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Hunt's Football World Cup

Sunday 2nd July marked the second edition of the annual Hunts World Cup. Colleagues, families and friends were greeted by some fantastic weather at Huish Episcopi and a great day was had by all.

The day started with Rita Safadi, who was awarded the most valuable player making a series of fantastic saves against a strong looking Sherborne Transport side. In the other goal was Keith Snook, the only player wearing sunglasses who was receiving coaching tips from son Ollie who was supporting on. Rita’s side made up of a range of different colleagues from different departments and depots secured a 2-2 draw and went onto to reach the final. Some skillful play from Dan Kadir combined with some deadly finishing from Keegan Van Rooyen proved very dangerous.

The Sherborne Transport team went on to make the semi-finals with some impressive work from the Spicer brothers and Tom Clarke. A special shout out must go to Kieran Jackman who looked extremely professional in his red boots with his new haircut and was a brilliant sport on the day.

As ever the Bridgwater drivers team looked a force to be reckoned with under the leadership of chief organiser Luke Kershaw and last years semi-final goal scoring hero Dan West. However this year was not to be there year as they lost in the semi-final to team Rita Safadi (who was superbly supported by her entire family).

The Sherborne warehouse team also looked strong under Rob Martin’s careful eye and narrowly lost 1–0 to eventual champions team Flack. Although they were hampered by early injuries after Transport Director Phil Hopkins forgot this was a bit of fun and insisted on going in two footed on virtually all challenges.

The Bridgwater packing/warehouse team also looked strong with some good skills on display by Damien MacDonald and Dan Knight (the nearest thing Hunts Food Group has to Lionel Messi).

The final was a hotly contested game, at 1-1 team Safadi hit the post twice with some neat skills from Dan Kadir and excellent saves from skipper Richard Flack, leading the Directors and guests team. In the end the game finished 6-3 after a wonder strike from Phil Hopkins after a clever one-two with son Oliver who in reality was a much better player. An impressive man of the match performance in the final from Mark Clements (star Glastonbury employee) saw the Directors and guests team over the line.

A huge thanks to everyone who came out on the day and all those involved in organising. A special shout out must go to Bertus Van Rooyen, Liam Spicer and Mark Hancock who between them refereed virtually all the games after the dodgy referee in the orange trainers (Thomas Hunt) got the sack!

Next years football world club will be held on the 3G pitch at Yeovil Town Football Club and we hope to have even more teams and certainly a different winning side.   


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