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Ten out of ten for the tenth

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Everyone who attended to support the teams got their money’s worth after they were treated to high class rugby and netball entertainment

Job well done: The victorious Wildeklawer Invitation team received the trophy from Wildeklawer representative Cora de Kock after their victory over Keimoes in the Under-19 Development final. Picture: Dave Alexander

The curtain came down on the Wildeklawer Super Schools Festival on Monday evening after an extremely successful and thrilling tenth edition of the popular tournament held over the long weekend.

Everyone who attended to support the teams got their money’s worth after they were treated to high class rugby and netball entertainment from the top 20 schools from across the country.

Choosing a highlight from the weekend is almost impossible with some exciting rugby matches – including Tafel Lager Griquas slaughtering the Leopards 80-14 – taking place on Saturday.

Outeniqua squeaked home 34-31 against EG Jansen, while Monnas bowed to Paarl Gymnasium by same scoreline.

Hosts Diamantveld managed to beat their opponents, Helpmekaar 27-26 in their opening match nailbiter, while the other local school, Northern Cape High were well and truly beaten by the more fancied Oakdale outfit 56-24.

In the Under-19 rugby development final also played on Saturday, the Wildeklawer Invitational team won their match against a strong Keimoes side 28-7 to take the trophy.

Meanwhile, in the development netball final the defending champions Girls’ High School from Kimberley were hoping for a repeat performance against Wildeklawer, the team they beat last year, but the tables were turned with the Wildeklawer girls narrowly clinching the final 18-17 in a thriller of an encounter.

Also on the netball side, the best and most exciting clashes saw hosts Diamantveld narrowly being beaten 23-26 by HTS Middelburg; Afrikaans Hoër Meisies from Pretoria and Paarl Gymnasium tied their match at 17 all, while Waterkloof were pipped by Ben Vorster by 16-18.

Back on the rugby field, the three most exciting fixtures from Monday were served up when KZN’s Glenwood got the better of Outeniqua winning 27-13; while there were even more thrills when the highly fancied Grey College team beat Monnas 31-21.

The action didn’t end there and the crowds of spectators were given another rugby treat when Paarl Boys’ High took a 19-14 victory over Affies.

All in all, when the curtain came down on a very successful and well-organised sports festival it left some teams basking in the glory of victory and others licking their wounds and already working on a game plan to come back stronger next year and give a better account of themselves at this tournament.