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19 June 2019 Foundation: Pumba Pirates 25th Anniversary Tournament

The Pumba Foundation was thrilled to be a part of the Pumba Pirates 25th Anniversary Soccer Tournament over the weekend of 15 -17 June. The rich history of the Pumba Pirates began in 1994 with the formation of a team by Zezi Ncanywa and Dale Howarth and comprised of players from Melville Park (now a part of Pumba) and Allswell Farm staff and families. In a successful building stage, the Pirates became one of the strongest teams in the area, building a superb collection of trophies and accolades.

To celebrate 25 years of achievements, the Pumba Foundation assisted in setting up a tournament to celebrate and showcase the talent in the area, hosting 7 teams in a tournament format. The Foundation constructed 2 new fields, complete with goal posts, white lines and nets, along with cutting and re-structuring the fields, as well as providing equipment such as trophies, prizes, balls and whistles for the tournament. To further celebrate the occasion, the Pumba

Pirates were kitted out with a new playing strip and also an informal shirt for match preparation and off field wear.

The tournament was met with great excitement and anticipation and the competition was high amongst the teams in attendance. In addition to the Pirates themselves, their mixed development and old boys team also made an appearance under the title of the Mighty Dragons, further emphasising the history and future growth of the club. Both teams performed well, with the Pirates moving through the pool unbeaten. The Mighty Dragons played well but did not progress from the pool stages. 


In the semi-finals and finals, the field was packed and the community came out in huge numbers to support the semi-final teams, Pumba Pirates, Broughton, Crystal Palace and Mosslands. The Pirates played a tough match against Mosslands and were ultimately beaten 3-1 in a highly charged affair that had some fantastic moments for both teams. In the other semi, Crystal Palace took care of Broughton in a disciplined approach, winning 3-0. 


The 3rd and 4th play off and also the final was attended by close on 1000 people, ranging across all ages and families, with Pumba staff and community members alike. The Pirates short turn around time from their semi final showed and they were narrowly defeated by Broughton to finish 4th in their home tournament. The final saw a fierce repeat of a pool game between Mosslands and Crystal Palace, with the teams not being able to be separated in regulation time, meaning that penalties were needed.

Crystal Palace held their nerve well and were deserved winners of an extremely well organised and successful tournament. While the Pumba Pirates will be disappointed that they could not feature in the show piece match, they will no doubt be thrilled to have attracted some of the top talent in the area to show them the developing nature of the Pirates. The remainder of the year will build towards the highly anticipated end of year tournaments, with many friendly matches in between. 


The Foundation was thrilled to play a part in hosting such a wonderful celebration and looks forward to hosting similar events to celebrate sports and youth in the community!


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