Tuesday, 31 March 2015

First Alberton tournament a success!

The players
The Johannesburg Table Football Club hosted their first tournament in Alberton, on the eastern part of Johannesburg on Sunday the 29th of March 2015 at the Erkhuleni Municipal Offices. The venue proved to be an immaculate venue and is odds on favourite to host the 2015 South African Championship later this year.
A nice venue
A field of 9 participants was divided into two groups. This tournament saw the return of Shane Graaff, one of the founding members of the South African Table Football Association in 2008. Imtiaz Ahmed also made his debut at a officially recognized table football event.
The group stages went according to the seedings as Jayden van der Merwe and Clifford Graaff qualified as group winners along with Julian van der Merwe and Shane Graaff as runner-ups. In the semi-final, top ranked junior, Jayden accounted for Shane Graaff by a solitary goal in a free flowing game. Clifford defeated Julian in a tense penalty shoot-out after a exciting but goalless game.
The final

Action in the final
The final saw Clifford defeat Jayden by a single goal in a tense and exhilarating final. Unfortunately, Jayden made one defensive mistake which Clifford was able to capitalize on and secure his first Alberton Challenge title.
Once again, great fun was had by all and more table football tournaments are to be hosted on the eastern part of Johannesburg.

(Report by Clifford Graaff)