Goalfix Cup 2024 – A weekend full of epic moments, miraculous saves, and last-gasp goals!

This weekend 7 of the best teams battled it out to be crowned Goalfix Cup 2024 Champions, hosted at the St John’s Sports Centre, University of Worcester. To be crowned Goalfix Cup Champions is a title that we’re sure all in the goalball community would love to hold. Nevertheless, across 12 editions there have only been 5 winners.

Throughout the competition, everyone experienced highs and lows  with miraculous saves, mercy victories and shifts of morale for all.

Day one began with a back-and-forth game between RNC Academy and Phoenix Blaze trading goal for goal for the majority, with RNC Academy ultimately managing to pull away with an 11-7 win.

RNC Academy continued this form by pushing each team they played against to their limit, coming away with a 7-7 draw against Birmingham, where Georgie Bullen came agonisingly close to grabbing the winner, with the post denying them a last-gasp win! Later on in the day, Danish native Anja Christensen, ensured that RNC Academy went into day 2 unbeaten by scoring an equaliser in their game against London Elephants, in epic fashion!

Northern Allstars joined RNC Academy in being unbeaten throughout the day, and in emphatic fashion two mercy victories over Winchester Kings and London Elephants, as well as coming out victorious in a nail biting encounter with 2023 Champions Fen Tigers 7-6, with Caleb Nanevie scoring 5! This meant Northern Allstars sat at the top of the table on 9 points. This became 12 points in their final pool stage game, also ending RNC Academy’s unbeaten run with a score of 5-1.

Birmingham continued their excellent form after losing out in the final to Fen Tigers at the Super League Tournament 3, at the end of day 1 of the Goalfix Cup they sat second in the table with two wins against London Elephants, and Phoenix Blaze and one draw against RNC Academy, going into their final game with the opportunity to secure their place in the final which they did so winning 11-7 against Winchester Kings, resulting in 10 points. Birmingham were threatening all over the court with Jack Peters, Jalal Ariyanpour, and Mo Ahmed scoring 46 goals between them.

The final of the Goalfix Cup 2024 was set, Northern Allstars versus Birmingham. Northern Allstars were going into their 4th Goalfix Cup final, whereas Birmingham were there for the first time. The Allstars were dominant in the fixture, coming away with a 9-1 win courtesy of 5 Caleb Nanevie goals, accompanied by 2 each from Matt Loftus and Lois Turner.

We would like to thank our heroic team of volunteers and officials who supported the competition in various roles, we hope you had a great time and we could not have done it without you! As a way to say thank you for their efforts we awarded everyone with a box of chocolates during the closing presentation, which went down a treat!

The weekend was full of star performances and epic encounters from the best goalball players in the UK, but the true stars of the weekend were the furry companions, guide dogs Milton, Matty, and Horacio who never failed to make people smile whilst having a well earnt break from duty.

Moment of the weekend

Moment of the weekend goes to Anja Christensen of RNC Academy who scored the equalising goal against London Elephants with 6 seconds left on the clock!

Final Placings & Awards

1st = Northern Allstars

2nd = Birmingham

3rd = Fen Tigers

4th = RNC Academy

5th = Phoenix Blaze

6th = London Elephants

7th = Winchester Kings

Russell Warnock Player of the Weekend

Alex Ulysses (Birmingham)

Chelsea Hudson stands with her award and poses for a photo against a Goalball UK branded banner

Female Top Goal scorer

Anja Christensen (RNC Academy) – 13 goals.

Female Top Goal scorer - Amelia Robertson stands with her award for a smily photo

Male Top Goal scorer 

Dan Roper (Fen Tigers) – 31 goals

Dan Roper holds up his top goalscorer trophy

Congratulations to all our players, teams and volunteers who made the weekend such a success! We hope you all had a fantastic time.

Thank you also goes to our event partners Goalfix Sports, Alan March Sport Ltd, Sport England and National Lottery and finally the University of Worcester. 

That also brings a close to the 2023/2024 goalball season, stay tuned over the summer for updates on the 2024/2025 season, with planning already well underway!