Youth win in Berlin, Germany!
On Friday Night we played Berlin Deaf Youth in a 11 a side friendly match and we drew 3-3. but we won by the penalties shootout.
On Saturday, Fulham Deaf Youth U17 vs Berlin Deaf Youth U17, and also Fulham Deaf Youth U14 vs Berlin Deaf Youth 14 in a 7 a side football matches. They played each other three times, with 20 mins each way.
Fulham Deaf Youth U17 vs Berlin Deaf Youth U17
1st Game 1-0W Sam Smith
2nd Game 0-1L
3rd Game 0-0 D
1 – Phillip Swift
2 – David Hogh
3 – Ryan Marshall
4 – Louis Francis
5 – Lee Green
6 – Daniel Whaller
7 – Ali Halil
They won by the penalites shootout.
Team: Phillip Swift, David Hogh, Ryan Marshall, Louis Francis, Lee Green, Daniel Whaller, Ali Halil, Chris Drew, Sam O'Brien, Adam Foot
Fulham Deaf Youth U14 vs Berlin Deaf Youth 14
1st Game 0-0 D
2nd Game 2-1W Jacob Waillies (2)
3rd Game 0-1 L
1 – Daniel Whaller
2 – Adam Foot
3 – Andrew Tobin
4 – Jacob Willis
5 – James Paull
They lost by the penalites shootout.
Team: Daniel Whaller, Adam Foot, Andrew Tobin, Jacob Willis, James Paull, George Leahy, Stefano Starvous, Thomas Paull, James Paull
Upon arrival at Berlin, Dieter Langwald, the Berlin representative with his assistant, Barbara escorted the Fulham Deaf Youth players and their parents to the youth hostel. Dieter and Barbara updated the group of the upcoming football tournament and some information of various historical sightseeing trips.
Doris, the other Berlin rep, was at the youth hostel to give a pep talk at the reception. Almost immediately we set off to our first sightseeing to Checkpoint Charlie area. It was fascinating to learn about its history but the boys were restless to play football.
Once we returned to the hostel, the boys got changed to do some football training as a warm up for the upcoming tournament. On the pitch, there were many German deaf children on the sidelines all looking with a curious look on their faces. Mark Gill orchestrated the coaching along with Dave Foot in their final preparations for the tournament.
On second day we got up early to visit the deaf school in Potsdam and met their headteacher. He gave a gleaming talk in broken English but an interpreter was at hand to assist the communication. He introduced us to meet some other teachers and pupils in their classrooms and sports field.
An incredible story came to our attention about some slow-learning hearing pupils being integrated into the deaf school with deaf pupils. Their priority goal was in sports to overcome their confidence and the education actually came second. We then visited Cecilienhof where the Second World War ended with the treaty being signed by USA, UK and Germany.
Then we went on a cruiser trip down River Spree to view many places before returning to the hostel and the players got changed for football match (11-a-side) with Deaf German team. They played with confidence increasing as the match went on and in the end drew before winning on penalties. After the match, we explored more in the city of Berlin.
On the third day, we all got up and were escorted to a different stadium with astro-turf further away in the city already filled with some German spectators. Both Fulham Deaf and Berlin Deaf teams were excited while the officials sorted out the timetable of 3 matches each for U14 and U17 teams to be played. Both sides fought hard evenly to overcome their skills and determination. In the end, the Fulham Deaf U17 won by penalties while the Fulham Deaf U14 became runner-ups after
We then returned to the hostel and get changed for afternoon visiting to Hitler stadium; which was a long ride by train and bus. It was beautiful stadium where German held the Olympic Games in 1936. Afterwards we returned to the deaf club for the presentation / farewell party.
The Berlin Deaf youth joined the fun with our Fulham Deaf youth by mingling and went out for drinks round the corner and returned to us.
It was hectic for all tourists, parents with a restricted amount of time but such an exciting moment for the boys who played football showing plenty of energy.
I was delighted that the boys behaved extremely well without any problem on or off the field and mingle together well with the locals and parents. It was a valuable experience for the footballers and parents overseas including the three hearing fathers who integrated well with us.
The German reps, Doris, Dieter and Barbara were excellent guides who were with us all the time, taking care of us and escorted us to as many places as possible over the few days. We would like to thank them for their kindness and thoughtfulness via fulhamdfc.com