Local Easter tournament a massive success

2019-05-08 06:02
The 2019 tournament winners Re-United FC.PHOTO: supplied

The 2019 tournament winners Re-United FC.PHOTO: supplied

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INCLEMENT weather, including torrential downpours and severe lightning storms, could not dampen the spirit of the annual Hillview Easter Tournament, which took place in Newholmes last weekend.

The four-day event, sponsored by Hugo’s Panel Shop, began in earnest on Good Friday with an exciting team parade and Queen Contest.

This was followed by the “Grand Challenge” curtain raiser in which defending champions Copesville Unique took on Hillview Old Boys in what can only be termed as a tense encounter as Old Boys edged out their keen rivals.

All in all, a total of six local teams participated as well as two over-35 teams and one inspirational over-40 team.

All nine teams put their bodies on the line to showcase their vast array of skills and fitness.

Saturday and Sunday saw some intense match-ups leading all the way up to the quarter-finals, culminating in two closely-fought semi-finals on Easter Monday and the grand final, which left spectators in awe as Hillview Old Boys were narrowly edged out by Re-United.

The 2020 Grand Challenge will see a repeat of this fixture as Old Boys hope to exact some revenge. Player of the tournament went to Liam Moodley of Re-United and the gold keeper of the tournament went to Teven Chetty of Hillview Old Boys.

Proceedings culminated on Monday evening with a presentation ceremony as the weather played its part and just about held off.

Tournament director and convenor of football Mr Raj Parus was ecstatic with the weekend’s festivities.

“We are very grateful to our sponsor Hugo’s Panel Shop for their magnanimous sponsorship, all the players, clubs, match officials, administrators, supporters and especially to the Newholmes Football Association (NFA),” said Parus.

He was also happy that the weekend went off incident-free and is hoping to stage an even bigger event next year based on the success of this year’s tournament.

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