Tuks-Reeks info updated to include Affies achievements
In the all Lions region Virsekerbeker Cup final of 2018, Hoërskool Monument of Krugersdorp have beaten private school Helpmekaar of Braamfontein 57-11, to clinch the Noordvaal’s premier cup title. With it Monas secured their fourth cup double, moving ahead of Affies of Pretoria who grabbed three during their time of participating in the cup compos.
Monnas edged out Menlopark 38-36 to claim the last ever Tuks Reeks title earlier year.
At one stage the Virsekerbeker final looked like it was heading for a close tense finish with Helpmekaar looking the part and leading 6-5 after 28 minutes. The Witbulle then produced just about everything that’s good about their attacking game in a spell of roughly 8-minutes which saw them cross for 4 tries and effectively end the contest at 29-5. The Monnas backs were “giftig” during this patch. Helpies had no answers to Monnas’ run-kick-pass decision-making and execution. The Wesranders were not done though. They almost doubled that lead over the next half hour to record an emphatic victory.
Sadly the Tuks Reeks (Nupower before) which was about so much more than rugby as it covered hockey, netball and other school sports as well, ground to a halt this season.
RECENT HISTORY OF THE NOORDVAAL PREMIER CUPS
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Since 2008, the Witbulle had completed four doubles. The only other school to achieve record a double in the same period was Waterkloof who bailed from the season starting cup competition a few years ago and have since also put extra distance between themselves and their fellow Noordvaal co-ed schools by leaving the Virsekerbeker competition as well. Before that Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskole (Affies) collected the honour three times
Monument seem to have a lucky charm in the form of coach Tjaart van der Walt who has now claimed three Virsekerbeker (Beeld) wins in four seasons, having won the Beeld trophy as the Garsfontein coach in 2015 as well.
Monnas Virsekerbeker opponents in the final, Helpmekaar, are no strangers to cup finals either. Helpies didn’t exactly pave themselves in glory in previous years by playing in the old Large Schools Beeld knockout competition, which was one level down from premier Macro schools cup. Although Helpies’ school size merited being in the lower tier, it was generally felt they were too strong and going against the intended strength versus strength purpose of the competition by not moving to the Macros. They had such a brilliant team in 2017 as well, that they could well have won the premier title.
Virseker’s restructuring of the competition after the 2017 season was welcomed and Helpmekaar gracefully accepted the challenge to step to the top level. Here they have surprised friend and foe by finishing top of the league and making it to the main final which they last won in 1975. Wow that was 43 years back. It was their third title. They had also won their last two encounters against Monument before the 2018 final.