The second edition of the Christchurch International Cup has had a great kick off with the U13 and U14 tournament being played during the last three days.
The Christchurch International Cup 2017 has attracted more than 1000 football players from all over New Zealand and Australia and has become one of the biggest football tournaments in the country.
With 22 teams and over 400 players participating on the U13 and U14 tournament this weekend, the Christchurch International Cup 2017 opening weekend was a big success. Participating players, coaches and fans all enjoyed the 3-day tournament and were impressed by the facilities of the Christchurch Football Centre and the professionality of the tournament.
Ricardo Felitti, tournament director, said it’s great to see clubs from all over the country competing with each other: ‘All the teams that are coming down to Christchurch come down to win the tournament. They put out their best squads which contributes to the level of the tournament and makes the tournament even more competitive.’
This year’s U14 tournament saw Parklands United surprising many spectators and other participating teams by winning the tournament, after beating Auckland side Western Springs in the big final. The Christchurch side were dominating pool A, winning all three games and after beating Selwyn United in a penalty shoot-out in the quarter finals, the semi-final was won 1-0 against FC TWENTY11.
FC Nelson had a great tournament in both age groups, but the U14’s saw FC TWENTY11 finishing 3rd, after losing 5-0 in the game for the 3rd and 4th place.
The U13 tournament was a very close run, with 2 great semi-finals. Nomads United, who proved to be a very strong side during the whole tournament, went into the finals after beating the CUFC Academy on penalties and FC Nelson beat Cashmere Technical in the other semi-final. In a very exciting final, FC Nelson went up 2-1 in the first half and after a scoreless second half, they took the U13 title back up to Nelson.
In the game for the 3rd and 4th place, the CUFC Academy won 7-1 against Cashmere Technical, after an impressive second half from the hosts, who were only up 2-1 at half-time.
Ricardo Felitti: ‘We are very happy with the first tournament and we had only positive feedback from participating teams and visiting people. We will start preparing for the next tournament during the coming days, so we can make sure we are ready to deliver another great experience for everyone involved in the U9 – U12 tournaments.’
The Christchurch International Cup 2017 will continue on Friday with the U9 – U12 tournaments. Over 750 junior football players will come down to the Christchurch Football Centre to compete to become the best team in their age group and the organisation can’t wait to welcome all players, coaches, fans and others involved from Friday 14th July – Sunday 16th July.