The Southern region tag rugby finals were held at Hartsfield on 7 December 2018. Ten teams participated in these finals. These were Victoria Springboks, Ingagula from Hwange, Bulldogs from Cowdry Park Bulawayo, Sogwala from Gweru, Budiriro from Gweru, Hallam from Plumtree, Brumbles from Bulawayo and Mpofini from Esigodini.
The tournament started soon after the welcome note at 0900 by Wonder which was followed by Lord’s prayer, national Anthem and some presentations. All teams played with great determination, everyone working hard to try and
win the tournament. It was a clash of giants, no team was a push up in this final. A team from Hwange proved to be the giant of the giants on the field of play as it was a hard nut to crack. The giants were reduced to size and were finally termed by Ingagula. This left the defending champions speechless and with no option but to surrender the floating trophy to the Ingagula. The new champions were now walking in air. A leap for joy was seen amongst the winners.
An interview which was conducted by Patrick Ngwenya to the winning coach Mr Joseph Ndlovu on the secret of their success showed that he had thoroughly preprared for that final. He explained that they trained almost every day. He said he was over the moon because of their victory. The Head of Sogwala Primary also expressed her profound gratitude to the ZimbabweTag Rugby Trust for introducing tag rugby in her community as it has brought about positive behavior charge amongst the pupils. One of the things she mentioned was the community work which her school was doing which has positively, impacted on their community.
She recommended that more tag rugby courses should be conducted in Lower Gweru so that more schools participate in this sport. Finally I want to thank the TRT, Old Mutual and other sponsors for making this tournament a success.
Looking forward to a fruitful 2019