The two-day tournament, held at Corinthian-Casual’s King George’s Arena in Tolworth is comprised of four Ryman League teams, battling it out in a knockout format. Kingstonian are joined by hosts Corinthian-Casuals and newcomers to the Vase, Hampton and Richmond Borough and Merstham.
Saturday 12th July sees Hampton take on Merstham in the early kickoff – 11am, whilst last season’s winners, Kingstonian take on the home side Corinthian-Casuals at 3pm.
Tommy Williams returns to King George’s for the first time since becoming manager of K’s after the departure of Alan Dowson. Williams was integral to Casuals’ resurgent form in the last few months of the previous season, but is delighted to get back in the managerial hotseat, becoming Dowson’s successor.
Hampton and Richmond Borough will also come with a point to prove; The Ryman Premier outfit defeated Kingstonian 4-1 on Boxing Day last season, whilst Merstham knocked previous Vase winners Casuals out of the FA Cup.
The winners of each game, decided by penalties should the scores remain level at 90 minutes will then face each other for the prestigious Vase on Sunday 13th July at 3pm. The losers from Saturday will face each other in the early kickoff at 11am.
Entry for the tournament is £8 per day or £12 for the weekend – working out at just £3 per match. Concessions are available. Supporters and visitors alike can enjoy a fully licenced bar with big screen television and a full colour, glossy tournament programme.
Whatever the outcome of the four games, adding a competitive edge to the pre-season programme is always welcome and last year’s tournament saw no less than sixteen goals across the four games.
The Geoff Harvey Memorial Vase
King George’s Arena, Queen Mary Close, Hook Rise South, Tolworth KT6 7NA
Saturday 12th July
Match 1: Hampton and Richmond Boro vs Merstham – 11am
Match 2: Corinthian-Casuals vs Kingstonian – 3pm
Sunday 13th July
Match 3: Losers from Match 1 vs Losers from Match 2 – 11am
Match 4: FINAL – Winners from Match 1 vs Winners from Match 2 – 3pm