Eastwood Easter Tournament triumphs

2017-04-26 06:01
Members of the Rise and Shine League Easter Tournament organising committee at the finals at Eastwood grounds with the trophies.PHOTO: jerry barnes

Members of the Rise and Shine League Easter Tournament organising committee at the finals at Eastwood grounds with the trophies.PHOTO: jerry barnes

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ORGANISERS of Eastwood’s first Easter Tournament proved a lot of “Doubting Thomases” wrong.

The four-day event, hosted under Rise and Shine Development Junior League, took place at Eastwood Sports Complex and at Eastwood Primary School.

Ward 34 councillor Mike Amod said the aim of the tournament was to bring youngsters and their parents to the grounds to develop the culture of soccer­.

“People may say it started very small, but on the day of the finals [Easter Monday], the whole community came in their numbers. I was humbled by the many parents who spent hours supporting their children in action,” said Amod.

He thanked local business owners such as Darrel Petersen, Deon Gabagas, Poobie Naidoo­ and development coaches, Gerald Jackson, Walter Wheeler­, Tevin Charlton, Keith Abrahams, Deon Warren for their assistance.

“They ran around 24/7 for the past three weeks to put the event together.

I am just glad that our aim of taking our children off the street worked out well,” said Amod.

The event attracted U11, U13 and U15 players.

The U15 winners were Flamingos FC, U13 winners were City Saints and the U11 champions were P-Side.

The new event and one of the players who attracted a lot of attention was a young girl, 12-year-old Jada Smith, the only girl in the entire event, who played defender for one of the teams.

Her fighting spirit, defending skills and running of the ball was classy, excellent and noticed by everyone.

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