Nelson Mandela University are set to make their mark when the sixth edition of the University Sport South Africa women’s sevens tournament takes place at the university’s at the South Campus this Saturday.
The hosts have entered two teams and former rugby manager Melissa Awu, who put forward the motion to present the tournament, said they would be going into the weekend “all guns blazing”.
“We’re definitely on track to make an impact. We want a shot at a medal and ultimately want to win.”
The tournament starts with the match between UJ and WSU at 8am, with the Madibaz next on at 8.20am. The grand finale will be played at 5.20pm.
She said to host the event was a great honour for the Port Elizabeth university and that everything was on track to stage an unforgettable event.
Planning and preparations started earlier this year and everything had gone smoothly since then thanks to remarkable teamwork from the local organising committee, coaches, students and USSA, according to Awu.
“We started the planning with the coaches and then expanded the organising committee to include more students. Preparations are going really well and it’s been great to see such willingness and hard work from everyone.”
Awu was positive about the exposure it would give not only to the university but also to women’s rugby as a whole.
She said it was the perfect opportunity for teams to show off their skills to the rest of the rugby fraternity and confirmed national selectors would be in attendance.
With defending champions University of Pretoria not in attendance, Awu said she expected an exciting showdown in which any one of the 14 teams could emerge victorious.
“With Tuks not in the running this year and many teams featuring national players, anyone could take this tournament,” she said.