Mbale Tag Rugby Girls Clinch 2011 Independence Schools Title
By Dorothy Nekesa (TRT Media)
Fifteen girls from Mbale District Tag Rugby playing primary schools, North Road,Musoto,Yoweri, Maluku, Namatala, Wambwa and one from Mbale progressive early this month landed themselves an invite through their coach Stephen Anguma to represent Mbale for the first time in the schools independence cup 2011.
The very excited pupils training with the Mbale elephants have always requested for alittle contact after their normal tag sessions and could not believe they were travelling to Kampala to play against city super stars. On arrival only three teams Kampala, Kasese’s FK Norway team and Mbale select were to play in round robin format two games each team.
The first blow for Mbale kids was playing against teams whose players wore rugby boots but remembering they have always played competitive tag rugby with other schools bear feet they brushed this aside and out of their way then the mouth guards the other teams wore was just more reason for the Elgon pupils to walk away with this title as they looked at it as a hinderance for their excellent communication on pitch.
Juliet Ejang of Mbale Progressive school touched down twice 10-5 for Mbale select’s first win against experienced Kampala while Namatala primary school’s Juliet Adeke scored two trys against Kasese’s FK Norway team 10-0 to lift team victory.
Mbale Teacher’s Tag Rugby Association chairman Polly Ibrahim who travelled as the team Doctor was very impressed with his team’s performance.”l did not really understand much when the Tag Rugby Trust chairman spoke of transition and intergration of tag rugby playing schools through Rugby secondary schools and Rugby club relations, it all makes sense now and we look forward to having Mbale compete for places on the national team” he explained.
Team manager Paul who took good care of the team returned to Mbale all smiles because he expected participation but not a win only to be shocked by the kids aggressive tackles and sprints each time they got the ball.