[Review] 2017 British Chamber Shanghai 7 A-Side Football Tournament

Published on 2017-10-18

On Saturday 14 October, the British Chamber Shanghai’s Annual 7 A-Side Football Tournament returned for its sixth consecutive year.

The teams showcased some spectacular skills, there were shock results and some strong winds that all made for an exciting and enjoyable day for all!

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Once again, the tournament was kindly sponsored by JLL and hosted at Wellington College International Shanghai. 23 teams competed 63 matches, equating to just under 24 hours of football in total: the result came down to a thrilling conclusion as the tournament was decided with the last kick of the ball! 

We must mention the weather, which was not kind this year, with the wind wreaking havoc across the pitches making play difficult and spectating even harder!  Thankfully the wind died down for the knockout stages, however it was replaced by rain which continued to make play tricky but did not dampen the spirits of anyone.  The day was fun for all, even those not involved with the football, with a range of activities for the family such as the popular Santa Fe bouncy castle, Asian Tiger’s fan painting, United Family Hospital’s kids puzzle, Hamleys’ interactive games, and everyone’s favourite porcine cartoon characters, the beloved Peppa Pig and her brother George.

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Across four pitches, friends and families cheered on their hopeful contenders as they competed, with some returning teams continuing their good form and some newcomers making a big impact.  With last year’s winners KPMG hoping to retain their cup from group D and many others ready to take the prize home themselves, the action on the pitch didn’t disappoint!

action-mixCompeting in Group A were last year’s runner up, deVere, and they lived up to their status as group favourites by claiming five wins with an excellent goal difference, stamping their mark on the competition by scoring 13 goals and only conceding one.  Highlights from the group games was Holland & Sherry’s five-nil win against Unipart logistics.  Second place in the group went to Candy Hoover as they racked up 10 points, with their only defeat coming against deVere, as they progressed through to the second-tier plate semi-final. 

Group B was a close group, with the first three games all finishing as draws between Harrow and Michael Page, Baker McKenzie and BP, and Harrow and Sino-British College.  Eventually, BP maintained their form from previous years and came out on top of a tight group with 10 points to progress to the cup semi-final, with Baker McKenzie progressing in the plate competition, courtesy of a two-nil win over Sino-British College.

Group C saw some really passionate play, with the heavyweights of St James’s Place narrowly finishing second behind surprise newcomers Banyan Tree.  In a hotly contested group, Bayan tree progressed with five wins, leaving their mark on the competition with some fantastic team and individual play.  St James’s Place followed up last year’s plate appearance by qualifying for the knockouts once more, and they were involved in one of the stand out games, a nil-nil draw with IHG and SJP, with plenty of passion displayed in a feisty encounter. 

In Group D, the cup holders KPMG were hoping to retain their status, but were surprisingly knocked out by finishing fourth in their group, as ARUP narrowly won the group from GKN SDS, who in turn, squeezed out our hosts, Wellington College, despite going down one-nil to them.

As the knockout phase began and the rain began to fall, both cup semis between deVere and Banyan Tree, and ARUP and BP, went to the nail-biting lottery of a penalty shoot-out.  ARUP and Banyan Tree held their nerve and made it through and played out an intriguing final in front of an expectant crowd.  After the 20 minutes were up, and missed chances on both sides, the final also went to penalties and, after the first four kicks were expertly dispatched, the match was decided by the last two spot-kicks.  Firstly, ARUP’s keeper stepped up and scored his penalty. He then followed this up and wrote himself into history by saving the decisive penalty as the shoot-out finished 3-2 to ARUP, and the team mobbed the spot-kick hero.

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In the plate competition, St James’s Place retained their trophy from last year as they beat GKN in the final.

We would also like to offer our congratulations to the recipient of the Team Spirit Award, Hays, and to Mehdi of deVere, who was presented with the Player of the Tournament award.

This year also saw the introduction of female referees, and this was greatly appreciated by all, with the standard of officiating at an excellent level. 

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all teams that participated and all supporters that attended, all of whom helped make the event as memorable as it was. We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to JLL, the event sponsor; Wellington College International Shanghai, the Venue sponsor; Jiahui Health for providing first aid facilities; and all of our in-kind sponsors, United Family Hospital, Asian Tigers, Peppa Pig, Santa Fe, UCFB, Fields, Sanpower Group (House of Fraser, Hamleys, Brookstone) for their contributions to making this event the success that it was.

Final Rankings:

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Winner – ARUP
Runner-up – Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund
Joint 3rd Place – BP, deVere Group

Plate

Winner – St James’s Place
Runner-up – GKN SDS
3rd Place – Baker McKenzie
4th Place - Candy Hoover 

Team Spirit Award - Hays
Best Player - Mehdi Nouri (deVere Group)

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Event Sponsor:

jll new

Venue Sponsor:

         Wellington Venue Sponsor

First Aid Sponsor

       Jiahui

In-kind Sponsors:

UFH      Asian Tigers         Peppa-Pig-China--Eone-approve-updated-      

 Santa Fe          UCFB              FIELDS-very high resolution-logo.jpg

Sanpower Group