10 teams battled it out on the evening of Monday 16th May 2011 for the Chadwick Lawrence Charity Corporate 5 A Side Trophy. The eventual winners were Clark Business Recovery who defeated a committed Yorkshire Bank team who had earlier emerged victorious from their group, ahead the eventual winners.
The group stages of the tournament saw some exciting football with Group A being topped by Chadwick Lawrence with the runners up being KPMG. Bibbys were unfortunate not to emerge from the group stages, losing out to Chadwick Lawrence and KPMG on goal difference at the death. Both Walker Singleton and Oval offered some tough opposition, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
In Group B, Yorkshire Bank emerged victorious with Clark Business Recovery finishing in second place ahead of Eddisons, RSM Tenon and PR Booth & Co. Having refereed most of the matches in this group the games were all hard fought.
The semi finals produced two enthralling games. Yorkshire Bank emerged victorious against a spirited KPMG Team who, having suffered two serious looking injuries, were down to only five fit players. Yorkshire Bank eventually broke down KMPG’s stubborn resistance to emerge victorious.
In the second semi final, Clark Business Recovery battled through a tight game against the hosts, Chadwick Lawrence, and eventually went through after a penalty shoot out. Quite how anyone can miss from 3 metres away is a mystery but Chadwick Lawrence managed it!
The final itself was played at an incredibly high intensity bearing in mind the previous five matches the teams had played. Both teams would have been worthy winners but on the night it was Clark Business Recovery who edged ahead of Yorkshire Bank.
Prior to the semi finals, Tom Maher from Yorkshire Bank emerged as the Crossbar Challenge Winner. Tom was the only remaining participant in the challenge when he nonchalantly hit the bar despite all eyes being on him.
The final prize of the evening went to Adam Mortimer of Clark Business Recovery who won the Xbox Kinect Penalty Shootout Competition, which was held throughout the evening. He emerged victorious from over thirty participants and was a deserved winner.
All of the evening’s activities were in aid of a fantastic charity, the Wakefield Hospice. The teams donated a total of ¬£500.00 to the Wakefield Hospice and further sums were raised during the evening through their two representatives Angie and James, who had a stand at the event. Wakefield Hospice’s website can be found at www.wakefieldhospice.org.
The Chadwick Lawrence team would like to give a big thank you to everyone who entered the tournament and for making it such a memorable occasion. Hopefully this will be the first of many such tournaments.