OMs upbeat ahead of Spar tourney


OLD MILTONIANS (OMs) say they will not be in to make numbers when they take part in the annual Spar Sevens Rugby Tournament at Hartsfield Rugby Ground tomorrow.


Coach Theo Weale yesterday said OMs were looking forward to the tournament, which comes to Bulawayo for the first time and would be hoping to make it to the best two teams that travel to Harare next weekend for the next stage of the competition.

“We have been waiting for the tournament to come to Bulawayo. We have got talented young players although Sevens has not been our strong point, but I think we stand a firm chance. We are not going in there to make numbers and want to stop at nothing short of victory so that we become one of the teams that travel to Harare,” Weale said.

He said they took part in a tournament in Gweru last weekend and would hope that competition will go a long way in helping them perform well in the Spar Sevens tournament.

OMs will pin their hopes on George Savada, Roy Maganga, Jason Mackay and Milton High School’s Aldin Kora.

The tournament will feature Bulawayo’s big guns in the Lion Lager National Rugby League Matabeleland Warriors Western Panthers and another club from the city, Bulldogs, and the Zimbabwe School of Mines.

From the Midlands would be Zvishavane Bulls and the Midlands State University. The Sevens teams will battle it out for the two top spots for the trip to Harare.

Matabeleland Warriors are favourites to win the tournament.

The top rugby club competition will be spiced up by a schools rugby tournament that will feature Hwange High, Entumbane, Njube, Northlea, Sizane, Gifford, Milton, Nkulumane, St Bernard’s, Msitheli, Sobukhazi and Ihlathi.