|Amanda Kwaza, MSSA President, giving the opening address at the longest running esports championship in South Africa.|
As usual, the school was a superb host, and the championships ran smoothly and without a hitch.
At 35 continuous years, MSSA's SA National Championships is breaking records. However, not all the various disciplines have been played for the full 35 years. Wargames heads the bill at having been played at all 35 National Championships, with Board games (in the form of Morabaraba) having been included in 1996. Shortly thereafter, in 1997, checkers made its debut. It was only in 2005, even though MSSA had been running Provincial Esports events since 1998, that Esports made its way into the SA National Championships.
Despite the pedigree of the other disciplines, it is now esports that contributes the largest amount of participants, and has more games (periods) being hosted than any othe discipline.
Even with Esports only having been represented at MSSA's SA National Championships, it makes the esports portion the oldest running esports in the country, if not the world!
Eleven (11) games (periods) were played, of which one (1) was a wargame, three (3) were board games and the remaning eight (8) were esports titles.
It must also be stressed that only titles that are played at SA National Championships, qualify to have teams selected that will earn Protea Colours. There are exceptions to the rule, but they are exceptions...
The championship was hard fought, and the standard exhibited showed a marked improvement over previous years.
The full list of winners is as follows: