Celtic women crowned

2017-11-22 06:00
The victorious Bloemfontein Celtic women’s team celebrate winning the Free State Sasol Women’s League record ten times.Photo: Supplied

The victorious Bloemfontein Celtic women’s team celebrate winning the Free State Sasol Women’s League record ten times.Photo: Supplied

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The Bloemfontein Celtic women’s football team successfully defended the Free State Sasol Women’s League crown.

The victorious women were duly crowned provincial league champions on Saturday (18/11) in Bloemfontein.

The team extended the record of winning the Free State leg of the Sasol Women’s League ten on a trot this year.

It also saw them continue their dominance provincially in the 16-stream league competition. This year the team made history finishing the season without a loss and draw.

The team scored a record of 222 goals and conceded just ten goals in 30 league matches played.

Their impressive start of the 2017 season continues domination provincially, as it has been the case over the past nine years since the inception of the league.

For their effort, the Celtic wo­men received prize money of R50 000 as the champions.

The reigning champions went home with the floating trophy and a gold medal. They finished the league on a high note, beating Nigol FC with 2 – 0.

This year’s provincial title saw close rivals Tsunami Queens from Qwaqwa and Ace Milan from Villiers finish in second and third place respectively.

Last year Milan finished second and Queens third provincially.

Queens took home R30 000 and a silver medal, while Milan received R25 000 plus a bronze medal as third place finishers.

Queen lost their last fixture by 2 – 0 to Black Urban while beating MO2KFA by 2 – 0 to end 2017 positively.

Bloemfontein-based Grassland Ladies received R20 000 for finishing in fourth position. The result is the best for the team, considering that last year they finished in the bottom half of the league and did not receive any prize money. Grassland demolished Happy Ladies by 5 – 0.

Black Urban bagged R17 000 as fifth place winners, while Kovsie finished in the sixth position and the Central University of Technology received R15 000 in seventh position.

Nigol walked home with R14 000 for finishing in position eight. This is an improvement compared to last year, when the team finished in the bottom half of the league and thus did not get prize money.

Clubs which finished in the bottom half of the Free State this year are Happy Ladies, Tumahole Ladies, Kolisang Ladies, Ayebush FC, Simunye Ladies, Mamello Ladies, MO2KFA and LoveLife FC.

The two bottom teams, MO2KFA and LoveLife, have automatically been relegated to the lower division of the South African Football Association.

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