Veterans football tournament is back

2017-05-24 06:01
The 2016 DB Fine Chemicals/Caledonian FC national veterans football tournament winners.

The 2016 DB Fine Chemicals/Caledonian FC national veterans football tournament winners.

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THE DB Fine Chemicals/Caledonian FC national veterans football tournament will be back in Port Elizabeth again this year for its 13th instalment from May 25 to 27.

The Caledonian Football Club, affectionately known as Callies, will once again be hosting the event at their fields in Sunridge Park.

Teams from Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth will be vying for honours and R10 000 prize money.

Returning teams Bothasig and Vasco da Gama from the Cape will be joined for the first time by Rovers Masters from East London and Aubrey Sacks Saints.

Also returning will be PE All Stars, made up of players formally from the city who now live in various parts of the country, but get together once a year to take part in this tournament.

Kuyga Masters, Hearts, Shamrocks and West Park will also join the hosts in representing Port Elizabeth.

Some of the teams also feature ex-professional players in their ranks, so the standard of football is still very high despite players being a little slower than when they were in their heyday.

To some, the highlight of the weekend will take place at 11am on Saturday when the real veterans, some in their 50s and even 60s, get together for a fun match.

In conjunction with the tournament, Callies will hold a reunion evening on Thursday evening from 7pm and ex-players from all old EPFA and PEFA clubs are welcome.

On Saturday evening the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Arsenal will be screened live on a big screen.

Entry to the grounds and clubhouse is free from 4pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday.

Refreshments will be sold and music will be played in the clubhouse throughout the weekend.

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