Following in the steps of the numerous and successful charity ventures held by The Wellington Hospital, the Wellington played host to several of her sister hospitals with the inaugural Wellington Cup competition, (sponsored by HCL International). As with all other charity ventures, funds raised by the competition went to the Red Cross and JDRF charities.
Several teams entered with representatives from Corporate Head Offices/Prospect House, Lister Hospital, London Bridge Hospital and The Wellington Hospital, all vying for the chance to raise the trophy.
The initial round robin leagues saw the Wellington A-Team, the Lister Lions, the Corporate Dragons and Wellington Wonders all progress to the final stages with the two London Bridge teams taking early showers.
The semi-finals became long affairs with both games running into extra-time. The Wonders managed to overcome the Lions with a 2-1 win, whilst the A-Team lost to Corporate Dragons 3-4, and this coming after going 2-0 up in the first ten minutes of the game.
With time passing, darkness falling and the lift from the floodlights, the final between Corporate Dragons and The Wellington Wonders was a punishing affair. An early lead by the Wonders wasn’t taken advantage of and Corporate Dragons managed to peg one back in the second half. With a penalty shoot-out looming, the goal of the tournament was pulled out of no-where by Jamie Jones (Wellington Wonder) with a peach to the top left from 20 yards. However, the dogged attitude which the Dragons used to win their semi-final reappeared with a scrappy equaliser in the dying seconds of the game.
Nerves, determination and unsteady shooting saw misses, almost-saves and an eventual winner from Paul Redmond. The Wonders take the cup home!
The Wellington Wonders’ captain, Geoffrey Carino, was presented the trophy by HRH, (Human Resources Highness), Lavinia Zecca, and thanked his team, Edward Gee, Paul Redmond, Ryan Beelders, Jamie Jones, Stephen McCarthy, James Keeling and Conrad Lewis, (Golden Boot/Pichichi winner with seven goals) for their contributions and sacrifices. Well done to all who took part and played.