The start of a new season also brings new opportunities for SBR Bloggers.
Some of the bloggers will still remember me (Hooit) as I use to be very active in 2016 and 2017 while my son was in Monnas, the original Witbulle and in 2018 while he was u/19 with the Lions.
I used the blog to get information in the beginning but later on also shared my information and opinion. I had my supporters on the blog and my haters as some of you will remember. So I experienced the blog in all ways possible both negative and positive. The blog tend to focus on the children and schools, rightly so, but I would like bloggers to focus on the bloggers too. Here is my ‘Short’ story of my very active 3 years on the blog.
I personally knew none of the bloggers by their handle names when I started. Through chatting and interacting on the blog I realised that I actually knew about 5 people on the blog. Not close friends but I knew them. Riempies, Quagga, Randal, Murrayfield and Die Ken.
I got to know a few more bloggers through the blog and we arranged an (illegal) braai at Kearsney College during the 2016 Cranvenweek on the cricket field on the blog. At Kearsney I met Bush, Speartackle, Greenman, McCulleys Workshop, Beet and a few non-active bloggers. After a few too many beers Bush and myself invited ourselves to the Kearsney Festival school officials braai and open bar at 22h00. As we had T-shirts printed with our blogger names, we were welcomed with open arms as we realised that most rugby coaches also read the blog even though they do not comment. Our wives had to drag as to bed at 02h00 that morning after making very serious threats to our health.
Later on during the season when Nelspruit played at Monnas, I had a braai with Valkie, which we also arranged via the blog. Next was a get together at the Blue Bulls Rugby Day were we ended up in a loosie and their I met Cappie, Djou, Grizzly, Absolutmenlo and more. Apologies for not remembering all the names.
As people now knew the face and real identity of the bloggers more and more people introduced themselves. This led to more and more braai’s, drinks at Dros and kuiers during and after rugby matches.
Rugbyman, 4×4, Ploegskaar, CharlesZA, Boishaaipa, Henk, MikeSt, Odie 15, Wynne, Playa, Brotherbear (he won’t admit it), Oom Kattes, Sewes, Rhino, Skopgraaf, Taffy, Maroon, Stier and I am sure that I have missed a few.
All the people mentioned above and some which I have forgotten made my high school supporter years more memorable.
Most of the people I still have contact with either in person, facebook, telephonically or on Whatsapp. They have been a source of invaluable advice when I needed it and assisted my son in his high school years. They opened their houses for me when I needed to attend games. We rented cars together at the airport to support our children who attended different schools playing at the same venues. We shared accommodation costs. Most are still friends and some become real special, close friends.
So in closing, look past the school the bloggers support. Reach out and make the effort to meet some of the bloggers. It is really worth it and why must the children be the only ones to meet new friends.