Kitgum Queens wins northern rugby championship

Champions Kitgum Queens Rugby Club at Gulu Prison primary school playground in Gulu City on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Kitgum Queens Rugby Club over the weekend emerged overall winners of the 2021 Northern Rugby Championship for ladies concluded at Gulu Prison primary school playground in Gulu City.

Kitgum wrapped up the first edition of the competition unbeaten with a 36-00 win over Gulu Sprinters, 31-00 against Lira Matrix to scoop themselves a trophy and medals.

Meanwhile, Lira matrix that came second also thumped Gulu Sprinters 15-00.

Kitgum Queens finished with 21 points; Lira second with 17, Gulu Sprinters had 8 points and Apac Tigers Rugby Club trailed with 3 points.

James Amatu, the President of the Northern Uganda Rugby Union (NURU) said that the trophy will have to be worn five times consecutively by a club to take it for good.

“A team that wins this trophy for five consecutive times shall win it for good.”

However, Amatu said the competition that kicked off on March 20, 2021, was successfully concluded over the weekend with lots of improvement on the ladies’ game compared to the past.

“I hope that when well supported, the ladies’ team can be like the men’s team that has about 70 per cent representation in the national team. This is the right time that stakeholders need to rally and support our ladies’ rugby which can be both financially and morally,” said Amatu.

Audio: Amatu on rugby game (English)

Rawhan Opoka, the team manager Kitgum Queens, attributed their success to the strong foundation that they started building since 2014.

“We started training. Our team picked the players mostly the senior ones and senior twos and since then, we have quite a number of friendlies across the country that has made them also used to competitive games,” Opoka said.

Seven of the 10 female players picked from the northern region recently were from Kitgum Queens.

Willy Okello, the team manager Lira Matrix Rugby Club, noted that such a competition is a good move that will continue to give more time for the local players to participate or pick interest in the rugby game.

“Currently, there is that negative perception especially among the local community on ladies taking part in the rugby game. Most of the community members believe that rugby is a game for males only and I believe with this initiative that has seen huge fans also attracted, it’s the beginning of rugby development.”

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