MRFB sea­son closes, 3 games at Harts­field ground

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

THE cur­tain comes down on the Mata­bele­land Rugby Football Board (MRFB) league with three matches to be played at the Bu­l­awayo home of rugby, Harts­field Rugby Ground, this af­ter­noon.

Ac­tion will kick off with a ladies cur­tain raiser clash pit­ting the Po­lice Bull­dogs against Msiteli at 12.30pm.

The third and fourth play­off fol­lows af­ter an hour with Old Mil­to­ni­ans meet­ing the Po­lice Bull­dogs while in the fi­nals Western Pan­thers take on Mata­bele­land War­riors to bring to an end the 2016 lo­cal league cam­paign. The en­try charge is $1. The rugby league started with six teams in­clud­ing two out of town clubs Mid­lands State Univer­sity and An­cient City Rugby Club from Masvingo. The two teams later pulled out cit­ing lack of funds to travel from their re­spec­tive bases to Bu­l­awayo to ful­fil fix­tures.

Mean­while, the MRFB is in talks with Botswana rugby of­fi­cials to or­gan­ise a two-legged tour­na­ment in Bu­l­awayo and Gaborone next month.

The talks were ini­ti­ated by MRFB fix­tures sec­re­tary Simba Danga, who is also a rugby ref­eree, when he was of­fi­ci­at­ing at a tour­na­ment in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try last week.

“Our Botswana coun­ter­parts are very keen on play­ing a Mata­bele­land Se­lect side once their rugby sea­son closes at the end of the month. We will write to the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) to seek per­mis­sion to host Botswana as well travel to that coun­try,” said MRFB chair­man Thu­lani Tab­u­lawa.

The MRFB boss said they have not yet come up with an ex­act date for the first match to be played at Harts­field but in­di­cated that it will be played in Septem­ber with the re­turn leg set for Gaborone a week later.

The Mata­bele­land Se­lect team will be drawn from the four lo­cal clubs Old Mil­to­ni­ans, Western Pan­thers, Mata­bele­land War­riors and Po­lice Bull­dogs.

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