Saturday 11 July 2015, Pretoria, South Africa
recent 2015 COPA AMERICA finals. The tournament was played under round robin stage with 2 points per win & 1 point per draw awarded. In the end the honours went to Jayden van der Merwe (playing in the colours of Mexico) as he battled through to become the 2015 PFC Gold Cup winner. However, in the early stages of the tournament it was the newcomers who set the early pace when Justin Thumbran and Adam Murray somewhat surprisingly found themselves in 1st & 2nd places respectively after 4 rounds of play!
Match 17, Bevin 1-0 Julian marked Bevin's first ever triumph over Julian in a Subbuteo event, and that result ensured Bevin was suddenly in contention too.
Kegan van der Merwe saw his hopes fade after he suffered three shock 1-0 losses to Justin Thumbran, Adam Murray and Rowin Wilson - in that order. The event had 36 scheduled matches and it was in Match 35, Kegan 1-0 Jayden where a draw would have been enough for Jayden to secure the title but that result meant that Jayden and Bevin were tied on 12 points each and the event had an extra play-off final match between Bevin & Jayden. A very exciting match then played out, with Bevin having one good chance with Jayden's goalkeeper pulling of a stop to deny Bevin a certain goal! The final had to be decided on shots - with Jayden winning by 2-0 and the result saw Jayden secure his first WASPA title for 2015!
1st) Jayden van der Merwe (Mexico)
2nd) Bevin Reed (Argentina)
3rd) Julian van der Merwe (Paraguay)
4th) Justin Thumbran (Ecuador)
5th) Kegan van der Merwe (Bolivia)
6th) Chessray Jooste (Brazil)
7th) Adam Murray (Chile)
8th) Rowin Wilson (Colombia)
9th) Sherwin Reed (Uruguay)
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(report by Kegan vd Merwe)