Oli causes an upset

Northern Falcons’ junior Oliver Ollnow caused a major surprise when he upstaged his senior clubmates to win the December 17 Christmas WASPA at the clubhouse, now dubbed ‘The Falcons’ Nest’.
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While it’s true that Oli didnt win a match in normal time, he did what was necessary to take the tournament, based on a defence of steel and the capacity to work attacks with just two figures – always being willing to move the ball back rather than being boxed in.
He won his three knock-out matches on shots, showing a capacity to finish in shootouts.
The Monday night event attracted 11 players, with Johnny Ball making a welcome return after more than a year in the table football wilderness. Many thanks also to Tony Credentino and Geoff Sirmai for once again supporting our club.
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Group 1 saw a pulsating first match, with Neil Brener and Oli sharing the points in a 2-2 draw. Eliot Kennedy beat Neil 2-0 and then struggled against Oli but came up with a 1-0 win.
In group 2, Hermann Kruse stole a first up win against Jonty Brener with a last gasp goal, much to the entertainment of a couple of onlookers who followed Hermann’s exploits in the tournament. Adrian Grunbach overcame Torben Pfister 1-0, Hermann beat Torben and when Adrian and Hermann drew 1-1, Adrian claimed the automatic semifinal placing.
In group 3, Steve Dettre beat Geoff Sirmai 2-1, after Geoff scored a lightning equaliser. Tony Credentino bested Johnny Ball 2-1, but not before ‘Sphere’ scored a shock first up goal.
Steve powered three past Tony in a 3-1 win, and after two scoreless draws, it was Steve and Tony who progressed to the barrage round.
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Both matches went to shots, with Hermann edging Tony and Oli beatigng Steve.
Eliot was on fire in the semifinal, knocking in five unanswered goals against Hermann, while Adrian found it touch against Oli’s disciplined defence and went down 2-0 on shots.
In the final, Eliot worked hard to get around the back of Oli’s defence, creating a few opportunities, but wasting the precious chances. Oli was by no means sat back, and worked a few chances of his own.
But it then went to shots, and Oli’s two nicely chipped shots, combined with some good keepin, was enough to claim the event.

Results Christmas WASPA Dec 2018

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