Black Pearls’ urge to win the URU National women 7s turned into reality when they walked away as champions on 1st September 2018 at Floodlights 7s.
After losing to Thunderbirds in the last year’ 7s circuit in a sudden death match, Black pearls had no room for history to repeat itself; against them.
There were 8 circuits played at 4 rugby venues in the concluded URU 7s circuits. Women team participated in 7 circuits with the first two being walk overs in favor of Black Pearls.
At the first game appearance hosted by Toyota Buffaloes at Kyadondo in late June, only three ladies teams were able to take part i.e. Black Pearls, Black Panthers and Entebbe Ladies. Kyadondo’s own Thunderbirds were a no-show. Black Pearls came out on top of the other three teams, winning their two games minus conceding a single point. Black Panthers, after losing to Pearls, won against Entebbe ladies to claim runners-up. Emily Lekuru was the top scorer, finishing the day with 4 tries. Even with all this, the women’s category wasn’t recognized by the Kyadondo.
With the habit of winning, Black Pearls won the second circuit in which ladies took part i.e. Henry Rujumba Memorial at Legends Rugby grounds. This time, the women’s games were recognized officially, inadvertently making the Black Pearls walk away with a trophy and Emily Lekuru from Black Pearls was the MVP after scoring 4 tries and 1 conversion.
The Black Pearls couldn’t wait to take the coronation cup at Legends rugby ground, as the script was similar from that at the Rujumba Memorial 7, beating all the other three women’s teams – Thunderbirds, Entebbe Ladies and Black Panthers. This time, they walked away with happy faces but also with happy pockets, after winning UGX 1 Million cash prize. Emily Lekuru received both top try scorer and MVP awards.
At Kitaka 7s, Entebbe ladies came with determination to break the Black Pearls unbeaten record. Black Pearls victory habit was stolen by Entebbe Ladies whom they lost to for the first time in the 7s circuit 12-19. This time Entebbe’s Christine Akello and Black Pearls Emily Lekuru had to share the top scorer’s glory with both scoring 3 tries.
Black Pearls bounced back at the 7s outing at Kyadondo under floodlights, beating all the women’s teams- Thunderbirds, Entebbe Ladies and Black Panthers and taking no prisoners. Black Pearls were crowned winners of the floodlights 7s and URU women’ 7s champions walking away with two titles, money and medals.
Emily Lekuru was the MVP for three tournaments with her strong runs where she managed to score 20 tries and 6 conversions in the whole 7s circuit.
Toyota Buffaloes 7s at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds
Game 1: Black Panthers 00-19 Black Pearls
Game 2: Black Pearls 29-00 Entebbe Ladies
Game 3: Entebbe Ladies 05-12 Black Panthers
Rujumba memorial 7s at Legends Rugby Grounds
Game1: Black Pearls 26-05 Entebbe Ladies
Game 2: Entebbe Ladies 00: 17 Black Pearls
Coronation 7s at Legends Rugby Grounds
Game1: Black Pearls 07-14 Black Pearls
Game 2: Entebbe Ladies 14-00 Thunderbirds
Game 3: Black Panthers 12-00 Thunderbirds.
Game 4: Black Pearls 29-12 Entebbe Ladies
Game 5: Thunderbirds 05-05 Black Pearls
Game 6: Entebbe Ladies 10-00 Black Panthers
Kitaka memorial 7s at Legends Rugby Grounds
Game 1: Black Panthers 05-15 Black Pearls
Game 2: Entebbe Ladies 10-00 Thunderbirds
Game 3: Thunderbirds 00-15 Black Pearls
Game 4: Entebbe Ladies 15-05 Black Panthers
Game 5: Black Panthers 07-10 Thunderbirds
Game 6: Black Pearls 12-19 Entebbe Ladies
Turf 7s rugby at the Floodlights Kyadondo Rugby Ground
Game 1: Black Panthers 00-22 Black Pearls
Game 2: Entebbe Ladies 05-19 Thunderbirds
Game 3: Black Panthers 05-17 Thunderbirds
Game4: Black Pearls 21-00 Entebbe Ladies
Game 5: Thunderbirds 05-17 Black Pearls
Game 6: Entebbe Ladies 05-07 Black Panthers.