The Herald (Harare)

26 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Stanbic Bank Dumps Rugby

THE schools rugby Super League has been left without a sponsor after they were dumped by financial institution Stanbic Bank who indicated they were not feeling the benefits of bankrolling the schools game.

Stanbic were last year the prime sponsors of a league that included rugby giants Falcon College, Lomagundi, Peterhouse, Churchill, Prince Edward, St Georges' and St Johns College.

But the financial institution have withdrawn their services to the rugby playing schools as they were not able to open bank accounts with the institution in return for the league sponsorship.

In a circular sent to the rugby playing schools, head in charge of schools rugby and Falcon College coach Reg Querl, however, indicated that the league would go on even if they fail to find another sponsor.

"I am sorry to report that Stanbic Bank are no longer sponsoring the schools' rugby League. They had set down as the main criteria, that teams that participated in the league, had to be a Stanbic Bank account holder.

"This was not possible for many schools and as a result they have withdrawn their support. However, the majority of schools that were in the league have expressed a wish that the league continue with or without a sponsor.

"The collating of scores and keeping a running table brings impetus and interest to schools' rugby and to this end we will continue to compile scores and tables.

"If there are any of you out there who may know a company or individual who might like to put their name and some financial support to this exercise, I would be grateful to hear from you.

"It is unfortunate that Stanbic only made their intentions clear very late last year, that it precluded efforts to find another sponsor before companies had set out their budgets for 2013," read part of the circular.

The schools are set to held their annual meeting on March 3 at the Prince Edward School pavilion and it is by this date that all interested coaches should have handed in their applications if they have an interest in taking charge of any age-grade Craven week sides.

Three national schools sides take part at the annual South Africa rugby weeks where the country the Under-14 and Under-18 sides.

The Under-17 team took part for the first time at the festival last year under former Sables player Douglas Trivella.

"Please would you notify schools in your Province that applications for these posts at Under-14, Under-17 and Under-18 level should reach me (Reg Querl) before or at the annual general meeting. I must have these in writing either by email or in hard copy.

"As from 2013 these posts will be substantive for a three year period, unless the person is unable to continue for personal reasons; proves to be incompetent or lets the side down for whatever reason."

Godwin Murambiwa is currently the Under-18 coach having taken over from Querl five years ago and is expected to retain his position in the schools side. The format of the schools league last year was such that the first, second and Under-16 teams would contribute to the overall standings of the log at the end of the season and it was St George's College who came out tops with 155 points.

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