THIS weekend will see a bumper rugby fixtures weekend when men and women’s provincial rugby sides clash at Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare while schools will also battle it out in a number of fixtures slated for various school venues across the country.
Women’s teams get the ball rolling at Old Hararians on Saturday May 14, 2022 with the morning fixtures expected to see a clash between Glenwood Stars and the Air Force of Zimbabwe first 15s who open the day with an 0830 hours’ fixture. Mpho Bwanali will referee the encounter between the two teams.
The second match scheduled for 1000 hours will be between Old Georgians and Harare Sports Club second 15s teams with Checks Vurayayi officiating.
At 1130 hours the Old Georgians and Pitbulls first 15s will begin their battle with Abigail Kawonza refereeing.
The first match for the men’s teams will be a lunchtime clash between Harare Sports Club and the Horns first 15s starting at 1300 hours. Vurayayi will handle the match his second for the day.
The second men’s teams match will be at 1430 hours pitting the Old Georgians and the Police Defenders first 15s with Chinyunyu refereeing before a women’s teams battle featuring the Mutare Sports Club and Old Crestonians first 15s. Walter Njowa will handle game between Mutare Sports Club and Old Crestonians.
The last match of the day will involve hosts Old Hararians and the University of Zimbabwe first 15s men’s teams with Mathias Bvepfepfe officiating. The encounter starts at 1600 hours to complete a busy day for the provincial sides.
It will also be a jamboree on the schools’ rugby calendar with matches lined up in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Chinhoyi and Marondera.
Of major interest will be the two Harare derbies pitting rivals St John’s College and St George’s College at the Rolf Valley-based school and the Churchill and Prince Edward clash at Prince Edward High School.
Fireworks are expected at these two venues given the history of rivalry between the two sets of opponents in these matches, which are usually highly subscribed as parents, teachers, rugby officials, current students, former students and rugby enthusiasts are expected to throng St John’s College and Prince Edward High School to support their favourite teams.
The matches between St John’s College and St George’s will open with a meeting between the Under 16 A teams, followed by the reserve teams before the first 15s take to the pitch for their battles.
At Prince Edward, the matches between the hosts the Tigers and the visitors the Bulldogs will see their third teams, second teams and first 15s outdoing each other.
Other interesting matches will be in Chinhoyi between hosts Lomagundi and visitors Peterhouse with the Under 16A opening the day followed by the reserve teams before the first 15s lock horns.
The other schools’ rugby matches in Harare will be at Hellenic where the hosts receive visitors Eaglesvale while The Heritage School host fellow Harare based opponents Gateway.
In Bulawayo two venues will host a number of matches. At Petra High School, a number of Under 17and Under 19 age group trial matches will be played involving the hosts, Northlea High School, Western Suburbs, Milton High School, Plumtree High School, Christian Brothers College and Falcon College.
The second venue in Bulawayo will be at Christian Brothers College where Under 14 Provincial trials will be held involving the hosts, Falcon, Petra, Western Suburbs, Milton, Northlea, Matabeleland Possibles and Matabeleland Probables.
In Marondera Watershed College will host visitors Hillcrest College from Mutare while in Gweru the Midlands Christrian College will host Kyle College from Masvingo.