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The Arena team gets sporty

The Arena team gets sporty

On a warm, tropical day in Leeds, the Arena Group 5-a-side team could be forgiven for thinking they were in Brazil.

There were no thoughts of playing like England however, as our team marauded through the group stage to qualify for the knockout rounds.

The tournament in question was the Gordons LLP 5-a-side “World Cup”. With 18 teams present and only the top two in each group progressing, the pressure was on the team to get out of the group.

But they did exactly that, winning all of the games in the group and the quarter final. The lads went from unknowns to become a tournament favourite.

Unfortunately, the journey came to an end in the semi-finals. Despite fighting back from 2-0 down, the team were powerless to stop eventual winners, BDO, from scoring the late goal that took them through to the final.

The disappointment was short lived however, as Gordons had put on a free BBQ and bar which was a huge help in softening the blow of elimination.

Pete Bond, an Arena player commented; “It was played in good spirit with a carnival atmosphere -although it was highly competitive with no team giving an inch. It was disappointing not to make the final but that did mean we could get a head-start on the burgers!”


The Team (L-R) Back row: Ben Lockwood, Tony Schofield, Dave Wagstaff, Pete Bond, Shaun Manuel. Front Row: Ravi Limbechaya, Jack Peacock, Richard Green.

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