Australian Corporate Games - Soccer
Figurehead was thrilled to participate in our first ever Australian Corporate Games event on Saturday 21st November at Gaelic Park in Keysborough.
The Games were established in 1993 with the mission of encouraging companies to promote an active, healthy lifestyle by participating in a range of competitive events including swimming, running, soccer, softball and touch football. Open to individuals and teams of all ages and experience, the Games now attract around 15,000 participants nation-wide each year.
Our team - consisting of Adrian Di Cosmo, Ray Finneran, Guy de Vos, Will Sharp, Garrick Gallard, Joe Grasso, Peter Panagiotopoulos and Anthony (our only non-Figurehead team member) - headed out to compete in a soccer tournament with teams from General Mills, NAB and Wood & Grieve Engineers.
The first match resulted in a respectable 2-1 loss against General Mills, who quickly established themselves as the team to beat in the competition.
With a solid warm-up now under their belts, the Figurehead team went on to a convincing 4-1 victory against NAB in round two, with our Managing Director Joe Grasso scoring an impressive two of those four goals!
By round three legs were starting to tire across the field, as evidenced by a nil-all tie with Wood & Grieve. Figurehead was clearly the stronger team in this match (we’re not biased, we swear) but couldn’t quite convert their skill and vigour into numbers on the board.
Overall the Figurehead team finished a very respectable second place in their pool – an achievement that was only slightly tempered by a week of hobbling around the office with aching legs and sunburnt faces!
We were all extremely proud of the team and special mention must go to our Financial Controller Peter Panagiotopoulos, who organised the team and made sure they were looking sharp in some very stylish uniforms. Peter also took out the award for Most Vocal on Field with his on-ground coaching and enthusiastic encouragement – who knew Financial Controllers could be so loud?!
We’re already eagerly anticipating our next Corporate Games event; with an average staff height of over six foot, we think we might give basketball a shot…