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Football fever

Published:  23 July, 2008

The World Cup is over and Australia inched to glory after a tense and sweaty final against gallant runners-up Portugal.
Brazil was forced into early retirement after an embarrassing first-round thrashing, while Germany succumbed in the semis.

Similarly appalling football sent Italy into the hall of shame, followed swiftly by Japan, Trinidad and Argentina.

And, sadly for England's ever-hopeful supporters, poor tactics meant their team's bid for the title was over before it had ever really begun.

Portugal was represented by the Tagus Creek team from Oakley Wine Agencies, comprising Nick Oakley, his daughter and two friends.

With the exception of Oakley, the entire team were table football debutantes whose near victory provoked astonishment among the spectators, not least the German team, which had reportedly been practising for most of the afternoon.

Following the awards ceremony, Oakley said: 'I always knew it was the right decision to play table football at college when I should have been studying.'

The Portuguese underdogs may have been a popular side but, in the end, they were no match for the mighty Australians, sponsored by the HwCg team of Henry John, James Elliot and company.

The boys from Down Under were delighted with the stunning gold trophy and prize of a trip to Germany, courtesy of Wines of Germany.

The Harpers team would like to assure footie fans that these recent events are unlikely to impact on England's chances in the forthcoming World Cup in Germany.

It would also like to apologise to Brazil for failing to provide better representation - Harpers staff have decided against taking up table football on a professional basis.

In addition to Tagus Creek and HwCg, other teams were sponsored by Cavit, Generation Riesling, Red Prairie, Paragon Vintners and Vinos Wines.