Victoria Secret unbeatable as they secure victory at the Elite Sixes
VICTORIA Secret went through the day unbeaten as they claimed the title at the Elite Sixes tournament at Supermarine on Saturday.
The team only conceded one goal throughout the entire event, breezing through the group stage, quarter and semi-finals before beating Joke Team 3-1 in the final.
Swindon Supermarine midfielder Chris Taylor was part of the winning side and was pleased with how the day went.
“They day went well considering the rain came and there was some really good football on show,” he said.
“We only let in one goal the whole tournament and it was great to win it.
“We played pretty well against some good players so to win it while only conceding one goal was really good.”
Taylor is also one of the organisers of the event, which is in its sixth year, but was disappointed to see numbers drop from 70 in the early days of the tournament to just 10 this year.
The midfielder puts the drop down to regular players getting older and is keen to see young footballers take part in future years.
“It’s getting harder because when we first started we used to get about 70 teams but that’s gradually dropped over the years,” he said. “I’m guessing some people can’t come out any more because maybe they’ve had kids and things like that.
“We don’t really know a lot of the younger people now and the guys our age maybe aren’t allowed out so much or don’t want to play.
“It’s a shame because it’s a good tournament but maybe we need to advertise it a bit more because it would be great to bring the younger players back in.
“We’re going to run it next year and maybe one later in the summer so it would be great to see more young players come out.”
Calvin Hothi was part of an Abbey Meads team made up entirely of 15 and 16 year-olds, who reached the quarter-finals, and would love to see more young players taking part in the events.
“Playing in the tournament was a great experience for a young team like us,” he said.
“All of us are 15 or 16 so to be coming up against players who have so much senior experience was great.
“It gave us a massive reality check on how physical adults football is and made us look forward to it quite a lot.
“The games are not as soft as youth football, it gives you room to be a bit more physical.
“The increase in pace and ability was visible too. We were expecting not to make it out of the group so to get to the quarter-finals is something we are quite pleased with.
“I would encourage others of our age to try an adults tournament because it definitely prepares you for going into adults football and it is an experience that helped us as players for sure.”
While the event organisers are already thinking about next year’s event, there is also the possibility of a World Cup themed tournament at the end of June.
More details are set to be announced soon.