Western Province is adopting a new national youth week selection strategy that should improve the fairness of their process quite considerably.
The old setup consisted of 3 regions:
Each region had 4 zones.
Therefore 12 zones in total.
Lumped together in the Southern region were 4 Premier A League teams: Rondebosch, Wynberg, SACS and Bishops.
The Country contained Premier A League teams Paarl Boys High and Paul Roos.
However the Central region did not too make sense as here Paarl Gymnasium and Boland Landbou were the Premier A League teams.
So the issues with the old system were:
- far more places were available to the “Winelands-4” schools’ players than those of the Southern Suburbs.
- the best of the Premier B League players struggled to gain recognition as a result of not being able to make a region team for trials and it was therefore in their best interests to leave the Premier B schools and move to schools where their chances of being selected improved.
- also considered was why the “Winelands-4” formed part of WP when the were part of Boland for other major sports.
So now Hein Kriek (head coach at Paul Roos) will be in charge of the new process.
In a nutshell, in a short space of a week:
the 8 Premier A League schools have to produce 4 trials teams
The Premier B League schools have to produce 3 trials teams
The lower league schools produce 9 trials teams
All the WP Elite squad members must be included in the 4 Premier League trials teams, which will be challenging as there are about 50 players to consider.
The 4 + 3 + 9 = 16 trials teams play in matches at HS Bellville on 02 May 2015
From there WP picks 3 representative teams to play against 3 Boland teams as part of final trials on 27 May 2015.