Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A first WASPA title for Adam Murray!


Saturday 16 September 2017, Pretoria, South Africa
The 2017 Players' Cup attracted a field of 9 players, which included the participation of Gary Downs from EASTERNS TFC. The last minute withdrawal of Stanton Nortjie deprived us of having a nice round figure of 10 players on the day. At the end of Round 1 action, it was the visiting Gary Downs who (playing in his first ever WASPA event) found himself top of the standings thanks to a convincing 2 - 0 victory over Imtiaz Ahmed.
Top 3 of the day
Round 2 saw a massive clash between Adam Murray & Gary Downs - and Adam took the victory, scoring with just 3 minutes left to play. Adam then followed up with another massive victory by 1-0 over Sherwin Reed - the goal coming with only 11 seconds left to play !!! Marlin Boyd then battled to a hard fought 0-0 draw against pre-tournament favourite Osvaldo van Niekerk. By the end of Round 2 the standings were Adam Murray (1st), Marlin Boyd (2nd) and Gary Downs (3rd).
Round 3 action saw Conway Julie hold Gary to a 0-0 draw. Then a surprise result saw Adam drop vital points to Antonio Abdeziet in a 0-0 draw whilst Marlin tied Adam on 5 points thanks to a 1-0 victory over Sherwin !
Gary secured 3rd place overall with a 1-0 win over Rowin Wilson in Round 4 action - not a bad outing for Gary at all!
The event was then forced into a final play off match when both Adam & Marlin ended on a total tally of 7 points by recording 1-0 wins in their Round 4 matches. The day's action was then rounded off by a thrilling final play off match with both Adam & Marlin playing good attacking Subbuteo - but thanks to good goalkeeping skills from both players, the match ended 0-0. The drama then continued further as Adam won 3-2 on shots to clinch his first ever WASPA title!
Marlin's superb 2nd place overall was rewarded when he received the PFC club shirt as well.

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

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