Best of BHL Vending put in an impressive performance, winning all seven of their matches.

Hospiscare football tournament a huge success

On Sunday 16 December staff from the University of Exeter competed in a charity five-a-side football tournament in aid of Hospiscare. Eight teams made up of staff from various departments competed in the event which took place at the Sports Park on Streatham Campus.

After the rules were relayed and the fixtures displayed the event kicked off in style with teams competing against one another in twelve minute matches in a league style tournament. The use of the double sports hall was generously provided for the event by the University Sports Office enabling all proceeds and entry fees from the competition to be donated directly to Hospiscare. The University’s Campus Services also donated refreshments to be sold, the proceeds of which also went to the charity.

The Hospiscare team captain, Wayne Gale said ‘We would like to thank Wayne Hill from the University Campus Services for arranging such a well organised, enjoyable event.  A significant sum was raised for Hospiscare which will help us to fund ongoing care for our patients and their families in this part of Devon.  We look forward to further sporting events with the University in the future.’

The matches came thick and fast with the goal keepers on all sides being constantly called upon. In total 176 goals were scored in the 28 matches played (one goal for every two minutes of match time), with some impressive scorelines. An important game near the end saw Best of BHL Vending face Hospiscare as the only two sides to remain unbeaten. A tight match saw Hospiscare create some brilliant chances, before eventually succumbing to the efforts of Best of BHL Vending who came through with a nervy 3-1 victory.

At the other end of the table the wooden spoon was contested between Dyslexia United and the organiser’s own team Millars Muppets. Another closely contested match ensued with both teams desperate to avoid last place. Dyslexia United took control of match, leading 1-0 in the final minute, only for a deflected attempt at goal to give the Muppets an equaliser in the dying seconds.

The tournament was dominated throughout by Best of BHL Vending who celebrated a clean sweep of victories, including a 16-0 win over Millars Muppets. Hospiscare came a close second, leaving the rest of the pack trailing in their wake.

Sports Office Business development manager Andrew Fry commented “It was a great afternoon with 28 games of football played in a fantastic spirit, no referees were needed and plenty of money  raised for Hospiscare. To see everyone having fun and giving their time for such a worthy cause that really makes a difference is great. Thanks to all teams involved.

The University of Exeter has a charity team that plays friendly sports fixtures against local companies with proceeds going to Hospiscare. If you wish to be involved contact: Andrew Fry

Date: 19 December 2012