Credit: Lillian Nakitende

The Central Region Women’s 10s championship delivered a different outcome in both tier 1 and 2 as teams went for a strong finish in the third and final round at the House of Pain in Busambaga, Entebbe on Sunday, 2 May.

The event, hosted by Avengers Rugby Club, had teams that played second fiddle in the first two rounds finally getting one over the incumbents. Avengers and Black Diamonds won the round’s trophies in tiers 1 and 2 after upsetting Black Pearls and Blue Whales respectively.

Black Diamonds’ Mary Nakato was named MVP in the tier 2 category while Avengers’ Peace Lekuru received the seniors’ tier 1 MVP award.

Tier 1 Results:

  • Thunderbirds 05-17 Black Pearls
  • Black Pearls 00-07 Avengers
  • Avengers 22-07 Thunderbirds

Tier 2 Results:

  • Lady Swans 00-07 Black Diamonds
  • Blue Whales 31-00 Ewes
  • Black Diamonds 38-00 AQRA
  • Lady Swans 00-14 Blue Whales
  • AQRA 00-34 Blue Whales
  • Ewes 00-17 Lady Swans
  • Black Diamonds 17-05 Blue Whales
  • AQRA 00-10 Ewes
  • Ewes 00-14 Black Diamonds
  • Lady Swans 10-00 AQRA

However, there was no change in the overall result for the championship. Blue Whales were crowned tier 2 overall champions ahead of Black Diamonds, Lady Swans, Ewes and AQRA. Black Pearls collected the tier 1 overall winners’ trophy ahead of Avengers and Thunderbirds in that order.

Unfortunately, mainly due to time constraints, there are still doubts on whether the national finals tournament that pits the best regional teams against each other will be played as had been initially planned. It is about a month to the start of the mid-year international window in which the Lady Rugby Cranes expect to compete in the Elgon Cup and the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup.

There is more activity though for the women to take part in rugby after this championship. Uganda Rugby Union plans to continue competitive engagements for the tier 2 teams and also embark on national team training with players mainly from tier 1 teams as soon as possible.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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