Kudu RC thanks sponsors

WALVIS BAY Supporters are keeping rugby alive at the coast.

17 December 2018 | Sports

Allister Carolissen; Kudu Chairman; We solely relied on funds generated from fundraising events and the support received from businesses to continue growing rugby at the coast.

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Otis Finck - Kudu Rugby Club (KRC) recently paid tribute to companies and individuals who supported and continues to support the club with financial contributions and in kind.

The chairman of the club, Allister Carolissen, thanked all sponsors and handed out tokens of appreciation to those who enabled the club to continue playing the game in 2018.

Carolissen said Logistics Support Services was the biggest sponsor and contributed a significant amount towards the transportation costs of the club.

Woermann Brock Hardware and Mare Fishing donated four sets of jerseys and this aspect appears to be sorted out for the next two seasons. JDK Logistics also indicated they will sponsor 50 jackets to promote uniformity among the players and officials at the club.

He emphasised that it was the fourth year that the club did not receive any travelling assistance from the Namibian Rugby Union (NRU).

“Travelling, accommodation and food expenditures are huge. We solely relied on funds generated from fundraising events and the support received from businesses to continue growing rugby at the coast.”

Carolissen concluded that the club was on track with plans to reach the semi-final stage, to qualify for the finals and to win the Premier League in the foreseeable future.

He said that prop Armando Clacca made his debut in the second team and showed that great things can be expected from him. Lloyd Jacobs and Aurelio Plato also produced steady performances for the Premier League team.

Kudu Rugby Club defeated the two finalists United and Wanderers home and away in the 2018 edition of the Namibian Rugby Union premier league. Wanderers were subsequently crowned champions, while the Kudu premier league team finished 5th and the second team 4th.

The club contested the finals at the Day of the Dolphin and lost to Unam 13-10 in extra time.

KRC also continued its tradition of contributing young talent for the Welwitschias, the U/20 squad and the sevens side, and was thus well represented on national level.

Chrysander Botha and Chad Plato carried the coastal and Kudu flags in the national 15 squad. Aurelio Plato captained the national sevens outfit, supported by Kudu team mates Ngumee Nguaiko, Daniel Bock, Lloyd Jacobs, Carlton Stevens and Chad Plato.

Donald de Koker, vice chairman of Kudu Rugby Club, added that it was a tough year due to the economic situation. He said the team spent nearly N$200 000 on transport, accommodation and meals for players for away matches. N$95 000 was also used to purchase playing kits and warm-up gear.

De Koker explained that gate and kiosk fees generated N$65 000 and N$59 000 respectively.

“The fans came out in force during the seven home games in Narraville and we are greatly in debt to them for their continued support.”

After expenses incurred from stock for the kiosk were deducted, the club made a profit of N$36 000. A raffle with N$15 000 in prize-money generated an additional N$26 000.

A golf day hosted by the club was also a huge success and generated N$50 000 towards its coffers. Plans are that this will become an annual event and the number of participating teams increased from 15 to 30.

“The club made a total profit of N$72 000 for the year and this shows that Kudu Rugby Club is not only dependable on sponsors.”

Zane Jansen, representing Omahooli Solutions, said the company was proud to be associated with the club and the progress of the teams.

“We are definitely on board for the upcoming season. The fact that Kudu has players in the National Sevens side and at U/20 level shows that things are being done correctly. There is, however, still room for improvement.”

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