End of Season, BSSL Awards Ceremony

Well, the season is over and the dust has settled and we ended up in the 5th spot, mid-table. It's not quite the result we wanted, but we can't feel too badly about how we've done after our first year in the league. The team came together as a bunch of strangers with pockets of friends and colleagues here and there, and ended the season a much more cohesive unit. It's been a lot of fun playing together, and next year will be even better.

A few of the XI headed to the Landsdowne Pub in Boston for the awards ceremony that coincided with the Manchester United v Everton game. It ended up being a fairly entertaining match, and we enjoyed some free food.

We got to see in person the silverware that we'll be aiming for next season which is helpful motivation and one of the best parts of the ceremony had to do with the newly named McKenzie cup. Some folks talked about Ucal McKenzie and his influence on the game here in Eastern Mass and it was great to see his wife and family there supporting his old team Carico FC and being part of the presentation for the league cup. Ucal was a player in the league who also coached local youth teams and high school, along with being a high school counselor. He seemed to be an outstanding individual and he tragically died during a league game this past year.

The league partnered with folks including Ucal's family to get a foundation started to promote the things that Ucal believed in. You can find out more at the Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation site. It was touching to see his former team go up to recieve the league cup that they had earned in the final and pull his wife on stage to recieve it. It seemed to right that his team should win the cup that was recently named after him.

The awards seemed a little rushed, and hopefully they'll be a little better and more of a party next year, but I'm sure it will feel that way to us, since we plan on hoisting the Division 4 trophy!

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