Korkmaz gives a masterful display in Deeping triumph
THE old ones proved they are the best at the Yaxley Masters.
The clock was turned back at In2itive Park as the golden oldies of the local game swapped their pipes and slippers for a set of studs again in the annual Over 35s tournament.
In fact some of the football was almost as fast as the food on offer on a day when the star turn was a man who honed his skills at Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Granted Tuncay Korkmaz (below) might be better known for his playing exploits at Wisbech Town and Spalding, but he still stole the show on Sunday with a hat-trick in the final as Deeping Rangers ‘A’ lifted the crown.
The Deeping lads won every game, dominating Group B and then dumping out reigning champions Anton Select in the semi-finals before sinking Broadgate 3-0 in the showpiece.
The Deeping side was completed by Eddie Herbert, Angus Hepburn, Mark Wilson, John Mchattie, David Jones, Ade Brown and Paul Kirby.
The other semi-final had also gone to extra-time as Broadgate sneaked past ICA by the odd goal in nine.
Fifteen teams took part in all with a couple of no-shows causing a late re-structuring of the group stages, but that was the only hitch.
Yaxley president Jeff Lenton said:
email@example.com “We saw a real change for the better in terms of standard of play on show and, as in previous years, the veterans never ceased to pull out all the stops. “There were some amazing displays of skill and determination, supplemented in some teams by the occasional pint with a burger and chips in between games.
“There were lots of plaudits about our facilities and the standard of the pitches which have been lovingly tended all year by one of our Yaxley veterans – Alf Noble.”
A team of five officials, led by Charlie Keats, ensured everyone toed the line - and the referees clearly had fun as they signed up to return next year.
Yaxley will go from one end of the age spectrum to the other as they stage their successful Festival of Football junior tournament over the weekend of May 26 and 27.