Win, lose or draw, Lennox Head Soccer Club will always be remembered for its championship qualities, by players in the impoverished eastern province of the Indonesian island of Bali.
The club celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2008, the same year the first links were forged with the coastal town of Candi Dasa, a Balinese fishing village with a big reliance on tourism.
On that occasion, former player Ian Monaghan took a set of Lennox shirts for a team playing in the Bug Bug League.
His teammate and another regular visitor to the town, Graham Brown, has just returned after tipping the airport scales to overload with six full team sets of shirts and boots for players from school-age to seniors.
The Sharks’ distinctive orange, black and white is now a regular sight amid the coconut groves the locals call their home ground – complete with liberal deposits of cow pats and wheel ruts.
And for the record, the 2009 season just finished saw Candi Dasa make the grand final; an event as dramatic as any decider.
Two-all at full-time and after extra time and with fading light (no floodlights here) a penalty shootout went goal for goal to 11-all by the illumination of motorcycle headlights parked around the goalmouth amid a crowd of about 2000.
A second penalty shootout was held the next day, won by Bug Bug.
Lennox is hoping it can claim a title a little easier, but their quest for next season is to climb back into the Premier Division and build on the 51 teams presently playing in men’s, women’s and junior divisions.
The club will soon start recruiting for season 2010 and is on the lookout for players as well as sponsors.
Inquiries regarding the club to life member Brenda Zakaras (6687 7300).
PICTURES: Former Lennox player Graham Brown, second right, after presenting Balinese juniors with their Lennox Head Soccer Club shirts.
Fitting donation … school children in Samuh village school, eastern Bali, try on their donated boots from the Lennox Head Soccer Club.