Bulawayo’s United College of Education (UCE) successfully defended its C.A Grant handball tournament title, upstaging four other teams in a competition held this weekend.

There were thrills and spills in the annual C.A Grant tournament with UCE asserting their dominance by retaining the handball title after beating Hillside Teachers College 23-6 in the final.

National University of Science and Technology (NUST) were champions in the men’s section after a close 12-11 victory gave them victory over Bulawayo Polytechnic College.

Tournament organiser Brian Rukasha said the sport of handball is steadily gaining traction as evidenced by such tournaments.

“As organisers, we are happy with the improvement of the teams and also the fact that we had more teams participating as compared to last year it shows that the sport is growing.

“We also getting sponsorship from many companies which is proof that handball is now being recognised,” said Rukasha.

Participating players said they were excited to be part of the tournament as it gave them an opportunity to sharpen their skills.

“We are happy to be participating in this tournament. l am happy because my team is winning and we are getting the trophy,” said one of the UCE players.

The winners walked away with a kit, trophy, and medals. individual awards were also given to players who played exceptionally.

The top goal scorer in the female category was Alice Kamjula from UCE and the in the men section it was Tsikai from Polytechnic College.

Best goalkeeper in the female section was Tsitsi Bungu from UCE and Nhlanhla Mbele in the men’s section.

Best coaches in the tournament were Prince Gwandira and Brian Rukusha.