Garsfontein of Pretoria headlined in 2023 thanks to their brilliant season which saw them claim the premier league silverware in the form of the Noordvaal Cup, their third title in the young school’s short history. Their only defeat in 2023 was in a memorable hard-fought, closer than the final score suggests, test match against Grey College at Absa Wildeklawer.
Now with an improved Grade-8 recruitment system in place, that should see them having a strong homegrown u14, u15 and u16 A-teams plus depth in place come 2025, they are able to and probably need to set their goals even higher.
There is no greater challenge than taking on one of the five national powerhouse schools in a Saturday interschools derby.
For this Garsies pack experience as a result of Affies being on the fixture list for the past few seasons.
Now word is that they may step this up to include Grey College in 2025, as the Bloemfontein rugby factory believed to also be keep to make this happen.
It’s a massive step-up but will be a giant leap towards cementing Garsies place amongst the elite in time.
Considering Paarl Gim will start an interschools against Grey in 2024, the Garsie Bere consideration could bring schoolboy rugby one step closer to a champions league.
However for 2024, Garsies do have a headache to contend with.
“April Madness” is the month in which more 1st XV schoolboy rugby matches take place. Some schools arrange as many as nine games, as player welfare gets tossed out the window in an effort to participate in various festivals and fit local derbies in as well.
For Garsfontein, April 2024 is looking rather bleak at the moment. They have nothing lined up for three consecutive Saturdays.
Thankfully they have managed to secure some games for the B and C-teams.
A couple of shared insider opinions are:
“Yes, problem is we don’t play Tuks of PUK so we don’t get games.”
“We have some plans in place…”
Garsfontein provisional fixture list for 2024 (excluding two possible playoff matches at the end of the season)
|Fri.22Mar||NV||Garsfontein||vs||Oakdale||WC||NMI Toyota Noord Suid|
|Mon.25Mar||NV||Garsfontein||vs||HJS Paarl BH||WC||NMI Toyota Noord Suid|
|Sat.04May||FSG||Grey College||vs||Garsfontein||NV||Absa Wildeklawer|
|Sat.18May||NV||Marais Viljoen||vs||Garsfontein||NV||NV Cup|
|Sat.10Aug||NV||Garsfontein||vs||EG Jansen||NV||NV Cup|