Paradise whipped Team Toyota 5-1 in the final of the second annual SW Futsal Invitational Challenge at the Eastern Regional Sports Arena, Tacarigua on Sunday to claim the $15,000 cash prize, challenge trophy, medals, hampers and bragging rights.
The event was hosted by SW Touring and The University of the West Indies Guild of Students. In the semifinals, Paradise thrashed Automotive Services 3-0 and Team Toyota edged Junior Mafia 2-1 on sudden-death penalty-kicks after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.
Paradise was also dominant in its quarterfinal clash with Holiday Foots as it gobbled up its opponents 3-0 while Toyota also had a 3-0 triumph over Potential FC.
Junior Mafia edged Back-ah-Yaad Strikers 2-1 and Automotive Services outclassed Bermudez 2-0 in the other quarterfinal matches. Overall spectators were treated to ten hours of football as 25 teams showcased their skill in the ”smaller version of the game”.
Other festival highlights included an All-Star Exhibition Match featuring Boom Champions 94.1FM and The SW Touring, Red Bull Freestyle Exhibition by Kerron Forde, shootout and obstacle competitions.
The dynamic fusion of sports and entertainment was evident as the venue was transformed into the ultimate family-oriented “Futsal Nation” with moko jumbies, bouncy castles, pop corn machines, a food court, non-alcoholic bar and many more attractions.
Live entertainment was also provided by the Boom Champions 94.1FM host of disc jockeys and the ever infectious Laventille Rhythm Section. Special thanks to the tournament sponsors SW Touring, The Fan Zone (MovieTowne), Sportt, bmobile, Blink Broadband, Boom Champions 94.1fm, Power 102FM, Lucozade Sport, Red Bull, Blue Waters and Pepsi. For further details, contact the Futsal hotline at 765-4439.
Futsal Invitational 2010 Tournament Results
Winners: Paradise FC
Runners-up: Team Toyota
Golden Gloves: Perry Martin (Paradise)
Golden Boot: K Peters (Paradise) & L. Wilson (Team Toyota) - 9 goals
MVP: K Peters (Paradise)