It’s been a busy week at the WPRFU as the 2015 Club Rugby season is almost upon us.
There were a host of club rugby friendlies played over the weekend. This weekend the action continues as there are a host of mouthwatering encounters.
The Helderberg Extreme Sevens was played over the weekend with Maties ending up as the overall winners – taking home the R50 000 prize. It was a great spectacle played at the picturesque Charles Morkel Stadium as clubs from all around the Western Cape came out to compete for the grand prize.
The third round of the Community Challenge was played over the weekend and there were some good results for the WP Clubs.
Tournament favorites False Bay traveled to Saldanha and came away with a narrow 18-7 result. False Bay had been imperious in the tournament up until then but had to work hard for their victory.
Belhar kept up their 100% record as they beat Never Despair 33-28 in Malmesbury. Belhar are hot on the heels of False Bay and are on course for a semifinal spot after another impressive win.
Primrose had a resounding 41-17 win over Vredenburg and are looking a different team than the one who began the competition. SK Walmers and the Paarl Regional team lost their games 27–22 and 25-23 to Roses and Hawston, respectively, and it’s back to the drawing board for both clubs as they aim to grab a semifinal spot.
Last week also saw the DHL Western Province Vodacom Cup team take on Sir Lowrians and the Paarl Region. This was a great initiative as it’s not every day a club rugby team is pitted against a professional outfit. The Vodacom team ended up beating Sir Lowrians 46-3 and the Paarl Region 36-17. Both games were significant as on the WP teamsheet were several club rugby players.
The WPRFU have also been busy on the Women’s Rugby front as dates have been finalised for both the fixtures and the start of the season. The fixtures will be finalized by March 25, while the season begins on April 11. On March 14 there will be an U16 and U18 Sevens tournament at City Park. This will be followed by an U19 and senior tournament on the 21st.
There is also a Boksmart Course happening this Saturday at HTS Bellville. The course runs from 08h00 to 11h00.
On the HUBS Development front, the WPRFU representatives have been having meetings with all the HUBS Schools’ principals over the last few weeks and all schools are on board for the 2015 season. To add to this, injured DHL Stormers players will be visiting the HUBS Schools to talk to the kids, run skills sessions, and create excitement around the program.
There is also a recruitment drive in place to send another local coach over to Norway to continue the HUBS program there. Last year, Masibulele Bakoyi and Zandile Maqhosha were chosen to attend the exchange program in Norway where they coached at local schools as well as played rugby for local clubs in Bergen and Oslo, respectively.
The two young coaches have benefited tremendously from the experience and have been in constant contact with the WPRFU with regards to their progress and the growth of the program.
Once formalised, the HUBS exchange program will see coaches from Norway come to the Western Cape and begin coaching with local schools and clubs and vice versa.
By: Danny Jones WPRFU