National glory awaits

2015-09-09 06:00
THE team of the Groblershoop High School celebrates after being crowned the Northern Cape winners of the 2015 u.19 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup.

THE team of the Groblershoop High School celebrates after being crowned the Northern Cape winners of the 2015 u.19 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup.

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THE team of the Groblershoop

High School emerged as the 2015 Northern Cape u.19 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup champion in the provincial tournament at the Robert Gunda Stadium in Upington on 29 August.

Groblershoop beat the team of the Weslaan High School 2-1 in the final.

Both teams will represent their province at the national tournament held in Soweto from 7 to 10 October.

This is the first time Groblers­hoop will be going to the nationals in the ten years that the school has been competing in the competition.

Leon Cloete, team manager, believes this is due to the school changing from a rugby school into a soccer school.

“Rugby used to be the main sport played, but more and more boys are choosing soccer now, so we have changed the focus,” says Cloete.

“We still play rugby, however, so our players are very fit – and our backs are all big, strong boys who also play rugby.”

Cloete says the team worked very hard for this achievement.

“We have challenges when it comes to scheduling training, as some players live very far from the school and transport is a problem.

“Sometimes I have to drop the players off at home after training.

“But we are all dedicated to the cause and did everything we could to ensure that this year we would qualify for the nationals.”

The victory was made even more special when a representative of the Department of Basic Education, as well as the sports coordinator from the district, came to the school to congratulate the boys and wish them well for the national finals.

As the provincial winner, the team of Groblershoop has been granted R100 000 by the sponsors – the Motsepe Foundation and Sanlam – to spend on legacy projects at the school.

Although the school governing body will have to sit down to discuss how the money is going to be used, Cloete would like to buy portable soccer goals for the rugby field that they train on.

Hard work and focus are what Cloete believes led the team to success.

“The team was focused from the beginning.

“We were in the same group as Okiep, who are experienced in this competition.

“We played them twice, drawing the first game and managing to beat them 2-0 in the second game, which gave the team confidence.”

Then it was Weslaan in the final and, thanks to goals from strikers Ruwey Bosmon and Brandon Scheepers, Groblers­hoop won 2-1.

Cloete says it was a team effort, and every player worked very hard.

“Both teams deserved to be in the final. I am happy that we will be taking two strong teams to the nationals and hopefully one of us at least makes it into the semi-finals.

“Now it’s down to hard training.

“The nationals will be a new experience for us.

“My focus will be on keeping the boys fit, as we will be playing up to three games a day, building confidence and fine-tuning skills.”

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