The Queen’s College Parry Davies fields were a hive of activity when pupils from across the province put on their big boy pants and competed in the Twizza 7s tournament.
Hosted by Queen’s, it was the first time the tournament was played in Komani.
Familiar names like Hudson, Port Tex, Marlow and Cathcart High were in the fold, taking on locals like Maria Louw, St Theresa and Haword Ben Mazwi. There were invitational teams like the Mdantsane Hurricanes with Queen’s also fielding a team.
The tournament had U13s, U15s and U17s with 30 teams participating in the different age groups.
The U15s and U17s were divided into two pools, A and B with 5 teams in each pool. The top three teams in each pool were graded on strength for who will compete to play in the bowl, plate and Cup finals.
Queen’s made it to the Cup finals in the U15s and U17s bracket and the U13s lost to South Bourne in the U13s competition.
In the U17s side Queen’s faced a familiar foe; Marlow from Cradock. They took the home team to the cleaners winning 28-5. Marlow had a brilliant tournament only loosing one pool game against Hudson while beating teams like Grens and Howard Ben Mazwi comprehensively in their road to the final.
Queen’s won the U15s final beating little known Mdantsane Hurricanes. The home team dominated the match winning 48-7 which was a disappointing end to a good tournament for the invitational team.
The winners of the U15s and U17s; Queen’s and Marlow are now of to the Twizza 7s Champions Tournament in Bloemfontein which will be hosted by Grey College in October.
Darryl Weir, Twizza tournament organiser said this was one of 18 tournament held across the country and they were very happy with the turnout this side.
“It has been great. We have incredible rugby talent in South Africa and it showed here today. We have tremendous coaches developing the young talent. I think our rugby is healthy and growing.
“Twizza wants to get involved in and support schools. It is the only proudly South African soft drink and its head quarters are right here in Komani,” he said.
Twizza will be hosting two more sevens tournaments this weekend at Hudson Park, East London and Framesby Port Elizabeth.
“We are looking to grow the number of spectators as well as making the game more accessible,” said Weir