Contributed by: johnjoyce
While most people on Sunday night were tucked under their duvets and electric heaters blasting, GZIFL players bravely headed to Tianhe Bei Lu to play the game they love. Like all true sportsmen not even the relentless, miserable, March rain could dampen their passion to play.
In the ‘A’ Division Ciabatta Latinos stay on top after grinding out a 2-1 win over Paddy Field. For the Latinos a win is a win as they look to keep the GZ All Stars at bay; for Jon Smith’s men their disappointing form sadly sees no end much like this weather.
The pick of Sunday’s fixtures saw titans collide as second place played third: GZ All Stars verses St. Tropez. This was to be a real examination of the All Stars title credentials and to check if St. Tropez were still in the contest. What ensued was a tight game settled by a single goal. In the end St. Tropez gave a good account of themselves but the All Stars pack serious firepower and if anyone was going to settle the match it was going to be top scorer Mike: 2-1 GZ All Stars.
Unperturbed by the wet weather were the impressive Samurai Boys overcoming a capable Arabic Team 6-3. On this form the Japanese team could be dark outsiders swooping in for the championship.
Hooley’s fine run of form continued with a downpour of goals saturating bottom of the table Club Istanbul: 10-2. Hooley’s standout player was Sergey Zenchenko who netted five times. According to Hooley’s coach Jono Lake, “Superlatives couldn’t describe Sergey’s performance in the rain tonight. The guy is a goal machine and if he can recapture his goal scoring from earlier in the season we’ll be a difficult team to beat ...
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