Teams gear up for Easter weekend soccer tournaments

2019-04-17 06:02
Previous winners of the Hillview Easter Tournament, Copesville Unique, after they won last year’s final. PHOTO: byrone athman

Previous winners of the Hillview Easter Tournament, Copesville Unique, after they won last year’s final. PHOTO: byrone athman

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THE Hillview Football Club will once again host the Easter Soccer Carnival in Hillview Grounds, Newholmes, marking the 46th anniversary of the tournament.

Also marking their 83rd anniversary as a football club, Hillview has partnered with Hugo’s Panel Shop for the event, which will commence on Friday.

Kicking off the event will be a curtain raiser dubbed the “Grand Challenge” between last year’s Easter Tournament winners, Copesville Unique, and Hillview Old Boys.

A grand team parade will take place before the match is played with a queen contest also on the cards for Friday night. The tournament will be played in two streams, the local NFA league teams and over 35.

Hillview committee and tournament coordinator Raj Parus and Bob Moodley of Newholmes Football Association have joined together to see that everything has been done and ensure that everything is in place.

Professional and semi-professional players will not be allowed to participate, and all teams are required to produce ID cards.

“To all our participating teams and supporters, the committee wishes you well and that you have an enjoyable weekend and remember: ‘Sportsmanship is the path to good friendship’,” said Parus.

EKASI EASTER TOURNAMENT 2019

Another Easter Tournament will also be taking place this Friday, April 19, hosted by MR Sporting FC’s coach Thando Ace Dlamini at the Imbali Lodge Tehuis grounds.

“We will have teams from U13 and U15 as well as senior teams.

“The joining fee for seniors stands at R250 while the other divisions are required to pay R200,” said Dlamini.

“Prizes will be awarded to the winners with the seniors allocated R3 000/sheep and juniors will be awarded full sets of soccer jerseys respectively as well as trophies and medals sponsored by Ward Councillor Xolani­ Mngongoma.

“The main objective of this tournament is to bring back sport in our area, especially football because back in the day soccer used to be way to unite Imbali. Now that drugs are ravaging through our community, we think that football can make a change.

“Hopefully our youth will begin to focus on sport and not drugs,” Dlamini said.

The tournament will be hosted over four days, starting from Friday and ending on Monday in a knockout format.

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