Monday, 22 December 2014

Blouberg Summer Subbuteo Tournament 2014

The group of players
A nice scoreboard was was present with the official timer
Rob Matthews did a great job of hosting Cape Town City TFC’s first tournament in the northern suburbs. While quite a few regular players were away on holiday, Rob brought four brand new and very enthusiastic players to the table (Brian, David, Lee & Damian). The tournament also marked the impressive return of childhood devotee Grant Lewis to the game. It was a particular privilege to welcome Jayden & Julian van der Merwe - visitors from the Pretoria Flickers Club who drove 17 hours to holiday in the Cape!
The final between Jayden and Cliton
The tournament featured two groups of five, from which Jayden, Rob, Clinton and Grant went through to the semi finals. Clinton ultimately beat Jayden 1-0 in the final, and Rob clinched 3rd spot after a tense penalty shoot out. Dave edged out Julian on penalties after a tight 5th / 6th spot play-off.
Final for places 3 and 4
After the tournament Clinton had a poignant moment reflecting on how he and Julian had grown up in different cities, at opposite ends of South Africa, amidst very different circumstances under the apartheid government, yet spent their childhood playing the same game – the game which is now forging a strong friendship 3 decades later.  

(Report by Clinton Gahwiler)
And when they don't play subbuteo, they play foosball