Tshwane 10s returns for second year

 

LORINDA MARRIAN

On 25 and 26 August Harlequins Sports Club hosted the second Tshwane 10s tournament. The event, which can be characterised as a “social Olympics”, saw the average sport fan on the couch not only watch, but also play against their favourite sporting heroes in a variety of sporting disciplines. This included touch rugby, lawn bowls, soccer, dodgeball and netball.

The rugby tournament was the main event where a total of 108 games were played over the weekend. In order to ensure that both the professional and social players could participate safely and comfortably, the rugby was divided into various leagues that consisted of premier, veterans and invitational leagues. In the Premier 10s League, the Middleburg Old Boys came out on top after beating the Naka Bulle 37-12 in the final. In the Get Spaced Vets category, the star studded team Stor-age Legends, consisting of players such as EFC champion Garreth “Soldierboy” McLelland and former Springbok and Blue Bulls player Bakkies Botha, crushed the Gauteng Barbarians with a shocking 42-0 in the final.

UP students were not left out of the action and took part in almost all of the sporting disciplines. In the dodgeball tournament students eagerly represented their residences, and teams included Zinnia, Mopanie, Kiaat, Magrietjie and Perdeby’s own sport team. Although many of the UP teams were strong opposition, they were all eventually wiped out by the Untouchaballs and Balls of Fury who went on to the final, where after a very tight and fierce game, the Untouchaballs were able to beat the other team with a tight score of 3-2. In the Lawn Bowls, Kollege placed second after the Harlequins Bowls Club.

In the Women’s invitational leagues, Tuks Ladies seven’s team beat the Mamelodi Rugby Club 52-0 in the final, after playing a string of highly intense games over the weekend. Tuks Ladies seven’s captain Libbie Janse van Rensburg said that they decided to play in order to ensure exposure for seven’s ladies rugby, as ladies’ seven’s has been “under the radar” adding that even the Springbok team does not get a lot of recognition. Libbie said that their number one goal was to show that “girls also [...] play rugby”. Speaking about her team, she said that she was proud of the new team members who played in the tournament, as they were all on top form.

The Tshwane 10s event was not only for sport lovers, but included a range of live entertainment with performances that included Made for Broadway, Weiveld DJ’s Francois van Coke and Majozi.

 

Photo: Raimund Nel

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