As much as most of us want the Western Cape 2018 school rugby season to go ahead unabated, sanity may have to prevail in the face of what appears to be an imminent water unavailability crisis.
Following a three-hour meeting with the rugby clubs on Saturday, it emerged that the Dept of Sport and Recreation don’t even want teams to practise, forget about play. It doesn’t matter if they’ve got borehole water, other clubs haven’t, so they level the playing field – so to speak. It’s bad news for those with the huge club sponsorships and sums paid to players to join, etc.
The schools have yet to be addressed/consulted.
Comment by Kattes:
I heard that there is a strong possibility that, due to the water shortage, schools that falls within the Cape Town municipal areas, will only be allowed to start playing rugby from 1 June 2018. The Paarl and Stellenbosch schools, falls under the Groot Drakenstein and Stellenbosch municipalities, and a decision from them have not yet been confirmed.
At a meeting with rugby clubs in WP and the municipality today, it was confirmed that club rugby is off until 1 June. Clubs may not even practice on their fields.
Although only club rugby was discussed, I expect (hopefully not) this decision will also be filtered down to the schools, as was done with other summer sports.
If so, this will obviously have a huge impact on the fixture list of schools.
I know that this is really an emergency act, but it will still be sad for all the youngsters that worked so hard at their conditioning at this stage.
Also heard that delegates of WP schools will be holding a meeting next week to discuss this matter.
Meanwhile on a more pleasant note:
GLENWOOD WATER DRIVE FOR PAARL BOYS HIGH
The Glenwood water drive has been a success with around 100 x 5L, and 50 x 1.5L bottles of water collected.
The water will be transported to Paarl Boys’ High and it will be used by the School.
Glenwood would like to thank SEABOURNE EXPRESS for transporting the water free of charge to Paarl Boys’.