Boland Rugby Evening of Awards & Recognition 2018

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The Boland Rugby Union in association with the Cape Winelands District Municipality, the Drakenstein Municipality and SA Rugby, hosted a gala evening of Awards and Recognition at Kronenburg Estate in Paarl on Saturday 17 November 2018.

This memorable occasion – a celebration of excellence and the honouring of special achievements and contributions towards Boland Rugby – was headlined by the Keynote speaker Alderman (Dr) Helena von Schlicht, Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality.

The programme included the annual awards of Boland Rugby’s senior professional team the Boland Cavaliers, with Tapiwa Tsomondo being named Player of the Year following a stellar debut season for the Cavaliers in 2018.

Marlyn Williams (Forward of the Year), Valentino Wellman (Backline Player of the Year) and Taine-Randall Booysen (Breakthrough Player of the Year) also received individual awards for the Boland Cavaliers, while current squad member and veteran forward Clemen Lewis was honoured as one of 23 Boland Cavaliers centurions. Lewis is also Boland’s most capped player of all time, having amassed a record 171 caps for the Boland Cavaliers since making his professional debut in 2006.

Boland Rugby’s provincial Women’s team, winners of the SA Rugby National B-Division Women’s Championship in 2018, were also honoured for their achievement this year, while the national colours received by Boland U.18 Craven Week representatives in 2018, Lionel April and Christie Grobbelaar, were also acknowledged on the night.

The highlight of the awards ceremony was the recognition that was given to Boland Rugby’s honorary guests, which included Springboks, international rugby players, officials and administrators, in appreciation for their immense contributions in South African Rugby unity.

 

Awards & Recognition:

Boland Rugby Union Staff:

Merit Awards for Years of Continued Service:

  • Siena Daars (27 years)
  • Gerald Jacobs (27 years)
  • Desiree Thomas (22 years)
  • Helen Masimla (22 years)
  • Roberta Zyster (17 years)
  • Sylvia Allies (17 years)
  • Hermanus October (17 years)

Boland Rugby Women 2018

Team Award: SA Rugby National B-Division Women’s Championship in 2018

 

Individual Awards:

  • Janice Josephs (Most Disciplined Player of the Year)
  • Annelisa Jita (Most Improved Player of the Year)
  • Anelca Hess (Young Players’ Player of the Year)
  • Elmary Fienies (Forward Player of the Year)
  • Lee-Ann Moses (Backline Player of the Year)
  • Elmary Fienies (Players’ Player of the Year)
  • Onako Jita (Player of the Year)

 

U.18 National Colours 2018:

  • Christie Grobbelaar (SA Junior Sevens Team 2018, Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina; SA Academy Team 2018)
  • Lionel April (SA Schools 2018)

Boland Cavaliers Annual Awards:

  • Taine-Randall Booysen (Breakthrough Player of the Year)
  • Marlyn Williams (Forward Player of the Year)
  • Valentino Wellman (Backline Player of the Year)
  • Tapiwa Tsomondo (Player of the Year)

Boland Cavaliers Centurions:

  • Clemen Lewis – 171 caps
  • Neil Papier – 153 caps
  • Piet van Zyl – 144 caps
  • Jannie Coetzee – 140 caps
  • Chris van der Merwe – 137 guests
  • Henley du Plessis – 133 caps
  • Fabian Brandt – 132 guests
  • Antonius Verhoeven – 124 guests
  • Dale Santon – 120 guests
  • Elmo Wolfaard – 117 guests
  • Zandre Jordaan – 116 caps
  • Chris Potgieter – 115 caps
  • Conrad Burke – 113 caps
  • Chris Koch – 112 caps
  • Janro van Niekerk – 106 caps
  • Richard Visagie – 105 caps
  • Hein du Toit – 104 caps
  • Randile Julies – 104 caps
  • Tommy Dixon – 103 caps
  • Kobus Meintjies – 102 caps
  • Willem Koch – 101 caps
  • Frans Marais – 101 caps
  • Takkies Reitz – 101 caps

 

Honorary Guests:

Boland Rugby Springboks & Springbok Sevens:

  • Heini Adams
  • McNeil Hendricks
  • Ricky Januarie
  • Marius Joubert
  • Wayne Julies
  • Hilton Lobberts
  • Willie le Roux
  • Dale Santon
  • Stefan Terblanche
  • Carel van der Merwe
  • Ashwin Willemse
  • Rayno Benjamin
  • Alshaun Bock
  • Kyle Brown
  • Renfred Dazel
  • Danwel Demas
  • Malan du Plessis
  • Eugene Francis
  • Frankie Horne
  • Marius Schoeman
  • Jeffrey Stevens
  • Antonius Verhoeven
  • Cornal Hendricks
  • Natasha Hofmeester
  • Schalk Burger Jnr.
  • Gaffie du Toit
  • Derick Hougaard
  • Shandre Frolick

SA Development Team:

  • Paul Stubbs
  • Elmo Wolfaard
  • Mark Moses
  • John Truskey

Boland Rugby Internationals:

  • Piet van Zyl
  • Josh Strauss
  • WP Nel
  • Rohan Kitshoff
  • Lean van Dyk
  • Heino Senekal
  • Quinn Hough

Officials – International:

  • Shaun Veldsman
  • Keith Hendricks
  • Roslyn Fortuin
  • Jamiel Pandy
  • Linston Manuels

Coaches – International:

  • Nick Mallet
  • Rudy Joubert
  • Stanley Raubenheimer

Special Recognition:

  • Jackie Abrahams (former BRU President)
  • Arthob Petersen (former Springbok Team Manager)

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