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Young footballers relish tournament play

Hugo Escalle, from the Rangers Kiwis team, shoots for goal during her side’s match against clubmates Rangers Red on Tuesday. Photo: Peter Jones.

FC Nelson Tornadoes came out on top of their 11th-12th grade tier 1 rivals after the two-day tournament at A and P Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Nelson-based side went unbeaten through pool play, winning four of their five games with one draw, and took on local side Rangers Kiwis, who previously won three, lost one and drew one, in the final.

Tornadoes prevailed 7-2 in a skilful encounter, underlining their dominance over the two days.

Rangers Kiwis, who claimed the fair play award, finished second, FC Nelson Thunder were third, Motueka Titans fourth, BV Yellow fifth and Rangers Red sixth.

Ben Lindfield, from the Rangers Red team, drives between two Rangers Kiwis defenders.  
Ben Lindfield, from the Rangers Red team, drives between two Rangers Kiwis defenders.

Tournament MVP was FC Nelson Thunder player Ronan O’Donnell.

In the tier 2 competition, Nelson Suburbs beat BV Jets 7-1 in the final to take top spot. Suburbs were unbeaten in pool play.

FC Nelson United claimed the fair play award, while Ami Bruce from Nelson Suburbs was voted MVP by opposing teams.

Third was the Richmond Raptors, with BV Phoenix fourth, Rangers White fifth and FC Nelson Utd sixth.

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