Griquas ‘manne’ instill values

2016-03-16 06:00
Photo: Supplied Griquas team psysio, Margaret van den Heever (middle) with Griqua players, Stephan Meiring (left) and Sias Koen.

Photo: Supplied Griquas team psysio, Margaret van den Heever (middle) with Griqua players, Stephan Meiring (left) and Sias Koen.

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ON Thursday, 10 March, the Griquas rugby team visited Amanzimtoti High School and practised with the school’s first rugby team as part of a Griquas initiative to give back to schools. Griquas are on tour and played the Sharks in a friendly on Friday, 11 March.

The Griquas focused on instilling values in their address to Amanzimtoti High rugby pupils.

Griquas captain, RJ Liebenberg told pupils: “To lay down a foundation we have four values - integrity, work rate, selflessness and patience. We found our team on these values and try to build on it and keep each other accountable.”

Breaking down these values, Griqua team members emphasised that self-discipline in rugby and within yourself is necessary to succeed. They said that high school develops you into the person you are going to be for the rest of your life and players need to make a few changes in their lives if they want to make a career out of the sport, such as less partying and working well in class and on the field.

Discipline is also said to be vital for a rugby player in the professional environment.
“Work six days a week. Make sure you are fit and disciplined. All it takes is discipline and hard work. Rugby is not just a sport, it is a job. Within rugby you have a family and every day you look forward to see the people you know have got your back. Whatever you believe is possible,” the Griquas said.

Addressing bad substances in rugby and sports today they cautioned pupils that engaging in performance-enhancing substances is simply “not worth it”.
Players who get caught are banned for four years and “if you are on substances and get injured it is much harder to recover,” team physio, Margaret van den Heever, warned.

“Rugby is the most amazing sport. If you are not 100%, rather tell the coach and sit out. You are not letting the team down if you do not play, but if you play and you are not on your best, you let them down,” she said.

She advised pupils to look after themselves, teammates and their opposition.
“Know when it is an injury, or just a niggle. It is not a good idea to put heat on a sprained ankle. Put ice on for five minutes, off for five minutes and repeat. Have complete rest in the next 24 hours and if necessary, go and see someone who knows what they are doing. Listen to the teachers, if they say you are not ready, don’t push,” she added.

She advised against drinking after an injury.
“Drinking increases your chances of getting hurt again. Do not use an anti-inflammatory for the next 48 hours after an injury, it increases the bleeding time. Two weeks later, your chances of re-injury becomes much higher,” she warned.

Pupils were put through their paces on the rugby field and received valuable coaching. Amanzimtoti High School thanked Mark White Nissan, which sponsored sports equipment to the school and rendered their support for Griquas and Amanzimtoti High on the day.

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