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The 2015 Archdiocesan Office for Youth Indoor Soccer Competition

The second annual AOY Indoor Soccer Competition was a day full of fun, laughter and enthralling competition. Twenty four teams from parishes and communities throughout Melbourne came together at the Westgate Leisure Centre on Sunday 21 June to battle it out for the title of the 2015 AOY indoor Soccer Competition champion.

The mixed teams saw competitors play 10-minute games in the preliminary rounds, with the top two teams from each group proceeding to the quarter finals. The preliminary rounds were very close with some teams only advancing due to higher percentage. The quarter finals and semi-finals took excitement levels through the roof. 

After a riveting 4-all draw in the final, Alive in Spirit 1, from the Chaldean Catholic Community, took out the tournament in the extra time ‘Golden Goal’ period against runners up STAY United from the St Augustine Young Adults group.

The Golden Boot award was awarded to the highest goal scorer in the preliminary rounds. Ziyad Markous from Alive in Spirit 1 won the trophy after scoring a massive 13 goals from five pool games.  The Best and Fairest female award went to Jessica Vandegarde from Aftershock Abominable Snowpeople and the Best and Fairest Male award went to Brandon Ong from STAY United. The best and fairest awards represent not just excellence in ability but also a great sense of sportsmanship.  

The AOY were very grateful for all the teams who supported the event and for the wonderful spirit of the day. We look forward to continuing the tradition in 2016!

More photos of the event can be found on the AOY Facebook page.


Images courtesy of (THE GOOD WORD):

IMG (Final Soccer): Teams at award ceremony

IMG (Prayer): Chaldean Community prayer

IMG (Action Soccer): Action on the courts

IMG (Action Soccer 2): Action on the courts

IMG (Br. Onesimus): Br. Onesimus in action

IMG (Big Winners): Winners from Alive in Spirit 1

Action Soccer 2.jpg  Action Soccer.jpg  Br. Onesimus.jpg  Final Soccer.jpg  Prayer Soccer.jpg  Winners Big.jpg 

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