The international Cambodia 10’s rugby tournament played out over the weekend, with organisers and local grassroots rugby organisation Kampuchea Balopp hailing it a “huge success”.
Teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand took on domestic teams in veteran and men’s clashes and there were also showcases of youth, women’s and touch rugby at the Navy field on Chhroy Changvar peninsular.
The Cup final of the senior men’s section on Sunday saw the Bangkok Southerners of Thailand pitted against Australia’s Bush Turkeyz. The two combative teams shrugged off dwindling squad numbers and the Cambodian heat to produce a close game throughout, with only a penalty kick by the Southerners proving the difference in a 18-15 victory.
The Southerners had earlier edged hosts Kampuchea Barbarians 21-19 in the semi-finals, while the Turkeyz dispatched another Thai outfit, the Old Bangkok Bangers, 17-5 to advance to the final.
The second-tier Plate trophy was clinched by the Hanoi Dragons after a 10-5 win over FAB, who are made up of French and Southeast Asian players, in the final.
The Dragons had thumped local side Stade Khmer 24-12 in the semis while FAB had their opponents Bedok Kings of Singapore forfeit their match 10-0.
The third-tier competition, the Bowl, was captured by Singaporean squad the Tanglin Thunderbirds as they overcame hometown hopefuls the Garudas 17-12. The Thunderbirds stormed past compatriots INSEAD 35-7 in the semis, as Garudas beat fellow Cambodians The Undesirables 12-10.
In Saturday’s all-Australian Cup final of the Old Boys event, the South Darwin Grey Hares bounded to Cup final glory over the Box Hill Unquenchables 12-7.
The Old Boys Plate final was won by FAB after the Kowloon Beavers Vets forfeited the fixture.
Earlier in the day, a youth exhibition match ended 5-5 between Taramana and PSE and a women’s rugby sevens game saw PSE beat Soksabay 10-0.
“With a BBQ and trophy ceremony taking place at the end of the games at the field [on Sunday], the teams, organisers, sponsors fans, referees and assistants, ball boys and staff all got to congratulate each other and bid farewell until 2015. But the feeling was one of a resounding success,” Kampuchea Balopp communications manager Steve Noble stated in a press release.