Quintin van Jaarsveld
The teams and fixtures have been confirmed as the countdown to the Fidelity Security South African National Golden Oldies Rugby Festival set to take place at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds from 20-22 September continues.
Thirty-two teams from across the country will converge on Uvongo for an event characterised by fun, friendship and fraternity – the mantra of the South African National Golden Oldies Rugby Association (SANGORA).
Over 600 players over the age of 35 will dust off and lace up their boots once again in a host of friendlies that are sure to entertain.
Hosts Riversmead South Coast Warriors Sugar Daddies, who last hosted the festival 15 years ago, will be represented by two teams, the Originals and the Pretenders, with the Originals set to kick things off when they take on a combined SANGORA side in an exhibition game following the opening ceremony on the Thursday evening.
The other participating teams are the Alberton Legends, Alberton Madalas, Bloemfontein Legends, Bloemfontein Legends Oldies, Boksburg Thunder Boys, Diggers DOBS, Durbell Old Boys 1 and 2, False Bay Crocs, Fidelity Security Services, Fury Golden Griffons, Goodwood Legends, Grizzlies Old Bears, Hillbillies Golden Oldies Rugby Club, Johannesburg Police Rugby Club, Laeveld Leeulopers, Losberg Golden Oaks, Middelburg Ougatte, Mongrels, Musketeers, Naka Goue Oues, Naka Old Boys, Parks Golden Oldies, Pretoria Harlequins Madalas, Richards Bay Rugga Rhinos, Stade Jo’burg, Tendellas Golden Oldies, Toti Rugby Club Old Boys, TWR and the Western Lions.
The laws of the game are modified to reflect the spirit of Golden Oldies rugby. Players wear colour-coded shorts or bibs based on their age, which among other things determine the level of physicality for each age group.
The festival will see two full days of rugby and with sportsmanship superseding results, there are no play-offs or final.
Instead, prizes will be awarded to the teams who played the most attractive rugby, displayed the best spirit and for the best dressed side.
The festival will raise funds for the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Sub-Union’s club and academy structures as well as the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund.
The organisation, known as Rugby’s Caring Hands, provides physical, psychological and emotional assistance to players who’ve sustained life-altering head, neck and spine injuries, and is currently actively supporting 107 recipients.
Fidelity Security South African National Golden Oldies Rugby Festival Agenda:
Thursday, 20 September:
18:00: Arrival and Socializing
19:00: Opening Ceremony:
Welcoming and Introduction of Teams
Host & President Short Speech
19:30: Exhibition Game
20:30: Socializing & Entertainment
Friday, 21 September:
08:30-09:00: SANGORA Exec Meeting – Main Clubhouse
09:00-09:45: SANGORA AGM Meeting – Main Clubhouse
09:45-10:15: Managers Meeting – Main Clubhouse
10:30: Games Commence as per fixture list
Saturday, 22 September:
10:00: Games commence as per fixture list
19:00: Closing Ceremony
Final address by Host & President
Best Dressed Team
Most Attractive Rugby
Host Announcement for the S.A.N.G.O.R.A 36th National Golden Oldies Rugby Festival 2019
20:00: Socializing & Entertainment
|12:30||Bloemfontein Oldies||vs||Pretoria Harlequins|
|14:30||Toti Old Boys||vs||Western Lions|
|15:30||Golden Griffons||vs||Diggers DOBS|
|16:30||Sugar Daddies 2||vs||Naka Goue Oues|
|17:30||Sugar Daddies 1||vs||Alberton Madalas|
|11:30||Durbell 2||vs||Bobbies JHB|
|12:30||Middelburg Ougatte||vs||Rugga Rhinos|
|15:30||Thunder Boys||vs||Naka Old Boys|
|16:30||Alberton Legends||vs||False Bay Crocs|
|Day 2||22/Sep/18||A Field|
|13:00||TWR||vs||Toti Old Boys|
|14:00||Alberton Madalas||vs||Bloemfontein Legends|
|15:00||Diggers DOBS||vs||Naka Old Boys|
|16:00||Sugar Daddies 2||vs||Losberg|
|17:00||Sugar Daddies 1||vs||Bobbies JHB|
|13:00||Stade Joburg||vs||Durbell 2|
|15:00||False Bay Crocs||vs||Western Lions|
|16:00||Naka Goue Oues||vs||Laeveld Leeulopers|
|17:00||Alberton Legends||vs||Rugga Rhinos|