The Brigade Bhela took place on Saturday 7th July on the sports fields at Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot Garrison. We were pleased to welcome many serving Gurkhas, veterans, family and friends who gathered on a very hot day to enjoy the football and entertainment.
The first event of the day was the of the Kathmandu Football Cup, a tournament for our Gurkha veterans. The final was won by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals. All teams showed dedication and physical effort which in the extreme heat of the day was very impressive. We welcome these veteran teams and hope to encourage more teams for next year.
The main sporting event of the day was the Nepal Cup final. Over the last 10 days there have been numerous matches taking place based on an elimination process played on a pitch near Robertson House inside the grounds of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
We have certainly seen some great matches this year, with the Band making their first appearance in the competition. The competition has been really tough with some excellent exciting matches taking place which we managed to broadcast live on Facebook to those who could not make it to see the matches.
Our thanks go to the officials throughout the week who without we would not have been able to play the matches.
This year the final was to be played between 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles and 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles. After a hard fought 90 minutes the teams were at a stalemate of 1-1. So in the extreme heat and blazing sunshine the teams had to face another 30 minutes or golden goal to win. 10 minutes in and 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles found the net and won the Nepal Cup for 2018.
The Nepal cup was presented to the captain of 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles by Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, along with man of the match trophies and highest goal scorer for the whole competition also presented. The Commanding Officer 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles was clearly very pleased with the win as were the players.
The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Pipes and Drums formed from across the Brigade were also on hand to entertain the crowds and took to the football pitch before the Nepal Cup final and in the rest periods to entertain the crowds.
The Band also performed their Kukuri dance routine which is always a favourite for the audience.
Over 100 Gurkha Intake 18 trainees travelled down from the Catterick Infantry Training Centre. The trainees under direction of their training staff put on a display with their Kukuri knifes and taekwondo. We wish the trainees well as they still face another four months of training.
The event had a number of stalls and fun rides for all the family. We were pleased to host the Gurkha Museum, Gurkha Welfare Trust, SSAFA, RFEA and some local traders from the Gurkha community. The event was closed with cultural dancers from the Gurkha Aldershot community.
A great day and we look forward to 2019 which will be bigger and better once again. So please do invite your friends and family to come along next year. We will announce the date on this website.