The Athletics Council of Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance in partnership with Canadian Tamil Sports Association (CTSA) hosted the 3rd Annual Tamileelam Challenge Cup last Saturday.
On a sunny day, with many teams vying for the cup and the chance to be crowned champions, a large crowd from surrounding areas came to watch the football tournament and enjoy the day’s festivities.
The under 16 tournament provided an exciting final as Scarborough Rangers F.C. played against Jarvis S.C.
The game was pushed to a penalty shoot out as it ended in a stalemate in regular time. Scarborough Rangers managed to hold their nerve and come out on top, taking home the Under 16 Tamileelam Challenge Cup.
On the men’s side the semi finals placed the Scarborough Rangers against the Cinderella team of 11 Stars Football Club, who defeated last year’s runner up E.N.A. Sports Club in the quarter finals.
The game was tightly contested as Scarborough Rangers defeated 11 Stars 1-0.
In the other semi’s, last year’s champions Jarvis Sports Club were up against Seawaves F.C. The game saw Jarvis take the lead through a penalty in the first half, but Seawaves responded with two goals in the second half, to leave the final score line 2-1.
The final was then played between Scarborough Rangers and Seawaves F.C..
Seawaves went ahead in first half before Scarborough Rangers equalized. The second half saw both teams struggling to beat the deadlock but a header from Seawaves pushed them into the lead.
Scarborough searched for the equalizer, but at the final whistle the game ended 2-1, leaving Sewaves the winners of this year’s Tamileelam Challenge Cup.
The younger divisions also saw plenty of action, with a lot of promising talent. “When I grow up, I’m going to win that trophy” Kirushan, currently playing in the under 10 division, confidently claimed looking at the men’s challenge trophy.
“We are excited to see many youth participating in this tournament eagerly wanting to win the Tamileelam Challenge Cup and the pride,” commented Jessica Thyriar, Vice President - Events for CTYA.
“We are able to identify the talents within our youth through this highly anticipated and competitive tournament and help them achieve more successes”.
Under 6 Champions: Cheetah F.C.
Runner Up: Seelan Rangers F.C.
Champions: Seelan Rangers F.C.
Runner Up: Theepan F.C.
Champions: Cheetah A F.C.
Runner Up: Cheetah B F.C.
Champions: Seelan Rangers F.C.
Runner Up: Seawaves F.C.
Champions: Theepan F.C.
Runner Up: St. Anthony’s F.C.
Kaarthikai Poo (Outstanding Sportsmanship): Bernard
Chenpagam (Best Defence): Prathapan
Siruthai (Best Player): Rajeentha
Vaahai (Best Goalie): Thamilarasan
Champions: Scarborough Rangers F.C.
Runner Up: Jarvis S.C.
Kaarthikai Poo (Outstanding Sportsmanship): Scarborough Rangers
Chenpagam (Best Defence): Visaran (Rangers)
Siruthai (Best Player): Kabil (Jarvis)
Vaahai (Best Goalie): Prashanth (Jarvis)
Champions: Seawaves F.C.
Runner Up: Scarborough Rangers F.C.
Kaarthikai Poo (Outstanding Sportsmanship): Roshan (Scarborough Rangers)
Chenpagam (Best Defence): Lloyd (Rangers)
Siruthai (Best Player): Sazil (Seawaves)
Vaahai (Best Goalie): Seelan (Sewaves)
Mens Most Valuable Player: Jana (Seawaves)