Win, draw not enough to make fi­nal

Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Adem Barolli

More than 4000 In­di­ans de­scended on Vib­ert Re­serve last week­end for the Shep­par­ton Pun­jabi Sports Club’s an­nual soc­cer tour­na­ment.

Played on Satur­day and Sun­day, teams from Mel­bourne, Can­berra, Syd­ney and Shep­par­ton went headto-head to claim brag­ging rights in a fun and friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

The Shep­par­ton side was un­de­feated af­ter two games, but a 3-0 win and a 1-1 draw were not enough to see the side progress through to the semi-fi­nals, bow­ing out on goal dif­fer­ence.

Shep­par­ton striker Sunny Le­hal starred, net­ting three of his side’s four goals.

De­spite not pro­gress­ing, play­ing coach and tour­na­ment or­gan­iser Nav Gill was de­lighted with how the week­end went.

‘‘It was a fan­tas­tic week­end, we had so many peo­ple from far and wide stay in Shep­par­ton and get to­gether,’’ Gill said. United:

‘‘It was a great en­vi­ron­ment with free food and ac­tiv­i­ties, while there were also things to do for the kids.’’

The Shep­par­ton club played one of its games un­der lights on Satur­day.

Gill is hop­ing to make the tour­na­ment big­ger and bet­ter.

‘‘We will look­ing at in­clud­ing teams from Ade­laide and Bris­bane next year,’’ Gill said.

‘‘It is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive to get peo­ple in­volved in sport and to get the lo­cal In­dian Big Mac: and Pun­jabi com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

‘‘We also have a few out­siders come over and watch which was great to see.’’

The event could not go ahead with­out the count­less vol­un­teers and the sup­port­ers, which Gill recog­nised.

‘‘Both the Tatura and Shep­par­ton soc­cer clubs vol­un­teered their time with ref­er­ees.

‘‘The lo­cal com­mu­nity and ev­ery­one who helped, it meant a lot to us,’’ Gill said.

Shep­par­ton Pun­jabi Foot­ball Club play­ers stand to­gether be­fore their first game on Satur­day.

Goal­keeper Mac Sandhu clears his lines af­ter tak­ing a goal kick.

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