Three days of action

2015-05-27 06:00
PHOTO: Sophie Thompson

Holding onto the ball as he gets tackled is Durban Coastal’s Matthew     Halstead from Clifton College in the game against the Midlands during the SPAR KZN Inter-District Rugby Tournament in Pietermaritzburg.

PHOTO: Sophie Thompson Holding onto the ball as he gets tackled is Durban Coastal’s Matthew Halstead from Clifton College in the game against the Midlands during the SPAR KZN Inter-District Rugby Tournament in Pietermaritzburg.

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THREE days of superb rugby action at the Spar KZN Inter-District Rugby Tournament concluded on a glorious winter’s day at Woodburn Stadium on Saturday, with three teams being announced to represent KZN.

The main game of the tournament was the finals in the U13A sides, the last game of the tournament between Durban Coastals and Southern KZN.

The surprise in the U13A category was the determined team from Southern KZN, their never-say-die attitude and relentless eagerness saw them win two games back-to-back, the first time in five years they have managed to win, and not only win, but qualify for the finals.

KZN midlands primary schools rugby chairman, Tiny Coetzee said: “I was delighted with how the tournament turned out. The weather was great, the games were hard and exciting and I believe every single one of the 330 boys enjoyed themselves.”

Talking about the selection process, Coetzee said: “We have had a bit of a re-look at the selection structure. The guys who make the squads will have to go through another round to impress the selectors. Two U13 teams will travel to Bloemfontein to take part in the Bondedag and this will serve as their final trials as to who will be selected for the A or B side. The U13A team will head to the renowned Craven Week in Witrivier, Mpumalanga; meanwhile the U13B side will head to Sasolburg.”

“In the U12 division, the teams will come back to Pietermaritzburg for their final round of trials. The successful guys will then head onto Vryheid to represent KZN towards the end of July­.”

Rob Philipson, MD of Spar KZN said they are pleased with the tremendous spirit and camaraderie that is evident in this tournament.

“From our point of view, Spar encourages people to lead healthy lifestyles, and this tournament not only helps to develop strong and healthy bodies on the field, but helps to grow and nurture healthy attitudes and team spirit. Well done to those who participated - they are all winners to have got this far. We wish those who have been selected for the next level, the best of luck, and we look forward to their future success.” - Supplied.

Local representatives chosen for teams:

KZN U13A

K Khumalo (Pelham)

J Murray (Cowan House)

(chaperone) K Barkley (Pelham)

KZN U13B

J McCabe (Merchiston)

C Van Heerden (Pelham)

L Stubbs (Merchiston)

B Oellerman (Merchiston)

H Trodd (Merchiston)

M King (Merchiston)

M De Klerk (Cordwalles)

M Grant (Cordwalles)

KZN U12

Q Pitout (Merchiston)

A Zondi (Cordwalles)

C Oellerman (Merchiston)

S Kok (Merchiston)

A Zakwe (Merchiston)

M Khuzwayo (Merchiston)

R Swift (Merchiston)

J vd Merwe (Merchiston)

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