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Charity wins local soccer tournamentThe Jeju community raises money for Syrian children in event organized by The Jeju Weekly and Jejuventus
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Patrick Conway gracefully avoids a challenge as he leads his team to defeat on Sunday. Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

A charity soccer tournament organized by The Jeju Weekly and Jejuventus, a local soccer team, raised more than 800,000 won for Syrian refugee children on Sunday, Nov 15.

A total of 48 players playing for eight teams battled it out over the day at Jeju National University.

The tournament was won by Post and In FC, captained by Duncan Elder, after they defeated Alec Bailey’s The Old Bailey 2-0 in the final.

Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

Elder was pleased with the spirit he saw throughout the tournament:

“The tournament was really fun this year. The great weather, food and high standard of football made it the best tournament yet!” said the Englishman.

The plate final was won 3-2 by Zachary Claussen’s Zach Attack against Pat-trick, captained by Patrick Conway.

Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

Claussen, from the US, said the friendly atmosphere “struck a great balance between being competitive and fun.”

After reflecting on his loss to Claussen, Irishman Conway said there was only one winner on the day.

“I started the day with a real hunger for victory, but ended it knowing that fair play and charity were the real winners,” he said.

Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

As well as the matches, there were market and food stalls, as well as a number of fun games to raise further money for charity, including “Balls on Bums.”

Lunch was provided by Jaka Jae-yoon Jung’s Jakar hotdog truck with chai tea served up in the afternoon by JuRyoung Hyun’s Bagdad Cafe in Jeju City.

This is the eighth charity soccer tournament organized by Jejuventus, although this is the first time The Jeju Weekly has helped organize.

Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

All the money raised will be given to the Save the Children’s campaign for Syrian refugee children.

Nearly 12 million Syrians have been forced from their homes over the last five years and the poorest and most desperate remain in Syria or in neighboring refugee camps.

The funds raised will be used to provide essential health and medical care, food, shelter, education and supplies to Syrian children still in the country or in refugee camps.

'The cat that's got the cream.' Duncan Elder walks off with the trophy. Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

The winners walked away with prizes after the following local businesses gave generously:
Uncle Tony's Cafe, Le Coin Francais, Beer King, You and I Guesthouse, Sawasdeekrub House and America's Roll and Sushi.

A big thank you also goes to the sponsors who donated their facilities, equipment or supplies including Jeju National University, Samdasoo, and Sarabong FC.

The winners, Post and In FC. Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

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