Hillview Easter Tournament in its 45th year

2018-03-21 06:01
The Hillview Football Club crest with the trophies that were up for grabs at last year’s tournament.PHOTO: byrone athman

The Hillview Football Club crest with the trophies that were up for grabs at last year’s tournament.PHOTO: byrone athman

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THE 45th installment of the Hillview Easter Tournament promises to be the best one yet, with close to 600 people per day expected to turn up at the football festival.

Speaking to tournament director Raj Parus, he told the Maritzburg Fever how the tournament has grown from strength to strength, with the first tournament offering R375 as prize money.

“We had teams from all over South Africa come play here, such as Port Elizabeth, East London and Johannesburg,” said Parus.

This year, the tournament, which takes place at Hillview sports grounds in Raisethorpe, will host 14 teams, of which 10 are senior teams and four are for those over 35 years, with junior matches to take place before the grand opening on March 31.

The tournament will run from 9 am to 10 pm each day and will end on April 2 with the semi-finals and finals being played on that day.

Spectators will be treated to a grand opening on Friday night when the team parade will take place, accompanied by the club queens.

The official kickoff will be declared by South African Football Association (Safa) official Poobie Govindasamy, after which last year’s Easter tournament winners Copesville Unique will play last year’s grand challenge winners Arcadia in a curtain raiser.

Hugo Panel beaters has sponsored the tournament, along with other generous donors, and has provided open-top cars for the queen and princesses during the parade.

There will be many food stalls for those looking to satisfy their appetite while they watch the beautiful game.

“This is a major tournament for the community and is one of the highlights of the sporting year in Pietermaritzburg,” said Parus.

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