Wer da mit einer Fairplay-Geste ausgezeichnet wird, gehört nicht zwingend zur Sorte der Fussball-Pazifisten, die – wie einst der legendäre Kriegsdienstverweigerer Max Daetwyler – ihre ideelle Einstellung mit einer weissen Fahne Kund tun. Fairplay-Ausgezeichnete zu werden hat wohl all diese Gründe: Ein undefinierbarer Mix zwischen Regelkunde, Respekt vor dem «Gegner», Schiedsrichtern und Mannschaftskollegen, Teamgeist, dem (Noch-)Können angepasster Ehrgeiz, Freude am Sport, Disziplin in Sachen Abmeldung – alles Dinge, deren Grundlagen extern des Spielfelds geschehen. Da kommt offenbar weit mehr zusammen als nur «Foul» oder Reklamieren. Bei den Prämierten erwies sich Oberwinterthur mit drei Podestplätzen als bestausgezeichneter Verein, gefolgt von Höngg und Niederweningen (je zwei). Herausragend unbefleckt blieben Ellikon-Marthalen (Senioren 40+/16 Spiele, null Strafpunkte) und Hard/Buchs-Dällikon (Senioren 50+/14 Spiele, null Strafpunkte).
Über Fairplay (und einiges mehr) liess sich im die Veranstaltung abschliessenden Nachtessen eingehend diskutieren. Dabei sass niemand – dem Fussball sei Dank! – im Abseits.
Die Prämierten der Saison 2018/19 Senioren 30+: 1. Niederweningen, 2. Oberwinterthur, 3. Tuggen. Senioren 40+: 1. Ellikon-Marthalen, 2. Wiesendangen, 3. Oberwinterthur. Senioren 50+ 11-er: 1. Hinwil-Bäretswil und Höngg, 3. Ägeri/Menzingen und Industrie Turicum. Senioren 50+ 7-er: 1. Hard/Buchs-Dällikon, 2. Linth 04, 3. Eschenbach. Mannschaftspreis: 1. Oberwinterthur, 2. Niederweningen, 3. Höngg.
Motion from the board: Increase of annual membership fee from CHF 250.- to CHF 300.-
(Motions have to be submitted in writing by September 2th 2019)
at the general assembly is mandatory for all active members. If you
cannot make it, you have to sign off in written form to the attention of Vice
President K. Allen (email@example.com). Non-attendance must be announced before the general
assembly. Non-attendance by active members without written exculpation will be
fined with 30 CHF.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of FC
The First Team narrowly missed out on promotion to the 4th league despite a very strong second half of the season. However, if they continue that form into the new season, promotion will surely be theirs next season.
The Seniors finally secured a return to the promotion league after two disappointing seasons of finishing second place. In the second last game, first place was recaptured from then leaders BC Albisrieden, in what turned out to be the title deciding match.
Training resumes again on August 7th & 9th at Allmend Brunau. New players are always welcome!
Building on a strong performance against the league leaders Uitikon last week, FC Hard burst confidently into action on a bright sunny late-April morning in Brunau. Reinforced in midfield by Irish duo Brian and Paul (called up from the seniors), the team started confidently, building possession in the midfield and keeping it tight at the back.
Just before the break, Hugo opened the scoring with a header at the backpost from Craig’s looping cross after a sustained period of pressure. After a string of wasted opportunities, the collective relief was palpable and Hugo’s lap of honour clearly showed his personal relief at breaking a long running scoring drought.
Soon into the second half, our Aussie centre-half Evan headed in at the back post from a perfectly flighted free kick from Paul, in a move that was almost straight from the training ground. It helped somewhat that their keeper didn’t fancy it much. From then on, Knonau went all-in sending two more players up front, including their powerful centre-half, in what you could call a power play. However, this risky tactic backfired as Knonau were left exposed by swift Hard counter attacks. From one such attack, a well weighted pass from Brian to Paul, who broke from midfield, lead to a well-timed pull back for Pat to precisely slot it home for our number 3.
Perhaps due to their lack of experience in leading games, Hard didn’t take the opportunity to kill the game off and retain possession in the opponent’s half. As a result, they had to resist a series of late onslaughts from Knonau which were adeptly kept at bay by our tireless defense, including an out of position Matteo, and importantly another fine performance from our own ‘flying Scotsman’ goalkeeper/striker Brett. At the same time, Hard should have had at least another 4 goals to their name as clear cut opportunities in front of goal were repeatedly squandered. Nevertheless, the team did the job they set out to and can celebrate the much needed victory before preparing for the next round, a tough test away to Galatasaray at Buchlern on Sunday – current joint league leaders. Kick off 10am.