Kudus return to snatch Dolphin Cup

30 Oct 2016 11:10am
SWAKOPMUND, 30 OCT (NAMPA) - The Vineta Sports Stadium in Swakopmund was packed to capacity as local rugby teams battled it out in the 'Day of the Dolphin Rugby Tournament' on Saturday.
Kudus Rugby Club from Walvis Bay won the one-day annual tournament and walked away with N.dollars 10 000 and a floating trophy.
The Kudus defeated Tisan from Windhoek by 10-5 in the final game.
“This is the fourth time we are winning this cup, I did not coach the team last year when we lost the cup to St Lu but I returned this year to take it home,” Kudus coach Donavan Paulse told Nampa.
Their previous victories were in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Paulse said he is happy that the team demonstrated they can compete and win.
“I instil discipline in my players just like any other coach, that’s why you see the games were peaceful. I am very excited to be the winner,” he said.
Tisan received a cheque of N.dollars 6 000 for second place.
Dolphin Rugby Club from Swakopmund and Rehoboth Rugby Club from Rehoboth took the third and fourth places respectively, with prize money of N.dollars 4 000 and 2 000.
Chad Plato from Kudus was chosen as Player of the Tournament.
Other participating teams were Eastern Bulls from Gobabis, Walvis Bay Rugby Club, Dolphins 2 and Rehoboth 2.
In the tournament opening speech, Dolphin legend Ralph Bussel encouraged players to commit to the sport and make a living out of it.
He said players are fortunate to have equipment and good coaches at their disposal which they must make full use of.
“When we started more than 30 years ago, we did not have stadiums with grass, qualified trainers and modern equipment. You have it now, so you are privileged,” Bussel told the young players.
Dolphin Rugby Club organised the tournament with SBS Trucking, Cross Road Car Sales and Eagles Night Watch as sponsors.