Last Friday, on a sunny evening, 14 teams from across the built environment profession arrived in Shoreditch to battle for the 2017 RTPI London football trophy! Anticipation was high, and the teams were eager to get started. Throughout the group stages it was clear that the teams were evenly matched. With the supporters cheering their teams on, and other supporters from RB Kensington and Chelsea humourously jibing other teams, (as well as their own), the atmosphere was very enjoyable.
Following the group stages, the serious business of the knockout stages began. Quod, tournament winners for the past two years, took on the tournaments sponsors, Indigo! With no sentiment given to the sponsors, Quod were victorious and progressed to play Southwark in the semi finals. On the other pitch, GVA took on and beat Savills, whilst Carter Jonas narrowly lost to LITP. Onto the semi’s and the tension was growing – Southwark ended Quod’s hopes of going for the hat-trick of titles and GVA beat LITP. It was therefore a Southwark vs GVA final with top honours up for grabs.
In the plate round, the Kensington Queens beat Montague Evans and GL Hearn beat CBRE. With Kensington in the Plate Final, the noise from the supporters rose a few notches, and was supported by running commentary by Powerleague (who should arguably rival Gary Linekar for pundit of the year!). The Kensington Queens won the plate to rapturous applause and whooping from the supporting crowd.
So on to the final. The two teams, Southwark and GVA, emerged from the tunnel and the commentary team were in place. Time for kick off.
It was a tense final that only ever had one team in front by a single goal, but it finished 2-2. The teams gathered for penalties.
It was tense, with the teams matching each other. That was until GVA missed their shot and Southwark scored!
After a quick shower, beer and burger – the presentations took place under a celebratory ‘beer- spray’ assisted by the RB Kensington and Chelsea supporters, who joyfully celebrated everyone’s win with the same cheerful disposition as their own.
So, all in all – a great night was had by all teams, supporters, organisers and sponsors! Huge thanks, of course, go to Indigo who sponsored the tournament and made the event possible.
All the scores and fixtures – RTPI LONDON FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 2017 FINAL