Fun in the Sun at Oracle EMEA Football Tournament 2016

The start of October saw some of the ERPaaS team head off to sunny Marbella, Spain to represent Scotland in the 18th annual Oracle EMEA Football Tournament. Reigning champions Ireland took the #Oracup again this year, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Team Scotland!

The team consisted of midfield anchorman, Robert Peddie; our very own defensive rock, Mark Dernie; and a mix of our colleagues from various other Scottish organisations – some seasoned competitors and some first-timers, who brought a burst of energy and youth to the team.

Both days began without a hitch and everyone performed admirably but, alas, a victorious Team Scotland just wasn’t to be. Day one ended with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Auld Enemy, England, leaving Scotland unable to qualify for the finals. Nevertheless, the team soldiered on and had an excellent time on day two, ending the tournament with smiles on their faces, despite losing their final game to Portugal.


They acted gracefully in their defeat and made sure to go out with a bang, scoring plenty of goals and making friends with their international counterparts along the way. The unusually high temperatures for this time of year coupled with the quick pace of the games led to a lot of thirsty and tired bodies but, luckily, the good company kept everyone in high spirits and the abundance of chilled beer at hand made sure that all thirst was well and truly quenched. After looking at the final results, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Team Scotland were taking advantage of the beer situation mid-match, but don’t worry, guys – we won’t tell if you won’t! 😉

Check out this fantastic drone footage that was taken during the tournament to get a feel for what it was like:

This tournament was an excellent opportunity for some team building and socialisation with our Oracle colleagues from all over the world, and everyone involved is almost certainly looking forward to the next one. ERPaaS will once again be represented in the Oracle Scotland team during next year’s tournament, which will be held in Romania. If you want to congratulate the team for not letting the scoreboard get them down, or if you’ve got any tips for next year’s team, leave a comment below or tweet us @erpasaservice and we’ll make sure to let them know!

Look out, Ireland – Team Scotland are coming for that #Oracup!


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