Two Woodbrook squads do Bray proud in Hol­land Cup

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Soc­cer

A 25 strong team of un­der-14 school­boys headed off to the Nether­lands on Good Fri­day to take part in the Hol­land Cup.

The Hol­land Cup is an In­ter­na­tional foot­ball tour­na­ment held in the town of Almere over the course of two days. Teams came from all over Europe from the ages of six up to 17.

Woodbrook Rovers sent two teams to take part in this event.

On Satur­day, March 31, one team headed off at 8.30am to the train­ing ground of the lo­cal team Almere FC, where they were to play three matches over the course of the day.

They fin­ished up on the top of their group, un­de­feated with eight points. This meant that the next day they would be put into the fight for the Hol­land Cup.

The other team set out for the Almere Sta­dium on Satur­day af­ter­noon. They played some good foot­ball, but due to ill­ness and in­jury they were de­feated, and had to make the tough de­ci­sion to with­draw from the rest of the tour­na­ment.

Un­for­tu­nately the weather was against Woodbrook the next day as it had rained very heav­ily through­out the night.

When they got to Almere sta­dium there were teams of all ages await­ing the or­gan­is­ers de­ci­sion on how the day was to pro­ceed, as all the pitches were flooded.

About an hour later it was de­cided that the un­der-14s would play seven-a-side on half of an astro pitch. Af­ter plough­ing through pud­dles and muck they made their way to the pitch.

The lads fought hard to pick up their spir­its. Hav­ing topped their group again, they ad­vanced to the semi-fi­nals where they faced some of the top teams in Europe.

They fin­ished fourth out for 32 teams from all over Europe. An amaz­ing achieve­ment for a lit­tle team from Bray.

The boys were de­lighted to bring home a cup and each proudly re­ceived a medal for their won­der­ful ef­forts.

Woodbrook Rovers 1 (above) and Woodbrook Rovers 2 (be­low) durf­ing their re­cent Hol­land Cup trip.

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