The Adam Dabell Annual Memorial Football Match – Thursday 8th October 2015

After a very wet couple of weeks, the day and night of the 12th Annual Adam Dabell Memorial Match were, thankfully dry, crisp and clear.
Once again there was a large capacity crowd of, extremely good natured, mainly young people.
The Sackville v Imberhorne ‘Old Boys’ match kicked off the evening and, as always, with sheer enthusiasm kept us entertained before the main event.
Then, the Imberhorne v Sackville 6th Formers treated us to 90 minutes of excellent football, the stand, indeed the whole ground, alive to some very robust support for both sides.
The teams came out at the start of the match looking evenly matched and, with great skill, entertained with some great football.
It was finally Imberhorne who with tenacity secured a 4 – 2 victory.
Ali Currie the Sackville Coach said, “Our scorers were Jack Unwin and a fantastic volley was by Chris Clark. I won’t tell you who gave Imberhorne 2 of their goals but he’s an ex Sackville pupil!!”
Steve Hill, the Imberhorne Coach and West Sussex Sport Coordinator, said :- “1st half – Cam Reynolds scored 1st for Imberhorne, with a clinical finish across the keeper from a well worked 5 man move. Sackville equalised (1-1) just after half time.
Chandler O’Dwyer then scored (2-1), followed by Jake Horn getting on the score sheet for the Imberhorne 3rd (3-1). With Imberhorne looking to gain complete control of the game, Sackville then scored again (3,2) with a fantastic dipping volley. Chandler O’Dwyer then got the 4th goal for Imberhorne to make it 4-2.
My man of the match for Imberhorne was Tom Piller from a defensive point of view and Chandler O’Dwyer from an attacking perspective. Fantastic team effort from both teams.
Excellent game, physical and skilful and an enthralling game to watch. This is the 12th match in memory of Adam and Imberhorne now lead 7-5 in the overall head to heads.”
In thanking, as always, Richard Tramontin and EGTFC , for their kind support of this annual memorial event, in memory of Adam his son and also Steve Hill, the West Sussex Sports Coordinator, who’s idea the Match originally was, John Dabell declared the event another huge success and asked that everyone dig deep in support of theCRY charity.
He reminded everyone that it is now 11 years since the death of his son to an un-diagnosed heart condition and made special mention of Matt Cox, the 21 year old former Sackville pupil who recently died under similar, tragic, circumstances. “Let’s stop this happening to our lovely young people,” he said.
Several key Town Councillors attended the evening, including Peter Wyan, Adam Peacock, Rex Whittaker, the Leader of the Town Council and our Town Deputy Mayor, Bob Mainstone, who attended for the entire evening, had photos taken with both teams and presented the Cup, Trophy and medals at the end.
Bob, a former teacher, headmaster and who until quite recently worked at Imberhorne and is still very active on behalf of the the young people of the Town, commented that, as always, he had been most impressed with the standard of the football and by the sheer numbers of young people of the Town attending this now well known Community Event.
Speaking to both teams he said that they had both, once again, shown admirable sporting skill and, with the good humoured support from the large crowd of young people attending, clearly demonstrated to all that the vast majority of young people of our Town are a very great credit to their local community.
There is also now available a Memorial Match Tie with an extremely attractive design featuring both 6th form emblems and timeless appropriateness.
The tie is available from Imberhorne school and costs £10. A minimum donation of £2 will be made from the cost to CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Voluntary contributions on the night of the match, plus donations later handed and sent in, raised another £600 for CRY.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *