Rugby touches lives

By Lauren van der Vyver

Crouch, pause, and engage. Kings Field was host to the Winchester Touch Rugby Tournament on Sunday, 12 October. This event was organised by Winchester House in association with the Rhodes University Rugby Club in order to raise money for the Grahamstown Hospice. Six teams of six players registered, each with a minimum of two female members. Team Activate, The ‘A’ Team, Team Mullet, The Rockspiders, Team P and Team Diggin’it all played each other with 7 minutes to each half. Despite playing in the hot weather, the players managed to stay motivated.Kyle O’Hagan, community representative for Winchester House, stressed that students should become more involved in this kind of annual event, saying, “More students involved, more lives altered. The community representative for next year will see to it that this tournament continues.” All proceeds, as well as collected clothes, were handed over to the Grahamstown Hospice after the tournament. O’Hagan notes what women bring to the competition. “When you add girls, it becomes less competitive and fun. It is interesting to watch and changes the whole game dynamic.”  The ‘A’ Team came in first place and prizes included an Albany Sports rugby ball – as a practice tool for next year’s attempt. The tournament not only witnessed future Schalk Burgers, but touched the lives of those in need.

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