Football/soccer matches continued to take place on the weekends of February. The Uruguayan, Eduardo Triunfo worked on a whaling factory in Grytviken, on the island of South Georgia, in the 1940s. He reports that he played "picados" as football/soccer was called, starting at 10:00 p.m. when it was daytime in Grytviken. He was the captain of his team. The opposing teams were formed by the Norwegian whale hunting crew as “Don Miles”, “Foca”, “Horca”, “Walrus” and “Narval”. Eduardo Triunfo said that he won all the matches and only lost to the Queen of Bermuda (UK) that had just arrived at the place.
Sports Meeting Ed Season Winners 1 1928 Grytviken 2 1929 not known 3 1930 Leith Harbour 4 1931 not known 5 1932 Leith Harbour NB: no information on later editions South Georgia Inter Whaling Station Football Championship Ed Season Winners 1 1958/59 Leith Harbour 2 1959/60 Leith Harbour 3 1960/61 Leith Harbour NB: played on three occasions; later in the sixties, whaling was forbidden and the whaling stations were deserted.
1914 First ever football matches on the island: [Jan ?, New Fortuna Bay (now called Ocean Harbour)] A/S Ocean Whaling Co. 9-2 Grytviken Whaling Station [Feb/Mar ?] Grytviken Whaling Station lt A/S Ocean Whaling Co. 1928 On Feb 23 the first sports meeting was held in Prince Olav Harbour, where the first sports club was founded. In the football match, Grytviken beat the hosts (both sports clubs founded 1928, shortly before the match). 1929 Second sports meeting; no results available. 1930 Third sports meeting Round 1 [Feb 22] Grytviken bt Stromness Final [Feb 23] Leith Harbour 4-1 Grytviken 1931 Fourth sports meeting, on Feb 14 and 15 (largest ever tournament on the island, with teams from 5 stations (Grytviken, Leith Harbour, Husvik, Stromness and Prince Olav Harbour). One of the competitions was for the Falkland Islands Government Cup. 1932 Fifth sports meeting; 3 participants: Leith Harbour, Grytviken and Husvik/Stromness combined; the latter did not enter the football tournamwent, which thus consisted of a single match: Final [Feb 14] Leith Harbour 4-3 Grytviken 1933-1957 No information 1958/59 South Georgia Inter Whaling Station Football Championship Final Leith Harbour 4-1 Grytviken 1959/60 South Georgia Inter Whaling Station Football Championship Final Leith Harbour 3-1 Husvik 1960/61 South Georgia Inter Whaling Station Football Championship Final Leith Harbour 7-4 Stromness 2016 [Feb 16] South Georgia Island 3-0 Antarctic Endurance NB: Antarctic Endurance formed by the mixed team Royal Navy and Royal Marines
Sources: http://patmcguinness.blogspot.co.at, Tønnessen, J. N. and A. O. Johnsen: The History of Modern Whaling (1982), page 289.
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