|Banks partner rugby|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 21:29|
BANKING institutions BancABC and Stanbic have become the latest corporates to establish partnerships with the growing sport of rugby.
BancABC successfully sponsored the annual Springvale Rugby Festival held at Peterhouse School outside Marondera recently where 18 primary and secondary schools from across the country showcased their skills. Stanbic also gave Zimbabwe schools rugby a boost in the form of refreshments, T-shirts, balls, referees' allowances and an ambulance.
BancABC are coming on board for the first time in the event that has run for six years and were impressed with the level of competition displayed by all teams especially the primary school teams. A total of 32 teams that incorporated 16 junior teams and 16 senior sides took part at the invitation of the host school Peterhouse.
In the junior category, Ruzawi Primary, St Johns, SVH, Heritage, Eaglesvale and Hellenic dominated the proceedings, showing some flair, slick passes and fluidity in attack and the national junior teams coaches would have been enthralled by their awesome performance.
The senior level section saw Ruzawi, Hellenic, St Johns, Heritage and Lilfordia in their own class signaling that the future of schools rugby is bright.
Harare school Eaglesvale beat Hillcrest 17-5 in their opening match, edged Hartman House 24-7, white-washed Bryden 15-0 but lost to St Johns 5-0.
Relatively unknown school Lilfordia, had a good outing at the tournament, beating renowned Hartman House 15-12.
According to Old Hararians women’s assistant coach, Lovemore Kuzorera, one of the co-ordinators, the deal is expected to culminate in a national youth women’s team.
"Stanbic has come on board in order to raise structures and a team for the Zimbabwe Under-18 women's national rugby team," said Kuzorera on the sidelines of a Stanbic league match between Eaglesvale and Tafara High One at Allan Wilson grounds last week.Girls High, Rosevelt, Queen Elizabeth and Manyame High are also participating.