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Review on the 31st OSM - TFC tournament

Review on the 31st OSM - TFC tournament

17 april 2017 17:00

As we speak our Englis friends arrived in Gillingham safely after a long and tiring journey. Unfortunately they took back the exchange cup. The Barry Griffiths veterans cup however stayed in Maarssenbroek. For both clubs enough to play for next year.

Many thanks

From the organisation committee: Sponsors, bar personal, referees, members of the several sub committees, other volunteers en las but not least especially all host families: many thanks for your contribution and enourmous efforts.

Our gratutide also goes out to Thamesview FC (Chris Morris and Dan Humphreys and their team) for organising this 31st edition of the event form English side.

May this tradition befollowed up for many years to come!

Back to normal life...

At the moment we write this report our English friends arrived safely in Gillingham and the "normal life" in Maarssenbroek has already taken over again. But still there is time to briefly review the 31st edition of the OSM’75-Thamesview event.

The preparations

Long before Thamesview FC started their bus tour to Maarssenbroek in the middele of the night of Friday April 14th, both clubs already started with all kind of preparations. Sponsors had to be found, as well as host families, the Saturday activity had to be organised, the BBQ had to be planned, inventories had to be made and purchasing had to be structurised. On English side they had to arrange the bus company, got busy with checking the passports, spoke for the Ferry tickets and other arrangements had to be made. That the cooperation between our two clubs is working fine was shown by solving all sorts of problems that occurred in a very early stage, before they could grow into an issue.

The arrival

The journey from Gillingham to Maarssenbroek went according schedule and at precisely 11.00 local time our guests received a warm welcome from our players of the U13, U12 and U11 and their parents. After a cup of coffee (or tea) in the clubhouse, the British players were introduced to their host families and at 12.00 everybody left to their (appointed) home and the English adults went to the Carlton President Hotel to check in. At approximately 17.00 everybody reported back to the clubhouse of OSM’75 for a great and huge BBQ and a chance to get to know eachother a little better. As usual most of the boys were playing football everywhere on the facility. At 20.00 (almost) everybody went home and to the hotel for a good nights rest. For the next day an activity was planned.


On Saturday April 15th more then 80 children and 16 adults took off to De Kwakel (near Uithoorn) for the Poldersport event. According to Old-Dutch tradidions lots of sportive activities were executed, like cycling (lying down), climbing, rope swinging, sailing, live table football, bag hitting and the hilarious belly sliding. Everybody had lots of fun and more then half the people ended up in a muddy canal. Despite a small incident (someone lost their glasses) it was a day to never forget. Besides, the one losing his glasses didn't suffer for long, because together with his host family a new replacement was arranged soon after. Fantastic service by Pearl opticiens Bisonspoor! The adults were free to spend the day by themselves and most of them visited Amsterdam or Utrecht. The bus arrived back at Maarssenbroek around 16.30 and the kids went home with their host families. For most of them the host families had planned a surprise for that evening. One was served a typical Dutch meal (hutspot) and another went to McDonald’s. Some of them went out eating pancakes and others went to a Greek restaurant and afterwards to play bowling. And off course a lot of gaming went on.

The football tournament

Sunday the football tournament was planned. Balloons in the red/black of Thamesview FC and the yelloy/blue of OSM'75 were placed on the entraces of the pitches. All pitches were preperated and all other things were carefully sorted out to make it a fantastic football event. In three poules of four teams each, there would be battled for the cup and the games between Thamesview FC and OSM’75 would be counting for the Exchange cup. MSV’19 (U13), Hercules (U12 and U11) and CDW (U13, U12 and U11) were also playing in this edition. For the final results, see the tab “programma”. In an exiting match Thamesview U14 won atch against OSM’75 U13. OSM kept the 0-0 for long, but just before the end whistle the final 0-2 score was placed on the board. The opposition that the OSM U12 could give was far more less. A very well playing Thamesview Youth easily won their match with 0-4. Therefore the U11 couldn't change tides anymore to regain the title, but they kept the Maarssenboek honor up high with determination, hard work and fantastic field play by winning their match with 2-0 over Thamesview Rangers. A fine performance for this team, that only a short while ago began playing on a full pitch. After all matches had finished it was time for the newly introduced veterans game, a game between parents and staff of the three participating teams. Despite the agreement to play on half a pitch (7 against 7) it was decided to play on a full pitch (11 against 11). The players were presented while playing the national anthems, “God save the Queen”of Great Britain and “Wilhelmus” of the Netherlands, on the speakers. Under guidiance of referee Bryan de Groot the OSM’75 veterans quickly took a 2-0 lead they defended thoughout the rest of the match. At 17.00 the tounament ended. The presentation would take place that evening at the big ending party.

The ending party

The huge and well organised ending party started at 20.00. After a live singer warmed things up, suddenly Elvis Presley appeared! What a surprise!! He surely kept the party going and it lasted until the early morning (for some of us). The entertainment program was interrupted for the presentation, in wich every player received a medal and every team a cup. Also Tim Kuiters and Ryan Iseger were praised, while the two of them raised over €400,00 at the sponsor run. Both received a brand new Thamesview FC kit. Our guests presented us a beautiful framed Thamesview shirt with engravings in English and Dutch. It will get a special place in our clubhouse. Special in this edition was the presentation of the veterans cup. We agreed upon that from now on the veterans match is a mandatory part of the tournament, to gain the veterans cup, officially named the “BARRY GRIFFITHS VETERANS CUP”, of wich Barry every year will perform the presentation as long as possible. Barry Griffiths has been a part of the organisation of the tournament for a consecutive 26 years (and before that involved with some matches) and with this cup we wanted to connect his name to the tournament indefinately. In our opinion a nice gesture to a beautiful human being. And this is what OSM-Thamesview stands for: Sport, cultural cooperation, connecting but above all: FRIENDSHIP!

Saying goodbye

Unfortunately Monday April 17th was the day to say goodbye. Hugs were given, adresses and phone numbers were exchanged and an occasional tear was shed. With lots of good memories everybody headed home. That it would take our English friends a long time to do so is another story, but eventually they arrived at Gillingham safely at 1.15 a.m. Dutch time.


We are looking back on a succesfull event . The photo’s will be placed as soon as possible on this site (under the tab “multimedia”), so keep an eye on this site. From the organisation committee we would like to thank our sponsors, bar personal, referees, members of the several sub committees, other volunteers and last but not least especially all host families for their contribution and enourmous efforts. Our gratutide also goes out to Thamesview FC (Chris Morris and Dan Humphreys and their team) for organising this 31st edition of the event form English side. From all kind of sources (a.o. email, WhatsApp, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat) we receive messages that everybody enjoyed themselves bigtime! It gives us the energy to work hard to make the event happen again next year.

OSM-Thamesview is a tradition where sport, cultural cooperation and above all friendship plays a central role. We hope this tradition lasts on for many years to come!

Rick Cats, Erwin Wildschut and Jacques van Schalkwijk

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