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RNC Academy take Bronze at Goalfix Cup 2022
Goalball's own equivalent of the FA Cup took place at Brunel University Sports Park over the weekend of 18-19 June, with eight teams competing for the most prestigious trophy in the Goalball calendar, the Goalfix Cup.
RNC Academy, coached by Aaron Ford, were in Pool A, facing tough games against Birmingham, Cambridge Dons and the Fen Tigers.
The first game against Birmingham was tight, but RNC Academy - Antonia Bunyan, Stuart Hudson, Meme Robertson and Megan Smithson-Booth - held their nerve and finished on top. The final score:
RNC Academy 12-11 Birmingham
Up next was Cambridge Dons and a convincing win for RNC Academy, at full time:
RNC Academy 9-1 Cambridge Dons
After an overnight break, RNC faced their third pool match against Fen Tigers, the tournament favourites. This would be a tough match, particularly as some of the opposition players were experienced and proven Team GB men's squad athletes. As predicted, it was a very tense game. RNC played brilliantly, and the two teams couldn't be separated. The game ended
Fen Tigers 5-5 RNC Academy
Despite the draw, RNC placed second in Pool A on goal difference, which meant they just missed out on the final and would play in the 3rd/4th place play-off against Croysutt Warriors, who came second in Pool B.
Continuing form, it was another entertaining match and RNC Academy jubilantly walked away with bronze medals, not having lost a game. The final score
RNC Academy 11-5 Croysutt Warriors
On top of winning bronze, RNC's Stuart Hudson also won the 'player of the day' award and Meme Robertson won the 'top female goal scorer' award.
Congratulations to Northern Allstars who went on to win the Goalfix Cup and to Fen Tigers who took home silver medals.
RNC Academy Coach, Aaron ford, said:
'I am immensely proud of this group of students. Our team remained unbeaten, narrowly missing the final on goal difference, but securing the bronze medal was a great way to end our domestic season where this group have grown and developed so much, you should all be very proud. You are fantastic ambassadors for RNC, Goalball UK and TASS, not just through your undeniable talent but also through your attitudes and behaviours.'
Aaron went on to say:
'The Goalfix Cup was an excellent way to showcase Goalball and to remember Russell of Goalfix who is missed but remembered for being so instrumental in the development of Goalball and other sports for people with sight loss.'
It was an incredible tournament with great live footage and commentary throughout the weekend. Congratulations and thanks to Goalball UK, Goalfix Sports Ltd, and to all of the officials, volunteers and teams that made it happen.
Pictured below, RNC Academy proudly display their medals from L-R: Chris Colbert (Assistant Coach), Stuart Hudson, Meme Robertson, Megan Smithson-Booth, Antonia Bunyan, Aaron Ford (Coach)
Pictured below, Stuart Hudson accepts his award for 'player of the day'
Pictured below, Meme collects her award for top female goal scorer
Pictured below, the winners and runners up. Teams from L-R: RNC Academy (bronze), Northern Allstars (Cup winners and gold), Fen Tigers (silver)