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The WPRFU held its 26th AGM this week and saw the President of the WPRFU Thelo Wakefield report back to the General Council on the 2017 year.

The AGM was attended by club delegates of affiliated clubs together with representatives from the Simonsberg Region clubs and representatives from the Sunday League clubs.
Also in attendance were representatives from the Referees Society, High Schools Executive and the Primary Schools executive.

The year has by all accounts been a successful year for the WPRFU with a cabinet now full of trophies. Mr Wakefield highlighted several positives for the year, the obvious top accolade was winning the Currie Cup.  There were however several other competition achievements which also bear mentioning, such as in our junior’s category where we were champions in the U13 Coca Cola Craven week, U13 Sevens, U15 Iqhawe week, U16 Coca Cola Grant Khomo, U17 boy’s sevens and the U18 girls.

We look forward to host the U18 Craven Week and Academy Week tournaments in July 2018 at Paarl Boys High in Paarl.

In the provincial division we were crowned champions in the inaugural Super Sport Challenge, the Inter Provincials Women’s competition, the U21 Currie Cup and the ultimate prize, the senior Currie Cup championships.

False Bay RFC were given a special mention for their achievement in winning the national Gold Cup competition for non university clubs across South Africa.

Also mentioned were several of our off-field activities which we’re very proud of, such as our HUBS development programme which targets learners from u9 to u19, and now already boasts a participation base of more than 2500 players.

The meeting also bid farewell to a stalwart on the club rugby scene Mr Jamiel Alexander, after many years of contribution to WP Club Rugby he has decided to hang up his boots from administrative duties. Mr Alexander gave an emotional yet heart warming speech to the members, which reflected his passion for the WPRFU and club rugby.

This past Tuesday we hosted the DHL WP Rugby Junior Referees appreciation dinner at DHL Newlands. Mr Thelo Wakefield bestowed the most up and coming young referee award to Hanro Colling (Montana HS). The most promising young referee of the year went to Rogen Wigett-Beattie (Wynberg BHS) and junior referee of the year went to Johan Lombard (Montana HS). The young referee ambassador of the year award, which is dedicated to the individual who went above and beyond their referees duties went to Chris Simayi (SACS).

The evening was a treat for the youngsters with Egon Seconds former Western Province player now turned referee, giving an motivational speech which spelt out the positive changes refereeing has brought to his life.

On a final note, congratulations to our coaches and referees who renewed their Boksmart licenses last Saturday. The event was hosted by WPRFU and presented by Wendy de Kock. The Boksmart course is vital to the safety of all our players and is a coaching requirement.

This weekend continues to see several of our clubs busy with social activities dedicated to end of year functions, fundraisers and general social rugby. We trust all will stay safe during their events and fly the WPRFU flag high.

Best Regards
Danny Jones


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