Stilbaai Touchies is South Africa's largest and most prestigious Touch Rugby event. The tournament dates back to 1978 when a group of holiday makers in the small coastal town got together to formalise all the social games that used to take place into a one off tournament.
The early organising committee was made up entirely of these holiday makers and led by the likes of Dawie and Jackie Snyman, Theo Kleinhans, Tokkie Van de Merwe, Nico de Boer, Dirk and Petru Hanekom, Hennie Bosshof and Matt Louw (the father of former Springbok Rob Louw).
The first tournament was held between Stilbaai East and Stilbaai West and the Snymans (of the West), who could call on all of their provincial skills and experience would dominate the results for the early years.
The following few years saw Stilbaai Touchies grow in stature and a third region (Jongensfontein) joined in to what was now becoming an annual event. What followed was beyond what any of the organisers could have imagined as word spread and more and more people began to hear of the event.
The first teams were formed from the 3 regions but it soon became too big with teams coming in their droves. (The record number of teams was reached in 1996 with 108.)
Provincial and National players who holidayed in the area and often stretched their legs provided the growing crowds huge excitement. Players such as Theuns Stoffberg, Rob Louw, Bertie de Wet, Dawie Snyman and Danie Gerber regularly took part.
And so the legend of Stilbaai Touchies was born!
The next few years saw an influx of teams coming from all parts of the country. Made up of Social groups of Touch players and more regular players from afar a field as Clifton Beach and Stellenbosch and Pretoria Universities, the standard of touch improved and it wasn't long before things became very competitive.
Event Courtesy Of www.beachtour.touchrugby.co.za
|Stilbaai Touch Rugby
|Start Date:||26 December, 2019|
|End Date:||26 December, 2019|