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Legends turn back clock in Breidbach

BOWLING EM OVER: Legends bowler Solly Naidoo shows his class with the ball during the Breidbach Hub festival recently Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

THE Breidbach Hub recently staged their first-ever festival in Breidbach featuring soccer and cricket and could be described a phenomenal success judging from the attendance and interest shown.

Hub coordinator, Desmond Coetzee, was ecstatic about support for the initiative from the department of sport, federations, Buffalo City Metro, local businesses and the community’s attendance.

“I attribute the success of the festival to the support given by all the stakeholders involved, the interest shown by all participants and the presence of the community who braved sweltering heat to support the event,” Coetzee said.

Coetzee said the festival consisted of an over-35 age group soccer tournament played on the first day, followed by cricket on the next. “The four participating teams which competed in the soccer were Legends, Breidbach Masters, Violets [all local clubs] and East Londoners, Leeds,” Coetzee said.

Legends emerged as the eventual winners, with Masters runners-up. All participating teams were handed kit and a match-ball. “Rich Kids, , Woods, Legends, Violets and Schornville locked horns in the cricket competition which was played in memory of Kalli Matthews,” community leader, Coetzee said.

The late Matthews was a community builder, sport administrator, who served on rugby and cricket federations as well as on the executive of Pioneers Cricket club, where he was life president. He also served as Breidbach Masters Football Club team manager.

Rich Kids – younger players from under 18 years old – came out tops, with the unpredictable Schornville outfit ending second.

STUMPED: Schornville cricket team (pictured) did not have enough in the tank to beat Rich Kids in the final of the tournament

Invited guests Matthews’ wife, Noelene, and son, Cameron, handed over the trophies during the presentation.

They agreed they had thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the occasion.

“We had an awesome day, full of fun and laughter. “Potjiekos filled our tummies and music contributed to the joyous energy released by the attendees,” Noelene said.

She continued as tears rolled down her cheeks: “I felt like a celebrity and there were times I shed a tear especially when some of the music reminded me of Kalli”.

Cameron in a short speech warned the youth present to stay away from drugs and echoed his mother’s sentiments that the day was a great success.

“The atmosphere was like it used to be when I still played for Pioneers back then in the early 2000’s and I thank the community for the overwhelming support. If you knew my father, he would be proud of the buzz and the way the community came together for the day,” Cameron said.

“He was a people’s person and the event staged in honour of him again showed me how much the community loved him,” he said. Coetzee said: “Altogether, 142 people participated in the festival, of which eight were under 18, 31 between 19-34 and 103 were over 35.

“The community of Breidbach would like to thank the EC Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture, Damian’s Construction, Montego’s Distribution, BCM, Border Cricket, King East Local Football Association and CMB Meats for their generous support in making the event a success,” he added.

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BOWLING EM OVER: Legends bowler Solly Naidoo shows his class with the ball during the Breidbach Hub festival recently Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

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