ALL GAMES AT LONG LOTS — BE READY TO START AT 6:15 PM SHARP! — EVERYONE MUST BRING A BALL!
August 1: For the 2nd year in a row, the finals went to overtime. The match was scoreless through 37 minutes. Three minutes from time, Lefty Penderakis scored for #1-ranked Greece. But Emerson Anvari equalized 1 minute later, for #2-seeded France. Following Watermelon Cup rules, the game went to golden goal — but every 2 minutes, each team took 1 player off the field. With the field opened up, Matt Tanzer pounced on a rebound to give Greece the hard-earned 2-1 victory. Congrats to the Greeks on a well-earned win; to France for a worthy final, and to all for another successful Watermelon Cup season.
July 25: Qualifying for next week’s semifinals and finals came down to the final matches. France and Greece entered the last game tied for 1st place. France beat last-place Nigeria, but it wasn’t easy: 4-3. Spain edged Greece. That put Spain in a 4th-place tie with Holland. Head-to-head would determine which side advanced. The teams drew 2-2 in their first match. Last week, Holland beat Spain 3-1. So that sent Holland through, and Spain home. Next week’s schedule:
Semifinals: #1 France vs. #4 Holland; #2 Greece vs. #3 Egypt. Finals to follow immediately afterward. See you there!
This week’s results:
Holland 7, Nigeria 2; Egypt 9, Spain 5; Greece 2, France 1
France 4, Nigeria 3; Spain 4, Greece 3; Holland 5, Egypt 3
July 18: Lots of action tonight. 5th-place Holland won twice — including an upset of co-league leader Greece. Nigeria also beat Greece, for its 1st victory of the season. Spain shut out co-league leader France. Sam New had 2 excellent goals, while Thomas Nealon scored on a spectacular bicycle kick. Next Wednesday is the final week of the regular season. Five teams are still in contention for the 4 playoff spots.
Spain 3, France 0; Egypt 5, Nigeria 3; Holland 3, Greece 1
Holland 3, Spain 1; Nigeria 6, Greece 3; France 5, Egypt 3
July 11: Greece and France both won twice — though not easily — to remain tied at the top of the table. Scores:
Greece 2, Spain 1; Egypt 5, Holland 3; France 2, Nigeria 1
Greece 7, Egypt 4; France 7, Holland 3; Spain 4, Nigeria 3
June 27: The World Cup matches this afternoon had crazy results. So did tonight’s Watermelon Cup. For example:
— There were 3 ties in 6 games — the most ever in Watermelon Cup history. Holland and Spain both tied twice.
— France handed Egypt its 1st loss — and then France suffered its 1st loss in the next match.
— Greece won twice — and Nigeria and Holland earned their 1st points.
— Timmy Liles set a Watermelon Cup record with 5 goals in 1 game.
Remember: No games next week (July 4th). We resume July 11. Everyone should bring a ball!
June 20: Timmy Liles’ goal with 3 seconds remaining lifted France to a 5-4 victory — their first of 2 on opening day. Egypt — without a keeper — also went 2-for-2. Greece and Spain won 1 match each.
|Holland||4||4||2||14 – Holland advances on head-to-head|
Gabe Baltierra (captain)
Vaughan Sealey (captain)
Lefty Penderakis (captain)
Alejandro Perez Elorza
Nick Ambrose (captain)
Patricio Perez Elorza
Sam Liles (captain)
Ry Cohen (captain)
SCHEDULE — ALL GAMES AT LONG LOTS — BE READY TO START AT 6:15 PM SHARP! — EVERYONE MUST BRING A BALL!
Wed., June 20: France-Holland; Egypt-Greece; Nigeria-Spain
Egypt-Nigeria; Greece-Holland; France-Spain
Wed., June 27: Greece-Nigeria; Holland-Spain; France-Egypt
Spain-Egypt; Nigeria-Holland; Greece-France
Wed., July 11: Spain-Greece; Holland-Egypt; Nigeria-France
Egypt-Greece; France-Holland; Nigeria-Spain
Wed., July 18: France-Spain; Egypt-Nigeria; Greece-Holland
Holland-Spain; Greece-Nigeria; France-Egypt
Wed., July 25: Nigeria-Holland; Spain-Egypt; Greece-France
Nigeria-France; Spain-Greece; Holland-Egypt
Wed., August 1: Semifinals and finals
RULES — All games at LONG LOTS — Be there ready to start at 6:15 pm sharp! — Everyone must bring a ball!
1) 20-minute halves, running time. Approximately 5-10 minute halftime. Shin guards are mandatory.
2) 6-v-6 plus 1 keeper; if both teams agree, they can play 7-v-7 plus 1 keeper. Keepers may use their hands WITHIN REASONABLE AREAS. Subs may enter on any out-of-bounds or dead ball; no subbing on the fly.
3) No referees; call your own fouls. No penalty kicks. Watermelon Cup administrators* will be in attendance at all games, and may eject or ban players for egregious or repeated fouls.
4) No offsides, though goal-hanging is severely discouraged. This is the Watermelon Cup; if you can’t play defense as well as offense, find another sport.
5) 3 points for a win; 1 for a tie.
6) *Watermelon Cup administrators: Dan Woog, Kurt Dasbach. Yes, Dasbach plays. He’s a very fair guy. This isn’t the Supreme Court. Get over it.