Allen Glen rugby victory makes history

U/15 team captain Dylan van Heerden and vice-captain Luwi Mashitisho hold the team's well-earned Golden Lions Middle School Trophy. Photo: Amy Ingram

For the first time in the school’s history, Allen Glen High School’s rugby boys have won the Golden Lions Middle Schools U/15 trophy.

It was a momentous occasion on 29 July, when the team won with a score of 11–5 against Hoërskool President – a moment the school’s rugby coordinator, Gerhard van Schalkwyk, said he had been working towards for six years.

Coach, Lowan Schoombie, team captain Dylan van Heerden, vice-captain Luwi Mashitisho and rugby coordinator Gerhard van Schalkwyk discuss the final. Photo: Amy Ingram

“The whole team made a big step up and had a perfect season, not losing one of their games,” he said.

There were games in which the coaches would call time as soon as Allen Glen had scored over 50 points, which sometimes occurred before halftime.

The U/15 team that made history at Allen Glen High, flanked by coach Lowan Schoombie and rugby coordinator Gerhard van Schalkwyk. Photo: Amy Ingram

Captain of the U/15 team, Dylan van Heerden and vice-captain, Luwi Mashitisho, said they are extremely proud of their achievements, but they would not have been able to do it without their coaches.

The team now has its eyes set on the Beeld Trophy. The next match will be the quarterfinal, on 12 August.

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