Free State Rugby Union honoured the following clubs and players for their achievements in 2019.
FREE STATE CHALLENGE CUP FINALES
FREE STATE CHALLENGE CUP A DIVISION: Shimlas
FREE STATE CHALLENGE CUP B DIVISION: Welkom Rovers
FSCC - SECOND LEAGUE (DIVISION A): UFS Colts
FSCC - SECOND LEAGUE (DIVISION B): Collegians II
FSCC - THIRD LEAGUE (DIVISION A): Shawas (CUT)
FSCC - THIRD LEAGUE (DIVISION B): Bronville Pioneers
MANGAUNG METRO LEAGUE CLUB FINALES
TOWN CHALLENGE CUP: Shimlas (UFS)
ROWAN CUP: BFN Police I
SECOND LEAGUE A - DIVISION: UFS Colts
SECOND LEAGUE B - DIVISION: Collegians II
THIRD LEAGUE A - DIVISION: Shawas (CUT)
THIRD LEAGUE B - DIVISION: Old Grey's III
FREE STATE RUGBY UNION CUP WINNERS 2019
KLOPPERS CUP THIRD LEAGUE B: Old Grey's III
THIRD LEAGUE CUP THIRD LEAGUE A: Shawas (CUT)
SECOND LEAGUE CUP SECOND LEAGUE B: Collegians II
SECOND LEAGUE CUP SECOND LEAGUE A: UFS Colts
ROWAN CUP FIRST LEAGUE B: BFN Polisie I
TOWN CHALLENGE CUP FIRST LEAGUE A: Shimlas (UFS)
FREE STATE SUB-UNION
BOETIE STEENEKAMP FLOATING TROPHY: Hibernians
HUMAN AUTO FLOATING TROPHY: Eur-Africans
M&B SHIELD: Buffels
BOETIE STEENEKAMP PLATE (DSRAC TROPHY): Crocodiles
BEST CLUB ACHIEVEMENT: University of the Free State
SENIOR PLAYER TROPHY
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: George Rossouw (UFS)
TROPHY: MOST TRIES: Jannes de Jager (CUT)
TROPHY: MOST POINTS: Jannes de Jager (CUT)
JUNIOR PLAYER TROPHY
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Kamohelo Chabana (UFS)
TROPHY: MOST TRIES: Marcel Engelbrecht (UFS)
TROPHY: MOST POINTS: Pieter Coetzer (UFS)
JOE VENTER TROPHY
CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR: William Eybers / Kurt Eybers (UFS)
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kereileng Namane
MOST IMPROVED WOMEN'S PLAYER: Nokukhanya Dube
WOMEN'S PLAYER BEST ACHIEVEMENT: Laurika Pansegrouw
JOHAN BOTES TROPHY
SECTRETARY / CLUB OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Barney van der Vyver
HW VAN NIEKERK TROPHY
COACH / COACHES OF THE YEAR: Pieter Bergh
UNDER 21 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cohen Jasper
MOST VALUABLE UNDER 21 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ruwald van der Merwe
The Free State Rugby Woman's team participated in their first national woman's tournament in August 2002.
The Free State Woman's team participates in the Woman's Inter-Provincial Tournament.
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Free State Rugby Union had their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 in Toyota Stadium and Free State Woman's Rugby received the following awards:
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bernice Strydom
MOST IMPROVED WOMEN'S PLAYER - Shandré Fouche
WOMEN'S PLAYER BEST ACHIEVEMENT - Bernice Strydom, Kamohelo Makoele
Primary and Secondary Schools associated with the Free State Rugby Union
Bloemfontein Secondary School, Bloemfontein South, Boshof, Castle Bridge, Christiaan de Wet, Batho, Dr Bohmer, Dr Blok, Dr Viljoen, Fichardtpark, Grey College, Hendrik Potgieter, Jim Fouche, Jimmie Roos, Koffiefontein, Koot Niemann, HTS Louis Botha, Martie du Plessis, Navalsig, Petunia, Petrusburg, President Steyn, Rocklands, Sand du Plessis, Sentraal, Staatspresident Swart, St Andrews, Zastron
Batho, Bloemfontein, Brandfort,Brandwag, Castle Bridge, Credence, Dealesville, Dewetsdorp, Dr. Visser,
Fauna, Fichardtpark, Grey College , Heide, Heide Invitation, Jim Fouché, Joe Solomon, Koot Niemann,
Koffiefontein, Martie du Plessis, Olympia, Onze Rust, President Brand, President Steyn, Reddersburg,
Rocklands, Sand du Plessis, Sentraal, St. Andrews, Trompsburg, Universitas, Willem Postma, Zastron
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SA Schools players produced by the Free State Rugby Union
1974-75 John Matthysen (Sand du Plessis), Jan (JP) Geldenhuys (Grey), Gerhard Weitz (Grey)
1975 Kobie Fenwick (Grey), Pieter Theron (Grey)
1975-76 Wynand Pretorius (Sand du Plessis)
1976 Christo Steyn (Louis Botha), Emil-Jan Strydom (Grey)
1977 Willem Daffue (Grey), Abrie Marais (Grey), Jacques Nell (Grey), Jan Richter (Grey),
Toppie Richter (Grey)
1978 Riaan Joubert (Grey)
1979 Ian Sadie (Grey), Chris Smit (Grey), Boeta Nel (Louis Botha), Jaco Reinach (Grey)
1979-80 Joepie van der Merwe (Grey)
1980 Hendrik Daffeu (Grey), Jurie Erwee (Grey), Koen Pieterse (Grey), Pieter Sonnekus (Louis Botha)
1981 Pieter Sonnekus (Louis Botha), Leon Botha (Grey), Conrad de Beer (Grey), Scheepers Gouws (Grey), Andrè Greyling (Grey), Grebrand Grobler (Grey)
1981-82 Helgard Müller (Grey)
1982 Jannie Coetzee (Louis Botha)
1983 Kalf Giezing (Grey), Gert Marais (Grey), Eben Scheepers (Grey), Kees Stevens (Grey)
1984 Stompie Fourie (Grey)
1985 Frans Cronjè (Grey), Johan du Plessis (Sand du Plessis), Henk Prinsloo (Grey)
1985-86 Chet Maherry (Grey), Buks Steenkamp (Grey)
1986 Pieter de Haas (Grey), Jaco Swanepoel (Grey), Andries Truscott (Grey)
1987 Jaco Jacobs (Grey), Jannie Theron
1987-88 Ruben Kruger (Grey), Pieter Müller (Grey)
1989 Naka Drotskè (Grey), Mark McIntyre (Grey)
1990 Jean Craven (Grey), Nico Linde (Grey), Pieta Steenkamp (Grey)
1990-91 Alex Fenwick (Grey), Andrè Venter (Grey)
1991 Ollie le Roux (Grey), Werner Swanepoel (Grey), Hugo Venter (Grey)
1991-92 Stephen Brink (Sentraal)
1992 Chris Louw (Grey), JR Oosthuizen (Grey), JR Oosthuizen (Grey)
1993 Chris Dercksen (Grey)
1995 Hannes Cloete (Jim Fouchè)
1997 Noël Oelschig (Grey)
1998 Izak Job (President Steyn), CJ van der Linde (Grey)
1999-00 Wian du Preez (Grey)
2000 Willie Steenkamp (Grey)
2001-02 Bismark du Plessis (Grey)
2002 Ruan Pienaar (Grey), Riaan Vermeulen (Grey)
2003 Gert Greyling (Sand du Plessis), Alwyn Hollenbach (Grey), Steph Roberts (Grey), Adriaan Strauss (Grey), Richardt Strauss (Grey), Flip van der Merwe (Grey)
2004 Herman Pretoruis (Grey), Heinrich Brüssow (Grey), Deon Stegmann (Grey),
2005 Sewes Oosthuizen (Grey)
2006 P.W. van Vuuren (Grey)
2007 Robert Ebersohn (Grey), Roelf Pienaar (Grey), Coenie Oosthuizen (Grey), Moeka Bolofo (Louis Botha), Hadley Smith (Grey)
2008 Francois Venter (Grey), Franna du Toit (Grey)
2009 Riaan Britz (Grey), Piet Lindeque (Grey), Pieter Rademan (Grey), Jean Cook (Grey),
Carl Wegner (Grey), Stephan Kotze (Grey)
2010 William Small-Smith (Grey), Johan Goosen (Grey), Anrich Bitzi (Grey), Neethling Fouchè (Grey), Kevin Luiters (Grey), Paul Jordaan (Grey)
2011 Leneve Damens (Grey), Nhlanhla Hlongwane (Louis Botha), Ruwellyn Isbell (Grey), Jan Serfontein (Grey), Dries Swanepoel (Grey), Pieter Jordaan (Grey)
2012 Ox Nche (Louis Botha)
2013 EW Viljoen (Grey), Ruan Kramer (Grey)
2014 Victor Maruping (Louis Botha)
2014-15 Ig Prinsloo (Grey)
2016 Rewan Kruger (Grey)
2016-17 Rikus Pretorius (Grey)
2017 Christopher Schreuder (Grey), Ruhann Greyling (Grey)
2018 Herman Aggenbag (Grey), De Wet Marias (Grey), Wyclif Vlitoor (Grey)
The Free State Province is divided into two rugby regions, namely the Griffons and Cheetahs (Free State Rugby). Free State Rugby covers the Mangaung- and Xhariep Districts and Griffons cover the Thabo Mofutsanyana-, Lejweleputswa- and Fezile Dabi Districts.
VUKA Program for Schools
The VUKA Program for Schools is a competition for u.15 players and is presented incorporation with the SA Rugby Legends organisation. The SA Rugby Legends organisation provides jerseys for the players. The competition is in its second year and focuses on the age gap between u.13 and u.16.
10 Schools from the Mangaung Metro participated in 2017. For 2018 the competition has been expanded to include 12 additional schools from the Xhariep District in addition to the 8 from Botshabelo and Bloemfontein.
The Xhariep region has been divided in two: East which includes Zastron, Reddersburg, Edenburg, Trompsburg, Bethulie and Gariepdam and West which includes Petrusburg, Jagersfontein, Koffiefontein, Philippolis and Fauresmith.
The competition started in April and was played in three leagues - each region playing in their own league with a final. Four teams were selected to take part in the Iqhawe week in Johannesburg from 1-4 October 2018.
Under 16's league
u.15 Players from 2017 league launched a new u.16 league of which a combined team participated in the Free State trails for the Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week. This initiative forms part of the Long Term Player Development Initiative to track and guide players from junior level right through to senior level.
Schools in the townships participate in the Primary and Secondary School leagues. Participating schools started their own Township League and select the best players to participate in the Primary and Secondary School trials.
Various schools from Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu participate in the annual Let's Play programs, supported by SuperSport. This program focuses on teachers and learners.
Free State Rugby invests a lot in the development of teachers and coaches with the Boksmart Safety Program and the World Rugby Level 1 coaches' course.
Get Into Rugby Program
The World Rugby Program is a program supported by SA Rugby and focuses on 6-8-year-old boys and girls.
Coaches are all registered with World Rugby and enrol in an Educators Course before they can qualify for the program.
The program works on a World Rugby syllabus and is presented to learners during school hours. The program is safe for all and cleverly formulated that a rugby field is not required to complete the course. All activities can be done on the playground or hard surface without any contact. All coaches are reimbursed by World Rugby.
All u.9 players play Tag Rugby and focus on basic rugby skills before moving over to contact rugby in a later age group.
The Executive of the Free State Rugby Referee Society for 2019/20 is:
Chairman: Shawn Kortje
Vice Chairmen's: Weyers Strydom and Marlize vd Merwe
Additional Member: Martin Lekhanya
Treasurer: Nico Cloete
Referee Manager: Skillie le Roux - firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Year End Function of the Free State Rugby Referee Society was held on 16 November 2018. As always it was done in the form of a banquet where all the members were acknowledged for their performances during the year. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors the Free State Rugby Union, Amanzi Private Game Lodge, Darling Cellars, Mazars Auditors, Angels Haven Guesthouse and Mr Kobus Visser and the members themselves.
The President of the Free State Ruby Union hand over the 40-year Service award to Mr Gary Kotze
Mr Ref - This Trophy is awarded to the referee who is in the view of the Junior assessment committee the most promising beginner referee in 2018. Winner: Sharydon Kouta
Wimpie Jonker Merit Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to the member that showed good form during the 2018 season in the Sub Union. Winner: Reggie Waterboer
Willie de Kock Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to the second league referee who showed the best performance in the 2018 season. Winner: Tiaan Engelbrecht
Hennie du Plooy Trophy - / This Trophy is awarded to the first league referee (excluding SA Rugby Panels / Squads) who showed the best performance in the 2018 season. Winner: Tiaan Steyn
The Referee Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to any member who during the 2018 season has contributed the most to the Referee Society. Winner: Lourens vd Merwe
Retief Trophy - This Trophy is awarded to the referee who showed the most progress in his referee abilities in the 2018 season. This trophy is unique in the sense that a referee can only win this trophy once in his career as a referee. Winner: Darren Colby
Gerrit Coetzee top referee Trophy - This trophy is awarded to the referee who officiated in the highest ranked international or local rugby match. Winner: Jaco Peyper as the referee at Australia vs New Zeeland Bledisloe Cup and France vs England 6 Nations.
FS referees take charge of Currie Cup finals
The Currie Cup Premier Division final will be contested on Saturday afternoon between Western Province and the Sharks at Newlands in Cape Town, and while it is not one of the teams from the Free State competing, there will still be representation by one of the most important men on the field, the referee.
Jaco Peyer of Bloemfontein will be taking charge of the Currie Cup final for a fourth straight year, and seeing that he is one of the top referees in the world, it comes as no surprise.
Apart from Peyer, two more referees from the Bloemfontein will be in action this weekend during the U19 and U21 finals respectively. The young Griffin Colby has been appointed as the referee for the U19 match between the Sharks and Blue Bulls, while the former HSBC Sevens World Series referee and all-round nice guy, Ben Crouse, will take the whistle in the U21 final between the Blue Bulls and the Golden Lions.
This is a huge achievement for the trio and the Free State, however, one cannot forget about Jaco Kotze, who was in charge of the 2018 Craven Week “final” between Western Province and the Sharks at Paarl Boys' High School in the Cape.
The manager of the Free State referees, Skillie le Roux, says that the four have done the region proud.
“It is definitely a big honour for Griffin (Colby) to be allocated the slot for the final. I am very glad for him and it is a testament to all the hard work that he has put in during trying circumstances. Jaco (Kotze) also refereed the Craven Week final this year, and he is very hard working individual as well. I think that for him to have gotten that game was also just reward. One doesn't also get these kinds of rewards, and one doesn't always see what goes into it. There is a lot of hard work happening behind the scenes for this to happen.
“This will also be very good for our sponsors, as it will be a good return on their investment. Ben (Crouse) officiated the annual derby between Grey College and Paul Roos this year. The feedback that we received for his handling of the game has been exemplary. We have received this feedback from all the games the Free State referees took charge of.
“These appointments don't just happen, there is always a good reason that this happens. It's about your performance during the year, and we are grateful for the opportunity to have us taking charge of the finals.”
Next year's U18 Craven Week at Grey College in Bloemfontein will be another fantastic opportunity to show the country why Free State referees can be considered to be the best.
Story by Morgan Piek