It has been a sublime rugby season for Victoria Falls Primary School (VFPS), with seven of their 1st XV players making it into the Matabeleland Duikers Under 13 squad which took part in the Owen Davies Interprovincial Rugby Tournament in Harare.

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Matabeleland Duikers U13 Squad

This has been a tremendous achievement for the school over and above their successful rugby campaign. With such a small enrolment in contrast to the other core schools such as Petra and Whitestone, the achievements have been even more noteworthy.

Wilderness Safaris added to the local presence, helping out financially by sponsoring the Duikers playing kit.

VFPS open side Flanker and skipper Luke Pritchard also captained the Duikers side. In addition to this, the VFPS coach, Simba Gonese, a former Duiker in his junior years, coached the side. The boys’ hard uncompromising style of rugby was on show at the Owen Davies Interprovincial Tournament last weekend in Harare; with VFPS eighth-man Victor Saurombe unleashing his abrasive and confrontational ball carrying ability.

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VFPS Coach with six of his players who represented Matabeleland Duikers

“A side of such calibre only comes by once every decade or so in a small school. When it does happen, it is always special to be a part of it”, said VFPS Headmaster, Tex Harding.

This group of boys who have been dominant since their colts rugby days have left behind a prolific legacy. An incredible epoch has come to an end as most of these boys are off to their respective high schools next year where they will no doubt continue to make an impact.

VF24 Editor