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NOMADS Bags Championship
July 1, 2011 | Share
Nomads claimed the UFL-LBC 2nd division championship trophy with a 9-1 thrashing of Union Internacional Manila June 3rd. The victory gave Nomads an insurmountable lead at the top of the table and a promotion to the 1st division.
Team Nomads received their medals and trophy from Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri in ceremonies held on June 5 where our very own Steve Borrill
was named Top Scorer and Most Valuable Player, while Jeff Blake was awarded with the Best Goalkeeper of the season. This wrapped up a tremendous season for Nomads which saw them finish with a record of 12-1-1 with a goal difference of +49.
Manila Nomads A Team smashed their way into the Ist Division of the UFL-LBC with a resounding 9 – 1 victory over Union at Nomads field after days of delay due to weather condition. The sense of occasion seemed to get to the team during the first 20 minutes of the game as Nomads conceded first and then struggled to get rhythm to their game.
Things changed on the 25-minute mark when Most Valuable Player of the Season, Steve Borrill, lashed a loose ball into the Union goal much to the
delight of a good crowd of Nomads fans on the touchline. The goal seemed to relax the players who then proceeded to tear their opponents apart with some excellent football. Further goals followed from Phil Connolly and Didier; an excellent diving header.
By half time Nomads were in control of the game leading 3 v 1. Whatever the first team coach Mic Dennison had texted at half time must have worked as at the start of the second half Nomads were again on the attack, forcing their opponents to concede the ball in midfield which then allowed Nomads to set up chance after chance.
Perhaps the moment of the match came when Rajeev Panemanglor picked the ball up 30 yards out with his back to goal and completely wrong footed his opponent much to the delight of the crowd. With the crowd still cheering, Rajeev unleashed a beautifully lofted shot which sailed over the Union keeper into the net. Job done.
Further goals from Steve, Phil and Tonquy – a hard fought scramble in front of goal followed to give the Nomads a resounding victory – a great way to wrap up a fantastic season with Nomads back where they should be…UFL Division 1.
Next season brings Nomads the promise of first division football at a time when the sport’s popularity is at an all-time high in the Philippines. It is certainly going to be a challenge, but with the core team returning, they are definitely going to represent Nomads NOMADS bags championship well. Congratulations to coach Mick Denison, Captain Randy Musters, and all of the lads who fought all season long.
QUOTES ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
RANDY MUSTERS, Nomads Captain : “Win the league and get promoted!! That and only was our goal at the start of the season. Anything less than that would have been a bit of a disappointment! After all, we are the biggest club in the Philippines and surely we should be competing in the top division!
As a (proud) team captain, I would like to give my compliments to the whole team. Many thanks to everyone that was involved who supported us throughout the season. Special thanks to Kevin Moylan for donating the team a new kit. Never lost since!!”
ANDY YATES, former head of Nomads Football: “It appears that football in the Philippines is in a good place right now and that Nomads are also enjoying some much deserved success, which surprisingly did coincide with my departure and Denno’s retirement – strange that.”
MIC DENISON, Coach: “We had another very successful season- winning Division 2 of the UFL 11-a-side & the Int’l 6 a-side for the 3rd time. We will now be in the top 11 a-side flight, playing against the best teams in the country. This was despite my retirement and Yates’s departure, making it an even greater achievement. This year my shouts of wisdom from the touchline will be heard live on national TV. Hence, our later kick-offs after the 9pm watershedding.”
Shannon Arthur (Nomads Junior Football Academy): “Congratulations to all you! I watched almost all of your games and you guys are amazing! Continue playing football and inspiring young children and other people to play too! We’ll support you all ‘til the end!”
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