School wins provincial title

2016-04-06 06:00
THE team of Van Rensburg Primary from Britstown are the u.12 provincial winners in the Danone Nations Cup.          Photo: Supplied

THE team of Van Rensburg Primary from Britstown are the u.12 provincial winners in the Danone Nations Cup. Photo: Supplied

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IT was a case of third time lucky for Van Rensburg Primary from Britstown when they were crowned provincial winners for the u.12 Danone Nations Cup soccer tournament last month.

The team emerged victorious from among the five regional champions that competed in the Northern Cape provincial finals tournament at the Paballelo Stadium.

They were in the provincial finals in 2011 and again last year, but were knocked out both times.

To the team’s coach, Jus Marolla, it was a case of “if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying and just prepare better the next time”.

Marolla knows it won’t be easy at the next level and that they are at a disadvantage since, coming from the Northern Cape, they have limited experience of competition at a higher level.

“We prepared well for the provincial finals and found our progress surprisingly easy,” said Marolla.

“The boys were a bit nervous and I have seen them play better, but our strategy of all-out attack and total team defence worked well and my job now is to get their confidence up in preparation for the nationals.”

Marolla said the team was excited about travelling to Johannesburg.

Most of them have never been there before, so it’s going to be an adventure.

“They want to make friends and have fun while they are competing. They know that it’s a competition, but they still want to have fun at the same time.

“Competing for a chance to travel to France is something that they will probably never get in their lifetime again.”

Marolla further added that although the nationals would be tough, the age limit was the same for everyone and every team had a chance to win.

“We just need to remain focused and make sure that we cover our basics on the field,” he said.

Extra training sessions and extra classes have been scheduled, because Marolla believes the players have to balance both their academics and their sport.

“I don’t want the players to concentrate too much on the tournament and lose focus in the classroom,” he said.

If he had to single out an individual player that has stood out for the team so far, Marolla would choose the captain, Nino Oliphant.

“He is an all-rounder, as he moved from goalkeeper to striker this year and understands the game well. He is to be commended for giving the boys moral support when they are under pressure,” he said.

Van Rensburg Primary will be travelling to Reiger Park in Boksburg on 25 June to meet the other eight provincial winners and play for the national title.

Winning the title will give them the opportunity to travel to France later in the year to compete in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals.

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