Kampuchea Balopp, a Phnom Penh-based youth development through sport organisation and coordinators of the annual Cambodia 10’s rugby showpiece, celebrated another successful competition as it welcomed 18 teams from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, France, and Australia to contest a host of trophies at the weekend.
Hosted at Northbridge International School, the Men’s tourney consisted of pool games on the Saturday afternoon with the finals being held on the Sunday. The Old Boys played their pool games and finals on the Saturday, and likewise the Women’s tournament.
In the Men’s Cup, Shoalhaven Rugby Club beat the Mighty Geckos 33-0 in their final. The team from Shoalhaven, which sits about two hours south of Sydney, had just come out of their domestic league and decided to do their first overseas rugby tour.
Bangkok Banger Belles were crowned victors of the Women’s Cup with the win coming courtesy of a defeat of Lady Geckos from Saigon 12-5.
The winners of the Old Boys Cup were Singaporean outfit Gotham who handed a 24-0 defeat to Dirty Geckos from Saigon in their final. They also won the cup last year.
The three local participants also fared very well. The Men’s Shining Rahus won the Bowl handing a defeat to the Garudas by 36-7– a team made up formerly of PSE.
In the Women’s competition, the Sparkly Rahus – champions of 2017 – teamed up with the Bangkok Southerner girls to form the SouthRahuners. They won the Plate in a very close final against the Garuda Girls (from PSE) by 20-19.
All referees were volunteers with Head Referee Bruce Burchill, and Referee Ian Coltman, both celebrating 10 years of refereeing at this tournament. The new CFO of Northbridge, Stephen Oliver, also refereed his first Cambodian 10’s. Newly installed president, Ms. Intan Kosem handed out trophies out to the winning teams on Sunday.
The event sought to highlight the work being done in Cambodia with youth development through sport.
KB works with over 900 disadvantaged and disabled children. Through 16 partner organisations it offers sports training to children and as well as the physical attributes and motor skills that the sports training builds, providing the children with nutritional information, social integration skills, values of mutual respect, team work, sportsmanship, a sense of responsibility, gender equality and confidence, among other important values.