ALL GAMES AT LONG LOTS — BE READY TO START AT 6:15 PM SHARP! — EVERYONE MUST BRING A BALL and wear the correct color t-shirt! MASKS REQUIRED TO AND FROM THE FIELD.
August 12: After a week’s delay due to Tropical Storm Isaias, India stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to take the coveted Watermelon Cup, 3-2 over Israel in the finals. The Indians — who had no substitutes — had eked out a 1-0 victory in the semifinals over England, while the Israelis withstood a late challenge to fend off Bhutan 4-3. Congratulations to all, especially the champs: Surya Balaji, Paddy Donovan, Marcos Inglada, Alex Laskin, Griff O’Neill, Zach Pulichino and Lau Ten Cate. Missing: Ryan Fincher and (injured in the first match) Matt Engler.
July 29: The tightest regular season finish in Watermelon Cup history saw 2 teams tie for 1st place — and 2 for the final playoff spot. Those 2 squads — Bhutan and England — split the 2 matches they played against each other. So the next criteria was comparative scores in those matches. Bhutan (won 5-2, lost 3-1) edged England — and reached the playoff — by only one goal. Crazy stuff. At the top of the table, both India and Brazil had 17 points, with 5-3-2 marks. They drew tonight. Brazil earned the top spot, thanks to an earlier victory. The semifinals and finals are next Wednesday; the 2 non-qualifying teams can play a friendly during the semifinals if they wish. Pairings: #1 Brazil vs. #4 Bhutan; #2 India vs. #3 Israel.
Bhutan 3, Djibouti 0; England 4, Israel 3; Brazil 1, India 1
Bhutan 5, Brazil 2; Israel 5, India 3: England 5, Djibouti 2
July 22: No double winners; 2 draws (both involving Djibouti), and a dogfight for the top spots. Next week is the last for regular season matches; the playoffs take place the week after that. And next week features a match-up between the 2 teams tied for first place: Brazil and India. No team is yet out of contention for one of the 4 playoff spots. No new players allowed!
Israel 2, Brazil 1; England 3, Bhutan 1; India 5, Djibouti 5
Djibouti 4, Israel 4; India 3, Bhutan 0; Brazil 5, England 1
July 15: In a feisty night at Long Lots, England notched its first wins with commanding performances; India suffered its first 2 defeats; Brazil took over 1st place, and Greg Shikowitz scored the goal of the year.
Israel 5, India 4; England 5, Djibouti 2; Brazil 2, Bhutan 1
England 5, India 2; Brazil 3, Djibouti 3; Israel 1, Bhutan 0
July 8: India continued its unbeaten streak with a pair of wins, including 6-0 over previously undefeated Bhutan. Djibouti and Israel notched their first wins, while Brazil joined Bhutan in suffering their first defeats.
India 6, Bhutan 0; Djibouti 5, Israel 3; Brazil 4, England 2
Israel 6, England 2; Bhutan 5, Djibouti 4; India 3, Brazil 1
July 1: The season opened with 3 double winners (Bhutan, Brazil, India) and 3 double losers. Will that form hold next week?
Brazil 4, Djibouti 1; India 4, England 2; Bhutan 5, Israel 2
Bhutan 5, England 2; India 6, Djibouti 0; Brazil 4, Israel 2
Alan Fiore (captain)
Murilo Moreno (captain)
George Smith (captain)
Alejandro Perez Elorza
Daniel Perez Elorza
Jack Douglas (captain)
Surya Balaji (captain)
Lau Ten Cate
Haydn Siroka (captain)
Patricio Perez Elorza
EXTRA KEEPERS (Fill in as needed)
SCHEDULE — ALL GAMES AT LONG LOTS — BE READY TO START AT 6:15 PM SHARP! — EVERYONE MUST BRING A BALL and the correct color t-shirt! WEAR MASKS TO AND FROM THE FIELD!
Wed., July 1: Brazil-Djibouti; England-India; Bhutan-Israel
England-Bhutan; India-Djibouti; Brazil-Israel
Wed., July 8: India-Bhutan; Djibouti-Israel; Brazil-England
Israel-England; Bhutan-Djibouti; India-Brazil
Wed., July 15: Israel-India; Djibouti-England; Bhutan-Brazil
England-India; Brazil-Djibouti; Bhutan-Israel
Wed., July 22: Brazil-Israel; England-Bhutan; India-Djibouti
Djibouti-Israel; India-Bhutan; Brazil-England
Wed., July 29: Bhutan-Djibouti; Israel-England; Brazil-India
Bhutan-Brazil; Israel-India; Djibouti-England
Wed., August 5: 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.