The Shining Rahus men’s team, reigning Cambodian Tens and Indochine Cup champs, were drawn against Alabang Eagles, Wynnum Bugs and Gull RFC in Pool C. They lost narrowly to Alabang Eagles 5-0 and a strong Wynnum Bugs team 22-0 before a 14-0 win over the Gulls.

They had a disappointing 5-0 loss to the Bangkok Japanese in the Jug Quarterfinals before a much better display with a win over Yangon Dragons in the Tankard Semifinal (24-5).

The final was a closely fought affair, but a resilient defense against the Calgary Cowboys ensured some pride for the team as 7-0 winners.

The ladies team, placed in Group B alongside Taipei Baboons, KL Tigers and Saigon Lady Geckos, gave a courageous performance against the odds. Hobbled by low numbers in the squad, the group lost to to Taipei and KL Tigers before a great win over Saigon Lady Geckos. The knock-outs produced the Ladies’ game of their tournament with a 15-5 win over Southerners Ladies in the Bowl semifinal before a heartbreaking last move of the game loss to Saigon Lady Geckos 10-5.

As one of the biggest tournaments in the region, the experience is key to helping young players to gain vital game time in a competitive sporting environment.

The Creaking Rahus Vets grabbed confidence-boosting pool game wins against regional rivals Bangkok Bangers and the FABS although they endured a crushing defeat to the CSP. They finished with a Bowl Semifinal to Zarle Queens and a forfeit to lose the Shield final due to injuries and dwindling numbers.

By Ismail Vorajee - Khmer Times - March 1st, 2017