Led by team captain Mark Franchi, Team Castle Water was made up of employees Ross Tavendale, David Caldwell, Michael Delpippo, Stephen Dixon, Alistair McLaren, Robbie Pol, and Blair Kinmont.
Team Castle Water were first up against GLF Group, where they cruised to a 3-0 win with a ‘Robbie Pol hat-trick’. Next up was MTC Media, who also attended the most recent tournament back in February this year, finishing with a 4-1 loss.
EQ Accountants were the teams’ next opponents, with this game finishing with a 1-0 loss. The team then got back on track with a 4-1 win against Thorntons Law; Ally McLaren, Blair Kinmont and Robbie Pol were scorers for this game. Perth Racecourse were the team to face next and Team Castle Water won 3-1 thanks to two goals from Ally McLaren and one from David Caldwell.
Team Castle Water advanced to the semi-finals and faced MTC Group again, beating them in this group stage all thanks to Ally McLaren, taking the team to the final with a 2-0 win.
After a 2-1 win against Thorntons Law, Team Castle Water were crowned champions thanks to goals from David Caldwell and Robbie Pol. This win has earned Team Castle Water a place in the Business Fives National Final’s in Glasgow, where they will play against teams from the regional tournament fundraisers held in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow earlier this year.
The team were glad to be crowned champions of the tournament, after being beaten to a place in the finals at the event in February.
Stephen Dixon, Senior Billing Expert at Castle Water, and member of Team Castle Water said:
“It was a fantastic experience to feature in such a prestigious tournament. Business Fives is a well organised competition, which it proved once again yesterday as it did back in February. A great privilege to play football on behalf of Castle Water - which was brilliant of the company to offer support. Superb day all round, and all for a great cause.”
A special mention to Robbie Pol for being the team’s top scorer with 6 goals in total.
The event concluded with the prizegiving where the Business Fives ambassador and ex Rangers and Manchester United legend, Jimmy Nicholl, delivered a Q&A session for the teams.
Winning the Europa League trophy meant Team Castle Water received a £150 donation to their chosen charity, Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL). This will be added to the funds already raised by the team.
A special thanks to everyone who has donated via the GoFundMe page helping the team raise funds for TCCL. So far, the team has raised £145, bringing the total to £295 with the addition of the winning donation.
TCCL supports all children and young people under 18 years old, who are diagnosed with any type of cancer or leukaemia and who live in Tayside or Northeast Fife, from diagnosis till 3 years after the completion of their treatment. The charity has been providing quality support to families with children who suffer from Cancer or Leukaemia in Tayside and Northeast Fife since its founding in 1994.
The diagnosis of Cancer or Leukaemia in a child causes tremendous stress for families who struggle physically, emotionally, and financially with the intensive, intrusive treatment regime and the inevitable disruption it brings to family life. For further information about TCCL and the work they do, visit tccl.org.uk/about.