Prince Edward was turned into a trade fair of diverse sporting activities over the weekend as top sportsmen and women from various schools converged for the 2017 Bob 93 Games which ended last Sunday.
The pupils engaged in football, netball, handball, basketball, rugby plus chess and all teams fielded their best sides cheered by busloads of supporters and also watched by their senior teachers some of them school heads.
Hosts PES, their sister school Girls High, and their respective next-door neighbours Allan Wilson and Queen Elizabeth headlined the participants that also involved Churchill Boys High, Marlborough High (boys and girls), Ellis Robins and Mabelreign Girls High.
Other schools in attendance were Kutama College, Mabvuku High, Tafara High with Goromonzi being the furthest travellers bringing along their famed girls’ basketball team that recently returned from a successful tour of South Africa.
Miriam Chikukwa, the resident provincial minister for Harare Metropolitan officially opened the proceedings in front of a packed crowd at the PE Gymnasium. National Association of School Heads representatives were also present at the ceremony.
Referees and umpires from the national bodies officiated in all matches underlining the growth of the annual activities that are dedicated to celebrate the birthday of Zimbabwe’s iconic leader
President Robert Mugabe.
PE claimed the boys basketball and chess titles to emerge the co-biggest winners of the games alongside their sisters GHS who made the short walk back to their nearby premises armed with the girls’ basketball and rugby gongs.
PE did not compete in rugby and soccer, vacating the podium for Kutama College and Churchill Boys High respectively. GHS also ducked chess whose girls’ final was won by Goromonzi.
Tendai “T-Buns” Zhakata, founder and director of the Bob anniversary games, expressed satisfaction with the turnout of both competitors and spectators.
“This has been the biggest edition since we started out with only four schools eight years ago. We also had the seniors category and this year it was only for the premier basketball teams and I would like to thank everyone who took part,” he said.
Zhakata said the award presentation ceremony will take place at a local hotel on Thursday, coinciding with the official send-off ceremony for the basketball select team poised to travel for some matches in Germany next month.
The select was picked from the basketball action in the Bob 93 Games.