Etienne Fynn, head of the Sharks Academy (left), announced the recipients of bursaries for next year after the final game of the festival. They are Dale captain and full back Aphelele Fassi, Adam Mounfort (Selborne), Jason Raubenheimer (Selborne) and Siphamandla Matsinya (Dale) with Kearsney headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg. Lindsay Potgieter from Hoerskool Framesby was also awarded a bursary.
A highly successful 10thStandard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival wrapped up with three teams remaining unbeaten at the festival and the announcement of four players who each received bursaries to the Sharks Academy.
Hoërskool Noord-Kaap won the newly presented Standard Bank trophy for the most attractive play at the festival; whilst local team Glenwood, HTS Drostdyfrom Worcester in the Boland and powerhouse Monument from Krugersdorp won all their fixtures over the weekend’s play.
Recipients of the bursaries areSelborneCollege eighth man Adam Mountfort and fullback Jason Raubenheimer, Framesbyfullback Lindsay Potgieter and Dale College centreSiphamandlaMatsinya. They will be joined by Dale captain ApheleleFassi who won a bursary last year but was unable to take it up until 2018 as he was then in Grade 11. This includes a contract with the Academy, accommodation and a tuition bursary with one of its education partners, valued at over R100 000 each.
In announcing the awards Etienne Fynn, managing director of the Academy, said a great mix of schools from across the country had produced some excellent rugby at the festival.
“The competition out there increases each year, so it’s a reflection on the standard of this festival that many of the schools keep returning,” he said.
“Noord-Kaap brought an outstanding brand of rugby, Monument was abrasive and direct, Glenwood rugby is smooth and well oiled, Dale came with their usual verve and Framesby showed great character.”