(report by Julian vd Merwe)
Saturday 10 September 2016, Pretoria, South Africa
The first ever September event in Pretoria attracted a field of 9 entries - included in the field was debutant Antonio Abdeziet. The event was played under the theme "MATCHDAY LIVE" as we played out actual scheduled fixtures from the BPL on the day. Round 1 saw the Manchester Derby ending Stonton Nortjie (Man Utd) 0 v 0 Conway Julie (Man City). Elsewhere Rowin Wilson (Watford) beat Antonio Abdeziet (West Ham) by 1-0. The other matches in Round 1 produced two thrillers which ended Kegan vd Merwe (Stoke) 1 v 1 Jayden vd Merwe (Spurs) and Bevin Reed (Liverpool) 1 v 1 Julian vd Merwe (Leicester). By the end of Round 2 matches, Chessray Jooste (Swansea) was top of the standings whilst Rowin Wilson (West Ham) beat Stanton Nortjie (Man Utd) by 1-0 to go 2nd only by way of goal difference !!! Rowin certainly looked confident in his opening 2 rounds of play & was raising some eyebrows with his play on the day.
|Chessray vs Bevin|
I think the cheer was mostly from the Man Utd fans - who had witnessed, in real time, how Man City had just beat Man Utd by 2-1 at Old Trafford !!??
Kegan vd Merwe (Stoke City) then beat Rowin Wilson (Watford) by 1-0 to go top of the standings on 6 points. Jayden vd Merwe (Spurs) then dispatched of Julian vd Merwe (Leicester) by 1-0 to go 2nd on the standings with 6 points too!
The final match on the day, Chessray Jooste (Swansea) v Bevin Reed (Liverpool) was a true decider. A draw would imply that we had 4 players ending on 6 points, forcing the event into a 4 way play off, as Jayden & Kegan had previously secured that potential play-off places. A win for either Chessray or Bevin would mean the winner would walk away with bragging rights as 2016 Spring Cup Champion ! The match saw Bevin adopt a "park the bus" approach - but surprisingly Bevin took the early lead. As was then expected, Chessray started crafting chances and soon found himself level midway through the allocated time. Chessray then capitalised on a rare defensive error by Bevin to make it 2-1 and thereby securing his 6th WASPA title to date! Finally, a debut to remember for Antonio Abdeziet as he managed to secure 6th place overall!
As always - thanks to all for attending and making the day a success once again.
Final Standings - Points
Chessray Jooste (SWANSEA CITY) 7
Kegan vd Merwe (STOKE CITY) 6
Jayden vd Merwe (SPURS) 6
Bevin Reed (LIVERPOOL) 5
Rowin Wilson (WATFORD) 4
Antonio Abdeziet (WEST HAM UTD) 3
Conway Julie (MAN CITY) 2
Stanton Nortjie (MAN UTD) 2
Julian vd Merwe (LEICESTER CITY) 1
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