Former Garsies teacher/coach to follow in footsteps of a Monnas legend

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.



  1. Baie geluk Johan en sterkte. Hulle sê ‘n eerstespan afrigter raak grys met die jare. Gelukkig kan dit nie met jou gebeur nie. :-D
    Ja aan Tjaart sterkte dit sal ‘n aanpassing wees maar jy behoort dit te oorkom
    So 2017 gaan baie interresant wees die wedstryde tussen die 2 spanne

  2. @Rugbyman: Baie geluk met jou aanstelling Johan. Ek is seker jy sal ‘n groot sukses van jou nuwe uitdaging maak. Onthou net as jy teen Nellies speel, ons kies die vlagmanne ( :mrgreen: )

    Ons kyk ook uit wat Tjaart by Monnas gaan vermag.

  3. Baie geluk aan Tjaart en veral Johan, wat ek darem al persoonlik ontmoet het. Baie sterkte met jul nuwe uitdagings !

  4. Sterkte aan Tjaart en Rugbyman by onderskeidelik Monnas en Garsies vir 2017.Julle het al twee n great seisoen gehad saam by Garsies en dink julle kan so voortdoen volgende jaar met julle onderskeie skole se spanne ook.

  5. Wow…indeed all the best to you Hans Coetzee. Whising you a prosperous time with Nories. All the best for the future!

    Tjaart v d Walt…best of luck. I know you will recieve a warm welcome, and settle in easy.

    Johan du Plessis…Taking the reigns will certainly prove your worth. Im sure you will have some big shoes to fill.
    All the best to you Rugbyman!

  6. We are all looking forward to the new season. Very strong u/16 squad coming through and alot of u/17 players gained valuable experience in key positions this year. All the players also know that with the new coach that they all will have to play and compete for their positions next year. I personally do not know Tjaart at all and wish him the best. Looking forward to an exciting season.


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