Cannock Chase Tournement 2014
Family illness and work commitments reduced the entries down from 10 to 6 at Hednesford Centenary Hall on Sunday 21st September 2014,but everyone got to play 5 games, and the Staffordshire Cup Final** was resolved at long last.
1st session Carl Bradbury 0-0 Tony Morrall Sean Bradbury 0-0 Alma Morrall Mike Bradbury 1-1 Kim Bradbury
2nd session Alma Morrall 0-1 Kim Bradbury Sean Bradbury 0-0 Mike Bradbury Carl Bradbury 1-0 Tony Morrall **
3rd session Tony Morrall 0-0 Sean Bradbury Alma Morrall 0-1 Mike Bradbury Kim Bradbury 2-4 Carl Bradbury
4th session Carl Bradbury 1-0 Alma Morall Tony Morrall 0-1 Mike Bradbury Sean Bradbury 1-1 Kim Bradbury
5th session Tony Morrall 1-1 Alma Morrall Carl Bradbury 0-0 Mike Bradbury
6th session Kim Bradbury 0-0 Tony Morrall Carl Bradbury 0-0 Sean Bradbury * Carl won 1-0 on shots
Final Table PL W D L F A Pts
1.Carl Bradbury (Rugeley) 5 2 3 0 5 - 2 9
2.Mike Bradbury (Willenhall) 5 2 3 0 3 - 1 9
3.Sean Bradbury (Rugeley) 5 0 5 0 1 - 1 5
4.Kim Bradbury (Willenhall) 5 1 3 1 1 - 4 5
5. Tony Morall (Heath Hayes) 5 0 4 1 1 - 2 4
6. Alma Morrall (Heath Hayes) 5 0 2 3 1 - 4 2
Apologies received from Lee Morrall (Hednesford) who was called to work at the last moment, and Adam Bradbury (ill).
Nick Lampitt (Brownhills) was unavailable having recently returned from playing for England in the World Cup in Belgium
Three boards used enabled us to race through the fixtures, which originally were going to be a swiss ladder of three rounds, but in the end,we all played each other once (half a complete league!). With games only 15 mins one way, goals were always going to be at a premium, and 4 players only scored one goal each in their 5 games ! 0-0 draws were frequent, with Sean Bradbury drawing all 5 of his games, although his 0-0 with Carl was a top quality game with tight block-flicks on both sides, and Carl unable to unlock Sean's massed defence. Kim actually scored first against dad Mike and also against Sean to do suprisingly well. Indeed, it was intended for Kim and Alma to play in a mini group with Georgia (ill) for the Ladies title, but in the end, Kim's 1-0 win over Alma was taken as the Ladies Final.The final round saw giants Carl and Mike, both former county champions battle out a 0-0 draw, enough to give Carl the title on goal-difference.
Everyone used their own team colours which were as follows-
Carl- Leeds Utd (all white) Sean-Flamengo (red&black hoops) Mike- Fiorentina (all purple) Tony- Walsall (red/white)
Kim-Manchester Utd (red/white) Alma- Manchester City (light blue/white).
Elliot Bradbury from Halesowen would have played as Arsenal (red&white/white)
Adam Bradbury from Walsall would have played as L.A.Galaxy (green/yellow)
Due to serious illnesses, which I wont go into, no less than two outstanding Staffordshire Cup finals were concluded. Carl scored a late winner to beat Tony Morall 1-0, and Carl then beat Sean on shots after their final was another 0-0 draw. Tony's last appearance in a final was way back in 1976 when he beat Hednesford's Steve Davis 1-0 to lift the Cannock Chase cup.