THE Victoria Park High School soccer first team gave an excellent account of themselves at the Kloof High School tournament in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend, winning six of their seven matches to end runners-up.
A total of 32 teams, mainly from KwaZulu-Natal but also from as far afield as Stellenbosch and Bloemfontein, took part in the event.
In the round-robin stages, VP triumphed over Kingsway 6-0, Durban High 3-2 and IsiZanda 2-0. This meant they finished top in their group going into the knockout stages.
In the round of 16, VP came up against a strong team from Marianridge, but some brilliant attacking play resulted in a 3-0 victory. They then easily beat Alexandra High 4-1 in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal against their old rivals, Brebner High from Bloemfontein.
Brebner have always been strong at soccer and this match proved to be a fight to the end.
After reaching half time with the score 0-0, VP managed to put two goals past their opponents after the break to secure a place in the final.
The final proved to be a worthy clash between VP and Westville. Both teams were tactically sound and neither gave any leeway. A single goal in the first half sealed the victory for Westville.
Despite the final result, VP were delighted with their efforts, again proving they can hold their own with the best.
They scored 20 goals during the tournament and conceded only four.
The top goal-scorers were Reeve Frosler (5) and Achuma Mtati (4). Goalkeeper Nkosinathi Gcakasi played a big role in the team’s success and he was deservedly awarded the goalkeeper of the tournament trophy. Both he and defender Diego van Rooyen were chosen for the team of the tournament.
This success follows the school’s U17 victory in the recent Engen tournament and the U14 regional victory in the McDonald’s competition.