This season was a good one for King’s. In the 13 games the under 13s played they were unbeaten, apart from one game which they drew against Treverton A. In total the team scored 57 tries, and only 15 against them. Shall we say then, it was a very good season.
A coach is only as good as the players he has in the squad, and the players are only as good as they allow them to be coached. It started already in the first term with rugby skills once a week, and the Saturday or Thursday and Saturdays’ five kilometres fitness runs. The players responded with enthusiasm and energy, which resulted in them enjoying the games, and taking pride in their achievements.
We had a good squad, and in Thabo and Sheldon some outstanding players, who lifted the team’s energy with their leadership. Thabo is a player who sliced through the opposition like a hot knife through butter, and Sheldon’s bulldozing tactics up front, rucking over and securing good, clean ball to Sandile, allowed the backs to play on the front foot. On the left wing, Thando, a resilient player who has learned a lot since he joined the team, and on the right wing, pint-sized Smily, who, with his deceptive weaving through the opposition, and his brave tackling proved to be a crowd favourite, even to supporters from opposite teams. Kamahelo and Teboho anchored the scrum with Sheldon, and occasionally Njabulo would slip into the wing position to allow Thabo the luxury of watching from the side and allowing the opposition some easier running.
Well done, boys, this has been a remarkable year, especially in winning back the Rawdons-King’s Rugby Sevens trophy. And a special word of thank you to Mr Daniel Marremane, who joined me as assistant coach. His enthusiasm and interest in this oval-ball game rubbed off on the players too, and I can see him developing into a competent coach as well as a smart rugby referee.
“We are gentlemen, we play smart . . .”