The newly formed but unbeaten club in the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC), Conquerors SC, has emerged winners of the just ended 2015/16 GRCC after beating Dansoman Hurricanes RFC at the finals on Saturday 20th of February 2016 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Hurricanes saw their team conquered by the Conquerors in a margin of 28 – 3 after the final whistle.
The two who happens to be among the four strongest clubs in this season of the GRCC gave each other a hard time with quality Rugby beyond expectations to the admiration of the supporters.
This year’s edition of the GRCC has seen tremendous improvement and produced a record as Conquerors SC won the league with an unbeaten run.
According to Mr. Simba Mangena, coach of Conquerors SC, club rugby is the grooming grounds for international superstars and therefore he is pleased with the improvement in performance by each club in this season.
He expressed gratitude to his players for their cooperation and the high enthusiastic spirit they demonstrated to make the dream of winning the trophy a reality.
“I extend my gratitude to the players for putting up an outstanding performance on the day and I’m happy every player of my team came out to do his job to make the day successful. I always say that club rugby is the building grounds for international superstars and it is good to see our clubs in Ghana developing”, said Simba.
The defending champions, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, came third after defeating Idas Sports RFC by 48-3 in the 3rd place match played earlier in the day.
Speaking to the press, Mr. Steve Noi, Tournament Commissioner, disclosed that the technical team is putting up a squad from which a team will be formed to represent Ghana coming May at the Seven’s Africa North tournament in Togo.
Mr. Noi also mentioned that the next season of the GRCC will commence in October but there will be a seven’s tournament to prepare clubs before the league.
“Right now we are getting a squad together and from that squad we shall get a team to Lome in Togo to play the Seven’s Africa West tournament which will be taking place on 28th of May. I think the season normally starts in October so between this time and October we will be having the seven’s tournament in a few weeks’ time to prepare players for the next season”, he uttered.
The event was graced by the president of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Mr. Frederick Otu Lartey, who presented the trophies and medals to the winning teams. Other dignitaries included Mr. Joshua Mensah, Deputy Director General: Technical of the National Sports Authority and Mr. and Mrs. Kwesi, special guests of the President.
Winners of the championship, Conquerors, received gold medals, a trophy and a cash prize of GHc 4,000. Dansoman Hurricanes, who placed second, received silver medals, a trophy and a cash prize of GHc 3,000.
The third positioned team, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, was also presented with bronze medals, a trophy and a cash prize of GHc 2,000.
Accra Brewery Limited and Voltic Ghana contributed to the event with the provision of beer, water and beverages that helped to make the day a festive and enjoyable occasion.
Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union inspected and met the two finals teams before kick-off and also presented the winners with their Certificates of Achievement, medals, trophies and cash prizes at the awards ceremony. He remarked that he was satisfied with the outcome of the day’s events.
“There have been noticeable improvements in both the on and off the field aspects of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship and we can only hope that this trend will continue for the 2016/17 Championship,” Mr. Mensah said.
Mr. Mensah continued to say that it is essential that the Regional Associations take total charge, including the funding, of the 2016/17 GRCC so that he and his administration can focus on issues of national interest such as youth development under the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” banner, the development of Women’s Rugby, the strengthening of technical capabilities through training programmes and the development of regional West Africa Rugby tournaments.
3d Place Playoff – Cosmos Buffaloes RFC 48 – 18 Idas Sports RFC
Tries: Swabir Salim-Amuzuloh (2) Gideon Kwobla-Klugey (2) David Nartey (2) Coffie Benjamin (1) Solomon Baba-Akumba (1) Conversions: Francis Lawson (2) Kofi Dieudonne-Mancho (2)
Tries: Yusif Jalilu (2) Conversions: Henry Archer (1) Penalties: Henry Archer (2)
Final – Conquerors SC 28 – 3 Dansoman Hurricanes RFC
Tries: Francis Donkor (2) Michael Acquaye (1) Conversions: Mohammed Hamza Suleiman (2) Penalties: Mohammed Hamza Suleiman (3)
Tries: (0) Conversions: (0) Penalties: Kelvin Amankwah (1)
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