26 rugby teams and 36 netball teams from 20 schools across Gauteng took part in the festival.
Queens High School’s U/16 rugby team’s coach, Mr Mingwe James Kapay, praised his team for its display, especially in the second half.
“The boys were more determined, we were more physical We used our big guys to carry the ball. We used hands and the boys were not selfish. They were passing the ball,” said Mr Kapay.
Saheti High School’s sports teams scooped two prestigious honours during the Saheti Rugby Sevens and Netball Festival last weekend.
The school’s U/16 rugby team won the Shield Trophy and the netball team took the Bowl Trophy in the same age group.
Saheti High School’s sport manager, Mr Philip Venter, said the event was well-supported by schools from across the province.
The teams competed in the U/16 and U/19 age groups.
“Saheti’s Rugby Sevens was first staged 22 years ago. It was later expanded to include netball. The seven-a-side festival has become known as the curtain raiser of the school winter sports calendar. The popular sevens format applies, with teams playing pool games followed by plate, shield and championship sections. The netball includes a bowl trophy,” said Mr Venter.
The U/16 rugby finals were won by defending champions, Queens High School, and the open division was won by St Dunstans College.
The Queens High School rugby team’s senior coach, Mr Yusuf Isaacs, said he told his players to play for their pride and their hard work.
Mr Venter said the event continues to be an important part in the development of sport.
“School rugby is valuable in that the values of sportsmanship, team work, hard work, perseverance, respect and honour can be taught and embraced. This year, like previous years, some of the finest rugby talent was on display at the festival. The event provided opportunities for players and coaches to prepare for the upcoming 15 man season,” he said.
Mr Venter added that the well-supported netball festival is the ideal forum to improve skills, confidence and ability, through the encounters with various schools.
“In the netball, Kempton Park High School won the U/16 finals, while the opens title went to Leeuwenhof. Saheti scooped two trophies in the U/16 fixtures, the shield for rugby and the bowl for netball,” said Mr Venter.
“The aim of the netball tournament is to combine both individual and team development, alongside encouraging a lifelong love of the sport. Varied opposition exposes players to new tactics for game play. It allows players to develop as a team and then perform at their best for the rest of the season,” he said.
In the U/16 rugby semi-finals, Jabulani High School beat Reddam House 19-10 and Queens High School beat St Dunstans College 21-0.
In the Shield semi-finals, Saheti beat Sandringham High School 17-5, while Curro Serengeti beat Highlands North.
In the Plate semi-finals, Mondeor beat Dainfern 10-5 and Allen Glen beat Marian College 24-7.
In the U/16 Championship game, Queens High School beat Jabulani High School 29-12.
Saheti beat Curro Serengeti 24-10 to take the Shield, while Allen Glen beat Mondeor 17-0 to win the Plate.
Championship: Jabulani 40, Crawford Lonehill 5; St Dunstans 14, Reddam 12.
Shield: Queens 22, Saheti 7; Dainfern beat Highlands North.
Plate: Allen Glen 4,1 Dominican 0; Marian College 7, Mondeor 0.
Championship: St Dunstans 19, Jabulani 5.
Shield: Queens 29, Dainfern 7.
Plate: Allen Glen 33, Marian College 21.
Championship: Leeuwenhof 6, Kempton Park 16; Crawford Lonehill 14, Wendywood 7.
Shield: Mondeor 8, Dominican 7; Curro Serengeti 1, Kempton Park (3) 8.
Plate: Reddam 5, Allen Glen 6; Dainfern 6, Saheti (2) 10.
Championship: Kempton Park 10, Wendywood 2
Shield: Kempton Park 5, Mondeor 3.
Bowl: Saheti (2) 9, Allen Glen 8.
The Plate was won by the Malvern Community Club.
Championship: Leeuwenhof 14, Edenvale 6; Crawford Lonehill 11, Jeppe 7.
Shield: Kempton Park 17, Malvern Community Club 7; Dainfern 13, Kempton Park (2) 12.
Bowl: Mondeor 16, Dominican 9; Saheti (1) 15, Saheti (2) 2.
Plate: Reddam 11, Allen Glen 5; Curro Serengeti 22, St Catherine’s 0
Championship: Leeuwenhof 14, Crawford Lonehill 10.
Shield: Kempton Park (1) 17, Dainfern 5.
Bowl: Mondeor 8, Saheti 1.
Plate: Reddam 9, Curro Serengeti 7.