Saturday saw Hull’s Newland Veterans host the Anglo Dutch Trophy 2016, a year on from winning the trophy in Rotterdam last time round. However this time Rotterdam came out as champions at Dene Park, beating Newland 3-0 in the final.
The day kicked off with a four team international seven-a-side tournament including Newland Veterans, Hornsea Veterans, VOC Rotterdam and Copenhagen Vikings of Denmark.
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However the main game of the event was Newland vs Rotterdam, in a repeat of last years final, with Rotterdam looking to take revenge. The dutch outfit entered the half with a 2-0 advantage before adding a third in the second half, winning the game 3-0 and claiming the Anglo Dutch Trophy.
Paul Pacitto, who played a big part in organising the tournament, along with fellow player Chris Dimmack, believes the event offers those involved a chance to share ideas and make memories that will last a lifetime. He added ‘The main aims are to have fun, share it with friends, supporters and the community, and to have a chance to have people from different countries who share a passion for football’ – The tournament certainly offered that as all games were played with friendly spirits, to mark a great occasion.
That’s not the end for the tournament however, Paul and Newland FC chairman Dave Plews hope to expand the tournament in future years – ‘I think for us the Anglo Dutch trophy will remain the big focus as we’ve developed great bonds with VOC Rotterdam but i don’t see why things couldn’t develop around the central game.It’s a great experience so why not.’
While visiting the soon to be City of Culture, the Dutch and Danish lads were also treated to a tour of Hull’s Old Town, taking part in ‘The Real Ale Trail’.
The successful tournament, played in fine and friendly spirit was then celebrated. Until next time.
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