By Quintin van Jaarsveld
The South Coast is rich with promising rugby talent.
This was highlighted at this year’s Youth Day Sevens tournament held at Creston College on Tuesday, where a crop of local schoolboys showcased their skills in the Under-19, Under-16, Under-13 and Under-11 age groups.
The fourth edition of the tournament, hosted by the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Referees’ Society, once again produced plenty of tries, silky skills and fleet footwork.
Creston College clinched the Under-19 title on their home ground, comfortably beating Southcity Christian College in the final.
Suid-Natal won the Under-16 and Under-13 tournaments, while Izotsha Primary won the Under-11 tournament.
Creston’s Keagan Cooper and Izotsha’s Tristin Parsons were two of several star players on the day.
Keagan, the brother of Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper, was named the Under-19 Forward of the Tournament, while Tristin won the Under-11 Player of the Tournament award.
“To the winners, congratulations and well-done – your hard work paid off,” said Giel Minnie, chairman of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Referees’ Society.
“We’d like to express our most sincere gratitude for the wonderful spirit that each team added to our tournament.
“It was evident that every child and player enjoyed the day to the full.
“The highlight, or so it seemed, was the entrance of [Sharks mascot] Sharkie.
“Words cannot express the excitement of the children and even better, their parents.
“For at least an hour, Sharkie could go nowhere. Photos had to be taken with players, parents and on one occasion, even a Spaniel puppy.
“Our most sincere thanks go to the sponsors, players and coaches that made the day possible.
“We’re looking forward to an even better tournament next year,” added Minnie.