The first WSM Newham Adult Fives was a great success recently (Mon 2 August). Five teams from various Churches in Newham battled it out in entertaining but hard fought games for the World Sport Ministries Cup.
Two players stood out for their skill, effort and sporting attitudes and received player of the tournament medals. Jason from Cliff Walk Rovers and Nikead from Bonny Down’s Summer Scheme were the two stars. Other players catching the eye were Dipo Oni and Gareth Bebb for Cliff Walk Rovers, Joel Matthews for Cliff Walk City, Richard Marzetti and Pete Laing for Bonny Downs Church.
Despite losing all 4 games the Summer Scheme lads showed great spirit throughout their games. Bonny Downs Church, Cliff Walk City and Cliff Walk Rovers all won 2 and lost 2 games each. Cliff Walk Rovers taking second place on goal difference. The inaugural and comfortable winners with 4 wins from 4 games and a goal difference of plus 12 were the Gateway City team. Leader Dan Grassham’s pretournament quote “I’m quite confident of victory” was quite prophetic!
After the tournament Referee Mark Blythe shared how his thoughts about Suarez of Uruguay went from very high to low during the World Cup. What a shame that a superb player will now be remember just for his cheating, like Maradona, and not his amazing ability.
Mark shared how God had proved himself to him and how his life is now transformed through his belief in what Jesus did for him. Sadly his footballing ability didn’t improve but being able to deal with disappointment has!
The players were challenged to ask their team manager to find out more about what Jesus really did and why.
Bonny Downs 4 Cliff Walk City 2
Summer Scheme 1 Gateway City 4
Cliff Walk City 5 Summer Scheme 3
Cliff Walk Rovers 2 Bonny Downs 1
Gateway City 3 Cliff Walk Rovers 1
Bonny Downs 4 Summer Scheme 3
Summer Scheme 1 Cliff Walk Rovers 5
Cliff Walk City 1 Gateway City 4
Gateway City 6 Bonny Downs 1
Cliff Walk Rovers 3 Cliff Walk City 5