Tjaart van der Walt, this season’s Garsfontein 1st XV coach and a teacher at the school will take over the Witbulle head coach job from Monument icon Hans Coetzee, starting on 01 November 2016.
The Garsies Bere actually knocked out Coetzee’s Monnas team, on their way to claiming successive Beeldtrofee titles in 2015 and 2016.
Tjaart beat out a number of very good candidates to land the position, which in itself speaks volumes about his potential and track-record. The tough fixture list and growing expectations of year-in-year-out success at Garsies would have prepared Tjaart well for the challenges and pressure that come with his new position, but even still with Monnas enjoying the high profile that it does, the new coach will have to hit the ground running and produce the right results against some of the strongest rugby schools in SA, if he is to win over the support of an at times hard to please support base.
Apart from their annual commitments to the Tuks Reeks, the Beeld and Wildeklawer, Monnas will once again be in action at the Kearsney Easter Festival in 2017, as opposed to St John’s where they had played for the past couple of seasons.
The vastly experienced Hans who has made a great contribution to Monument rugby over a period spanning several decades, has rightfully earned himself a place in Monnas rugby history and remains close to the heart of many Krugersdorp Witbulle old boys, their parents and other close supporters of the school. He will be working just 3 km away from Monnas at Noordheuwel Hoërskool in Krugersdorp. It’s a massive boost for Noordheuwel who are bound to profit greatly from his expertise.
At Garsfontein, they had already made their decision regarding the head coach for 2017 – the boys at Berepark will be in the trusted hands of Johan du Plessis, a “rugbyman” of note.