The Butlins Cup weekend review
England Beach Soccer and Butlins were thrilled at the turnout and the quality of play that The Butlins Cup provided over last weekends event. For most teams, it was their first taste of beach soccer, but this didn’t take away anything from the weekend as it still provided top goals and exciting games.
Brave performances from Huish Veterans and The Sandblasters throughout the group stages set up the semi-finals against Murdishaw Real and Safados respectively. However, top quality from Murdishaw Real and the experienced Safados’s ultimately proved too much for the other teams which set the stage for an interesting final.
The winning teams from Saturday and Sunday return to the Stadium in two weeks for their ‘Super Final’, to be played as a curtain raiser game at the BSWW Euro League event in front of 2,000 fans. Saturday’s final proved to be the most exciting of the day with Safados narrowly beating Murdishaw Real 5 – 4. Kevin Towey’s team put in a great effort but it was Junior Santos’s team that edged it “We are very proud to have won the tournament and can’t wait to come back to Butlins to play again in front of 2,000 beach soccer fans” said Junior.
Sunday’s tournament again showed entertaining and intense games for the watching spectators. One uncapped player competing during the weekend would get selected to play for England. This gave the watching England Beach Soccer scouts a lot to think about.
The two teams that stood out all day were not surprisingly the two teams that reached the final. Team Steve captained by Steve Perkins showed great quality in front of goal winning their first game 7 – 0. They were inspired by their playmaker Sean Kenny who played so well during the day that the England Beach Soccer scouts were already considering him for the England slot up for grabs. Minehead 1 also played superbly, especially considering this was their first time playing beach soccer and they cruised into the final.
However, it was Team Steve that proved too strong for their opponents in the final, Minehead 1, beating them 8 – 2. Again with their main man Sean Kenny it was no surprise when after the game he was given the MVP award and presented with his brand new England shirt by Butlins Entertainment Manger John Whybrow. Sean went on to say that it was "an amazing day. Never thought at 28 years old that I would get selected to play for England. It just shows that you should never give up believing. Although this is my first time playing beach soccer, I've really taken to it so hopefully meeting up with the England team will improve my game. I can't wait to get back to Butlins for the Euroleague. It should be a fantastic event."
England Beach Soccer would like to congratulate Sean Kenny on getting selected for England and will look forward to the final between Safados and Team Steve at the BSWW Euro League Event on July 17 – 19th.