(Report by Julian vd Merwe)
Saturday 06 February 2016, Pretoria, South AfricaThe first event for 2016 in Pretoria attracted a field of 8 entries, amongst whom we had a Subbuteo debutant in the shape of Stanton Nortjie.
He (Stanton) had been an avid spectator / supporter of most, if not all, of our events during 2015 and felt the time was right for him to enter the fray. The day was filled with goal action, as we witnessed 22 goals scored from the 16 scheduled fixtures.
Matches 15 & 16 featured the top 4 players on the day playing against each other, and there was plenty to play for in these two matches. Match 15 ended Jayden (0) v (2) Chessray, where a win for either player meant they would equal the table-topping Bevin. The win for Chessray gave him the runner-up position eventually. Pretoria's highest ranked player, Jayden vd Merwe, had to settle for 4th place overall as he managed 2 wins and 2 lossess from his 4 matches on the day.
Match 16 was the real decider - a win for Kegan would give him the honours, whereas Bevin only needed the draw to clinch the title. The match ended Kegan (0) v (0) Bevin - a very entertaining match where Kegan produced most of the chances, but unfortunately he could not convert any of the chances afforded to him. The draw handed Kegan 3rd place overall, even after not suffering a loss all day - and having not conceded all day!
Bevin also ended the day unbeaten, and the only blemish to his day's work was a goal conceded in Match 6 : Julian (1) v (3) Bevin. Many regard this as the "Match of the Day" wherein Julian dominated most of the play to take a 1-0 lead. Bevin came storming back in the final 1/4 of play to score 3 goals on the counter - Bevin even admitted afterwards that this was the match that earned him the title on the day!
Overall, an exciting opening event to the 2016 Pretoria Flickers Club calendar!
Kegan van der Merwe
Jayden van der Merwe
Julian van der Merwe
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