The annual Windsor World Cup took place on Saturday, July 8th, in Spawell Tallaght.
With over 200 adults and children in attendance, and activities including golf, bouncy castles, Jenga, ‘Buzz off’, connect four and the 5-a-Side tournament, there was certainly something for everyone in attendance.
The world cup kicked off at 4:00pm, with 13 teams spread across 4 groups aiming to take home the much coveted Windsor World Cup. The group stages were played in swelteringly hot conditions, with the ‘athletes’ taking advantage of the free Lucozade and ice-cream to keep themselves cool throughout.
After a hard fought group stage, we entered the excitement of the knockout stages. Reigning Windsor World Cup winners, Gowan Distributors, were unable to match last year’s heights and exited the competition without tasting a single match victory. Nissan Ireland, however, went into the knockout stages brimming with confidence after handing out an 8-0 demolition to the Windsor Group team, while Windsor Dundrum Nissan went undefeated through their 4 group matches.
As the knockout stages got underway in the Cup, the stronger teams cast aside their opponents to make their way to the business end of the competition, with Nissan Ireland, Windsor Dundrum Nissan, Windsor Airside Peugeot and Windsor Airside Nissan competing in the semi-final of the cup.
The semi-finals were both tight affairs, with Windsor Dundrum Nissan defeating Nissan Ireland. Windsor Liffey Valley Nissan scored a goal at the death to bring Windsor Airside Peugeot to a penalty shootout decision, which can be seen below.
Meanwhile in the Plate competition, Windsor Liffey Valley Opel and Windsor Clonee Nissan and Peugeot forged their way through to the Plate final. Much of the final can be viewed below:
The Cup final, between the two best teams on the day, Windsor Liffey Valley Nissan and Windsor Dundrum Nissan was one for the ages. With fans gathered in every available seat, we watched an epic display skill and talent play out before our very eyes. With 3 penalties and an abundance of goals the fans certainly got value for their ticket fee. You can watch the full match below
With the tournament completed, everyone ventured to the bbq to relax with some post match refreshments and watch the presentation of individual and team awards from our Master of Ceremonies, Robbie O'Neill.
Player of the Plate: Phil 'The Penalty King' Keogh (Windsor Liffey Valley Opel)
Top Goalscorer: Darren McManus (Nissan Ireland)
Player of the Cup: Bob Hoey (Liffey Valley Nissan)
Windsor World Cup (Plate) Champions: Windsor Clonee Nissan and Peugeot
Windsor World Cup Champions: Windsor Dundrum Nissan
Congratulations to Windsor Dundrum Nissan on winning the overall tournament and to Windsor Clonee Nissan and Peugeot on winning the plate.
As part of the Windsor Motor Group Culture, events like this highlight the importance of teamwork both with our dealers and the manufacturers, so thank you to everyone who took part, who attended and who helped make the day a success.