Monnas Virsekerbeker 2018 blitzkrieg earns them the cup double

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

YEAR TUKS BEELD/VIRSEKERBEKER
1997 1997 Affies
1998 1998 Affies
1999 Affies 1999 Affies
2000 Affies 2000 Ermelo
2001 Affies 2001 Affies
2002 Affies 2002 Affies
2003 Affies 2003 Monnas
2004 EG Jansen 2004 Affies
2005 Affies 2005 Monnas
2006 Waterkloof 2006 Affies
2007 Eldoriagne 2007 Waterkloof
2008 EG Jansen 2008 Waterkloof
2009 Monument 2009 Monument
2010 Monument 2010 Monument
2011 Waterkloof 2011 Waterkloof
2012 Centurion 2012 Kempton Park
2013 HTS Middelburg 2013 EG Jansen
2014 EG Jansen 2014 Nelspruit
2015 EG Jansen 2015 Garsfontein
2016 Monument 2016 Garsfontein
2017 Monument 2017 Monument
2018 Monument 2018 Monument

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.

10 Comments

  1. Monument speel ongelooflik baie rugby. 25 wedstryde deur die jaar. Affies speel 14. Grey speel 14. Weet Monument iets wat die ander nie weet nie? Hulle speel tor 3 keer n jaar teen dieselfde spanne? Hoekom?

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  2. I think Monument is going to show their real strenght this Saturday and will be too strong for Helpmekaar in the finals. Monnas big score against Garsfontein in the semis is a sign that they have stepped up their game.

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  3. EG Jansen was very unlucky in 2013 not to take the double with their dream team they had. A changed format in the Tuks reeks where there was no 1/4 finals. Had a slip up against HTS Middelburg in the group sessions and had no 2nd chance to progress to the finals.

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  4. Ek dink nog steeds 25 wedstyde per jaar is net te veel. Word wakker. Ons praat hier van skoliere

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  5. @Skoorsteen: van volgende jaar af gaan die spanne heelwat minder games speel. Die Tuks reeks is gekanseleer juis omdat daar te veel harde wedstryde gespeel word en ook omdat van die spanne 3 keer per jaar teen mekaar speel.

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  6. My predictions for Saturday’s Virseker Beker Finals:

    Cup winners:

    U/14 Menlo
    U/15 Menlo
    U/16 Monnas
    First Monnas

    Plate winners:

    U/14 Noordheuwel
    U/15 Rustenburg
    U/16 Rustenburg
    First Eldoraigne

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  7. Hoe klink die voorspellings
    BEKER
    1ste – Helpies
    0/16 – Helpies
    0/15 – Menlo
    0/14 – Menlo

    PLAAT
    1STE – Eldoraigne
    0/16 – Rustenburg
    0/15 – Rustenburg :wink:
    0/14 – Noordheuwel

    SKILD
    1ste – Ben Voster
    0/16 – Jeugland
    0/15 – Lichtenburg
    0/14 – Middelburg

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  8. Predictions
    Beker
    1ste- Helpies
    16 – Helpies
    15 – Menlo
    14 – Helpies

    Plaat
    1ste – Nories
    16 – Eldo
    15 – MV
    14 – Nories

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  9. Rooibul & Norriesman:

    Seems like the three of us is going to take the top three spots with the predictions in the Cup & Plate division?

    Good luck to all the teams tomorrow. May Rugby be the sole winner and remember: “Memories are made of this”

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  10. Spiekeries it seems like it. Boys are blessed to be on that big stage tomorrow. Somewhere on one of those fields tomorrow is our next Springbok. Lets all support all the boys.

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