Tonver Games’ 2018 finals end successfully

THE 24th annual Tonver Games’ final took place in Tongaat over the past weekend with the codes of netball, volleyball, table tennis and chess taking place at the Outspan grounds and the indoor sports complex, while soccer took place at various stadiums from Sheik Mohideen to Buffelsdale.

The games started with homage being paid to Tonver stalwart T.B. Pillay, who died a few weeks ago.

Tonver president Guru Ramcharan informed all participants that Pillay had been part of the Tonver Games from the first year, 24 years ago.

Last Friday, the finalists battled against each other in the round-robin stages to qualify for the finals which took place on the Saturday.

Nkosibomvu Secondary School continued their dominance in soccer in the high schools categories, winning both the U15 and U17 divisions, edging out Tongaat Secondary and Fairbreeze Secondary, respectively, to take top honours.

In the primary school categories, Uthongathi won the U11 division, while Victoria Primary School won the U13 division.

In netball, Nkosibomvu Secondary and Fairbreeze shared the spoils in the high schools, winning the U17 and U15 divisions, respectively.

It was Waterloo Primary School who came out tops in the U11 division, while Victoria also took top honours in the U13 division.

The code of volleyball in the high schools categories was dominated by Seatides Combined and Belverton Secondary, with Seatides taking top honours away from Belverton in the girls U15 and U17 sections, while Belverton returned the favour in the boys U15 and U17 sections.

Lotusville trounced Mitchford to clinch the U13 girls division, while the Mitchford boys overcame Trubel to take top honours in the U13 boys section.

The code of table tennis saw Dawncrest take the U11 girls title, while Seatides clinched the U13 division and Mountview dominated both the U15 and U17 girls divisions.

In the boys sections, Mitchford won the U11 division while Seatides took top honours in the U13, U15 and U17 divisions.

The chess saw Dianthus Primary School dominate the primary schools while Verulam Secondary ran out the winners in the high schools categories.

At the closing ceremony, held at the Outspan grounds on the Saturday afternoon, Ramcharan commended the efforts of every teacher from the Tonver zone who were instrumental in ensuring that the Tonver Games have continued for an astounding 24 years without any break, although there are challenges of no sponsors and resources.

Ramcharan also thanked principals and the Superintendant of Education Management (SEM) for their support of the games. He expressed the hope that the 25th anniversary games will see a grand celebration.

At the presentation ceremony, Billy Nair circuit manager, S.A. Chetty, echoed the sentiments of Ramcharan and poured generous praise upon the many teachers, principals and parents who worked tirelessly to ensure yet another successful Tonver Games’ final. Chetty also commended the efforts of the pupils who have chosen a healthy lifestyle by taking part in sports. He expressed his delight that the Tonver Games will celebrate 25 years next year. -Supplied