Cape Town Tens

Maties pip Ikeys … Again

2011-02-06 11:06
The Christina Noble Legends (Carl Fourie)
Tank Lanning

Cape Town - The third edition of the hugely popular and successful Castle Cape Town Tens took place at Hamiltons Rugby Club in Cape Town on the weekend. 56 mostly social ten man rugby teams took to the pristine post Soccer World Cup fields, along with the popular South African and International Legends Teams. Legends playing in the tournament included Rob Fleck, Bob Skinstad, Breyton Paulse, Hottie Louw, Hanyani Shimange, Warren Brosnihan, Dave von Hoesllin, Jake Boer, Leon Lloyd and Shane Byrne.

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The tournament is divided into three divisions: The very social Beer league, the mostly grey haired and portly Vets league, and the very serious Premier league.

In an event fairly similar to the J&B Met where it is a bit of a sin to see a horse on the day, so the Castle Cape Town Tens is a massive beer tent with some rugby going on outside.

Of course I am being a little facetious given that the crowds flocked not only to the bartenders but also to the side of the field to see the various teams turn back the clock in their classically designed Canterbury jerseys.

The Premier division
was won by the maroon clad Maties from Stellenbosch, who took on the now pink and blue clad UCT Ikey Tigers. The Ikeys needed extra time to get past Hammies in the semi final, while the Maties had to score three tries in the second half, the third in the final second of the game, to get past False Bay. It’s testament to the tournament that the Cape’s top rugby clubs all saw fit to enter sides, with the standard of rugby enjoying a massive spike.

The Vets division final was the one the expectant crowd had been clamoring for from that first hangover clearing Vida coffee in our very own Sport24 tent on Saturday morning. The Shane Byrne lead Christina Noble international legends team managed to dot down twice to pip the Elan SA Legends 10-7. And the post match fines meeting so ably put together by Bob Skinstad reflected how much the win meant to the Madiba jerseyed legends.

In the Beer division final it was the Maties Cravens side who got past the False bay Rangers, certainly the two sides who took the division most seriously.

With three playing fields and more than enough space to have a beer with friends in the various marquees, the new two day format for the tournament seemed to have met with much appreciation by players and spectators alike.

British band The Lightyears and Cape Town band, Me and Mr Brown were on sensational form in the beer tent after the various finals, with players and spectators parting the night away.

It’s a classic event that should be penned rather than penciled into your calendar.


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