Following weeks of preparations, the much-anticipated inaugural Bushbuckridge News sports tournament finally kicked off, and it was worth all the excitement!
As part of celebrating 10 years in the news-making industry; Bushbuckridge News will host a series of events, promotions and competitions throughout the year, and we started off with a sports tournament.
The under-15 tournament initially kicked off on the 20th of April where eight soccer teams participated. Four teams were then knocked out in the quarter-finals, leaving only four teams to compete for the ultimate prize a week later.
On the 27th of April 2019, the four remaining soccer teams, namely; Zoeknog Young Tigers, Young Sundown’s, Mkhuhlu City FC and Cosmos FC were all gunning for the first prize. The first match of the day was between, Cosmos FC and Young Sundown’s fc. With 2-0 to book in the place in the finals, and it was Mkhuhlu City FC who joined them in the finals after beating Young Tigers by the same margin.
The netball field was brimming with support from the local residents due to the outstanding performance by the home team, College View netball team. The home team walked over Shining Stars by 10-1 in their first match of the day. Palace netball club also had a good run on the field when they beat their opponents Memas Fast Food netball club by 8-3.
All the participating teams were rewarded with new soccer balls for gracing the competition, as a token of appreciation by the organisers.
Young Sundowns redeemed themselves in the third place play-offs by beating Young Tigers 4-0 to finish in the competition as third best team, and Shining Stars won third place by beating Memas by 4-2 in the girls loser’s final.
Second placed Mkhuhlu City received R1 300, 00 in soccer and Palace got R800, 00 in netball. In third place; netball side Shining Stars received R600, 00 and Young Sundowns collected R1000, 00. The fourth best teams Young Tigers and Memas received R700, 00 and R500, 00 for soccer and netball respectively.
College View girls in netball were eventually crowned champions on home turf after beating Palace by 8/2, walking away with the main prize of R1 100, 00, medals and a winners’ certificate.
Cosmos FC managed to beat Mkhuhlu City by 2-0 in the finals, and they were crowned champions, walking away with medals, winners’ certificate and a lucrative R1500, 00 courtesy of Bushbuckridge News.
The winning coach, Jabu Zitha of Cosmos FC was a very happy man after winning his first ever tournament; “I’m so excited! I started this team in 2007 and it is our first time winning a major tournament like this one.” The winning coach further promised to spoil his troops to a great treat and buy a few soccer boots for the team with the money.