On the 1st and 2nd of February 2013 the Castle Cape Town Tens hosted its 5th year anniversary at Hamilton’s Rugby Club and celebrated with a fun-filled weekend of rugby, entertainment, live music and a party like no other.
The annual event has fast become the largest Tens tournament in the Southern Hemisphere having grown from 20 rugby teams and 2 playing fields in its first year to an impressive 78 teams and 5 fields in 2013. It has also become a huge attraction for rugby players across the globe with 70% of teams travelling from outside the Western Cape to participate and 5% from abroad.
The weekend was action-packed, to say the least, from the moment the first whistle went off with 208 games taking place in 48 hours, 2000 rugby players and 85 referees facilitating games. With team spirits high, players took to the fields in an assortment of weird and wonderful team outfits as they battled for first prize in their divisions.
Cape Town Tens sees thousands of visitors through its door each year. The success of the tournament is that it offers the unique opportunity to mix rugby, activities for the family, socialising, live music and of course a great party all in one venue. Set against the incredible backdrop of the Greenpoint Stadium and the breathtaking Table Mountain it has something for everyone. From kiddies play areas, a great variety of food such as Spur, Knead, Food Lovers and Salushi to drinks in the Castle Beer Tent, an incredible music line up and a massive party in the evening!
This year saw some of SA top bands take to the stage including rock band aKING and electro swing group Goodluck. Other incredible music acts included Me & Mr Brown, Albert Frost, Lonesome Dave, SADC and DJ Sox who kept players and spectators partying all night. With the assortment of live music, wacky outfits, fines meetings and prize giving there was just as much activity and excitement off the rugby field as there was on!
For those who wished to enjoy Tens in a more relaxed environment, the Itec Group’s VIP area offered a chance to do so whilst rubbing shoulders with local and international Rugby Legends such as Colin Charvis, Josh Lewesy, Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck. Guests were treated to snacks and refreshments including a wine tasting whilst enjoying the rugby action from the sideline.
“The response has been overwhelming this year”, said Bob Skinstad, co-founder of Tens. “From all the teams that have travelled from afar to participate to the sponsors and brands who have come on board. We are excited to see that the tournament is cementing itself as a household name on Cape Town’s social and sporting calendars and we cannot wait for what’s in store for 2014.”
For final results from 2013 or more information visit www.capetowntens.com