In our first feature of Sir Lowrians RFC we introduced you to the who’s who of the club and where to find them – in our second instalment we get to know just what makes this club and its members tick – and how rugby unites a community and cultures.
After two consecutive 2nd place finishes Sir Lowrians will once again be eyeing promotion in the Premier B league of WPRFU. The NAVY TRAIN, as the team is affectionately known as, have their sights set on the title and they are in pole position after completion of the first round.
Macassar RFC are currently the other contenders for league honours, Sir Lowrians narrowly lost an extremely controversial encounter at Macassar earlier this season (in front of more than 2,800 spectators). The return fixture at Sir Lowry Park on 25 August seems to be the billed as the title decider. Sir Lowrians will want to set the records straight and proof that they have what it takes to steamroll Macassar.
A new ruling will be taking effect this year with two teams being promoted and relegated in each league. The season is definitely going to get more exciting and there might be a few more shocks on the cards as nothing can be taken for granted and no games can be seen as easy fixtures with teams fighting for promotion or trying to stay away from the relegation zone.
Sir Lowrians traditionally have had a big pack of forwards and are strong scrumming team. With the addition of former Springbok Quinton Davids as head coach in 2011 the line out has become an effective and lethal attacking base to launce the famous NAVY TRAIN driving maul. Wayne Julies as backline coach has provided the technical expertise to the backs and these former Boks are developing the talent the club has. Earl Rose has also joined the NAVY TRAIN this season and his experience has been invaluable; the knowledge he has transferred to youngsters like utility back Tervin Britz has been of immense value. Tervin’s game has grown from strength to strength and at 73kg he has proven that dynamite indeed comes in small packages.
The first team is not the only priority as the 2nd and U20 teams are also doing well, and are currently in first place in the respective leagues. The 3rd team is not just making up the numbers and are very competitive, currently placed 2rd. More focus is being shifted to youth development to keep the NAVY TRAIN in tip top shape in the future.
Although the club has been attacking talented individuals the infrastructure still lags behind to that of other clubs in the Helderberg region. The clubhouse and stands for spectators are in need of a complete revamp and the playing surface is not in perfect condition. But the hard word of the MANCO and loyal supporters & players will be rewarded in due course.
Sir Lowrians is not just a rugby club, we believe in giving back to the community. Some of the annual initiatives is a sports day with a local crèche, Simbamba, from Sir Lowry’s Pass, a day at a Currie Cup game at Newlands for kids of Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary School and free entrance and refreshments to pensioners at least twice a year.
The second week of May was period extremes for the community of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. From the angry mass protest action due to poor service delivery to the sheer joy and excitement of rugby that unites a community. CRAI from Argentina visited Sir Lowrians RFC in what was a historic first ever evening game at Fortress Sir Lowry Park. The final score of 31 – 19 to Sir Lowrians, did not matter as rugby was the winner, uniting a community and letting them forget about the hardships outside Sir Lowry Park. The club is now on the quest for sponsors for new club attire as the players, fans & management exchanged everything from jerseys, tracksuits, shirts & shorts. This is how sport unites two different cultures!
The CRAI players and management were treated to a true South African braai feast after the game, with one player saying: “This is what South Africa tastes like, muchas gracias!”
John Brits, president of Sir Lowrians, hailed the day as one of the most historic for the club and community of Sir Lowry’s Pass. This is the beginning of great things!
Supporters, players and rugby lovers are once again reminded of the ongoing campaign. Prizes up for grabs include match tickets to the remaining Super15 home fixtures of the Stormers, WP Currie Cup games and the Springboks vs Argentina Test match on 18 August. The next game at Newlands takes place on 14 July (vs Rebels).
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RW Note: We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Rustin and the people of Sir Lowrians who epitomizes the essence of club rugby and what it means to not only the game of union but also the communities it is played in.
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