THE Black Knights clinched two titles while SOS Children's Village Football Club (FC) and Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) bagged one title each in the 8th SOS Children's Village Football Festival held at the Davao City National High School (DCNHS) field over the weekend.
The Black Knights beat Crocs FC in the 12-under boys finals, 3-0. Digos FC and Philippine Women's College (PWC) placed third and fourth, respectively.
Special awards were given to Black Knights' Sebastian Rendon as most valuable player (MVP) and Chubby Garcia as best goalkeeper.
Black Knights also won the 14-under boys division title after nipping Sakya FC, 2-1, in their championship showdown. The latter placed second while Ateneo and Hyenas FC occupied the next two spaces.
John Mark Diamat was named MVP while Jessie Val Ambong was best goalkeeper.
SOS FC, meanwhile, escaped past Sakya FC via penalty shootout, 4-3, to claim the 16-under boys division title.
SOS FC's Adonis Abragan and Emman Farinas were hailed as the MVP and best goalkeeper, respectively.
Ateneo, for its part, survived past Sakya FC also via penalty shootout to claim the 17-under girls division title, 5-4. SOS FC was third and DCNHS fourth.
Ateneo's Joanna Marie Adao romped away with the MVP award even as Sakya's Sonia Paredes went home with the best goalkeeper title.
Ateneo coach Rachelle Delos Reyes, in a Facebook chat with Sun.Star Davao, said that she's satisfied with team's performance, saying:"I had faith in them especially I've noticed that they've given their best to win although there are still areas we can improve in terms of the technical and tactical aspects of the game but I'm still happy for them."
Maharlika Sports Development Institute Inc. (MDSII) executive director Edgar Te, in an e-mailed statement sent to Sun.Star Davao, said they were able to achieve the event's initiative that was to provide a sustainable and progressive sports development program.
"This is just the initial start of other activities that we are undertaking in line with the Mayor Duterte game plan as spearheaded by the office of Sir (William) Butch (Ramirez) of the Davao City Sports Development Division," Te said.
The top four teams in each category received trophies and medals in the event organized by the SOS Children's Village in partnership with the MSDII, Davao Football Association (DFA), Hyenas FC, DCNHS, Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), and the City Government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO).
The event was also backed-up by Sun.Star Davao, Microtel, Krispy Kreme, Del Monte, Department of Education (DepEd), Pepsi, Dexter's Pizza, Macondray, Emcor, Abreeza, Nature's Spring, Reisan Marketing, Trust Hardware, Accendo Commercial Group (Ayala), Davao Central Chemical Corp., Kim Guan Trading, Active Multi Trading Philippines Inc., Congressman Karlo Nograles,Giardino Gelato, Sagrex Corporation, and Sagrex Food Inc. (KRP)