THE FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR THE VIRTUAL CUP
After 4 weeks of hard-fought competition we have an all North Wales Virtual Cup Final which will see Buckley taking on Bala.
Both teams have shown grit and determination throughout the tournament and got to the final through a well fought campaign. Buckley beat the mysteriously named Team Toot Toot in the semi-final with 55.6% of the vote, and Bala took out Carmarthen, the last team standing from the West, in an incredibly close match which saw them through with a winning percentage of 50.5%.
A spokesperson for Buckley explained how delighted they are to reach the final,
“To have made it to the final is one of the most incredible achievements. We are a small club that is built on the hearts of our players and supporters.
“Making it through round 1 made us proud enough, so getting to the final demonstrates that, even in these difficult times, when a local, hard-working community pitch together we can achieve anything.
“All our opposition have been extremely determined, but gracious! We have made some great new connections with clubs we’ve been up against and we hope that one day we will be able to see them in real life on the pitch – rather than on twitter!”
Their opposition for the final is Bala who were equally surprised and delighted to have reached this stage,
“Being in the final of the inaugural virtual Welsh Cup is an honour...and a bit of a surprise if we’re completely honest! We never expected to get this far in the competition, and it is fair to say, that our track record of actually playing hockey has never seen us progress so far in a competition!
“The competition has really brought us together as a team and a community in what has been a pretty rubbish year, even though we’ve carried on training, we have missed the competitive element of hockey, and the Cup has given us a chance to reconnect with our players, supporters and fellow hockey teams across Wales.”
Club Development Officer for North Wales, Tom Little was delighted to see two of his clubs in the final,
“This has been a hard campaign for all involved and we have seen some really close games, but both Bala and Buckley have worked hard for their votes and truly deserve their places in this final.”
In this newly formed tournament we have seen virtual journeys all over Wales, witnessed giant-killings, giggled at the banter and gasped at the odd tussle on twitter but now, as we draw closer to the final, we are able to reflect on a great competition by all who have taken part – thank you!
Good luck to Buckley and Bala…. where will your vote go?