By Lindsay Chiswe
The just ended Dairibord Schools Rugby festival ended on a high note. It ended with the much awaited game between the Prince Edward Tigers vs the Churchill Bulldogs being the final game of the festival.
Pressure was high on the Tigers as the hosts, and at the same time they were trying to avoid a second loss at the festival as they lost to the Bulldogs in 2016. The festival has no ultimate winner but the last game of the tournament is one of the most anticipated of the whole week. The match ended 24-8 in favour of the Tigers. The Prince Edward Tigers then did the Haka much to the amusement of their fans.
The Dairibord Select Girls A vs Dairibord Select Girls B ladies match was another match to watch. The teams comprised of a selection of girls from different schools scouted during games played in the week and it was used as a selection match for the Zimbabwe female under 19 team.
The awards ceremony saw festival director Tawanda Jimu, emphasising the participation of more teams next year. “Next year we would like to see teams from Victoria Falls, Mudzi and other areas participating, and we are anticipating the festival to grow bigger and better with more international flair”
The festival ended with the awards ceremony some of the awards given out included:
Female Player of the tournament: Ropafadzo Madya Goromonzi High School
U19 Side Exhibiting most flair: Prince Edward
U19 Male Player of the tournament: Godfrey Muzanarwo
Referee of the tournament: Tinashe Kamwenje
Coach of the tournament: Monda T- Livingstone Kalobe College Botswana
Backline Player of the tournament: Brian Hunda – St Johns College