The best gesture that humanity can ever portray is celebrating the lives and efforts of people while they are still alive – Warriors Rugby club got the opportunity to host their maiden sevens rugby circuit after Heathens and Kyadondo pulled out in a bid to focus on preparations for the Elgon cup next weekend.
Warriors decided to take this opportunity to celebrate and give back to two people that have shown unwavering faith and support to their cause – What Mr. ad Mrs. Mileke have given to Warriors and the game of rugby is way beyond what can be measured; man power in the form of their sons, finances, equipment and counsel for many of the players who consider “Papa and Mama” as their rugby parents.
For those that aren’t familiar with Mr. and Mrs. Mileke A.K.A Papa and Mama – to trigger your memory, think of the jolly and supportive seasoned couple that sit next to the scoreboard regardless of the venue so much that it has become their trade mark – father and mother to the Aredo brothers who live and breathe rugby (assuming you get the picture by now).
Warriors Rugby will take the opportunity to appreciate the power duo for all they have brought to the game and the lives they have touched over the years. Regardless of what team one supports or plays for, you can’t fail to tip your hat in respect to Papa and Mama Aredo.
Onto the pitch, the action continues in the fourth edition of the 2019 Roke national sevens series – the campaign has been a two horse contest thus far with Kobs and Pirates embroiled in a tug of war for top spot in the series hierarchy; the two have shared the first three triumphs thus far with Kobs bagging the Rujjumba and Buffaloes sevens while the Pirates were winners of the inaugural Buddu sevens in Masaka.
This week presents another inaugural circuit to which one of the clubs will want to write their name in the history books; Kobs and Pirates might be dominant at the moment but it would be foolish to assume that all is done and dusted for the chasing pack. With five circuits to go, anything can change within two circuits and we could see a race blown wide open.
Buffaloes, Heathens, Mongers, Hippos and the hosts; Warriors will be well aware that now is the time to strike if they still have plans of lifting the National sevens trophy of 2019 which adds more excitement to the Mileke sevens.
As has been the custom in this year’s series, three pools have been the norm with two teams qualifying from each and an extra two outstanding performers completing the 8 that make up the main cup knockout extravaganza.
Pool A consists of the Buffaloes who haven’t hit full element just yet, the lukewarm Mongers, Stallions and Betway Kobs who will be hugely motivated by victory at Kings park a fortnight ago. The win propelled them back to top spot on the overall log and gave them the advantage going into this weekend’s action. Nobert Okeny was a class apart at the Rujumba sevens and in him, the men in blue might have unearthed another gem; scoring 9 tries en-route to victory for the Kampala old Boys.
Pool B pits the hosts against another powerhouse; Pirates tango with the Warriors in what seems like the umpteenth time in the series that these two have clashed. Pirates has gotten the better of the men in purple but the Warriors will want to prove that they are no push over this time round. They are joined in the group by the “just promoted” Impis RFC and Barbarians of Walukuba to complete what will be a tricky group especially in the case of who claims second spot.
Pool C – the third pool presents itself as the most unpredictable of all and regardless of how it goes, there is bound to be a big upset for someone in this group. Four teams that are usually assured of qualification from the group stages, find themselves in an uncomfortable situation of being grouped together meaning there is a team or two that won’t have the best of circuits tomorrow.
Heathens, Rhinos, Rams and Hippos lock horns for two vital positions while aiming to perform better than they have been doing in order to secure a convenient seeding in the knockouts – This is the pundits’ pick of the circuit that promises to bring exhilarating action and interesting match ups early on in the day.
The Mileke circuit marks the half way point of the National sevens series – this circuit holds dire significance as it can make or break a team’s ambitions going forward. A side that doesn’t perform to its expected standard tomorrow will find it hard to pull themselves out of the ditch for the next legs.
The Mileke sevens circuit hosted by Warriors RFC kicks off at 8:00 AM tomorrow at Legends Rugby club.