Even though it was a cloudy day, the heat was on. But the breeze was cool as two teams prepared to face off in one the island’s favorite sports five-a-side football. While similar to normal football, the not yet recognized ‘official sport of San Pedro’ five-a-side has three major differences. It is played in a smaller field with five player to a team, and the play time is much shorter.Five A Side Football Fidos Blue Water Grill-1
Now that you know what five-a-side is, let’s get back to the game day! The game was set to be an epic matchup between Fido’s Restaurant and Bar & Blue Water Grill (BWG), playing for the grand prize of six cases of Belikin Beer. With a prize like that, wouldn’t you want to play too?Five A Side Football Fidos Blue Water Grill-2
The game started minutes past three at the multipurpose court at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School. Both teams were in high spirits, hoping for the victory to claim the coveted prize and bragging rights. Fans loudly cheered on their favorite team under the hot sun.Five A Side Football Fidos Blue Water Grill-3
BWG quickly took control of the first half even, scoring a total of three goals to Fido’s lone goal. But Fido’s refused to give up, and managed to score the first goal of the second half. BWG quickly responded with three more goals. Five A Side Football Fidos Blue Water Grill-6Poor Fido’s! They were taking a whooping, and only a miracle could save them! Well, the miracle came in the last 10 minutes of the second half, when Fido’s managed to score four much needed goals, tying the game six to six. What are the odds of that?! Impressive, right?!Five A Side Football Fidos Blue Water Grill-5
After 35 minutes of adrenaline, lots of sweat and several tumbles, someone kicked the ball out of bounds and it got lost in the municipal jungle of San Pedro Town. No ball means no game, so it had to be called off. Five A Side Football Fidos Blue Water Grill-7But the game is not over, as a rematch is already on the horizon. So I guess this story is to be continued…

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Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. She loves sharing her adventures with her daughter Inori, hoping to encourage her to lead an adventurous life and enjoy the beauty of the world around her. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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