Paarl Boys High vs Grey Bloem – Mutual & Federal Premier Inter-schools 2014
by Vlok Cilliers – Super Sport Commentator / Kicking Coach
What an epic game we have to look forward to! On Saturday, 24 May 2014 Paarl’s well known Brug street fields of Paarl Boys high will be the stage of one of the great Inter-schools games of the season .
These two old bastions of tradition and
legacies will yet again compete for the ultimate victory. Both Grey College Bloemfontein as well as Paarl Boys High are schools with exceptional pride and much renown traditions.
Between the two of these schools a total 59 Springboks were brought forth.
Saturday might also surprise us with new faces and possible stars of the future. With the fierce competition, high standards and new players hungry for success will most definitly put up their hands to excel to new levels.
Quite a few Springboks emerged from Paarl Boys high, in the likes of Corne Krige and Carel du Plessis were all once part of this young rivalry…
Some interesting facts about Paarl Boys High and Grey College:
- Grey College had 6 representatives in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Springbok team in New Zealand – Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Heinrich Brussow, and CJ van der Linde
- Paarl Boys High (1868) and Grey College (1855) are amongst the oldest schools in South Africa
- Grey College and Paarl Boys High first played each other in 1950 and did not have a regular fixture every year due to the distance between the two schools.
- Grey and Paarl Boys High (also known as Boishaai) played each other 21 times from 1950 up to 1995 and since then it became an annual fixture. In total they have now played 39 matches with Grey having won 31, Paarl Boys won 6 and 2 Draws.
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“Remember to tune in on Saturday on Supersport 211 at 14:05. I will be commentating on the Afrikaans selection during the game”
Week 13 – Kicking Stats
The latest kicking stats after Saturday’s games delivered some pretty interesting facts with the biggest mover, Colin Slade, improving from number 10 to 6th position.
Also very interesting is the amount of drop goals attempted by all the kickers are 18 out of 58 which translates to 31%
1. Johan Goosen – 2 / 8
2. Marnitz Boshoff – 6 / 14
3. Sias Ebersohn – 1 / 3
4. Francois Steyn – 0 / 9
5. Jacques Louis Potgieter – 3 / 9
6. Handre Pollard – 1 / 2
7. Louis Fouche – 1 / 2
Now for another most interesting fact:
THE AMOUNT OF DROP GOALS ATTEMPTED BY SOUTH AFRICAN KICKERS: 47 OUT OF THE TOTAL OF 58 IN THE SUPER15.
Great article by Gielie Hoffmann – Sport Mental Coach.
Something I value in players/teams is the ability to bounce back after a disappointment. And to be honest, sport is a serious of disappointments interspersed by a few successes. Such disappointments included bad performances, injuries, wrong decisions and poor execution. A few elements that contribute to bouncing back is:
- Confidence in your ability. Confidence is one of the pillars of performance and when the cards come tumbling down, it prevents the whole house from falling.
- Strong motivation. The hunger to succeed and then doing whatever it takes to comeback, is what differentiates the best from the good.
- The ability to diagnose, analyse and fix. To prevent you from running into the same wall over and over, you need to change something. Identifying it is key.
- A positive attitude. It helps you to make better decisions, have a good perspective and remain hopeful. Negativity will make you spiral out of control much quicker.
- Opportunistic. And I mean this in a good sense. The best players take those small opportunities handed to them and swing things back around as quick as possible. They understand that momentum is key and that the smallest opportunity may just provide the traction you need to climb back up again.
Remember, the better you cope with disappointments, the easier it is to cope with them in the future. Embrace this challenge and become known as the player who never gives up.
This week has seen the greatest movement of player kicking performances thus far and will come as a great surprise to you… The score table will most certainly appear as a shuffled deck of cards and most certainly delivered some very interesting performances.
Here are some very interesting statistics about this past week:
- 16 kickers kicked this past Saturday.
- A Total amount of 81 kicks were performed with 60 successful attempts out of 81 kicks which brings the average standard to 74%
- A whopping 6 Kickers had a 100% success rate over the weekend
- A further 2 Kickers performances were above 80%
- 8 Kickers were 78% and under
- 7 Kickers are 80% and above out of the top 19 kickers in the competition
- 3 of the Top 5 kickers are South African’s
- The biggest wild card was Colin Slade who moved from nr 11 to nr 6 on our rankings!
Must Read Sport Books
By Vlok Cilliers
Those who know me personally will testify of my love for a good book, especially a good biography. I want to share my “good reads” of the past few months and encourage you to read them too. I appreciate inspiring books challenging our paradigms and status quos. Herewith this week’s “Good Read”. Hope you enjoy this book!
Not only is Pat Riley one of pro basketball’s winningest coaches, but his speeches before hundreds of corporations, from ARCO to AT&T to Toyota, have earned him the title of “America’s Greatest Motivational Speaker.”
The Winner Within is his formula for success. It is a book about winning, leadership, mastery, change, and personal growth, based on understanding and controlling the shifting dynamics of a team – any team, whether it is a small company or a giant corporation, a family, a city, or a group of athletes.
How does a struggling team form a covenant to work together instead of separately? How does a successful team battle complacency? How does any team overcome the thunderbolts that strike out of the blue?
Drawing upon the great teachers and his own experiences in and out of sports, interweaving them with dozens of parallels and stories from business and society, Riley shows how to ride the cycles of team change, balance role players and stars, build solid foundations, break through self-imposed barriers, create change within continuity, and nurture cooperation within competition.
“All of my contacts and experiences have proved to me, over and over again, that the complex inner rhythms of teamwork – flows of ambition, power, cooperation, and emotion – are the keys to making dreams come true,” says Riley, and in The Winner Within, he provides the tools, insights, and plan of action to help master those rhythms. It is a book of universal power and scope – a new classic of the literature.
I will in the week post my personal Top 10 sport books that I read and make a huge impact or difference in my life. This one is for sure in the Top 10 and is a brilliant book on how to look after your diete and to change it to become an world class athlete.
Thanks to Arno Botha,Bulls and Springbok rugby player who also give up his time to make a difference in children’s lives in helping raise money for Jumping Kids.
2 of our Celebrity hero’s of last year Cycle tour Breyten Paulse and LJ van Zyl who is legends in their own rights and who give their free time up to help a awesome course in raising funds for Jumping Kids. Thanks guys.