Hillcrest High School’s first ever rugby 7’s tournament
On Saturday Hillcrest High School launched their first Rugby 7’s tournament, led by coach Mr Dusty Noble and the Hillcrest High sports team.
It was a full house, with 20 schools participating, including 16h high schools and 4 primary schools, from as far afield as KZN’s South Coast all the way to the Pietermaritzburg Midlands.
The format of the tournament comprised of 4 pools with 4 teams per pool playing round robin games, with the winners of each pool playing in a cup semi-final. Games started at 08h00 on a typical Hillcrest morning…but the mizzle and cold weather didn’t stop the teams from enjoying some competitive matches.
Congratulations to the KZN Development team from Claremont, who won the Primary school cup and to Kuswag High, who enjoyed a deserving win of the inaugural Hillcrest High School’s 7’s High School cup!
The Hillcrest High 7’s tournament is the first of its kind in the Durban area, catering for co-educational schools, playing on a strength vs strength basis. The purpose of the event is to create a tournament where co-educational schools can enter a 7’s tournament and stand an even chance of winning. Feedback on the day was very positive, with comments ranging from it being a great family day out, a competitive tournament and an overall “nice vibe”, where good sportsmanship and family atmosphere can be enjoyed together and games are played in a good spirit.
Mr Dusty Noble said “I am happy that all the schools who took part had fun and I am looking forward to seeing them next year. Thank you to the schools and everyone on the Hillcrest High sports staff who helped me on the day. Well done to all players – the level of rugby was a high standard on the day and the boys still remembered the ethos of the game, in other words, that it is supposed to be played in the true sport of rugby – ‘honour, respect, controlled aggression – and making new friends most of all!’.