Winners of the Beach Challenge, Sokamora [Photo: Solomon Star].
SOKAMORA beach boys were crowned champions of the Bilikiki Challenge competition after defeating rivals Northern United 5-1 in the grand final at the DC Park yesterday.
Sokamora had high hopes of reaching the final after they started off their campaign beating the Slide Bilikiki side in their opening match on Monday.
They remained undefeated throughout the competition winning all their matches.
Northern United settled for second place while the Honiara beach boys booked third place.
The presentation of prizes was awarded to the teams and consolation prizes for best players of the tournament.
For the consolation prizes the player of the tournament award of $300 was awarded to Ian Naghu of Sokamora, golden boot award of $300 went to Coleman Kabini, Fair Play award of $300 went to Fly Bilikiki goal keeper and the fair play team ward was awarded to Fly Bilikiki.
For the overall three top prizes, Honiara beach boys came third with a prize of $1000, Northern United settled for second spot with a prize of $2000 and Sokamora were crowned champions escaping with $3000 and trophy.
Oceania Technical Director Patrick Jacquemet, OFC Futsal Manager Scott Gilighan, SIFF vice president Stanley Siapu, General Secretary for SIFF Eddie Ngava, Chairman for the Bilkiki team Rubien Oimae and other football officials were present to witness the presentation of prizes.
OFC Technical Director Patrick Jacquemet thanked all players, supporters, officials and the media for finally ending the competition in peace and happiness.
He said Solomon Islands is ranked 14th in beach soccer in the world and it is amazing to have such a small country to be up there amongst other big countries in the world.
Also speaking during the presentation ceremony was the chairman of the small sided games Lyndon Bako.
Bako thanked Our Telekom and DJ Graphics for their continuous support in helping to develop football in the country.
Meanwhile, it will be hard task for the selection panel when they sit down to discuss and select the final Bilikiki squad.
By CARLOS ARUAFU
[Source: Solomon Star Sport News]