18 October, 2008
Congratulations To The Glenolden Gonzo's
For winning the Prospect Park 9-10 year soccer tournament. They had to play four games in a five hour time frame with only one 45 minute break, and that was between game two and three. They won by scores of 4-0, 2-0, 3-1, 2-1 respectively, the latter being the winning game.
The championship game was a nail biter with the winning goal, coming with about one minute left to play. The kids (and parents) were all very proud of their young athletes, who played like and acted like true champions and most importantly were gracious winners and good sports throughout the day.
Our son Michael, plays mostly defense, but today he had a chance to play on the offensive side of the ball, and while he didn't score any goal or have any assists he played very well. He even filled in at goalie in the late stages of game one, after a player from the other team kicked the goalie in the hand while the goalie had possession of the ball. The goalie is one of the best players on the team, he returned to the net in game 2 and finished out the tournament with no apparent problems.
Michael is very excited to be a part of a team that won something, and I give a lot of credit to the coaches for their efforts in coaching the team, they are a credit to the youth club, and do an excellent job with the kids, assuring that each one them plays equal amounts of time.
The pictures above were taken after the tournament win and show the team and coaches with their trophy. All the kids got medals displaying their first place win in the tournament, and they were all ecstatic to be given them
It was a long day for the kids, parents, and coaches, it was in the upper 40's at the first tipoff, and everyone was a little bit on the cold side, but it warmed to more comfortable temperatures as the day progressed.
One funny note that I should add, is that after the final game, the kids dumped a jug of Gatorade on one of the assistant coaches, who was gracious enough to be a part of the celebration, despite the cool weather was a good sport, and the kids had a good laugh about it
Congratulation again to the team, they played their hearts out today, and they should be proud, I know all of the parents are