Over 50s get a kick out of tourney

2019-10-15 06:00
Battswood Football Club hosted an over 50 Goodwill tournament in celebration of its 90th anniversary.

Battswood Football Club hosted an over 50 Goodwill tournament in celebration of its 90th anniversary.

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Battswood Football Club hosted an over-50 Goodwill tournament at William Herbert sports ground from Saturday 21 and Monday 23 September as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations.

Alan Donough, a member of the club, says the tournament was quite significant as it brought together old friends who were prominent competitors under the South African Council of Sports (SACOS) banner during the apartheid era.

The participating teams were Everton (Heideveld), Liverpool-Portlands (Mitchell’s Plain), Saints (Port Elizabeth), Devonshire Rovers (also celebrating 90 years) and Battwsood Football Club (Wynberg).

Adeeb Abrahams, the president of the club, says the tournament was played in true goodwill spirit and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

“Thank you to all who contributed on and off the field,” says Abrahams.

All players received a 90th anniversary participating medal; and Team of the Tournament Trophy was awarded to Saints (PE) by player consensus.

Players and supporters also held a brief demonstration on the stand at the sports ground on the day to show their solidarity in the fight against crime and abuse of women and children.

“We wanted to show our support in the quest to stop gender-based violence and criminal activities that are prevalent in our communities. We say, ‘No, enough is enough’,” says Donough.

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