Victoria Park take honours in East London

2019-07-03 06:01
Victoria Park High School soccer team with team manager Mahlon Louis and head coach Ralton Leander (far right).Photo:SUPPLIED

Victoria Park High School soccer team with team manager Mahlon Louis and head coach Ralton Leander (far right).Photo:SUPPLIED

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WALMER-BASED Victoria Park High School made the region very proud when they claimed a 3-0 victory over Queen’s College from Komani during the SA Sports Schools’ Soccer Tournament finals that were played in East London recently.

The tournament was played by 14 teams, starting in a round robin system, followed by knockout rounds. The tournament was organised for boys u/16, girls u/19 and boys u/19.

Victoria Park soccer head coach, Ralton Leander, told PE Express that the tournament games were highly contested. Leander stated that VP won all their round robin games.

In the semi-finals, VP were ruthless when they trounced Selborne College 4-1, while the newcomers, Queen’s College edged out Selly Park 2-1 in their highly contested semi-final game. VP were untouchable in the final, outclassing Queen’s College 3-0.

Leander said, “We took every game as it came and we were not complacent.

“During the group stage, our most difficult opponents were Selly Park from Rustenburg, whom we managed to defeat 1-0. Queen’s College were looking dangerous in the first 10 minutes of the finals. Our midfielders were solid and were able to counteract their counterparts.

“Our hard work paid dividends because we managed to bang in three goals. I am very proud that we won this tournament because we lost our own VP High Soccer Challenge to Chapman High School, who whacked us in the finals earlier this year. It is the first time in seven years that we have won this tournament. We won it in 2009, 2010 and in 2011.”

Cape Town Pinelands High School claimed a 1-0 hard win over Prides Football Club in the boys u/16 finals, while local school, St Dominic’s Priory, defeated Kimberley Girls’ High 1-0 in the girls u/19 finals.

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