THE third annual Graham ‘Basher’ Downes U12 Sevens festival hosted by Durban High School was a resounding success as teams from across the country competed for the coveted trophy.
Fixtures started late on Friday afternoon, with all teams experiencing playing “under lights” on the famous Van Heerden’s field. Saturday saw the round robin completed and the teams enter the knockout phase. Each team played seven fixtures over the two days making the trip to Durban more than worth their while.
KZN Development had an excellent tournament finishing 5th overall and claiming the Bowl final with a 21-10 victory over the invitational team from Zululand, namely RSSA. Both teams have participated in all three tournaments thus far.
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The Shield final was contested between Glenwood Prep 2nds and Kloof Primary, with the former lifting the trophy with a narrow 14-12 win.
Ultimately, there was only one team that look destined for this year’s Cup and break DPHS’s grip on the trophy which they have won for the past three years. Glenwood Prep 1st marched to the final after a convincing win against last year’s champions DPHS with a 48-0 victory.