The retail equivalent of Black Friday has finally arrived. What is meant to be a celebration of some of the rich vein of under-16 schoolboy rugby talent that South Africa poses, turns out to be a bit of a nightmare for some schools who become the victims of the shopping spree conducted by a few well-off school who stop at nothing to buy star players.
For the latter Grant Khomo Week has become a bit of an expo involving the skill of seeking out promising players and doing enough to seal the deal ahead of rival bidders.
For the schools losing players, well it’s just tough luck! Their losses aren’t just limited to past tense hard work and finances, it has a big impact on their future as well.
SARU has offered very little by way of protection at the event. Some schools and their unions are trying to do little things here and there to stop the onslaught but probably the best thing they can do right now is to threaten to encourage their communities to cancel their DSTV Subs – that is bound to have an indirect impact on SARU and so should grab their attention a bit quicker than other most other things.
If you are at Grant Khomo Week and you don’t approve of poaching, you can probably do your bit by use your smartphone camera to capture some of the frenzy in pictures or video format and then share it.
Grant Khomo Week for under-16’s takes place at Hoërskool Rob Ferreira, which is a dorpie called Witrivier about 20km North of Nelspruit. The three match days are 24, 26 and 28 June 2019. As has become the norm, the event will be coupled with the Under-13 Craven Week.
Match Day 1 Fixtures:
|Mon 24-Jun||09h00||A||Pumas Inv||vs||Iqhawe|
|Mon 24-Jun||11h15||A||Namibia||vs||Border CD|
|Mon 24-Jun||15h45||A||Blue Bulls||vs||EP|
|Mon 24-Jun||15h45||B||Free State||vs||SWD|