Crew from the Pacific Jewell P and O cruise ship took on Meteors in a soccer friendly today
Crew from the Pacific Jewell P and O cruise ship took on Meteors in a soccer friendly today NICK KOSSATCH

Pacific Jewel crew take on Gladstone soccer club

METEORS Soccer Club player Andrew Lynch said today's friendly soccer match against P&O Pacific cruise boat Pacific Jewell was all about having fun.

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And it also presented him with the chance to 'try out' some tactics and younger players.

"It definitely was a fun match and we got a lot of the girls and guys as well as young kids playing," Lynch said.

He also added that it was a good hit-out against some players who are as adept at serving food and drinks on the cruise ship as they are at handling the ball.

"We hoped for no injuries and it was just for enjoyment," division four player Lynch said.

While Lynch sat out the friendly, he was impressed with the skill of the opposition.

"It was good for the crew who are trapped on the boat to get out there and have fun," Lynch said.

Club crew president Odean Reneel said the game was something that was in the plan with Avis Gladstone director Richard Hyne.

"We usually have ports to play, but we had never enough players," Reneel said. "I was just happy for all of us to get out there and play."

The Fijian has player competitive soccer back home, but enjoys Futsal now which is an indoor version of soccer.

Team-mate Gerard Lobo from Mumbai loves his job as a cruise ship bartender, but relished the chance to play.

"Sport's a passion for me," he said.



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