Cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City teamed up on Wednesday to bring together participants of their community football programs, each fielding four teams in a one-day tournament at Darebin International Sports Centre.
Hosted by Football Victoria, the Football For All tournament brought together young people from diverse backgrounds.
The teams were split into two groups of four for an initial round robin, ensuring each side played three matches, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the semi-finals.
Representing Melbourne Victory were Brimbank Victory Blue, Brimbank Victory White, Wyndham Victory and Hampton Park Victory.
After a competitive group stage Brimbank Victory Blue made their way into the final four to face off against Melbourne City Yarra Pathway.
In an even semi-final the sides were locked at 2-2 come the final whistle, but Brimbank’s boys in blue held their nerve to win through to the final in a penalty shootout.
In the decider Brimbank Victory Blue raced to a 3-0 half-time lead before, the Melbourne City I Speak Football Carlton team drew level in the second half, sending the match into a penalty shoot-out.
Brimbank kept cool from 12 yards to win the contest and claim the tournament bragging rights.
Melbourne Victory congratulates our winners, Brimbank Victory Blue and thanks all participants for their efforts in a fantastic day of football. We would like to thank the State Government for their support of the Football For All initiative.