Best Choice Gas Bottles win Henties Touchies

Best Choice Gas Bottles defeated Kudu Rangers 1-0 to win the Henties Bay Beach Touchies which took place on Thursday at the coastal town.

31 December 2019 | Sports

The Henties Bay Beach Touchies ended with Aurelio Plato scoring a late try in the final after a crucial assist from Elton de Smit.

“It feels good to win because we have been chasing this cup for eight years now. It is a really good feeling because it is what we really wanted.

“Since 2011, this has been the day that we have been preparing for,” said Best Choice Gas Bottles' captain Leighton Kearns after the tournament.

Best Choice Gas Bottles featured Chad Plato, who is a Namibian national rugby team player who represented the country at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and scored a try against Italy. The team was made up of Plato, Elton de Smit, Leighton Kearns, Keanu Weber, Paolo Andrews, Aston Mukwiilongo, Donell !Gonteb and Jadon le Fleur. Best Choice Gas Bottles walked away with N$10 000 in prize money for their exploits while Kudu Rangers took home N$7 000 for their runner-up finish.

On their way to the final Best Choice Gas Bottles beat Onduka Engineering 2-1 while Kudu Rangers defeated Can't Touch Us 4-3 in their respective semi-final matches.

According to co-owner of Lluvia Sugar Distributors Morne Grove, who sponsored the Best Choice Gas Bottles team, the company felt privileged to have a team that gave their all and he added that the company would continue sponsoring them for the rest of their careers.

“We respect them for their effort, perseverance and their positive attitude. Lluvia will support the Namibian community like they support us,” said Grove.

The organiser of the tournament, Verduh van der Watt, said that the Henties Bay Beach Touchies was a successful event.

“We had 14 teams that entered and the crowd entrance exceeded our expectations from last year.

“The level of rugby was good. There were four Namibian national rugby team players and a few Sevens rugby players that took part too,” said van der Watt.

The Henties Bay Beach Touchies plate section, which featured the losing quarterfinalists, saw Sparta Knights defeat Valltala Vikings 1-0 in the final.

ADOLF KAURE

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