Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Number 7 for Bevin Reed

Saturday 12 November 2016, Pretoria, South Africa
The 2016 edition of the Scudo Campioni was played under the theme of ITALY v ENGLAND whereby 8 contestants played in the colours of various clubs from Italy and England - and this year, Team Italy outscored Team England (last year's winners) by 23-20 points!
Round 1 action produced 7 goals with defending champion Chessray Jooste (Sampdoria) defeating Conway Julie (Chelsea) by 1-0. Kegan vd Merwe (Roma) and Jayden vd Merwe (Everton) played to an exciting 1-1 draw and Adam Murray (Juventus) beat Sherwin Reed (Man Utd) by 1-0. The last match up then saw a thrilling come from behind win by 2-1 for Bevin Reed (Liverpool) over Julian vd Merwe (AC Milan) with Bevin getting the winner on the stroke of full time ! It is also worth noting that both players hit the bar at least once during the match too - this match really had it all!
Round 2 then produced 4 goals with the top result going to Chessray with a 3-0 triumph over Sherwin. Elsewhere Julian beat Conway by 1-0 with an acutely angled shot off the far upright. Adam then held Jayden to a 0-0 result, and then the biggest tie of the round saw Kegan launch an assualt on Bevin's goal for the first 8min of play with Bevin's goalkeeping skills tested time after time - corner kick after corner kick , with Bevin only settling down in the second half of the allocated time to ensure a 0-0 result. By the end of Round 2 Chessray went top on 4 points.
Round 3 delivered 5 goals. Firstly, tight defending by Sherwin earned him his first point of the day by holding Julian to a 0-0 result. Bevin then secured a convincing 2-0 win over Adam to go top of the standings - with Adam falling out of the top 3 for the first time all day. Then the tie of the round saw Jayden score on 3min against Chessray, but 2min later Chessray was back on level terms. Jayden then got the decider with 2min left to play to make the final score 2-1 in his favour - with Chessray dropping down to 2nd and Jayden moving up to 3rd overall.
Then... the business end of the day, with Round 4 producing four positive results and 8 goals as a bonus. Firstly, Adam scored the fastest goal of the day on 57sec as he eventually ran out 2-0 winner over Conway - a result which put Adam back into 3rd place overall. Jayden then produced his best play of the day by winning 3-0 over Julian - a result which saw Jayden go top of the standings for the first time all day. Kegan then dug deep to get a positive 2-0 win over Sherwin - a result which ensured 3rd place overall for Kegan, relegating Adam back to 4th spot. The decider then ended Bevin 1 v 0 Chessray - a tightly contested, sometimes heated affair which saw Bevin take the individual honours as 2016 Scudo Campioni victor ! This was Bevin's first triumph since June of this year - a triumph which marks the capture of Bevin's 7th WASPA title to date!
As always - thanks to all for attending and making the day a success once again.
(Report by Julian vd Merwe)

Final Standings - Points
Bevin Reed (LIVERPOOL) - 7
Jayden vd Merwe (EVERTON) - 6
Kegan vd Merwe (ROMA) - 5
Adam Murray (JUVENTUS) - 5
Chessray Jooste (SAMPDORIA) - 4
Julian vd Merwe (AC MILAN) - 3
Conway Julie (CHELSEA) - 1
Sherwin Reed (MAN UNITED) - 1

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