Thursday, 26 April 2018

Bevin Reed retains the Founders Cup

Saturday 14 April 2018, Pretoria, South Africa
After a 2 month break, the second event on the 2018 Pretoria calendar saw 10 players battle it out for Founders Cup honours. Bevin Reed survived a day filled with upsets to lead the standings from start to finish - the triumph even made more special by a hard fought 1-0 victory in Round 4 over the much fancied Chessray Jooste.
Starting a new trend for this event, the following individual accomplishments were also acknowledged :
"Goal Blitz" : went to Bevin Reed ending the day as the top scorer.
"One to watch - Player of the Day" : went to Gary Downs with an impressive 2nd place overall, as he pushed Bevin all the way right up until the final match in Round 4, making Bevin work for his title!
"Tough as Nails" : went to Osvaldo van Niekerk who displayed great goalkeeping skills to shut out Jayden vd Merwe in their Round 3 encounter, and record a massive upset by beating Jayden by 1-0!
"Moment of the Day" : went to Imtiaz Ahmed for a well executed low & fierce shot in Round 2 to overcome Sherwin Reed by 1-0!

Another "Moment of the Day" candidate worth mentioning has to be the Round 1 result which saw Conway Julie upset Chessray Jooste by 1-0 : a result which obviously spurred Conway onto his way for an impressive 3rd place finish overall!
This triumph for Bevin Reed marks his 11th WASPA title to date, but equally important is his successful defence of his Founders Cup title to maintan the bragging rights for another year - it is also worth mentioning that no other player has won this cup more than once in the 6 editions that it has now been staged !

Finally, a special Thank You to Gary Downs for his generous donation of the mini plaques used to acknowledge the individual accomplishments on the day !

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

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

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