The Observer (Kampala)

20 December 2012

Uganda: Beach Rugby Excites Entebbe

As is tradition, there were no pros or real turf, just a bunch of rugby diehards trying to outmuscle the one another in a fan game played at the beach.

Sport Beach Entebbe hosted this year's annual fan zone rugby tournament to see-off the rugby calendar. So, even before the day-long tourney started, Entebbe residents were looking up to a thrilling show. For starters, the reason why most fans look up to this event is not because of the game itself but, rather, the pomp it comes with. The fete is famous for its sizzling muchomo, plenty of booze and sexy women.

This year's organizers added a new twist. The best dressed fan would walk away with Shs 1m. I almost missed the event, looking for the right outfit! Eventually, I turned up stunning in my sky-blue shorts and V-neck tee. By press time, the winner fan had not been selected. I, therefore, take this opportunity to beg for your votes; I promise to buy you plenty of beer. Voting is by liking your favourite nominee's Facebook page.

Back to the event, this year's fete attracted more fans that turned up in all the sexiest and weirdest outfits to cheer on the 12 participating teams. Unlike in the normal rugby game where each half lasts 40 minutes, this time round there were a total of only ten minutes of play for each game.

At the end of the rainy evening, Planet Sports emerged winner of the Shs 1m grand prize after walloping Supersport East 20-5 in a lopsided final. Supersport got a consolation of Shs 500,000 but their players took the frustration to the bottles. Coco Finger wound off the day with his signature energetic performance. The tournament was sponsored by Ugrugby Fanzone, Nile Breweries and Scoop magazine.

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