The 2nd Annual Hermanus Women’s Sevens Rugby Tournament, under the auspices of Boland Rugby, will take place at Hermanus High School on Saturday 22 February. The first match is scheduled to kick off at 08:00, with the semis and finals to be played from 17:30 onwards. This year’s event has 12 senior teams competing for top honours, with the added attraction of four U18 teams. The senior teams will be vying for a share of the R10 000 prize money.

Teams from the Overberg and Boland will be joined by those from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Knysna, while teams from Zimbabwe and Mozambique will lend an international flavour to the event. A highlight will be the participation of the South African women’s Blitzbokke. With the World Series and Olympics in Tokyo on the horizon, it will also afford an opportunity for coach Paul Delport to cast his eyes over the progress of the Blitzbokke.

An entry fee of R20 will be charged, with proceeds from the event going to charities involved with elder abuse, domestic violence and women abuse. Representatives for these causes, Sister Karin Louwrens from Faircape and Captain Fadiela September from Hermanus SAPS, will address the crowd during the Opening Ceremony. This is due to take place at 10:30 after the initial matches. The singing of the national anthems of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa will be part of the Opening Ceremony.

A great day lies ahead for the spectators as we embrace the growth of women’s rugby worldwide. The interest in both women’s 15s and sevens rugby is reflected by the number of countries participating in rugby. The inaugural Women’s World Cup Sevens took place in Dubai in 2009, with Australia beating New Zealand in the final. Women’s sevens became an Olympic sport in 2016 and will again feature at the Tokyo Olympics which commences on 24 July this year.

Women’s rugby is played in 80 countries around the world and is growing faster than the men’s game. It is estimated that by 2026, 40% of the total number of rugby players will be female. The women’s game in South Africa has not had the same emphasis as shown in other countries but hopefully “the winds of change” will see our ladies afforded every opportunity to emulate our men in both the 15s and sevens game. We have the talent to compete at the highest level.

The Hermanus Sevens will provide an opportunity for spectators to win lucky entrance ticket draws and the first fifty through the gates will earn a free beverage. Food and beverages will be available throughout the day. So come and enjoy a day of rugby and festivities as we support the worthy charities against domestic violence and women and elder abuse.

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