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Victoria Park Football Tournament Report

MARCH 22, 2017
Victoria Park Football Tournament Report

The St Andrew’s College U16 and U19 Football teams travelled to Port Elizabeth to participate in the Victoria Park High School Football Tournament, one of the toughest schoolboy football tournaments in the Eastern Cape. The tournament was played in true Eastern Cape style with high intensity and a desire to win.

The U16 team played all their group matches on the Saturday and performed exceptionally well in a tough group. The team drew 1-1 to Vulumzi Secondary School and Fairmont High School and lost 1-0 to Bethelsdorp High. The team ended 3rd in their group and met Alexandria High School in the Plate semi-final.

The U16s started the match with great intent, creating plenty of opportunities, however the team conceded two quick goals and found themselves 2-0 down at halftime. Nec Aspera Terrent,and the team scored a great goal through Luc Rushmere within 10 minutes of the second half. Once again, the College team contested for every ball and won every inch of the field, but found it nearly impossible to convert their chances.

Tom Russel hit the crossbar… twice, Josh Million and Nic Cleasby dominated the trenches and provided the strikers with great service, but the Alex keeper and defenders made the block every single time. The final whistle brought relieve to the Alex coach and his players and the match ended 2-1 to Alex in one of the matches of the tournament. The U16s played their final match versus Camps Bay High School and was determined to finish 11th and not 12th out of 18.

The team trailed 1-0 at halftime, but managed to score two great goals in the second half to win the match 2-1. The team can be extremely proud of their efforts as they were serious contenders at the tournament. The fiery Tom Russel can be proud of how led his young and inexperienced team.

The 1st team had a phenomenal tournament. The brotherhood and camaraderie between the boys was transparent and compliments from opposition coaches and players were received after every match. After losing 4-0 to Alex in their toughest match of the tournament the Alex coach said the following words; “Thank you for the match sir and welcome to the tournament. Despite the score line, I would rather coach 11 respectful players than manage 3 superstars, I have never experience such humility from a boys’ private school”

To make a long successful story short, the 1st team’s 2-1 victory vs Vulumzi Secondary meant that they ended 3rd in their group and qualified for the Plate semi-final.  The team met a skillful Sanctor High School in the semi-final and trailed 2-0 at half time. Like the 4 previous matches the 1st team did not concede a single goal in the second half and defended like Trojans.

However, the match ended 2-0 to Sanctor and they qualified for the Plate final and we ended 12th out of 18 teams. Nic Poole displayed one of the best examples of Situational Leadership, this was Nic’s first competitive football tournament for College and he did exceptional well with a young 1st team. Tom More played every single second of all the matches and almost ended up playing every position… Tom is a loyal member of the Club and can be proud of his efforts.

Oli Hoard and Jordan Stulich will remember their goals versus Vulumzi forever. Daniel Erasmus ended the tournament fractured nose and showed great commitment throughout the tournament. These were just some of the successful stories of a very successful tournament.