This past week, from the 1-4 of May, school rugby and netball was the focal point of the hype in town. The best schools from across the country came to the annual tournament to showcase their amazing talent at the Wildeklawer Rugby and Netball Tournament. Playing at this tournament is considered a great achievement for the players as they take the next important step in their rugby careers.
Saturday was the pinnacle of this special occasion, Diamantveld and Boys High sport fields were packed to capacity by spectators who came to enjoy thrilling performances by the countires best rugby and netball atheletes. The opening day of the festival saw Framesby and Helpmekaar clash first, with Framesby school emerging as victors with a scoreline of 18-17. This was followed up by a 32-10 victory for Menlopark over Oakdale. Garsfontein enjoyed their dominant display against Glenwood, as they rounded off a 29-24 victory. HJS joined the winning festivities with a match against Affies. HJS started the match well and kept control of the ball for long passages of play. With plenty of the ball and decent territory, HJS were rewarded with two first half tries. The Affies side attempted a comeback in the second half and scored two tries, however, it was too little too late and HJS clinched the tie at 39 points to 12.
The second last match of the day saw Grey College pull off a convincing 47-33 victory over Paarl Gim. In between these matches, the ladies’ netball final between Paarl Gim and Sentraal was taking place. The school from the cape was crowned 2019 champions after beating Sentraal 28-27. Outeniqua dominated the Northern Cape side by sealing a victory of 50 points to 7. The final match of the tournament saw Waterkloof earn a well-deserved 38-05 victory over Diamantveld. For Diamantveld, it was a case of what could have been, as the side’s display of purpose and commitment was overshadowed by errors and poor decisions at key moments in the tie.
The tournament was a huge success with hundreds of rugby and netball loving parents and spectators showing up in support. We look forward to next year’s rendition which is sure to deliver yet another exhilarating experience.