Tourney a success

East London-based Atlantic Spurs won the netball competition which formed part of the Africans Sports Club Annual Heritage Tournament Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

Africans Sports Club staged the seventh edition of their annual Heritage Tournament which saw sports enthusiasts from King and the surrounding area descend on the Breidbach Sports Grounds at the weekend.

The tournament involved both rugby and netball codes.

“The tournament is dedicated to the club’s late chairperson Sakkie Magerman who dedicated his entire life to the club as player and executive member.

“A particular highlight of his reign was the firm believe he took that Africans Sports Club could survive the amalgamation of the three sister clubs, St Joseph’s Old Boys, Shamrocks and Rubberhides, after the establishment of King Brumbies in 1999,” club representative Sean Carelse said.

“His cool and calm attitude towards adversity was a great asset and great example to follow for his fellow executive members and the club’s loyal supporters.”

The weekend kicked off with a braai for all visiting clubs on Friday evening, followed by a Saturday filled with entertaining action on the rugby field and netball courts.

Cape Town-based rugby team Kleinmond Legends played against the host club in a crowd-puller of a match while local netball players formed their own team to compete in an exhibition game against Africans Legends.

Churches were allowed free entrance to put up stands and crowds were entertained by local DJ O’Jay.

East London-based Atlantic Spurs emerged as overall winners of the netball competition and the rugby spoils were shared between Kwelerhana Location-based Busy Bees and Port Alfred’s Kowie United.

Spurs coach Desmond Goliath was pleased with the performance of his players and commended the organisers on a job well done.

“Our preparation for the tournament went according to plan.

“We knew exactly what to expect and my players were ready for any challenge so I’m overwhelmed with the outcome.

“I’m especially impressed with the smooth organisation and generous hospitality we received from the organisers and the local community,” Goliath said.

“We knew we would be a formidable force and had fun.

“We enjoyed the entertainment after for a very long time,” said Busy Bees coach Liphiwe Vumazonke.

Carelse expressed gratitude to club executives, the community and the event sponsors and said he is certain Magerman would have been proud.

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