AmCham Sport Day
Once again this year our hotel entered the Sports Day arranged by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, making this the third time we have taken part in the event. Entries were accepted for three sports: soccer, basketball and table tennis. The programme was organized in Telki Globall Sport Hotel on Saturday 20 September. Our first football match kicked off at 8.30 am, and the first basketball match at 8.50 am, so it was an early start for all as the somewhat sleepy looking sportsmen and women gathered at the hotel’s staff entrance at 7 am Our departure turned out to be slightly exciting since we ‘forgot’ one of the top players in our basketball team (because he overslept! Sorry, Máté! ). The setting and the hotel itself were beautiful and we all gave our best to get into the top teams.
Our football team managed the best results of the past three years and wound up the tournament undefeated. The team didn’t come up against a stronger side but still overall the players were disappointed because they could have progressed into the final, yet at critical moments they only managed draws instead of wins.
The most painful was the first group match against DHL, where our team maintained control of play all the way through, but an unlucky goal in the final minute meant that our old rivals managed a 2-2 result, after which they progressed to the final with four draws and just a single win. Thus our team missed out on the group leadership spot, but they remained unbeaten against Telenor and Dr. Rose, while they managed a safe 2-goal lead over Johnson & Johnson and AIG, thereby closing the tournament with an absolute positive balance. This means our opponents cannot rest easy in the run up to next year’s Amcham Sports Day.
The basketball players fought a massive battle from start to finish. The struggle for third place saw incredible moves on the court. In the end we just managed fourth, but this is no cause for sadness! I reckon that the team we put together and the time we spent together, just like the weeks prior to the match we spent in training, make us worthy of first place!!
The day saw three truly outstanding players. Uncle Ernő Varga showed enormous spirit in achieving first place in the ping-pong championship for the second time. Our pool attendant Attila Bencze came third. Péter Sztancsek was also on form for the event… with 2140 keepie uppies, he won the keepie uppie competition by a long way!
Congratulations to everybody!
Thanks for participating:
Basketball team: Judit Aranyosi, Éva Ferencz, Nikolett Sümegi, Gábor Döry, Dániel Bakay, Sándor Fehér, Szilárd Haidekker, Máté Fehér, Péter Puskás, Péter Sárkány.
Soccer team: Gábor Kluka, Tamás Hamza, Zoltán Kopunovics, Péter Sztancsek, Tamás Bajkai, Csaba Bajkai, Mihály Szarka, Roland Hulman, Sándor Fehér.
Table tennis: Ernő Varga, Attila Bencze.
Our thanks also to the enthusiastic supporters: Károly Bajcsi, Csaba Holdi, Tibor Rácz