Sunday, 12 June 2016

North vs South clash in Friendship Trophy Final

Abraham on the attack against Ernest

Pierre’s intense concentration vs Jason in the Plate Final
This past Wednesday evening, the 8th of June, saw the Panorama Friendship Trophy hosted at Panorama Sports Club. A good turnout of 8 participants braved the extremely cold Highveld weather to participate, including Cape Town's top ranked player, Cliton Gahwiler. The players were divided into two groups with top seeded players, Clifford Graaff, Clinton Gahwiler, Richard Graaff and Waynne Pienaar progressing to the Cup semi finals. The biggest cheer must go to newcomer Pierre Coetzer, who raised the roof with his equalizing goal against Clinton. The bottom two players in each group qualified for the Plate Final which saw the impressive junior Jason Pienaar defeat Pierre in an extended and exciting penalty shoot-out. The concentration on Pierre's face was the photo of the evening - see attached pic. Clifford and Clinton accounted for Richard and Waynne to set up a traditional North vs South derby. The final lived up to its billing with both players testing each other with strategic and counter attacking moves. A defensive mistake by Clinton with 3 minutes left on the clock, allowed Clifford to score the only goal and claim the 'derby' victory. All winners and losing finalists received special Panorama medals.

Semi-finals
Clifford Graaff vs Richard Graaff 1-0
Clinton Gahwiler vs Waynne Pienaar 3-1

Final
Clifford Graaff vs Clinton Gahwiler 1-0

(Report by Clifford Graaff)