Mary Wa­ters takes U15

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By STEPHEN PEN­NEY

Mary Wa­ters and Nathaniel Nyaluza were on Satur­day crowned the Albany High Schools Rugby League cham­pi­ons af­ter win­ning the U15 and U18 fi­nals re­spec­tively.

This is the se­cond edi­tion of the Albany High Schools Rugby league. The U15 league also forms part of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and South African Rugby Leg­ends Vuka pro­gramme which is aimed at the pro­mo­tion of rugby in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties and ar­eas where it is not be­ing played.

In the U15 fi­nal, Mary Wa­ters beat Ntaba Maria 33-17 af­ter best­ing Archie Mbolekwa 29-0 in last week's semi-fi­nals. Ntaba Maria was the fi­nal cour­tesy of a 12-5 win over Nathaniel Nyaluza.

As win­ners of last Satur­day's Vuka U15 fi­nal, Mary Wa­ters took part in the pro­vin­cial Vuka semi-fi­nals in Port El­iz­a­beth on Wed­nes­day this week, beat­ing Chap­man High School 37-12. The young­sters will now play in the pro­vin­cial fi­nals against Ndon­delelo in Port El­iz­a­beth to­day (Fri­day).

In the U18 sec­tion, Nathaniel Nyaluza beat Mary Wa­ters 18-13 in the fi­nal. Ear­lier in the week, Nyaluza had booked their spot in the fi­nal with­out even kick­ing a ball, af­ter Nom­buleleo failed to pitch. Mary Wa­ters U18 had beaten Khut­liso Daniels 22-5 and were a per­haps a bit tired against their fresher op­po­nents.

The lo­cal league is run by the Albany High School Rugby Struc­ture, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Depart­ment of Sport, Re­cre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The VUKA U15 league con­sists of 14 teams split into two pools with the top two in each pool pro­gress­ing to the semi­fi­nals and the win­ners com­pet­ing in the fi­nal.

The Albany U18 league con­sists of nine teams that all played against each other with the top four teams mak­ing the semi-fi­nals and the win­ners con­test­ing the fi­nal.

An Albany U15 team was se­lected to take part in the SARLA Re­gional Leg­ends Cup tour­na­ment at Som­er­set East, a tour­na­ment that served as tri­als for se­lec­tion to the EP U15 Iqhawe team that will par­tic­i­pate in the SARLA Iqhawe week in Oc­to­ber.

Photo: Sakhile Dube

Mary Wa­ters (Black and White tops) U15 rugby side won the Albany sec­tion of the Vuka com­pe­ti­tion.

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