JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) has announced the fixtures for the 2019 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC).
The sporting event is scheduled to kick off on 19 January in Cape Coast and 20 January in Accra. The finals will be hosted by the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) on 2 March in Accra.
Ghana Rugby President and Board Chairman, Herbert Mensah said the Club Championship is a very important part of the overall development framework for rugby in Ghana.
“Unfortunately not every Rugby player can represent the country at a national level, but rugby is played and loved by millions globally because of the passion for the sport and the enormous personal values that comes with it,” said Mensah.
“The Club Championship and Club structure is where it all happens.”
He noted that a new milestone has been reached citing that the union has been given permission by the St. Thomas Aquinas SHS to play the Accra leg of the Pool A matches on the school’s pitch.
“Thomas Aquinas SHS grounds will hopefully be a turning point where we can introduce the values of integrity, passion, teamwork, discipline and respect to as many people in Ghana as possible,” he said.
The ten-team Club Championship is an annually event played in two Pools in Accra and Cape Coast. In Cape Coast, Dennis Foundation; Griffons; Stallions; UCC Spartans and Western Cheetahs will battle for a spot in the Semi-Finals that will be played in Cape Coast on 23 February 2019, which will be hosted by the CentWest Rugby Association.
CentWest will be hosting two of the matches involving Western Cheetahs in Takoradi to give exposure to the game in the Sekondi-Takoradi area.
In 2017 and 2018 Conquerors RFC won the coveted Championship and it is expected that other teams will give everything to unseat them from the crown.
According to Rob Oram of Accra Rugby Club (ARC), they did well last season and they want to try and go one step further this year.
“We recognize the challenge of the reigning champions will be as tough as ever. We’ve been working very hard during the off-season and hope that work will pay off in the new season,” said Oram.
Ghana Rugby Board Member and Tournament Commissioner Steve Noi said the standard of rugby has improved dramatically in Ghana since he joined the Union in 2014.
“We look forward to the 2019 GRCC and believe that we will see great skills on display, but most importantly that the matches will provide the fans and supporters with an afternoon of enjoyment and fun over the seven weeks of the Championship,” he said.
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