Friday 9 May 2014

We Should Have Won! - LSI Plays Football

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LSI’s team played a blinder!
We spoke to their manager John Hicks for the low down of the match.

John is in the middle with a red top

“The current group of players haven’t really been training long, they play football on Mondays and Wednesdays, but Friday was the first time they’d all played on the same team together. They were thrown together and coped really well. The team was made up of loads of different nationalities. Normally with the school we train twice a week and then the nearer we get to the Summer the more popular it gets, and yeah some of the students play down on the common (Southsea Common) as well.
So on Friday we played in The Portsmouth University tournament, which involved 15 games with teams from the university, a bit like a mini World Cup. They had some first team players who were really good and then some others ;-)

Was it fair? Well we were robbed a little bit, to be honest we had a very very difficult group, some of the teams in our group were really strong, physically and in terms of ability. We won the group then the quarter and semi finals.  We did extremely well to get to the final but I think by then they were quite drained and tired. They were also tired from the physical nature of English football, they got kicked in the air a little bit, and were a little bruised and battered.  If we had played the team from the final at the start we would have killed them!  

In total they played 6 or 7 games, each one lasts about 20 minutes to half an hour, and yes they were exhausted by the end of it.  We were unlucky not to win it, we were definitely the best footballing side, but the physical nature of English football came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of them, they were quite shocked that the ref wasn’t giving them a bit more protection, but welcome to English football ;-)

This is how everyone felt!

What’s next for us? Well there’s a language schools’ competition, where all of the local language schools will get together and have a tournament – and we will win that one!”

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