It is always with great excitement that I follow a school who really try to develop their rugby and compete against the Big Boys in town. Unfortunately we also have had our fair share of "failures" as this rejuvenation is either due to involved parents or by the appointment of a teacher with go. And this is where the problem lies, the parents will eventually move on with the star group and the teacher will either be grabbed by one of the Big Boys or the school's funding will dry up. Fortunately we have success stories too and names like Garsfontein and Stellenberg immediately comes to mind.
Late 2014 Parel Vallei appointed ex rugby player Thinus Pienaar who represented the Blue Bulls at junior level U/19 & U/21, (1994 – 1996) at flyhalf, and played at 10 for both the Teachers Training College and University of Pretoria (TUKS) in the Carlton League from 1994 – 1999. He also represented the then Eastern Transvaal at U/23 level. He spent time playing in Scotland for Galashiels RFC a premier first division club. He also represented The Gentleman of Aspen RFC, USA for a summer season (1999 – 2000). With all that experience he hit the SBR rugby scene with a lot of noise and we all said let us wait and see, and boy is he producing.
He is the first one to admit he is not able to achieve anything without a willing and able group of coaches who are :.
u/14 – Beau Schoeman (Junior Springboks/Gazelles/Boland)
u/15 – Hugo Cloete - 2nd year head coach (OKP/Helderberg/Boland)
u/16 – Adrian de Guisti - 2nd year head coach (Lions/Maties/Waterkloof)
u/19 – Stefan Kruger - 2nd Year head coach (Daunsty RFC/Stellenberg)
He realised that with a strong and talented senior group (u/16 & u/19) it is important that they are managed correctly. Thus key coaches covering specialist areas have already been involved, cross coaching teams towards a united brand. He recently unveiled a “6 Point Game Plan” to be implemented in 2016 throughout Parel Vallei rugby. It is a coaching blueprint/foundation to
be built upon by input from all role-players involved. It can be defined as a broad based coaching guideline that focuses on a structured game plan promoting uniformity and continuity throughout PV rugby. It is based on coaching positional and territorial intelligence, not so much defining a brand of rugby Parel Vallei High School is going to play, but a structure that will allow them to play conventional, winning rugby within their positional and physical limitations.
But as we say show me the results or shut up.
Parel Vallei's rugby season started on a high note with exceptional results achieved on tour. The last 15 months of hard work is slowly showing results. Their first XV attended the Southern Cape Sports Tours Week with 20 schools attending. They came back winning all three games.During the tour week five boys was chosen for a touring group to visit Nieu Zeeland later this year.
(Vlnr: Sheldon Janse van Rensburg, Willem Smit, Jason Oliemans, Emile Booyens en Ginio Meiring)
Boland Landbou Rugbydag: Won both games
SCST Week, Outeniqua Park Stadium
Parel Vallei 1st XV 29 - St Charles College, KZN 15
SWD Akademie 10 - Parel Vallei 1st XV 31
Parel Vallei 1st XV 28 - George HS 3
Parel Vallei High Rugby vs Milnerton High (away):
U/14A Win 34 - 7
U/14B Win 39 - 5
U/15A Win 10 - 5
U/16A Lose 12 -30
U/19B Win 28 - 5
U/19A Win 49 - 5
Parel Vallei High Rugby vs DF Malan High (away):
U/14A Win 12 - 6
U/14B Draw 17 -17
U/15B Lose 22 - 26
U/15A Lose 12 - 24
U/16A Lose 0 - 50
U/19B Lose 12 - 21
U/19A Lose 10 – 14
The pride of the school at the moment is their Baby Bulldogs, winning 2 from 3 on the recent KWAGGA Week tour.
19 March: Parel Vallei High School 39 - Oudshoorn 5
21 March: Jeugland 15 - Parel Vallei 0
23 March: Parel Vallei 34 - Centurion 19
Now marching on with 5 from 6 outings taking down their first Premier B school, DF Malan the weekend past! Currently their highest ranked rugby team in the school on SA School Sports Rankings at number 36! (DF Malan scalp not included)
Watch this space...AND WATCH WE WILL MR PIENAAR