Inter Regional Champions 2017

The 2017 Inter Regional final took place at HMS Temeraire’s Victory Stadium on Thu 28 Sep 17, between the Eastern Region and the Fleet Air Arm. Both teams entered this year’s competition high on confidence winning their respective groups convincingly. The Eastern Region were hoping to retain the title from their 2016 victory over the Royal Marines, whilst the Fleet Air Arm were looking to build upon their most recent success in Guernsey, that saw them win the Malaya Cup, the weekend before the Inter Regions begun!

The final got underway and started high in tempo from both sides and it was the Fleet Air Arm who took an early lead with an excellent goal from LAET Earl who dribbled through the Portsmouth defence with ease before finishing in a calm and collective manner. The Fleet Air Arm could not hold on for long though as the Eastern Region brought the game back on level terms with a neat finish from POPT Booker from a fantastic low level cross from ET Sneddon. The first half looked as though it was going to end evenly, however the Fleet Air Arm really turned up the heat with two fast fire goals in the last 5 minutes of the first half from the unstoppable Danny Earl, and an own goal from AB Wyatt. Halftime score, Eastern Region 1–3 Fleet Air Arm

The second half started as the first half ended, however this time it was the Eastern Region with two quick fire goals from ET Sneddon, and an own goal from AET Glendon bringing the game to 3-3! The match really was there for the taking at this point and it was too hard to call for many in the crowd! There were no signs of any legs tiring as the second half continued and it was LAET Chambers who finished fantastically with a scissor kick, putting the Fleet Air Arm back in front to make it 3-4. The crowd couldn’t believe what a spectacle they were viewing, especially when the Fleet Air Arm  took further advantage of their momentum, opening up the flood gates to score two more goals from LAET Bushell, and another from LAET Earl, for his thoroughly deserved hat-trick making it 3-6 to the Fleet Air Arm! AET Stocker did not want to leave it at 3-6 and he finished the match in style with a finesse finish past the Eastern Region keeper, ending the match 3-7 to the dominant Fleet Air Arm!

Many congratulations goes out to both sides and also a huge thank you must go out to Mr Mark Austin, who represented Trinity Insurance, the tournament sponsors for yet another fantastic and enthralling Inter Regional competition! We look forward to a bigger, and even better competition next year!