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Monday, 13 June 2016
Bevin Reed wins the 2016 League 2 Cup
Saturday 11 June 2016, Pretoria, South Africa
The 2016 edition of the PFC League 2 Cup saw a field of 8 participants on a very cold day in Pretoria, with each player getting to play 4 matches by way of random draw. In Match 1, Bevin Reed got his campaigne off to a perfect start by beating 2015 League 2 winner Kegan vd Merwe by 2-0 : a setback which Kegan would never recover from in his attempt to defend his title! The last match of Round 1 produced the "match of the day", a 5 goal thriller which ended Julian vd Merwe (2) v (3) Chessray Jooste - a match played at fast pace with Chessray getting the decider with 2min left to play! In Round 2, Kegan got his campaigne back on track with a well deserved 1-0 win over Julian vd Merwe - another match played at a franctic pace. This result became even more significant as Bevin was frustrated to a 0-0 draw against younger brother Sherwin - a solid defensive approach earning Sherwin a well deserved point! That result moved Sherwin into 4th place after he triumphed by 1-0 over Rowin Wilson in Round 1. After Bevin's draw in Round 2, the top of the leaderboard saw Chessray Jooste & Jayden vd Merwe move tied for 1st place after both players followed up their Round 1 wins with another win in Round 2. Chessray & Jayden then played to a 0-0 draw in a "top of the table" clash in Round 3, paving the way for Bevin to reclaim top spot by way of a 2-0 win over Stanton Nortjie.
In Round 4, a win for Kegan would see him in with a chance of getting the runner's up spot - but Stanton produced good blocking flicks and good goalkeeping skills to earn a 0-0 draw! Jayden had to produce a miracle in Round 4 to beat Sherwin by 7-0 if he were to pip Bevin for the title - in the end, a defensive error by Jayden allowed Sherwin to force a 1-1 draw and Jayden had to settle for 2nd place yet again! The draw for Sherwin also ensured a remarkable undefeated run as he claimed 5th place overall! Then Match 16 produced the "upset of the day" as Rowin beat Julian by 1-0 for him (Rowin) to move up two places to 6th overall! For his success on the day, Bevin was also presented with the new 2016 PFC shirt. For his remarkable undefeated run (against all odds), Sherwin was also rewarded with the 2016 club shirt for his efforts! Bevin Reed is surely making a habit of winning in 2016 and this latest success marks the capture of his 6th WASPA title to date - congratulations to Bevin! Thanks to all for attending and making the day a success once again!
A nice gesture at the end of proceedings was when Jayden vd Merwe took some time out to offer coaching tips to some of the youngsters who were in attendance during the event - maybe with an eye on Pretoria Flickers Club soon to introduce a Junior League in our attempts to promote this beautiful game of Subbuteo. Watch this space!
Jayden van der Merwe
Kegan van der Merwe
Julian van der Merwe
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(Report by Julian vd Merwe)