Northern Areas Rugby Tournament launched
Eastern Province Rugby‘s Port Elizabeth Sub-Union has launched a new rugby tournament for clubs in and around the Northern Areas as a response to the current wave of violent gang activity that is sweeping through the area.
The tournament, which will be known as the Super 14, will see 14 rugby clubs play against each other in a single round, starting this weekend at the Adcock Stadium and concluding at the end of March.
“We chose the Northern Areas deliberately to showcase the brilliant sporting talent that comes from this area, despite all the violence that has featured so prominently in the media recently,” said PE Sub Union Chairman, Stag Mitchell.
“We believe that sport can bring communities together and, through this tournament, we are extending a hand to the Northern Areas community to show them that there are other options to youngsters, other than this violence,” he said. “At the same time we are also showing the rest of Port Elizabeth that there is more to the Northern Areas than gangs and violence.”
Mitchell said the tournament would kick off with a family day of rugby at the Adcock Stadium, with the first match between Booysens Pride and Young Collegians kicking off at 1pm.
“This tournament is also a tribute to the players who have come before and who have gone on to make a success from their rugby careers, the likes of Desmond Booysen from Arcadia, the best wing to ever don the SARU jersey, Desmond Kramer from Gelvandale, who became the ultimate Springbok warrior and SARU powerhouse, Peter Slabbert, EP and SARU captain from Windvogel Rugby Club and Harold Wilson, former president of both EP and SARU and honorary vice president of EP, from the Shauderville community,” he said.
Mitchell said the tournament was geared at renewing the passion for rugby in the area.
“This tournament will showcase the clubs from these communities and hopefully act as a catalyst to guide our sons back to sport and away from other influences, we therefore appeal to the community to come out in support of this tournament and enjoy the rugby with our players.”
The clubs participating in the competition are:
Group A: African Bombers, St Marks, Suburban, Gelvan Wallabies, Missionvale, Kwaru, Glen Roses
Group B: PE Harlequins, Parks, Booysen Pride, Young Collegians, Motherwell, Zwide and Helenvale
|31 January||14h00||Bombers vs Kwaru||MISSIONVALE|
|15h30||Suburban vs Gelvan|
|17h00||Windvogel vs Missionvale|
|Glen Roses- bye|
|31 January||14h00||Harlequins vs Zwide||WOLFSON STADIUM|
|15h30||Parks vs Motherwell|
|17h00||St Marks vs Young Collegians|
|Helenvale/ Prides- Bye|
|7 February||14h00||Glen Roses vs Missionvale||MAROCK|
|15h30||Bombers vs Gelvan|
|17h00||Windvogel vs Suburban|
|7 February||14h00||Helenvale/Prides vs Motherwell||ADCOCK|
|15h30||Harlequins vs Young Collegians|
|17h00||Parks vs St Marks|
|14 February||14h00||Kwaru vs Gelvan||WOLFSON STADIUM|
|15h30||Glen Roses vs Suburban|
|17h00||Bombers vs Windvogel|
|14 February||14h00||Zwide vs Young Collegians||ADCOCK|
|15h30||Helenvale/Prides vs St Marks|
|17h00||Harlequins vs Parks|
|21 February||14h00||Kwaru vs Windvogel||KLEINSKOOL|
|15h30||Glen Roses vs Bombers|
|17h00||Missionvale vs Suburban|
|Gelvan – Bye|
|21 February||14h00||Helenvale/Prides vs Harlequins||WOLFSON STADIUM|
|15h30||Motherwell vs St Marks Zwide vs Parks|
|17h00||Zwide vs Parks|
|Young Collegians- Bye|
|28 February||14h00||Gelvan vs Windvogel||WOLFSON STADIUM|
|15h30||Missionvale vs Bombers|
|17h00||Kwaru vs Glen|
|28 February||14h00||Zwide vs Helenvale/ Prides||LONDT PARK|
|15h30||Motherwell vs Harlequins|
|17h00||Young Collegains vs Parks|
|St Marks- Bye|
|7 March||14h00||Suburbas vs Bombers||ADDCOCK|
|15h30||Gelvan vs Glen|
|17h00||St Marks vs Harlequins|
|7 March||14h00||Missionvale vs Kwaru||WOLFSON STADIUM|
|15h30||Young Collegains vs Helenvale/Prides|
|17h00||Motherwell vs Zwide|
|14 March||14h00||Suburban vs Kwaru||ADCOCK|
|15h30||Missionvale vs Gelvan|
|17h00||Windvogel vs Glen Roses|
|14 March||14h00||Parks vs Helenvale/Prides||WOLFSON STADIUM|
|15h30||St Marks vs Zwide|
|17h00||Young Collegians vs Motherwell|
|21 March||15h00||A 1 vs B 2||ADCOCK|
|16h30||B 1 vs A 2|
|28 March||15h00||THIRD AND FOURTH PLACE||ADCOCK|
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