The BDCE Campus Cup is heating up as we move into the quarterfinals this week. South Africa's first virtual schools' rugby competition has seen unprecedented numbers of voters and views on social media.
There are only eight schools left in the competition with a chance to walk away with the big prize which includes R15 000 in cash, R8 000 of supplements from USN, R3 500 of strapping by StrapFIT as well as a full set of playing jersey sponsored by Canterbury SA. Our cash prizes are sponsored by our title sponsors, BDCE, and DigiCampus.
Also a big thanks to the team at DigiTV who shoots our show each week from their studios in Centurion. Remember you can vote twice (once on each platform - Instagram and Facebook). We have made a video on how to vote on Facebook and how to get to the voting post on the stories. Voting opens at 10:00 on Thursday, 3 September 2020, and is only open for 24 hours after the fact.
In this week's first quarterfinal it will be Hoërskool Punt (a DigiTV school) taking on Zwartkop of Centurion. Punt already bagged the R5 000 cash prize that was up for grabs for the second-tier school who progressed the furthest during the competition.
Punt has come a long way in the competition as they defeated Hoërskool Koffiefontein (Round 1), Diamantveld (Round 2), Hoërskool Alberton (Round 3), Waterkloof (Round 4), and Nico Malan (Round 5) to book their place in the last eight. Zwartkop knocked HTS Tom Naudé (Round 1), Delmas (Round 2), Uitenhage HS (Round 3), Hoërskool Bellville (Round 4), and Hoogenhout of Bethal (Round 5) out of the competition to move into the latest round.
In the second quarterfinal, it will be old foes Montana of Pretoria against Marais Viljoen from Alberton. Montana has beaten Queen's College (Round 1), Jan Viljoen (Round 2), Die Anker (Round 3), De Aar (Round 4), and Tygerberg (Round 5) so far in the competition. Marais Viljoen has left HTS Witbank, Hoërskool Tuine, Marlow Landbou of Cradock, Welkom Gimnasium and Eldoraigne in their wake.
In the third quarterfinal, we have a much-anticipated clash between HTS Drostdy of Worcester and Helpmekaar-kollege from Johannesburg. The Donkies from Worcester kicked Landboudal from Jacobsdal, Vredenburg, Hoërskool Driehoek, Hugenote of Springs and Hoërskool Klerksdorp out of the competition, while Helpmekaar helped Fichardtpark, Oosterlig, AHS Kroonstad, Heidelberg Volkskool and Ellisras on their way home.
In the last quarterfinal, we will see Secunda taking on Hans Strijdom of Naboomspruit. Secunda knocked Jeppe High School for Boys', Bergsig Academy, Centurion, Hoërskool Nelspruit, and Voortrekker from Bethlehem out of the competition. Hans Strijdom also worked hard for their spot in this week's knockout stage by defeating Lichtenburg, Piketberg, Fochville, Pretoria-Noord and Pionier along the way.
The first champion of the BDCE Campus Cup will receive a lucrative prize in R15 000 in cash and also a USN hamper worth R8 000. The losing finalists will also receive a cash prize of R10 000, while there is also something in it for the smaller schools that take part in the competition. The so-called second-tier school that progresses the furthest in the competition will also win R5 000 in cash.
Besides our title sponsors BDCE and DigiCampus - we also welcomed StrapFIT on board as a sponsor adding another R6 000 worth of strapping to the prizes. This week we also welcome Canterbury SA to the sponsors. Canterbury decided that they will provide the champions of the BDCE Campus Cup with a set of jerseys.
Our title sponsor, BDCE (Business Development Centre of Excellence), provides SETA Accredited Learnerships, Accredited Training, Skills Development, Non-Accredited Training, and Short Courses for businesses. Please have a look at what they offer by clicking on their banner or highlighted name in the paragraph.
The competition is a knock-out tournament like the FA Cup (in English soccer) or the former Lion Cup (SA Rugby competition). The winner of each match/tie is determined by who gets the most votes in the match-up.
Show support to your school or community by voting them to the next round. The competition will take nine-week in total and your school will need your support for eight of the week if they are going to be crowned the first virtual champions of South Africa.
DigiCampus is also one of our sponsors that made this unique competition possible. They provide online video lessons of the CAPS curriculum from Grade R to 12 for all subjects. If you have a child in school during these uncertain times - they provide an excellent free service in helping schoolchildren with an extra resource to better their grades.
For more information about the competition visit our website www.schoolofrugby.co.za or download the School of Rugby app on the Google Playstore. If you are an iPhone user you could also download the app by going to app.schoolofrugby.co.za and clicking on the home button in the right bottom corner and select install application on the device.
The Fixtures for Round 6 of the BDCE Campus Cup are:
Hoërskool Punt vs Zwartkop
Marais Viljoen vs Montana
HTS Drostdy vs Helpmekaar
Secunda vs Hans Strijdom