This past Saturday, we departed from SOH at 08:00 and registered at the Southern Suburbs Football League's Fives Tournament. This is the second time that we are able to participate in this tournament and also registered the SOH all girls team (Themba Girls). The girls were well coached by Abygail, but could unfortunately did not win the match that they played.
Hope United FC was the first team to start the tournament and comfortably won FIF 4-2. Our next match was against the Bees and after leading 2-0, we ended up drawing the match at 2-2. Our third match was against Jubilee FC (who incidentally won the 2017 league), where three of our players assisted Jubilee due to a shortage of players on their side. We won the match 6-0.
Our last group match was against GWC, who was hoping to kick us off the top spot in the group stage. We beat them and qualified for the semi-finals as group winners. We then faced the second placed team from the other group and beat them 5-2. We had a very tough final, but edged the victory in a tough 4-3 goal-fest.
The managers were very impressed with how well HUFC has improved and couldn't stop singing our praises throughout the tournament. We not only won the tournament trophy, but one of our players from BU, Malachie, won the Golden-boot award for scoring the most goals throughout the tournament. Each player received a gold medal and the coach received the official Fives Black Medal, for the best coach in the SSFL.