As part of the year-long lineup of activities in celebration of its 50th year anniversary, First Balfour hosted its first-ever Football Cup held at Sparta Philippines last 16 March 2019.
Seven teams from various Lopez Group companies and First Balfour partners competed in the tournament. Rockwell FC emerged as the champion followed by NovaBala FC at 2nd place, and ABS-CBN Kapamilya UTD taking the 3rd spot. This year’s roster of teams also includes CLJV FC, EDC Premier FC, EDCFG United FC, and GHD FC.
Javier Bonoan from Rockwell FC was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament after leading his team to finish at the top spot.
A Finals Rematch
Rockwell FC and NovaBala FC once again clashed at the finals. The two teams previously contended in 2018 during the finals match of the Enerhiya Cup organized by Energy Development Corporation (EDC) when NovaBala FC claimed the championship while Rockwell FC settled at the second place.
This time in 2019, Rockwell FC managed to get back on the winning track claiming the finals match with 1-0 against NovaBala FC.
ABS-CBN Kapamilya UTD on the other hand clinched the podium finish as they dominated the penalty shoot out by 3-1 against EDC Premier FC after ending their match with a draw.
Love for Football
Over the years, football has become a popular sport in the country played by people from all walks of life. During the tournament, not only men and women, millennial and non-millennial played but also players from other countries too. A testament of how football has become a well-loved sport in the Philippines.
In his opening speech, First Balfour President Mr. Anthony Fernandez willingly mentioned about organizing the football cup yearly to build up partnerships across companies and industries—the primary aim of this year’s tournament.
Now that the Football Cup 2019 has come to an end, First Balfour would like to express its gratitude to all participating teams representing the following companies and partners: ABS-CBN, Cebu Link Joint Venture, Energy Development Corporation, First Gen, GHD Philippines, NovaBala Joint Venture, and Rockwell Land.