Elands Bay will play I&J and Mykonos will face Gansbaai in the semi-finals of the 25th annual SARU SA Fish Factory Industry tournament in Velddrif, after an action-packed opening day's play in the West Coast town on Friday.
A festive crowd of over 1,000 at the Smit sports grounds were treated to 15 tightly-contested matches, with Elands Bay needing the luck of a coin-toss to progress past Doringbaai in the opening round, after both sides had been locked at 3-3 after extra time.
And in the match of the day, Gansbaai needed a last-gasp drop goal in sudden-death extra-time to squeeze past Oceana Brands in their Cup quarter-final, after they too had finished 3-all after regular time.
The two-day event, hosted by the Boland Rugby Union, will finish on Saturday with Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield semi-finals and finals.
“We're very happy with the tournament so far and the crowds have had plenty of entertainment,” said Boland president Francois Davids. “It's very important that we keep this tournament going, especially since the fishing industry is going through tough times. For many of the players, this is the highlight of their year.”
Davids also revealed on Friday that two teams, one of which would be a SA Fishing Industry representative side, would be selected at the conclusion of the tournament. “The teams are going to play against each other in a curtain-raiser to a pre-season match between the Boland Kavaliers and DHL Stormers early next year,” said Davids. “There are also plans for the teams to play against the Kavaliers as well as go on tour,” he added.
DAY 1 RESULTS (Friday):
Round of 16:
Marine Products 0-3 Mykonos
Pioneer Fishing 3-6 Vital Connection B
Oceana Brands 3-0 Cerebos A
Gansbaai walkover vs Hondeklipbaai
Port Nolloth 0-11 West Point
Cerebos B 12-13 I&J
Elands Bay 3-3 Doringbaai (Elands Bay won on coin toss after extra time)
Vital Connection A 7-11 Sea Harvest
Mykonos 14-7 Vital Connection B
Oceana Brands 3-3 Gansbaai (Gansbaai win 6-3 after extra time)
West Point 9-13 I&J
Elands Bay 7-5 Sea Harvest
Marine Products 10-5 Pioneer Fishing
Cerebos A walkover vs Hondeklipbaai
Port Nolloth 9-10 Cerebos B
DAY 2 FIXTURES (Saturday):
08:00 – Doringbaai vs Vital Connection A
Shield semi-final (Pioneer Fishing through to final):
09:20 – Port Nolloth vs Loser Doringbaai vs Vital Connection A
08:40 – Marine Products vs Cerebos A
10:00 – Cerebos B vs Winner Doringbaai vs Vital Connection A
10:40 – Vital Connection B vs Oceana Brands
11:20 – West Point vs Sea Harvest
12:00 – Mykonos vs Gansbaai
12:40 – I&J vs Elands Bay
13:20 – Shield
14:00 – Bowl
14:40 – Plate
15:20 – Cup