The 2015 Western Province Club Rugby season began over the weekend and there were several standout results. We saw some surprising upsets as clubs showed the value of hard work over the pre-season.
By: Danny Jones
We must commend the clubs who submitted their results and relevant game stats on the ScrumIt system. We have worked hard to make sure that the ScrumIt system is user-friendly and with the added addition of the Custom-Cut gazebos and laptops, there is no reason not to submit your results in on time.
Congratulations must go to Rodger Smith after it was announced that he would be heading up the Western Province Youth Training Centre, the new SARU initiative to grow the base of women’s players in the country and to groom the players from a young age for the demands of rugby through training sessions, conditioning and nutritional programs, and scheduled matches to expose them to competition regularly. We wish him the very best of luck in this new role.
In HUBS news, the Schools Rugby season begins this weekend and the HUBS schools will be competing in their league. With this in mind, the WPRFU have compiled a full fixture booklet which will be circulated around all the HUBS Schools this week.
In other schools news, this Saturday will see the U13 Rugby Day take place at Parklands College High School. 38 schools are attending and the action runs from 09h00 to 13h30.
The WPRFU rolled out its ‘Toward 2020’ vision statement which aims to make the Union a High Performance Organization by the year 2020. The Sub-Committee in charge of implementing this vision is the Strategic Management and Advisory Committee (SMAC). It is headed by EXCO member Spencer King.
On Tuesday SMAC met at DHL Newlands to further streamline the different sub committees that were formed to commence formulating firm recommendations to EXCO in going forward. The feedback was unbelievably positive and the general consensus was that these are exciting time for the WPRFU going forward.
In referee’s news, last week saw the schoolboy referees’ camp take place at Jan Kriel High School. This weekend there is a Level 1 Course at HTS Bellville, which will run from 08h00 to 15h00.
There is a bumper rugby weekend coming up. This Saturday the DHL WP Vodacom Cup team takes on Border at City Park. John Dobson’s side has started the season in brilliant fashion and will look to continue their great form going into this one.
The DHL Stormers take on the Western Force on Saturday in their final match of a tough Australasian tour. The team had a fantastic result against the Waratahs and will carry that momentum into this weekend’s encounter. The game kicks-off at 13h45 (SA time). Good luck to Allister and the boys… bring home some more points before you return to DHL Newlands next weekend.
Club-wise, there is a full schedule this weekend with many not-to-be-missed encounters. As always, you can find a full list of results, logs and fixtures on the WP Club Rugby website.