Producing exceptional talent

2018-07-03 06:00
Ameer Hendricks of SKW catches the ball in a recent match against NTK. The other SKW players are Sameer Davids (1), Abubakr Davids (4), Ebrahim Davids (8), Achmad Salie (5) and Sharief Hendricks (9). SKW won 36-29.PHOTO: alice michaels

Ameer Hendricks of SKW catches the ball in a recent match against NTK. The other SKW players are Sameer Davids (1), Abubakr Davids (4), Ebrahim Davids (8), Achmad Salie (5) and Sharief Hendricks (9). SKW won 36-29.PHOTO: alice michaels

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Schotschekloof-Walmers Rugby Club is going all out this year to qualify for the Community Cup, previously known as the Gold Cup, of the South African Rugby Union. The club is a community club based in the Bo-Kaap and they compete in the Super League, a club competition of the Western Province Rugby Union.

Schotshekloof was a merger between Young Stars, Leeuwendales and Tricolors in 1976 and after unification in 1992 merged with Walmer to form Schotschekloof-Walmers (SKW).

“Just like the historical Bo-Kaap area, home of SKW, the club itself has a proud history and a significant legacy of producing exceptional talent coupled with an expansive style of rugby which draws in large crowds with every match. Our home grounds are on the Green Point Track, which has been a bastion for socioeconomically disadvantaged community-based rugby, prior to the unification of rugby in SA,” says Gamiem Khan, president of the club.

Members come from Bo-Kaap, Walmer Estate, Woodstock, Salt River, Mitchell’s Plain and the greater Western Cape to play for SKW. “Every game in Super League 1A is important and we compete against Belhar, Hamiltons, Brackenfell, St. George’s, Victorians, Tygerberg, False Bay, UWC, Villager, UniMil, Maties, Durb-Bell, NTK and Ikeys. For the past 17 consecutive years we have successfully been competing in the Super League A, the highest level of semi-professional rugby within the WPRFU. We progressed to compete on this level through a community culture that is based on true passion for rugby, using sport as a form of advancement and unifying people from various backgrounds. We have teams from u.14 to the A team, as well as the SKW Academy of Excellence. The head coach is Wilbur Kraak,” Khan says.

The members of the club reflect all the demographics of SA.

“We are proud to have produced players who have completed the Vodacom Cup campaigns with Griquas in 2012. We also had players representing WP during the Currie Cup campaign in 2011 and 2012. A number of our players have been selected for the WP amateur team 2013, the emerging Springbok Sevens team, WP, Stormers and various Currie Cup teams such as Griquas and EP Kings in 2013.

“We have competed in four National Club Championships over the past years and won the Plate section for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. This is a tournament where only the top teams in SA are invited. In 2013 we competed in the Community Cup, formerly known as the Gold Cup,” he says.

The lowest league in which the club competed was Super League B. Numerous provincial players as well as a WP u.20 coach hail from SKW. Exciting players to watch are Denwill Erasmus and Raqeb Siljeur. Other players that have made provincial teams through the years include Zahier Rylands, Adnaan Osman, Yaya Hartzenberg, Mikaeel Hartley and Iedried Arendse.

Schotschekloof-Walmers Rugby Club is going all out this year to qualify for the Community Cup, previously known as the Gold Cup, of the South African Rugby Union. The club is a community club based in the Bo-Kaap and they compete in the Super League, a club competition of the Western Province Rugby Union.

Schotshekloof was a merger between Young Stars, Leeuwendales and Tricolors in 1976 and after unification in 1992 merged with Walmer to form Schotschekloof-Walmers (SKW).

“Just like the historical Bo-Kaap area, home of SKW, the club itself has a proud history and a significant legacy of producing exceptional talent coupled with an expansive style of rugby which draws in large crowds with every match. Our home grounds are on the Green Point Track, which has been a bastion for socioeconomically disadvantaged community-based rugby, prior to the unification of rugby in SA,” says Gamiem Khan, president of the club.

Members come from Bo-Kaap, Walmer Estate, Woodstock, Salt River, Mitchell’s Plain and the greater Western Cape to play for SKW.

“Every game in Super League 1A is important and we compete against Belhar, Hamiltons, Brackenfell, St. George’s, Victorians, Tygerberg, False Bay, UWC, Villager, UniMil, Maties, Durb-Bell, NTK and Ikeys. For the past 17 consecutive years we have successfully been competing in the Super League A, the highest level of semi-professional rugby within the WPRFU. We progressed to compete on this level through a community culture that is based on true passion for rugby, using sport as a form of advancement and unifying people from various backgrounds. We have teams from u.14 to the A team, as well as the SKW Academy of Excellence. The head coach is Wilbur Kraak,” Khan says.

The members of the club reflect all the demographics of SA.

“We are proud to have produced players who have completed the Vodacom Cup campaigns with Griquas in 2012. We also had players representing WP during the Currie Cup campaign in 2011 and 2012. A number of our players have been selected for the WP amateur team 2013, the emerging Springbok Sevens team, WP, Stormers and various Currie Cup teams such as Griquas and EP Kings in 2013.

“We have competed in four National Club Championships over the past years and won the Plate section for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. This is a tournament where only the top teams in SA are invited. In 2013 we competed in the Community Cup, formerly known as the Gold Cup,” he says.

Schotschekloof-Walmers Rugby Club is going all out this year to qualify for the Community Cup, previously known as the Gold Cup, of the South African Rugby Union. The club is a community club based in the Bo-Kaap and they compete in the Super League, a club competition of the Western Province Rugby Union.

Schotshekloof was a merger between Young Stars, Leeuwendales and Tricolors in 1976 and after unification in 1992 merged with Walmer to form Schotschekloof-Walmers (SKW).

“Just like the historical Bo-Kaap area, home of SKW, the club itself has a proud history and a significant legacy of producing exceptional talent coupled with an expansive style of rugby which draws in large crowds with every match. Our home grounds are on the Green Point Track, which has been a bastion for socioeconomically disadvantaged community-based rugby, prior to the unification of rugby in SA,” says Gamiem Khan, president of the club.

Members come from Bo-Kaap, Walmer Estate, Woodstock, Salt River, Mitchell’s Plain and the greater Western Cape to play for SKW. “Every game in Super League 1A is important and we compete against Belhar, Hamiltons, Brackenfell, St. George’s, Victorians, Tygerberg, False Bay, UWC, Villager, UniMil, Maties, Durb-Bell, NTK and Ikeys. For the past 17 consecutive years we have successfully been competing in the Super League A, the highest level of semi-professional rugby within the WPRFU. We progressed to compete on this level through a community culture that is based on true passion for rugby, using sport as a form of advancement and unifying people from various backgrounds. We have teams from u.14 to the A team, as well as the SKW Academy of Excellence. The head coach is Wilbur Kraak,” Khan says.

The members of the club reflect all the demographics of SA.

“We are proud to have produced players who have completed the Vodacom Cup campaigns with Griquas in 2012. We also had players representing WP during the Currie Cup campaign in 2011 and 2012. A number of our players have been selected for the WP amateur team 2013, the emerging Springbok Sevens team, WP, Stormers and various Currie Cup teams such as Griquas and EP Kings in 2013.

“We have competed in four National Club Championships over the past years and won the Plate section for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. This is a tournament where only the top teams in SA are invited. In 2013 we competed in the Community Cup, formerly known as the Gold Cup,” he says.

The lowest league in which the club competed was Super League B. Numerous provincial players as well as a WP u.20 coach hail from SKW. Exciting players to watch are Denwill Erasmus and Raqeb Siljeur. Other players that have made provincial teams through the years include Zahier Rylands, Adnaan Osman, Yaya Hartzenberg, Mikaeel Hartley and Iedried Arendse.

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