Barwick dominate AMG Global Festival

HARARE - Barwick School have just won three of the five trophies up for grabs, at the 2015 AMG Global Junior Hockey & Rugby Festival, held at the weekend.

The festival was hosted by Barwick School, a beautiful private boarding school, with spectacular views and top-class facilities, south of the Great Dyke near Mutorashanga, about 90km from Harare.

Over 400 excited primary school children converged to participate in the festival. Schools that took part include Banket, Eaglesvale, Heritage, Lendy Park, Wise Owl, Rydings, plus the determined hosts, Barwick. The festival also attracted a huge crowd of keen, supportive parents and other well-wishers.

Barwick, determined to fully-utilise home advantage, fired from all cylinders and won the overall trophy for the Fillies A Hockey, Fillies B Hockey and first team Rugby.

Whilst Lendy Park won the first team Girls Hockey trophy, Eaglesvale, ever competitive, happily walked away with the Colts Rugby honours.

In hockey, the Barwick girls displayed some excellent ball control and skilful stick work as they were convincing winners in the Fillies section.

Lendy Park were unbeaten in the first team Girls Hockey section as they combined mesmerising speed with good team work.

Eaglesvale Colts outclassed the other teams with their quick passing and good knowledge of the game, suffering very few penalties for infringing the rules, unlike the other schools, who obviously still had much to learn.

Easily, the much-awaited highlight of the day was the first team rugby final match, competed by Barwick and Rydings, on lush, green turf.

The hosts dominated phase play with their big, hard running forwards. With their slick-passing and well-drilled backline moves, they won the exciting match 15-10, to win the overall trophy.

Coached by former national Under-21 captain and current Craven Week 2015 Under-14 manager, Tan Dinhidza, the Barwick team, was obviously well-drilled and were well-deserved winners, earning a standing ovation from the pleased gathering.

The festival was sponsored by AMG Global Chartered Accountants who picked up the tab for trophies and most of the hosting costs.

AMG Global have over the years supported the development of sport in Zimbabwe, sponsoring school festivals across the country.

AMG Global Partner, Arthur Mubaiwa, who attended the festival remarked, “AMG Global is proud to be associated with sports development and we will continue to support, without hesitation, the nurturing of talent in our beautiful country Zimbabwe”.

The Barwick School Headmaster, pleased with the outcome of a well-organized event, Dunny Chifamba gushed, "The festival was a roaring success. We have wonderful facilities here at Barwick and we are proud, ready-and-willing, to continue hosting such events in the future”.

The skill and talent on show from all schools was, largely, a delight to watch. With such development programmes at grassroots level, Zimbabwe had a bright future in hockey and rugby. At the end, Barwick School promised the same tournament in 2016, only bigger and better.

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