Monday the 9th of august marked a special day for all the women of South Africa. WPRFU Rugby Development Department helped women of all ages to celebrate this historical public holiday in style, on the rugby field!
560 young ladies from various primary and high schools from areas ranging from Elsie’s river, to Stellenbosch, to Khayelitsha came to celebrate Women’s Day and play the game they love.
The day started off early with all teams meeting at De Kuilen High School for the briefing and some inspirational and educational talks. First up – a few words on crime awareness from “Choices for Life”, whose aim it was to educate the young women about the consequences of committing crimes and the benefits of living honest lives.
Next, WPRFU’s Manager of Referees, Ben Theron, then spoke to all of the teams and coaches with the aim of increasing their knowledge of the game of rugby and to create awareness about becoming involved in the sport as a referee.
Hungry to get on the pitch and after a bite to eat the rugby commenced. The tournament was full contact, 7 a side format, with matches lasting 14 minutes.
Very competitive and exciting rugby which showcased a good understanding and knowledge of the game was played and it was evident that the young ladies gave it their all throughout the day. After 32 matches had been played only 4 teams remained.
The Primary School final: Zimasa Primary School vs. Chuma Primary School
The High School final: Iqhayiya High School vs. Sizimisele High School
Both finals were played in great spirit and were complimented with top notch women’s rugby, but unfortunately only one team from each age group could turnout winners.
The primary school winner was Zimasa Primary School, who won a very tight match by 10 points to 5.
The high school winner was Iqhayiya High School, who dominated their game by winning by 45 points to nil.
After both finals were held, there was a prize giving where all four teams that competed in the finals won some top quality prizes for their spirited performances throughout the enjoyable day.
From all at WPRFU we would like to say thank you to all the young ladies for participating in the women’s rugby day and for helping to make it a success. WP Rugby believes it reached it aim through the event, which was to increase awareness of women’s rugby and we hope that everyone involved had fun in the process.
A special thank you to Discovery Health for donation of all the prizes and to Dairybelle and Willem Nel for donation of all food and beverages.