in the morning or afternoon, and were then entered in different groups based on their Saturday position, for the Sunday games. Disappointingly, from a club perspective, the tournament was held in different locations for the different age groups, but that didn't appear to dampen the spirits of the players as at the end of the Saturday games, Corinthians had two teams leading their groups.

Jason Hunt's u10s were always going to find it tough going as they were playing a year up, as an under 11 team.  However, they stood tall and fought hard and in their last game, supported by two Casuals teams, raised their game to an impossible level, and beat an u11 team 5-0.  It was one of the most emotional events of the tour and the pitch invasion afterwards was something to behold!

Donald Stone and Alan Drings's u11 team also had a tough first day and sadly, were located in a different venue from the other teams.  However, on the second day they were unbeaten, winning two and drawing one, and had it not been for some poor organisation by the hosts, would have challenged for the title in their age group.

Mark Bachelor and Andy O'Neill's u11 Colts also had to raise their game against some very strong opposition, but the adrenaline of being abroad added to their energy and they scored some exciting victories.  Surely, one of the goals of the tournament must be the volley from Alfie on Saturday?

Martin Woodroffe and Ryan McLoughlin's u11 Youth team were top of the table on Saturday with three fantastic wins.  Their age group had over 40 teams and was very competitive.   On Sunday, they continued their march on the title but it was not to be, and they lost narrowly in the final game coming fourth in their age group.

Cathy Lewis and Warren Holden's u15s were also top of the table on Saturday night and went into an extremely tough group for the Sunday games.  Loosing their first game to some bad luck, they ended up one goal difference short of making the 3 and 4th place final.  However, they played some very attractive football and the opposition coaches commented on the style of football the team played and how difficult it was to play against them.

Even though the coach home was full of tired and exhausted people, their were smiles everywhere.  Everyone who travelled had no idea of the quality of the teams they would face but it is very satisfying to know now that none of our teams were out of place in a pan-European tournament which confirms that Corinthian-Casuals produces players of a standard at least equal to our European cousins.  

Thanks also to the parents who travelled, who remained good humoured and supportive while having to deal with the various hiccups that organised events like this are prone to.  It was great to see everyone mixing and getting to know people in other teams.  It's a move towards the community we all want our club to be. Discussions are already under way concerning a tour next year in the UK that we hope will include more of our teams.  

Pictures from the tour can be found on our Holland 2015 Facebook page