Internet Millers Worldnet 2004 Preview!
Updated Thursday, 15th July 2004
This weekend the Internet Millers head for Leeds for this years Worldnet 2004. Here is the preview through the eyes of Jebu!
The following information and more can be found on the official Worldnet 2004 website at http://www.worldnet.org.uk
The Sports Interactive Cup WorldNET 2004 will take place in
Again we have received generous sponsorship from Sports Interactive, the creators of the Championship Manager series. As per last year there are 64 places available for squads of up to 22 players.
As an opener to the event the final of the IFA cup between Ayr and Millwall will take place on Friday the 16th at 6.30pm
Saturday 17th will see a series of games between sixteen groups of competing teams; the winners and runners-up from all groups will automatically qualify for day two of the Sports Interactive Cup. The 3rd and 4th placed teams from all groups will go in to the Plate Competition.
Both 32 team tournaments on Sunday 18th will adopt an FA Cup style format i.e. a sudden death knockout competition. The first round of both day two tournaments will be drawn on the Saturday evening of Worldnet; teams will then progress through their section of the draw.
Anyone who hasn't been to WorldNET before is well advised to do so if only for the social side of the event. The matches are 15 minutes each way played more or less according to normal FA rules, unlike the FA we encourage women supporters to play and we play our games in a spirit unrivalled in amateur football.
Last year saw the Millers have mixed fortunes in the competition. After narrowly missing out of qualification into the Cup competition by finished 3rd in our group we went on to be semi finalists of the trophy in our first ever competition.
The group stage saw the Millers end in a goal less draw with Wolves in the opening game and then squander a two goal lead in the second game against Spurs. This was costly as our last opponents were one of the tournament favourites, Italian team, Inter Milan. With the Millers needing at least a point to qualify it was a cracking match but the fitness and qualities of the side from Italia showed as the Internet Millers were edged out 1-0 with a rather controversial offside goal.
Finishing third in the group meant qualification into the shield, coined “The Numpty Cup” by ourselves. After a lot of banter and a few cheeky beers the Internet Millers went into day 2 of the tournament optimistic and much more relaxed.
The Internet Millers played a Watford Second string in the opening KO trophy and ran out comfortable 4-0 winners, KO was ! Next opponents was Scottish side Airdrie, the Internet Millers first ever Scottish Opponents. It didn’t start too well going 1-0 down but a quick fire 3 goals inside 10 minutes saw the Internet Millers progress through to the ¼ final. West Ham were the next opponents and was by far the best performance in any tournament by the Internet Millers. A cracking 3-0 win against a strong side with some awesome performances from a squad tiring after well over two hours of football. The semi final is where we bowed out, losing 2-1 to a very strong Portsmouth side that had a much larger squad, Portsmouth went on to win the trophy while we were left wondering what would have happened had our squad been just that little bit bigger to cope with injuries and tired legs!
It was the Worldnet 2003 tournament that galvanised the Internet Millers team we see today. It was taking shape a couple of months prior after a rather drastic change in management and organisation but after this tournament team spirit was at an all time high and gave us the platform for the season we have had this year, scoring a record amount of goals, some creativity/strength in midfield and the tightest defence to date.
The Internet Millers has assembled a squad of 22 players for this years tournament, the maximum allowed and by far the largest ever IM turnout for any event. The complete list in no particular order is given below, all fans of RUFC.
4. Paul El
10. John 2
12. Chris Cope
13. Steve Richards
19. Chris Grist
23. Aggie (injured - not playing but coming along)
Day 1 - Fixtures
The following is our fixtures for Day 1 of the tournament – Saturday 17th July.
Preview of Group Matches
The draw sees the Internet Millers playing Everton for the first time and amazingly we will face last years worldnet opening shield opposition, Watford B, and the side that knocked us out of the
Its important to get off to a good start in any competition but given that Hearts will start group favourites having almost won the UK league, its likely to come down to ourselves and Everton. The Millers have never played Everton but players Jebu, Steve and Denti have played with a couple of the scouse players while helping out
All guns blazing in the opening game and a good strong win in this game will set us up for the tournament. Last year we started very poorly and slow against wolves and scraped a 0-0 draw. This year we will be looking to get going early and not just in the second day.
We know little about
This is a game we should be winning but one we cant take for granted. Having beat Watford B quite comfortably last year we know a little about their team but it may have changed drastically. We need to keep focused in this game as if we have got a good result in the opening match this is a perfect opportunity to secure qualification to the cup before our final, toughest match.
Hearts beat the Internet Millers 5-3 in the ¼ of the
Above all else we need to have
Bring on the weekend of fun, games, a few cheeky beers and lots of football!