Johnny Warren Memorial Cup joins worldwide #SaveHakeem movement
Football was Jamberoo’s currency as the 22nd Johnny Warren Memorial Cup connected the community over the weekend07 February 2019 | Jordan Warren
The aim of the Johnny Warren Memorial Cup (JWMC) is to celebrate the life and success of former Socceroos captain and Australian football legend, Johnny Warren.
Fixtures in the 2019 tournament ran from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon in a seven-a-side competition that fielded a total of five male and female divisions, involving around 800 players.
The detainment of ex-Bahraini national team footballer and Australian refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi by the Thailand government was also noted at the event.
Joining in with the A-League and W-League matches over the same weekend, banners reading #SaveHakeem were around the ground helping to advocate for the return of Al-Araibi to both his wife and country.
Locals and visitors alike were able to watch a high quality standard of football with former Socceroo Brett Emerton and former Central Coast Mariners title winner and former Eredivisie defender Patrick Zwaanswijk both coming out of retirement to lace-up the boots.
Over 45s winners from Lane Cove (Sydney)
Winners of the respective divisions are given separate trophies - as well as Monday morning bragging rights - with the over 35s prize mirroring that of the FIFA World Cup, a reward that Johnny Warren once said that Australia should aim to win.
“The cup always boosts tourism. With approximately 800 players in Jamberoo it is a real positive for the area,” said Chairman of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation and event organiser, Jamie Warren.
“Johnny relished the flare and passion of the beautiful game and it is sensational that we can showcase this in his home town.
“The fact that John advocated for diversity all his life and that we bring people from different cultures and locations together is a win in itself,” Warren said.
With growing numbers each year and queries regarding more divisions Jamberoo can look forward to more football in years to come.
The next major football event at the Jamberoo Pub is the inagural Football Writers' Festival on 23-24 March 2019. Lots of opinion, debate and questions answered - as well as football. Tickets just $10/$15. The Football Writers' Festival is an initiative of Fair Play Publishing in conjunction with the Johnny Warren Football Foundation.
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