Northern Areas Rugby Tournament launched

JANUARY 26, 2015

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

The fixtures:

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  
    Zwide- Bye  
14 February 14h00 Kwaru vs Gelvan WOLFSON STADIUM
  15h30 Glen Roses vs Suburban  
  17h00 Bombers vs Windvogel  
    Missionvale- Bye  
14 February 14h00 Zwide vs Young Collegians ADCOCK
  15h30 Helenvale/Prides vs St Marks  
  17h00 Harlequins vs Parks  
    Motherwell- bye  
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  
    Suburban- Bye  
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  
    Windvogel- Bye  
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  
    Bombers- Bye  
14 March 14h00 Parks vs Helenvale/Prides WOLFSON STADIUM
  15h30 St Marks vs Zwide  
  17h00 Young Collegians vs Motherwell  
    Harlequins- Bye  
21 March 15h00 A 1 vs B 2 ADCOCK
  16h30 B 1 vs A 2  
  16h00 FINAL