Team reigns in NC

2018-04-25 06:00
The football team of the Lutzburg Intermediate School was crowned as the provincial winner of the u.12 Danone Nations Cup football tournament. The players are from the left, front: Deahano de Bruin, Max Waterboer, Henry Bok, Valintino Nel, Ryan Cafe, Fernandus Bezuidenhout, Romeo van Wyk, Dylon Titus, Gevaan Kotze, Adriano Jonkers and Tyrique Visagie; back: Charles Basson (team manager, Keano September and Chestlan van Wyk (coach). Photo: Odette Kruger

The football team of the Lutzburg Intermediate School was crowned as the provincial winner of the u.12 Danone Nations Cup football tournament. The players are from the left, front: Deahano de Bruin, Max Waterboer, Henry Bok, Valintino Nel, Ryan Cafe, Fernandus Bezuidenhout, Romeo van Wyk, Dylon Titus, Gevaan Kotze, Adriano Jonkers and Tyrique Visagie; back: Charles Basson (team manager, Keano September and Chestlan van Wyk (coach). Photo: Odette Kruger

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The Lutzburg Intermediate School in Kakamas became the first school to qualify for the national finals of the u.12 Danone Nations Cup football tournament when the team won the Northern Cape Provincial title in Upington on Saturday, 14 April.

It was a historic occasion for both the school and its community, as no school from the region has ever progressed this far in any football tournament.

Community members attended the event to celebrate with the team.

The tournament was hosted at the Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs stadium, and five schools from across the Northern Cape battled it out. where five schools from all districts took on each other.

Chestlan van Wyk, Lutzburg coach, explained that their town is very small and that the school itself has only 338 learners. so to have got this far is very exciting.

“It was a difficult day, as the tournament was extremely competitive,” he said.

“Playing at this level is very different from playing at cluster level among the schools in your area. The games were all closely contested.”

Their final game, played against the Aggeneys Primary School, was decided in a penalty shootout, which was tough for the boys, Van Wyk added.

“The Aggeneys team beat us on penalties in the league game earlier in the day, so it was an honour to go on to beat them in the final,” Van Wyk said.just reward for us to then go on to beat them in the final.”

In preparation for the national finals, the coach said: “We will continue to train as hard as we have been training all along.

“We will concentrate on keeping the possession, running with the ball, passing accurately and scoring goals.”

The team will be keeping an eye on the tournament’s Facebook page to see who they will be up against in the national finals.

“It is going to be very exciting for the kids to travel to Johannesburg to play football,” Van Wyk said.

Results:

) Kareeville beat Vaalrivier by 3 – 0.

) Gaegake beat Aggeneys by 1 (5) – 1 (4) in a penalty shootout.

) Lutzburg beat Kareeville by 2 – 0.

) Gaegake beat Vaalrivier by 2 – 1.

) Aggeneys beat Lutzburg by 0 (4) – 0 (3) in a penalty shootout.

) Gaegake beat Kareeville by 2 – 0.

) Aggeneys beat Vaalrivier by 2 – 0.

) Lutzburg beat Gaegake by 2 – 0.

) Aggeneys beat Kareeville by 1 – 0.

) Lutzburg beat Vaalrivier by 1(2) – 1(1) in a penalty shootout.

Final:

) Lutzburg beat Aggeneys by 0 (3) – 0 (2) in a penalty shootout.
– Odette Kruger

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