Jacks take title on successful 2017 Easter tournament

Senior winners of the NASA Easter Tournament were Jacks united

Tournament Director Bryan Rupram was pleased to also see the tremendous response from the junior division teams who made a grand impact in the under eleven, thirteen , fifteen and seventeen section. The under eleven five a side proved extremely popular as many parents and grand parents encouraged their siblings enjoying the weekend.
Rupram said that there a few changes in the formats made to suit the traditional way in which the event was held previously. The changes were necessary as it was important to accommodate many divisions as possible hence the under eleven section was a five a side.
Friday was a bit disruptive because of the heavy rainfall and the traditional Grand Challenge game could not take place. However the game was played on Saturday night.
Jacks United edged out Tigers to win the challenge match by one goal to nil.
The entire weekend saw some extremely exciting football and the crowd attendance was boosted as the games went into the knock out stages.
Young Colonials grabbed the under eleven trophy with Celtic as runners up. The under thirteen cup was won by Young Dribblers with the diminutive player Lundokhule Mshengu winning the player of the match award and a tablet sponsored by Vodacom.
Lucky man of the match in the finals won a tablet which given to them in addition to the gold medals and a trophy. Jay Mannikum representing the Department of Sport and Recreation was pleased to see the high standard of football in all the divisions. The aims and objectives of the DSR to promote Club Development programmes was essential.
DSR sponsored all the medal and trophy’s and the winning teams also took away a full set of playing kit. The senior wining side crowned as the Tournament Champion was Jacks United.
Jacks took away the Grand Challenge cup and a combined total of nine thousand in cash. The under fifteen trophy went to Zulu Warriors who beat Eastwood Lads in the final.
Favourites Cosmos could not cross the line losing one nil to Celtic in the under seventeen final. NASA officials felt a sigh of relief when the curtain came down. Spectators left Northdale stadium highly satisfied knowing well that soccer is in the up in the Northern Areas. NASA will meet next Monday at the Protea ground office and have announced that affiliation for the new season is open. Clubs are urged to affiliate in preparation for the league to start.

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