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The 2016 Archdiocesan Office for Youth Indoor Soccer Competition
We have a new AOY Indoor soccer champion this year! After two years of Chaldean dominance, Maybe Next Time FC (St. Peter Chanel Youth Group) have been crowned 2016 AOY Indoor soccer competition champions for the open age and true to form, Alive in the Spirit Junior team (Chaldeans) have been crowned junior champions.
Twenty four senior teams and four junior teams from parishes and communities throughout Melbourne came together at the Westgate Leisure Centre on Sunday 19 June to battle it out for the title of the AOY indoor Soccer Competition champions. The tough competition produced some great skills and physicality but was played in true Christian spirit all round.
The mixed teams saw competitors play 10-minute games in the preliminary rounds, with the top two teams from each group proceeding to the quarter finals. The preliminary rounds were very close with some teams only advancing due to higher percentage. The quarter finals and semi-finals took excitement levels through the roof.  
The open aged final was one for the ages with Sorriso (Focalare) taking a 2-0 advantage into the half time break against Maybe Next Time FC (SPC) only to relinquish their lead half way through the gruelling second half. The game finished 3-3 which then went to over time and eventually into penalties. After the longest final we have ever had Maybe Next Time came up winners.
In the junior competition Footsteps of Christ played Penola College in a well fought out final but Footsteps were just to strong ending up comfortable winners. Emmanuel college just edged out Elevate juniors to take out third spot . 
The Golden Boot award was awarded to the highest goal scorer in the preliminary rounds. Michael Honan from IStand won the trophy after scoring a massive 10 goals from four pool games and Gabriel Rafaeel took out the junior golden boot with nine goals.  
The Best and Fairest female award went to Wendy Smith from Maybe Next Time and the Best and Fairest Male award went to Marco Cardinali from Sorriso. The Junior Female Best and Fairest went to Stephanie Papasoglou from Emmanuel College and Best and Fairest junior male award went to Gabriel Rafaeel from Footsteps to Christ.  The best and fairest awards represent not just excellence in ability but also a great sense of sportsmanship.  
The AOY were very grateful for all the teams who supported the event and for the wonderful spirit of the day. We look forward to continuing the tradition in 2016!
More photos of the event can be found on the AOY Facebook page HERE

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