Sunday 9th September saw the curtain finally fall of what has been an ASFA league season that few people will forget in a hurry!
Trevor Brook, take a bow… how you managed to get the five leagues completed, a total of 578 fixtures, in time for this weekend’s finals day I will never know, especially with all the curve-balls and comets you’ve faced this season. Cracking effort mate, and one that few others would have been able to manage as well as you have. If you’re heading to Finals Day, please take the time to personally thank him (and ensure that he has a full drink close to hand).
Only four fixtures to round up this week, so this shouldn’t take too long.
I’ll start at Eastdale, where the Spermwhales were able to secure second place and promotion, despite the best efforts of Zamantix Rovers Return. The game finished 5-3, with the all important promotion-clinching goal coming in the 93rd minute (Trev provided a more detailed match report on our facebook page). As reported last week, the Whales needed to win by two goals to knock Zamantix Force down to third place on goal difference. So congratulations to all involved with SWFC (I trust that you’ll have a proper kit sorted by the start of the 2019 season). The Western Wanderers finished fourth, four points behind the Whales and the Force, having ended their rollercoaster ASFA league campaign with a 4-1 away win against Kamarak. Nixon Park finished fifth, having spent so much of the season sitting in second place. City Fringe’s inability to field a team not only handed Nixon a 3-0 win, but also ensured that Double Rum Greenhithe could enter their final fixture against the already relegated AUT FC 2 without the added pressure of needing 3 points or to score a certain number of goals. In the end, DRG scored 7 against an AUT FC team that were only able to field nine players. To AUT’s credit, they still made a game of it, scoring 4 of their own.
So that’s a wrap in terms of rounding up all the league fixtures for 2018. All that’s left for me to report on is the outcome of the four Finals to be played at Parrs Park this Sunday. I hope to see plenty of you there!