Mazarrón FC's season ended in disappointment when they were beaten in their play-off semi final by UD LOs Garres.
Los Garros won the first leg 2-0 on their home ground leaving Mazarrón a difficult task in the return game at the Estadio Municipal. Captain Juan Andreo, normally so dependable from the penalty spot, missed a chance to give Mazarrón the lead after Javi Torrano was brought down in the penalty area. Juan Andreo's spot kick was saved by the Los Garres' keeper which meant that Chino's late goal was not enough to force extra time and Mazarrón went out 2-1 on aggregate.
In a strange turn of events, popular coach Jose Sanchez was dismissed after the defeat in the first leg, meaning that Mazarrón went into the important second leg with assistant coach Fernando in charge. Jose was the second coach to be sacked in what was a really successful season for Mazarrón, making the decisions even harder to understand.
Under Jose Sanchez, Mazarrón had lost only once in the fourteen games he had taken charge of in the regular season; winning the last five games in a row. The coach was a breath of fresh air to the expats; someone who was always available to talk to and, most importantly, to communicate so well in English. Just a week before his dismissal, he was helping out with the translations at the Player of the Year Awards. Good managers are hard to come by as we have found in recent years and we can only wish Jose all the very best for the future and thank him for his splendid efforts for Mazarrón FC.
Despite the disappointing end to the season, it was still a remarkable achievement for a Mazarrón team which was only registered with the Murcia Football Federation literally hours before the deadline at the start of the season to finish fourth in the league. In addition, they won the Preferente Autonomica Fair Play Award and were also nominated for the Surprise Team of the Year Award, but lost out to Alcantarilla FC.
Although the season is now over, preparations are well under way for the 2017-18 season which starts in August. A number of the current squad have already indicated that they will re-signing for Mazarrón in readiness for pre-season training towards the end of July. There was an excellent spirit among the players this year; the best for many years and it is hoped that this 'family spirit' will persuade most of the squad to return to Mazarrón for another attempt to achieve promotion to the Tercera Division.
All tickets for the summer BBQ and Quiz Night hosted by Los Amigos Vice President Alan Lyle and his wife Sue on 7th July at 7 pm have now been sold. Thanks once again to Alan and Sue for hosting this event at their villa.
Arrangements are already being made for the 9th Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gala Evening and Dinner which will be held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarrón on Tuesday 28th March 2018. We hope to have confirmation of the Guest Speaker in time for next month's edition. As in previous years, a Race Night and a Celebrity Golf Day are also planned for the Gala Week which this year raised over €5,500 in support of Mazarrón FC.
Other events being considered by the Los Amigos Executive Committee are a visit to Mini Hollywood Wild West Theme Park in Almeria in late summer and the annual President's Ball to be held later this year.
Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC weekly meetings are held every Thursday at The Club House, Camposol C at 4 pm with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members' Business Meeting and open to members only.
During July and early August, meetings are suspended. However, some members still pop into The Club House every Thursday afternoon at 4pm for a chat and a refreshing drink in beautiful surroundings and to pick up membership forms for the membership year 2017-18 which starts on 1st August. Membership fee for the 2017-18 season has been increased to €20, the first increase in the 11 years of Los Amigos's existence. Members receive a discount on coach travel to away games and to most social functions organised by Los Amigos.
Dave Perks's two year stint as President comes to an end in August and Vice President Alan Lyle will be taking over the President's role. There is a vacancy on the Executive Committee as Press Officer Dave Capper is standing down after eight years on the Committee. Dave Perks thanked Dave and his wife Tina for all their efforts for Los Amigos and Mazarrón FC at the End of Season Function in May and made a presentation to them both.