April 2009 saw the Kingston University Intramural five-a-side football league, held at Tolworth Court sports ground, come to a dramatic conclusion. The fourth season of the league attracted a record amount of teams, including staff and students, competing to get their name on the prestigious Winners Shield, which takes pride of place being displayed at the Fitness Centre reception on the Penrhyn Road campus.
Due to the large number of teams this season, two leagues were formed at random which led to a play-off situation. This helped to group the stronger teams together to compete at finals night for the overall winners title and custom bottle of bubbly. But this also created a second semi-final and final where the best of the not-so-strong sides could also win a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the glory of winning a cup final.
The usual suspects and arch rivals, Assies and Compensated Pass were joined by new-comers Jungle Boys and the 6th Team in the semis of the main competition. Some closely fought two-legged matches saw Assies and Compensated Pass progress to a heavily anticipated final. With Assies edging out Compensated Pass over the past three seasons to be the only team to have their name on the Shield so far, it was a mouth-watering prospect and opportunity for Compensated Pass to over-come the last hurdle and steal the crown from Assies. A closely-contested battle ensued with Compensated Pass just edging it with a solid performance and a 1-0 win over their fiercest rivals, therefore managing to break the strangle-hold that Assies had formed on the competition over the past three seasons.
There was also a win for newcomers Weston Court FC who turned over Valkyrie Boys 5-0 on aggregate to win a bottle of bubbly, but more importantly become the pride of the lower division and surely a force for next season's competition.
Find out more about the five-a-side league.