Sarel’s Blue Lions show amazing grit on tour

Sifiso Gumede being tackled with Menzi Mabaso running in support.

Rugby Tour: Sarel Cilliers’ Blue Lions (1st team) had one of the toughest rugby tours that tested them to their limits.
They played seven matches in nine days. The tour started the day the school closed. They played against Hentie Cilliers from the Free State at 5pm at home and couldn’t ask for a better start by winning 29-25 in a hard and physical match.
The next morning, they left at 3am to Durban to take part in the Port Natal Rugby Festival and were scheduled to play at 11am, which they did with huge success winning 50-0 against a Durban Development team.
They had one rest day before taking on Secunda High School and unfortunately lost their only game on tour, against a strong side, 33-15.
The next day they played Barberton High School and won 40-0. Directly after the match they were back on the bus to Parys in the Free State to take part in the NAMGOLA Parys Rugby Festival. The following day they played a strong Ermelo High School side and won a close encounter 24-23.
There was no rest for the boys as they played Belvedere from Brakpan who won the Vir Seker Beker for medium schools in 2017.
The boys showed character by playing their third match in consecutive days and won 26-14. The next day they had their second rest day, which they enjoyed on the Vaal river doing some river rafting.
Before they went rafting they quickly played a sevens match against Balfour which they won 40-5.
On the last day of the tour they played Schweizer Reyneke and won 28-10.
Just a short message from the coaches: “Boys, I would also like to thank you and congratulate you on the way you handled the past nine days on tour. To play seven games in nine days takes hard work, teamwork and dedication.
And I could see the improvement for all of the players in comparison to the beginning of the season. Even when the bench went on there was no difference.
Looking forward to a successful season (league) that starts next term. Remember hard work brings success, be it sport or academics. Keep your feet on the ground and play for the team, not the pavilion, otherwise, you are going to keep the bench warm. Never surrender.”

Sifiso Gumede being tackled with Menzi Mabaso running in support.

Rugby u/16 Tour
Sarel Cilliers 0/16 Rugby vertrek Maandag 2 April na Parys se jaarlikse Namgola Rugby Fees saam met die 1ste Span. Die seuns se eerste wedstryd teen die Beeld Trofee Groot Skole wenners in 2017, Sasolburg Hoërskool is ‘n taai ene en hulle verloor ongelukkig 33- 24. Die volgende twee wedstryde teen onderskeidelik Balfour en Reitz Hoërskool word ook toe weereens bepaal deur die span met die beste deursettingsvermoë. Sarel Cilliers slaag daarin om Balfour 19- 5 te wen, en na ‘n harde baklei tot die bitter einde wen hulle dan ook vir Reitz 5-0 op’n veld wat deurdrenk is met water van die vorige nag se reën.
The boys also had the privilege of being given a coaching session by Jacques Botes; former Sharks Rugby player.
Thank you to the principal Mr van Staden for giving us this opportunity, it is greatly appreciated. The team thanks r sponsors Saverite for the jerseys, the boys stood proudly in their blue and white stripes. Ismail’s Trading Store in Dundee was the sponsor of rugby bags: thank you for your kind donation towards the school, your kind gesture is much appreciated.
Maths Olympiad
On March 14, a record of 63 learners participated in the Mathematics Olympiad. 41 learners excelled and will proceed to round two of the Olympiad which will be written on May 16.
The school is ever excelling in the Olympiad as this is the highest number of learners ever to qualify for the next round. Three outstanding achievements were in Grade 8 – A Niemann (75%); Grade 9 – R Kali (80%); Grade 10 to 12 – A Mathraparsad (grade 11 achieving 65%). Sarel Cilliers’ wish them all of the best for round two.

In the Mathematics Olympiad 41 learners excelled and will proceed to round two.
Row 1: S Raggo, N Adams, T Khan, Z Zwane, A Mathraparsad, R Kali, A Niemann, Y Nogwaza and A Zwane.
Row 2: M Khan, A Zwane, A Ndlela, N Sheoraj, S Ndlela, S Koali, J Naidoo, E Gambushe, L Zondi and L Monarang. Row 3: S Ntshangase, Z Sitebe, Z Khubheka, A Mzinyane, M Mdletshe, O Bhulose, S Uchee, S Uchee, J Sooknannan, S Ramballie, A Govender and R. Smith. Row 4: B Lushaba, K Nyembe, P Kritzinger, N Mwali, S Tooray, Z Ismail, S.Mangaldeen and S Rajkumar.

Action Cricket
The Sarel Cilliers action cricket development team won their third game of the season against the strong untouchable team. Congratulations boys. Shival Ramgoolam and Vasegran Naicker excelled with the bat whilst the top bowlers were Kavir Bhartu and Uvir Dookie.

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Northern Natal Courier

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