Saturday, July 28, 2012
THE green light is on for the staging of the 1st Uraya Invitational Football Festival on August 4 at the new Villa de Mercedes football field in Catigan, Toril.
Uraya Land Development Inc. marketing admin manager Merci Duduaco, in a press briefing at their sales and marketing office on Friday, said the event is the first competition since the VDM football field was given to 11-year-old grandson Levi Uraya Jr. on Febraury 14, 2012 as birthday gift from his grandfather Debin A. Uraya, the ULDI chair.
"The football field is an added amenity aside from our swimming pool and our newest rubber-cushioned tennis court that is also open and free to the public on August 4," Duduaco said.
Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) A and B teams, Mintal FC, Black Knights, Crocs FC and SOS Children's Village will show their wares in the boys 12-under division while Ateneo, Mintal FC, Hinex and SOS CV will vie for the elementary girl’s crown.
Tournament commissioner Reynalyn Ravanes said the boys squads will play a single elimination where the top four teams will advance to the cross-over semi-finals while the first two girl teams will battle for the title after the single eliminations.
Mariedeth Uraya of organizing E-Ventures said, "We are looking forward to stage more events. This tournament will be held every year."
Nate Burkey of the Philippine Azkals national football team will grace the 7-A-Side tournament that will benefit the football squad of the Davao City National High School.
Specialized trophies and medals will be awarded to the winners of the meet sanctioned by the Davao Football Association. (MLSA)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 28, 2012.