3rd 1-v-1 Championships Results
This Was The Most Competitive 1-v-1 Tournament Till Date!
A big thank you to all the participants, all the parents, Moberly Sports Centre, our sponsors – Blackbird Tuition and Xpress Snacks, and everyone involved in organising the day to make sure it ran as smoothly as possible.
All of us together made this unique tournament possible, and this was the biggest one yet.
The Year 2 Tournament displayed some of our finest talent in the youngest age group and they didn’t disappoint in displaying the fantastic skills they’ve been learning at the sessions. The final saw defending champion Ka Lum Chew (pictured above) take on former semi-finalist Raul Vancea. In a close contest, Ka Lum prolonged his reign at the top of the ladder!
Two-time winner, Akshay Mistry was thrilled to reach a third final in a row in the Year 3 Tournament and it l ooked like he’d make it a hat-trick of Gold medal finishes when he lead 1-0 in the final against skilful Aynan Omar. However, Aynan hit back with 2 goals late in the match to deny Akshay of glory and ensure that this age group saw a new champ!
The Year 4 Tournament has always been one of the toughest to call with it boasting so much talent. In the end, it was last year’s runner up, Hassan Alhajmahmoud who seemed hungrier than the rest and wanted to ensure that he went one step further to secure the Gold. It wasn’t easy though, as he faced strong Harry Mensah in what was the best final of the Championships – reflected by the 3-2 scoreline. Congratulations Hassan!
The Year 5 Tournament saw defending champion, Joel Desmond, taking on Ethan Roche in a final after overcoming former champion Raam Gor in the semis. Joel edged out Ethan in a 2-1 victory to defend his championship and earn the second Gold medal in a row.
The year 6/7 age group final was a controversial one between the little, skilful Mohammed El Sebai and the bigger, also skilful Andre Ellington. You could have mirrored this as the little agile Messi vs strong athlete Ronaldo match up. Mohammed was convinced he should have had a penalty, but the referee saw it as a play of strength when the two finalists contested shoulder to shoulder for a 50-50 ball and Mohammed took the fall. That did not take away the skills displayed in yet another closely contested final, which ended 3-2 in favour of Andre. Congratulations to both of you for your fine efforts!
In the Year 8/9 Tournament, Maxim Khovansky took a while to find his feet in the group stages. He finished 4th in the table, just about qualifying for the semi-finals. But Maxim proved that all you need to do is qualify for the knockout stages, and that’s where he found his feet to go on and win the Gold Medal. He beat Ouail Touati and Aaron Mcfarlene in the semi final and final respectively with both score lines at 2-1 in favour of the new champ!