From the Goalmouth – November 2017

Frank Ownhouse / Gakeem Abrahams Memorial Inter Provincial Tournament.
In a pulsating final, played in front of a packed Gelvandale Grounds, Northern Suburbs defeated the more fancied Cape District 3-1 to clinch the Frank Ownhouse / Gakiem Abrahams national inter-provincial LFA tournament. It was a maiden title for the Cape Town outfit. Both finalists, along with hosts NAFA were undefeated in the Round Robin phase of the tournament. Cape District and Northern Suburbs each recorded two wins and two draws, while NAFA registered one win and three draws from their four games.
Northern Suburbs and East London Central played to a 1-1 draw in the first semi-final. Suburbs eventually pipped their opponents 3-2 in the ensuing penalty shootout. Cape District prevailed in their semi-final against NAFA after a hard fought contest. They scored the only goal of the match. In the playoff for the 3rd place, NAFA eased past East London Central, thrashing their fatigued opponents 4-0 in a one-sided affair.
NAFA once again demonstrated their dominance in the junior section, winning the u10, u12 and u14 divisions. Cape District, who enjoyed a very successful tournament overall, defeated Northern Suburbs in the u16 and u18 Finals.
Premier League
The race for Premier League honours has evolved into a straight fight between Westlake and Wolves. Westlake placed themselves in pole position after they edged fellow contenders, Bloom Callies 3-2 in a nail-biting contest. With so much at stake, the match drew the one of the biggest crowds in recent premier league history. More than 5000 spectators filled the Gelvandale Fields on the day. Helenvale, who until recently had title aspirations of their own, could play a key role in deciding where the trophy will end up. They are the common opponent for Westlake and Wolves and it seems ironic that they hold the fate of the premier league championship in their hands. In all, it makes for an enthralling end to the season.
After a promising start to the season, Swallows will return to the first Division promotion league. Ebenezer will join them as the second relegated team.
First Division Promotion League
With only one game remaining Ramblers are 4 points clear of their nearest rivals and will win the First Division title. They make a swift return to the Premier League. The second promotion place is still up for grabs. This will be decided between Windvogel All Stars and Rangers, who are the only teams that can clinch the runners up spot.
For more information contact Bronwyn Heilbron at the NAFA office on 041452 5545.

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