The Parel Vallei Rugby season drew to a close on Saturday with the with an emphatic 61 – 3 victory for our 1st XV over a flustered Settlers High . This closed off the most successful season to date overall, in the Parel Vallei High School short 30 year rugby history! This weeks release of the SA Schools National Rugby Rankings underpins this statement and confirms a definite upward surge across the board with the Bulldog 1st XV the cherry on top at number 29 in South Africa!
Under 14A at number 54
Under 15A at number 46
Under 19A at number 29
Parel Vallei is eagerly awaiting the combined national rankings to be released soon, pooling all 4 age groups together. Last year’s ranking of number 53 in South Africa hopefully surpassed as envisioned! PV’s first team played 20 matches, winning 15, only losing 4 and drawing 1 against Eastern Cape rugby powerhouse Pearson High 9 all finishing off the season with a 79 percent win ratio!
“We are constantly striving for excellence…” says Head of Rugby, Thinus Pienaar. Last week’s function he had for the new Grade 7 rugby recruits to Parel Vallei for 2017 is a clear indication of his drive and commitment to live by that motto. “This speeds up the under 14 preparations for Kwagga Week 2017 by 4 months as the boys already go onto a post season program as of this week…” This new approach, to cement a culture of hard work and the reward of it, also sees the Under 14 Rugby trials take place 10 January 2017. The man that has been instrumental in bringing about this change in Parel Vallei Rugby is, Mr David Schenck. He arrived 6 months prior and started of by looking at a more holistic and healthy Grade 7 intake towards rugby and sports in general. This ensured Pienaar – who was appointed by Schenck in November 2014 – started 2015 with a player base of well over 50!
The rest is history as they say, as PV Rugby marches on into the 3rd of Pienaar’s 5 year transformation plan in placing Parel Vallei High on the rugby map and establishing the school as a force within high school rugby in the Western Cape. This was under- pinned this week with renowned High Schools Rugby website Ruggas.co.za rating PV as the 33rd ranked Top 50 Rugby School in South Africa! Full story available here