December 27, 2021
diaz beach, mossel bay
Thirty-nine touch rugby teams, each counting eight players, converged on Strand Beach shortly after gentle rays of sunshine broke through the cloud cover over False Bay on Sunday 5 December. Camaraderie, good sportsmanship, and great vibes were the order of the day.
This bodes well for the remainder of the 2021 Hot Summer of Touch (HSOT) touch rugby tournament, now making its way to the Southern Cape. This December, all roads lead to Mossel Bay, with HSOT events in Camps Bay (12 December), Kleinmond (16 December) and Struisbaai (19 December) preceding the tournament’s much anticipated final leg.
The Great Escape to Mossel Bay is looking forward to hosting the two culminating events of this popular annual feast of touch rugby at Diaz Beach on 27 December, and Hartenbos on 29 December – both these popular venues falling within Mossel Bay’s municipal borders.
HSOT founder Grahame Bobrow said 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 said, to top it all, the standard of touch rugby on show defied the amount of time spent away from the game, and that he “witnessed some of the best touch action ever” on Sunday.
“A big thank you goes to all teams who attended the Strand tournament, and did everything in their power to keep the event safe. Sampies beat the Rising Stoners in the Plate Final, and Mac Titans beat the Vikings in a very tight Cup Final. Rising Stars were scheduled to play Liberty Webb Samurais, and the Score Forward Legends were due to play Composure in the Premier Semis.
“All these teams will receive a prize for their achievements at Camps Bay on Sunday, for which entries are now open, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment,” said Bobrow.
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.
General beachgoers will be able to enjoy the spectacle from a distance, while being mindful of all Covid protocols in place.
The greater Mossel Bay is the perfect escape this festive season, with its 67km of coastline, five Blue Flag beaches, and 320-odd sunny days in a year. Also on offer are over 30 restaurants, and almost 60 leisure activities including helicopter flips, ocean adventures, and safaris on foot and horseback.
Call or WhatsApp the HSOT Hotline (062 770 6818).
If you plan to visit Mossel Bay, call 044 691 2202 or visit www.visitmosselbay.co.za. The site is designed to give you all the details you need to organise your perfect getaway.