Count­down to tour­ney

The Rep - - SPORT - MAXWELL LEVINE

Ko­mani will be alive with sport and ri­valry on Satur­day when the HPJ OC 10s rugby and net­ball tour­ney takes cen­tre stage at the Thobi Kula Sta­dium.

An es­ti­mated 3 000 spec­ta­tors are ex­pected at the multi-pur­pose venue, ready to en­joy the elec­tri­fy­ing at­mos­phere, live mu­sic, food stalls and lots of en­ter­tain­ment.

The big­gest at­trac­tion, though, will be the rugby and net­ball, with a treat of mixed mar­tial arts later in the night.

The event has long been re­garded as the razzmatazz of sport on the lo­cal front and is in its fourth edi­tion, show­ing growth from six to eight teams.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are SPN Spar­tans, who have won all three fi­nals of the rugby tour­ney.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be tougher this year, how­ever, with guest play­ers de­scend­ing on Ko­mani.

The eight teams rep­re­sent the dif­fer­ent neigh­bour­hoods, which makes this tour­na­ment even more of a com­mu­nity at­trac­tion. SPN Spar­tans rep­re­sent Sa­bata Dalinyebo, Pop­corn Val­ley and New­vale. There are two Vic­to­ria Park teams in Vipers and Scor­pi­ons.

Aloe Ven­tures rep­re­sent Alo­e­vale and a por­tion of Mlungisi, up­per Khayelit­sha and Nomzamo. Cru­saders rep­re­sent New Rest, lower Mlungisi and Bede, as well as Lau­rie Dash­wood Park, San­dring­ham, Queens View Park and Ez­i­be­leni.

The Queen’s Rene­gades rep­re­sent Queen’s Col­lege and their Old Boys and the Bar­bar­ians rep­re­sent all the Ko­mani play­ers who re­side in all cor­ners of SA.

There is also an in­vi­ta­tional team in Tarka Mus­tangs.

There are eight net­ball teams as well: SPN Spar­tans, Bar­bar­ians, VP Vipers, Cath­cart High, City Samu­rai, Steve Tswete Girls, Cru­saders and Aloe Ven­tures. A straight knock­out for­mat will de­ter­mine the win­ner.

The eight rugby teams will be di­vided into two groups of four teams each.

The top two teams will pro­ceed to the semi­fi­nals after the round-robin games.

Group A con­sists of Vipers, Scor­pi­ons, Aloe Ven­tures and Queen’s Rene­gades. Group B con­sists of Cru­saders, Spar­tans, Bar­bar­ians and Tarka Mus­tangs.

There are some in­trigu­ing clashes in the open­ing round with the day to start with a bang at 10am with the Vic­to­ria Park derby as Scor­pi­ons go head-to-head with Vipers.

There is no love lost be­tween the neigh­bours with ten­sion sky high.

Scor­pi­ons won the last en­counter in 2017 in the semi­fi­nals.

This game should be a cracker as both teams left noth­ing to chance with the req­ui­si­tion of eight guest play­ers each to strengthen their sides.

The sec­ond match will see Cru­saders tak­ing on de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Spar­tans. Fire­works are ex­pected in this clash as both teams are loaded with Break­ers and Old Col­le­gians play­ers.

Both have also bol­stered their squads with a cou­ple of im­ports.

Aloe Ven­tures will find it hard to stop a fast-paced Queen’s Rene­gades side.

Coach Mike Peters, of Ven­tures, has promised a dif­fer­ent team this year.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

READY FOR THIS: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the var­i­ous teams that will par­tic­i­pate in the HPJ OC 10s tour­ney in Ko­mani this week­end

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