BU Ryders Rugby Club Shines at the PTIA Games
The Botho University Ryders brought home the gold during the first Private Tertiary Institution Association (PTIA) Games, hosted by Botho University on 28-30 October 2016 at Wharic Park Stadium.
BU Ryders beat Maun Technical College 28-12 in the 29 October finals. Maun Technical College made it to the finals despite having just established its team, and the game proved a formidable one. Ryders maintained their composure, dominating both halves of the game, and the rookies of the team proved their mettle on the field in defense and through scoring tries.
That wasn’t the only victory for Botho University, as the University’s table tennis team was named overall winner for the 2016 PTIA games.
BU Ryders are part of the national 15’s league, comprised of teams that have shown their ability to win the league over the past several years. Although BU Ryders have yet to beat rugby giants like UB Rhinos and Hogs, the opposition has commended Ryders on their courage and keenness.
During last year’s season BU Ryders competed for the Presidents Cup against the best of the bottom teams in the league. Their win against BAC North guaranteed that they took home the cup.
They also managed to bag a sponsorship deal from My Spar Botswana, Knight Frank, Simikit and FNB Botswana Foundation during a launch on 22nd July 2016 at the Gaborone Campus. The boon came after the BU Ryders struggled to secure sponsorship and, as a result, lost players to other teams. My Spar Botswana provided the team with a new kit, ensuring that BU Ryders are now fully equipped to take on the competition.