The thirty-nine touch rugby teams that converged on Strand Beach on Sunday, December 5 will look to continue their Camaraderie, good sportsmanship, and immaculate vibes as the 2021 Hot Summer of Touch (HSOT), touch rugby tournament continues in Camps Bay on Sunday, December 12.
The 21-year-old touch rugby tournament that kicked off on Sunday saw Sampies beat the Rising Stoners in the Plate Final, and Mac Titans beat the Vikings in a very tight Cup Final.
According to HSOT founder Grahame Bobrow, his organising team’s greatest challenge in the days leading up to Sunday’s kick-off event was that inclement weather would prohibit players from performing at full throttle.
“It was generally predicted that it would rain for most of the day, but the first Hot Summer of Touch 2021 event played out in brilliant weather.
“Slightly overcast for the duration of games, the infamous Strand wind was completely absent, setting the perfect stage for the day’s multitude of games,” Bobrow explained.
Bobrow added that the teams will receive a prize for their achievements at Camps Bay on Sunday, for which entries are still open.
“Entries are indeed streaming in to fill up the full contingent of teams to vie for the remaining HSOT crowns. And for spectators, the lure is not only in supporting their kin, but they might even spot some rugby celebs on the beach. Players and support crew can also look forward to contests, product displays, and prizes up for grabs,” Bobrow said.
In the meantime, the Strand tournament has paved the way for the remainder of the HSOT touch rugby tournament, now making its way to the Southern Cape. This December, all roads lead to Mossel Bay, with other HSOT events in Kleinmond on December 16 and in Struisbaai on December 19, preceding the tournament’s much anticipated final leg.
The Great Escape to Mossel Bay is also looking forward to hosting the two culminating events of this popular annual feast of touch rugby at Diaz Beach on December 27, and Hartenbos on December 29, as both of these popular venues fall within Mossel Bay’s municipal borders.