Welkom Gim quick out of the blocks – big win against Menlo

Welkom Gim has registered the first sit up and take notice result of the 2020 season via a 43-7 win against a Menlopark, the 2019 Virsekerbeker Cup winners with a 2020 1st XV team that are expected to be reasonably competitive this season.

It was not that long ago that Gimmies seemed like a non-factor in national schoolboy rugby circles. Then in  2015 when they made the mainstream news. This was due to Hentie Cilliers Hoërskool of Virginia in the Free State obtaining a favourable court decision to prevent two of their players from moving to Welkom Gim. That year symbolised the passing of the baton  from Hentie Cilliers who had stood out as the Griffons region’s flagship team, to Welkom Gim. The latter have not looked back since. Dominating their region as five fairly consistent strong performing seasons  followed. During this period their national ranking hovered between 19th and 29th, helping to place them firmly on the SBR map. The good results has effectively meant they are the 14th best team in SA over those same past five seasons from 2015-2019 and definitely one of the most improved school 1st XV’s in the country in this period.

2015-9 2010-14 5-YEAR RANKING
1 1 Grey College
2 3 HJS Paarl BH
3 2 Paarl Gim
4 5 Paul Roos
5 6 Monument
6 4 Affies
7 21 Selborne
8 59 Helpmekaar
9 9 Glenwood
10 8 Grey HS
11 24 Boland Landbou
12 18 Garsfontein
13 11 Oakdale
14 Welkom Gim
15 10 Outeniqua
16 47 Stellenberg
17 20 Bishops
18 17 KES
19 50 Hilton
20 34 Rondebosch
21 14 EG Jansen
22 56 Eldoraigne
23 25 St Andrew’s
24 39 Jeppe
25 32 Diamantveld
26 31 Dale
27 22 Drostdy
28 29 Framesby
29 30 Nelspruit
30 44 SACS
31 19 Kearsney
32 49 Ben Vorster
33 7 Waterkloof
34 61 DHS
35 37 Marlow
36 13 Noord-Kaap
37 46 Brandwag
38 26 Menlopark
39 12 Westville
40 Potch Gim
41 Lichtenburg
42 St John’s
43 52 Transvalia
44 68 Kingswood
45 16 Maritzburg College
46 27 HTS Middelburg
47 70 Brackenfell
48 35 Michaelhouse
49 15 Wynberg
50 63 Bellville

Gimmies are coached by  Roean Bezuidenhout, a former SA Schools coach with a rare IRB Level 3 qualification to boot. His squad that did duty against Menlo was led by SA Schools loose-forward Keke Morabe who along with the very promising Calla Pienaar and Mingo Piti form a “giftige” must watch backrow trio.

TEAM LIST for Menlopark match

# WELKOM GIM
1 Vuyo Holliday
2 Dylan Pretorius
3 Franco-Lee Ceaser
4 Wian Muller
5 Jarred Kruger
6 Mingo Piti
7 Calla Pienaar
8 Keke Morabe ©
9 Marco Weideman
10 Bennie Human
11 Angelo Oliver
12 Testimony Dodo
13 Danie Crouwkamp
14 Morne Maastriet
15 Donovan Don
16 Daniël v Heerden
17 Chad Vila
18 Phumo Phumo
19 Ashley Jegels
20 Conlan Treurnicht
21 Mzwaki Khumalo
22 Melvin MogweRa

7 Comments

  1. Roean’n great afrigter!

    Alhoewel Welkom Gim ook talent na 016 werf!

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  2. Hello all just joined this site – love watching school boy rugby on sale – I was wondering what will selbornecollege look like this year (2020)

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  3. @Smallies: Dit is reg, indien hulle op Skool is. Ek wonder wat is die uitwerking van SARU se besluit om die 0/19 CB te stop te doen met hoeveel post matrieks daar oral in SA in omloop is.

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