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|13-Apr-17||Helpmekaar||0||-||0||St John's (Harare)||St Johns|
|15-Apr-17||Paul Roos||0||-||0||Helpmekaar||St Johns|
Helpies moved up the rankings in the past 3 years, from 42 to 36 to 8. The expectations on the 2017 1XV will be high, but Helpies will be confident in the experienced grade 11 boys that will take the reigns next year whilst the depth of the squad, their absence in Beeld Macro Competition and their absence at at the Wildeklawer festival will make for some talking points. I expect some teams like Jeppe and Monnas to steer well clear of the 2017 Helpies 1XV team and schools like Affies and Garsies will come with a tremendous onslaught against them. Provincial selection is expected to raise a couple of very contentious issues next year if the status quo prevails in the Golden Lions region. Helpies are expected to field competitive sides in all four age groups next year, but the seniors and u16 should be worth a watch.
Everybody is talking about Helpmekaar's Dream team for 2017. If we take into account their achievements since grade 8 it certainly seems like a dream team. This is this age group's achievements over the years.
2013 as u/14 played 20, win 17, lost 2 and 1 draw. Ranked 14 in the country. Beeld Big Schools champions.
2014 as u/15 played 19, win 18 and lost 1. Ranked 3 in the country. Beeld Big Schools champions.
2015 as u/16 played and won 18, Ranked no 2 in the country. Beeld Big Schools champions.
Golden Lions Grant Khomo team : Dameon Venter, Mark Snyman, David Cary, Ignis Meyer, Chris Pietersen
Golden Lions u/16 Academy team : Liam van der Berg, Tristan Oosthuizen, Tommie van Tonder
Golden Lions Academy XV team : JC Kruger, Frederik van Deventer, RuhanViviers, Henry Sinclair
Golden Lions u/17 7's team : Mark Snyman, David Cary, Chris Pietersen
SARU u/16 group: Mark Snyman, David Cary
2017 as 1stXV players
SA Schools Academy : Mark Snyman
Golden Lions Craven Week : Mark Snyman, David Cary, Dameon Venter
Golden Lions u/18 Academy Week : Dameon Venter, Liam van der Berg, RuhanViviers
Golden Lions u/18 Pukke Week : Tristan Oosthuizen
Players that should feature for the 1stXV in 2017
(* already represented 1stXV in 2016)
Mark Snyman*, Dameon Venter*, Liam van den Berg*, Ignis Meyer*, Chris Pietersen*, Raymond Bock*, Ben Clarke*, Lehan Du Toit*, Triston Venter*, Jean-Claude Kruger, Michael Amiras, André Stroiz, Eugene Maritz, Jean Engelbrecht, Joshua De Kock, Roelof van der Walt, David Cary*, RuhanViviers*, Tristan Oosthuizen*, Tommy van Tonder*, Jeremy Randall*, Francois Jansen van Vuuren, Frederick van Deventer, Brandon Keevy, Henry Sinclair, Marco van Staden, Zach Boonzaaier,Hendrik Louw
HELPMEKAAR - A PROUD TRADITION
Winter is rugby season and at Helpmekaar rugby is more than just a game. The whole school attends all home games to stand behind their first team and when they reach the finals everyone goes along.
The First Team Jerseys are brown and gold, whereas the other teams wear white. First Team players also have special scarves, hats and shorts that they can wear with their school uniform
Helpmekaar started to compete in local rugby competitions as early as 1932. Crowned three times as the Administrators Cup, now Beeld Competition, in 1938, 1962 and 1975. Since Beeld became the major sponsor Helpmekaar competed in the Big Schools Competition. In 2010 al four age groups played in the finals of the competition. In 2013 the u/14 team was crowned as champions. This age group was crowned as champions in 2014 and 2015 in their age groups. In 2016 both their u/15 and 1stXV was crowned as champions.
National and Provincial Representatives
Springboks : Thys Burger
Italy : Gert Peens
Provincial : Willie Wepener, Cheese vanTonder, Eugene Meyer, asook Deon Coetzee.
SA Schools : Jan Bosch,Willie Oosthuizen and Pikkie van der Merwe
SA Schools Academy : Mark Snyman
80 Cravenweek players respresented helpmekaar over the years.
Helpmekaar highlight of the season must be the match against Boishaai, which was lost in the last 10 minutes of an epic match. In the course of the season Helpies did very well against traditional rivals and managed comprehensive wins over local teams Parktown, KES and Monnas. The two blotches on the season was the hiding received from Affies in Pretoria at the start of the season and the dreadful loss againts Drostdy in the K2.
The depth of the squad was thoroughly tested due to severe season-ending injuries to key players early on. More than 30 players pulled the brown jersey over their heads, including 14 grade 11 players.
Helpies only played 4 games at home, probably making them one of the best traveling teams this season. All three losses were away, but more importantly perhaps the fact that they won a total of 10 away games this season.
Helpies won the Beeld trophy for large schools for the second time in a row, but it has to be said only the second time in the modern era so very much an up-and-comer rather than a powerhouse at this stage. The grade 11 players have now won it 4 times in a row since grade 8.
Top try scorers:
13 - Mark Snyman.
9 - Chuiner van Rooyen, Sherman Rayners, Zandré Kruger, David Cary.
8 - TiaanScholtz.
6 - Chris Pieterse, Keagan Hamman.
3 - RuhanViviers, Liam van den Berg.
2 - Robbie Slabbert, LuwanLudick.
1 - Jeremy Randall, Ben Clarke, Dameon Venter.
SA Schools "A"
Golden Lions U/18 Craven Week
Chuiner van Rooyenen, David Cary, Dameon Venter, Mark Snyman, TiaanScholtz
Golden Lions u/18 Academy Week
Dameon Venter, Liam van der Berg, RuhanViviers, Keagan Haman, Zandré Kruger
Golden Lions U/18 Pukke Week
Luwan Ludick and Tristan Oosthuizen
Golden Lions U/16 Academy Week
Andre Stroiz, Eugene Maritz, Francois Janse van Vuuren, Jean Engelbrecht, Marco van Staden, Tiaan Botes and Zach Boonzaaier.
|4||24-Mar-16||St John's Harare||36||-||10||Win||N||St John's|
|5||26-Mar-16||Paarl Boishaai||17||-||24||Loss||N||St John's|
|17||13-Aug-16||Oos Moot||30||-||18||Win||A||Beeld QF|
|19||27-Aug-16||Lichtenburg||55||-||10||Win||A||Beeld Final Big Schools|
|Season Stats :||Average Score||34||-||18|
Helpmekaar's 1stXV wins the Beeld Trophy for big schools the first time in 40 years after beating Potchefstroom Gym 25 - 22. It is their u/16 team who also win the Beeld Trophy for big schools who attracts the most attention. Their victory against Potchefstroom Gym, 55 - 22 is one of the biggest margins achieved in the history of this competition.
|6||04-Apr-15||Grey High||13||-||28||Loss||N||St Stithians|
|7||06-Apr-15||St Andrew's||29||-||28||Win||N||St Stithians|
|8||25-Apr-15||Brandwag||20||-||18||Win||N||Klein Karoo Topschools|
|9||27-Apr-15||Marlow||28||-||30||Loss||N||Klein Karoo Topschools|
|18||01-Aug-15||Oos Moot||24||-||19||Win||H||Beeld Semi's|
|19||05-Aug-15||Potch Gym||30||-||27||Win||H||Beeld Final Big Schools|
|Season Stats :||Average Score||28||-||23|