The second edition of the annual Phnom Penh 5s tournament plays out this Sunday at the KB All Sports Field behind the Australian Embassy with 16 sides lined up for a crack at the title.
“The [inaugural] PP5’s was a great success so we are delighted that we have had so many teams wanting to join this year’s tournament,” event organiser Jimmy Campbell told the Post.
“It is a great tournament and open to anyone in Phnom Penh. The standard of play is good and the competition is strong but more than that, it brings people together in a unique way.”
The day-long competition sees the teams bracketed into four groups for morning clashes starting from 8:30am, with the top two sides from each progressing to quarter-finals of the PP5’s Trophy in the afternoon. The bottom two teams will, meanwhile, be entered into the quarter-finals of the lower tier Community Trophy.
Semi-finals are slated for 2:15pm with grand finals of both tiers set for 3:30pm.
All three outdoor Astroturf pitches of KB Field will be used for games, with indoor pitches reserved for warm-ups as well as a fun play area for children.
Games involve two halves of 12.5 minutes each way and squads are limited to 10 players each. Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up of each tier, while medals will be given to members of the top three teams of the PP5’s Trophy.
The overall champions will receive a $400 voucher for the True Brands sports shop and some Angkor beer giveaways while the losing finalists will get a $200 voucher and some beer. A $100 voucher for True Brands will also be given to the winners of the Community Trophy.
Following a draw held at Latin Quarter on Wednesday night, reigning champions Bayon Wanderers have been put in Group D alongside Vattanac, Cellcard and 3 Mangoes on Wednesday.
Group A has Paddy Rice, Inter Penh, Barbarians and Three Kumquats, Group B boasts True Brands, Kfour, Mambas and AsiaLIFE and Group C holds Sundance, ACE, FCC and 3 Mangoes United.