Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Parel Vallei High in the run for Top Rugby School in SA Award!!!

PV Rugby's nominated in Rugby School of the Year category! 

So proud of all our Parel Vallei coaches, parents and players. What a collective team effort it has been!   In my capacity as coach the last 11 years, and founder/director of KAIWHANA Rugby™ I have been involved with hundreds of South African & North American school and club players! Apart from this, I have been fortunate enough to coach many teams in this time too, and seldom does a team experience one as was the Parel Vallei High Rugby Season!

Die uitslae wat HS Parel Vallei se rugbyspanne vanjaar  behaal het, onderstreep die feit dat hierdie skool hom beslis gevestig het as ‘n krag in skolerugby. Parel Vallei se prestasies vanjaar op die rugbyveld is die beste nog sedert die skool 30 jaar gelede gestig is. Parel Vallei se o.19A-span se uitstekende vertoningslys vanjaar word geillustreer met sy indrukwekkende posisie van nommer 29 op die SA Skole nasionale rugbyranglys.

Our 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 is well underway, even slightly ahead of schedule with the release of renowned High Schools Rugby website Ruggas.co.za national rankings! PV is the 33rd ranked Top 50 Rugby School in South Africa! This means only one thing to me, we have to work harder, innovate and excel!

Ook die ander spanne van Parel Vallei het vanjaar met groot sukes gespeel.  Die o.14A-span is in die 54ste plek op die nasionale ranglys en die o.15A-span in die 46ste plek. Die o.19A-span het vanjaar 20 wedstryde gespeel en 15 daarvan gewen, 4 verloor en een gelykop gespeel (teen die sterk skolespan van die Oostelike Provinsie, Pearson) Nie net was daar vir die spanne akkolades nie maar die seisoen sluit af met heelwat Nasionale Erkennings vir die harde werk wat spelers en coaches die seisoen ingeploeg het!

The final Ruggas.co.za Awards take place 31 October 2016 and we wait with bated breath! Only Parel Vallei High School still in the race with the Rugby School of the Year Award pending... Ahead lies the PV Tag Rugby Championship finals this Friday and the amazing  Rugby Committee of 2016 farewell function!  

All that is left for me to do, is once again say A MASSIVE THANK YOU to each coach, player, parent and supporter alike for your undying allegiance to PV Rugby!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Top 50 Rugby Schools in South Africa ranking for Parel Vallei High!

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