Players collect medals, trophies and memories from Christchurch tournament

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Players from the RH3 Football Academy have enjoyed another successful trip to the annual Christchurch United Invitational Tournament.

Held during the July school holidays, the tournament enables academy players to experience top football in their age groups, and the chance to develop their skills and football knowledge on and off the pitch.

“The players get to learn what it’s like to travel together, train in unfamiliar surroundings and how to get along with each other,” academy founder Ricki Herbert said.

Herbert said he “could not be prouder” for the way the 2023 teams and players performed at the tournament, and he thanked families and supporters who had made participation possible.

How the teams finished

U-12s — Tournament champions

The U-12s beat All Stars FC 1-0 in their final to become 2023 champions in their age group.

U-11s — Second

The RH3 U-11 side came runners-up in their age group, beaten 3-0 by Auckland United in the final.

U-10s — Fifth

The academy’s youngest side beat Cashmere Technical in their play-off match to clinch a fifth placing.

Individual performances

Credence Rihari-Ryan was named the Most Valuable Player for the tournament’s U-12 section.

Connor Tyschen was awarded the tournament’s U-10s Golden Boot for being the top goalscorer in his age group.

Photo gallery

As well as a few medals and trophies, the players take home valuable memories of their time in Christchurch.

Here’s our collection of images from the tournament …

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