Brasse turn back clock to win

2015-10-20 06:00
Hanover Park FC, nicknamed “Brasse vanni Park”, were crowned champion of the Silver Spurs over-35 tournament this weekend. 
Joseph pillay

Hanover Park FC, nicknamed “Brasse vanni Park”, were crowned champion of the Silver Spurs over-35 tournament this weekend. PHOTO: Joseph pillay

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Much to the delight of the noisy soccer fans Hanover Park FC was crowned champion of the fifth annual Silver Spurs over-35 tournament at Johnson Road sports complex in Rylands on Sunday.

Nicknamed “Brasse vanni Park” the team boasted a few household names that featured prominantly in Hanover Park and Premier United’s cup triumphs of yester-year.

They once again delivered for their club owner and manager Rieduwaan Anthony.

Anthony’s side shaded Amakhosi of Bonteheuwel 4-3 in a tense penalty shoot-out af­ter the final ended in a goalless draw after regulation time.

The first set of penalties ended on an even keel as both teams slotted home three spot kicks.

However, in the sudden death contest, Niam Williams’s penalty for the Amakhosi side was saved by Hanover Park’s goalminder Clement Schuller, which left Shamiel Anthony with the responsibility of scoring the match-winning penalty.

Anthony made no mistake with the strike, which sent the jubilant crowd into scenes of wild celebration.

In the earlier round of the penalty contest, Nazier Benjamin, Jonathan Solomons and Jeremy Jansen all converted their spot kicks for the Brasse while Marawaan Bantam, Faiez Adams and Ashley Paulse scored for the Amakhosi.

The Amakhosi side, with Riyaad Scala as manager, played some enterprising and attractive soccer.

The Brasse adopted a no-nonsense, direct approach, attacking from wide areas, making use of the pressure they try to inflict on their opponents by way of penetrating crosses directed at the goalkeeper, which worked well – except in the semi-final and final when it was less effective.

In the semi-final Amakhosi defeated Sporting United from Mitchell’s Plain 2-0 with Marawaan Bantam and Abduragiem Rylands scoring a goal in each half.

Penalties had to separate tournament host Silver Spurs and Hanover Park after their semi-final clash ended goalless . Eventually Hanover Park won 5-3 on penalties.

Meanwhile, Heath Athletic of Grassy Park won the Plate final after beating Mandalay 4-2 on penalties.

Their game ended 1-1 with Heath Athletic first to draw blood in the first half through Ryan Phillips. Themba Mcense scored the equaliser for Mandalay in the second half.

The tournament brought droves of spectators to Johnson Road once again, with more than 3000 people making their way to the matches on Friday and Saturday.

These matches showcased a wide variety of stars, ranging from former professional to top-class amateur soccer players, scattered across the 24 teams who took part in the tournament.

Household names that used to turn out for Hellenic, Santos, Cape Town Spurs and Batts­wood made their presence felt.

Big names like Mara­waan Bantam, Cassiem Mohamed, Chrissando de Webber, Ronald “Hurry” Campher, Wayne Roberts, Jonathan Solomons, Leslie “Hare” Forbes, Darryl Roelf and Chris “Muis”Arendse were among the players on show and added a degree of class to the proceedings, still coming forth to produce some touches of sheer brilliance.

Abdul Tajoodien, the tournament convenor, says the Silver Spurs executive is pleased with the turnout of spectators and the clubs’ willingness to participate.

“We are looking to extend the entry to 32 teams and perhaps negotiate with other major business houses to bring more sponsors on board, because the tournament which has produced growth, needs bigger incentives for moving forward and creating a carnival atmosphere,” says Tajoodien.

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