Walking football making strides

ALL Walking Football teams in the Hidromaster Premier and Championships leagues now have played at least one game each. The first Costa Blanca League kicks off on October 20 with a further league in that area also planned.

In the South of Spain Premier, the Walking Dead emerged as early favourites after an emphatic 8-2 win over Atletico Benahavis at San Pedro. The Atletico manager said: “They were brilliant. Well drilled and great football. They will walk away with the League.” Not to be outdone by their seniors the Dead B team hammered Sporting Benahavis 8-1.

On October 2, Malaga made the journey into the hills where they met old rivals Aston Viñuela in what proved to be a hard-fought game. Paul Meredith opened the scoring with a shot into the top corner.

More goals followed leaving the game poised 3-2 in favour of Malaga. With the clock ticking, Viñuela won a free kick 20 metres out and worked it to captain Dean who squeezed it beyond the Malaga keeper to salvage a point. In the end, 3-3 was a fair result.

The second game had a lot to live up to and both sides were braced for a competitive game. Aston Viñuela had the better of the early possession and went in at the break with a 2-0 advantage. In the second half, Viñuela scored another three goals to win the game 5-0 with Eddie bagging a hat-trick. Malaga put up a strong fight, but failed to take their chances. The Viñuela goalkeeper had a great game and deserved his clean sheet.

Viñuela’s Assistant Manager Paul and his wife Sue organized a raffle with the €300 proceeds going to DEBRA Butterfly Charity.

The Walking Football Association of IBERIA committee election is now underway. Clubs and members are invited to make proposals for the posts of secretary, treasurer, sponsor coordinator, tournament/event coordinator and a publicity officer. If interested apply to [email protected] mail.com.

The closing date for proposals is October 31.

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