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Final Fortnight of Interhall Football League

Apr 28 2003 13:41
Barry Edmonstone
Tension builds as the league season comes to its conclusion.
A ball, the sort used when playing football.

As May approaches the Esquires' Inter-hall football league, like most in Europe, is drawing to a close. Although not of the same quality as Serie A, the Premiership, or La Liga, the Interhall league has grown on its past success and is maturing into a strong and competitive competition. This year eighteen team from across college and the University of London have taken part.

The majority of the teams competing are college halls of residence, and it comes a no surprise that the larger halls feature more prominently in the league. This year, Clayponds, Linstead and Wilson (last years league and cup champions) have proved strong opposition. Clayponds A still smarting from last years defeats, have been a strong team from the start and have led for most of the season. They held off challenges from both Wilson and Holbein/Willis Jackson to maintain an unbeaten run, which was only ended after a controversial defeat at the hands of Fisher, the result of which was only confirmed after a meeting of the league appeals panel.

Linstead A, have grown stronger throughout the season. Their choice to run with two teams may have added additional strain early in the season, leading to a mediocre run of results for both sides. However, now that the A team has found a winning run of form this should see them safely into the top eight. Wilson on the other hand have had a mixed season. A loss on the opening day and a draw against Clayponds A has seen them lose their league crown, but again general form should see them safely into the top eight from where they can defend their cup and championship title.

Although the league is a competition in its own right the more coveted prise is that of cup winners, which brings with it the title of Champions 2002-2003. Only the top eight sides from the league compete in the cup, with the top four league sides having a significant advantage in the quarterfinals. Clayponds A have already won the league, and secured their top four finish with two league games still to play. Currently, Holbein/Willis Jackson, Fisher, and Garden/Weeks hold the other top spots, but the four teams below them can still catch up. A top eight finish, and cup entry, is also still possible for nine teams, all the way down to Southwell, currently tenth in the league table.

This year the league has been at its most competitive, but the real goal of this competition is to let people who may never have played competitive sport before take part in something, which is both fun, and relaxing when many other aspects of life at Imperial can be highly stressful. It also provides a great opportunity for people both within each team and across college to get together and meet for the first time.

Following this theme, my team of the year has to be Pembridge, who after fifteen straight defeats are still battling away to get their first victory. Many teams would have given up, but Pembridge have returned time and time again, which shows a spirit not often found when things are going badly. Credit for this must go to the wardening team at Pembridge and of course to the players themselves. History is on their side as well! After a season with only one point in 2000-2001, Wilson can back the next year to dominate the league and inflict what is still Clayponds heaviest defeat.

Anyway, if you are looking for a bit of exam relief over the next few weeks the final matches of the league season and those of the cup will be played in Hyde, Battersea and Gunnersbury parks, with all the games listed on Live!

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Discussion about “Final Fortnight of Interhall Football League”

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Apr 28 2003 18:11

couldn't you get a better picture? the horsey "woman" aka ULU president is more intersting. At least Gaffer Gamgee gets a nice blonde. What about a strawberry blonde babe instead...

2. ant   
Apr 28 2003 18:43

ahhh so thats what the balls meant to look like (next you'll be saying we play on grass..) , and i think Wilson have got an excuse for fluctuating performance, there shirts do say "Imperial Medical school FC"....

Apr 28 2003 20:25

It's nice to know that you gave Linstead a mention worthy of our reputation. As for the standard of the games, something has to be done about infringements. We don't want a re-occurence of what happened after the Holbein/Willis Jackson-Linstead game do we?

May 02 2003 11:38

Hi Barry!

"Wilson came back the next year to dominate the league and inflict what is still Clayponds heaviest defeat" - this will remain in all our memories. For those of you who want to cast a look at this double-winning Wilson House team, check !! Many greetings to all and good luck for this year's teams!!

May 08 2003 18:12

Why no mention of either union team in your report Barry? Youre not still reveliing from that 3-nil defeat are you? See you in the play-offs...

May 12 2003 12:47

Final week of league results are in and the final table is online.

May 13 2003 18:04

no credit for mighty fisher? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO

8. olodo   
May 22 2003 19:46

could you please post the results of the C&G Football Tournament 2002-3?

May 22 2003 21:37

I would if I could, but I can't. I didn't run that tournament.

Jul 09 2003 23:16

The Story of pembridge:

I had the pleasure of actually playing for pembridge in all, well but one, of the totally diabolical, but unbelievably stupidly hilerious games of toga in which we happened to lose. As it happens, for those of you who think we're s**te, well yes, infact, we are, but also on the side, for about 15 of those games, we only fielded a side, half drunk most of the time, usually with the average turnout of 4 or maybe 6 players. These few had to be woke up with rape alarms thrown into their rooms i mite add. So, even though we did actually lose to brazabon, which is quite an achievement even for pembridge, keep in mind that there is no other team that could have possibly matched us for the biggest laugh that we had when playing 'football'. Sunday mornings just wont be the same again with all you serious boys and no pembridge jokers. Ahhh, the joy. Still, there is always the wilson house communal toss tisue to play with.

11. pedant   
Jul 10 2003 08:32

I hope those weren't the Union sponsored rape alarms - I'm sure you can figure out for yourself that they weren't intended to be used as an alarm clock for drunk people.

Tut tut tut!

12. Pete   
Jul 27 2003 20:55

Well, as Pembridge Captain I have to take some of the plaudits, though I am now a broken man. I just want everyone to know that zero points is a record that can't be beaten and hence I am proud. I don't know if we had more fun than everyone else, but when we lost 4-0 to Wilson on the last day of the normal season, we were the ones breaking out the beer and we were last off the pitch. Although the latter was because we were beating up our goalkeeper. Ah, the joy. Roll on next year.

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