Hoërskool Monument are aiming for another successful season this year.
In 2009 Monnas were the top school in Gauteng, claiming the Beeld Trophy, New Power Series and the National Sevens tournament titles. On a personal note, they also had 1st XV flyhalf Jaco Taute make his debut for the Lions against Boland off the bench in the Currie Cup.
This year Monument have a challenging schedule. They face Klerksdorp, Jeugland and Kempton Park High School in their first three fixtures before they travel to Kearsney College for their Easter Festival in April, where they will face tough encounters against Glenwood, Upington and Grey College.
They will also compete at the Wildeklawer Superschools at Affies, with their first round match against Paul Roos.
Newly appointed director of rugby Wynand Moolman said he is sure they will be able to replicate the success they achieved last season.
‘We have already won the Saheti Sevens [a local Gauteng sevens tournament] last weekend, so we have started on a positive note and expecting a big season this year,’ Moolman told keo.co.za.
‘We are starting with trials on Monday afternoon and have 640 boys to fill 20 rugby teams. Some of the players still have summer sport commitments, which makes things difficult, but from the talent I have seen thus far, we should have a strong squad this year.’
Monument are also creating opportunities for the boys who don’t attend the various Easter Festivals this season as they will host their own competition on 3, 4 and 6 April.
Kwaggas (Monnas 2nd XV), Paarl Gymnasium, KES and St Johns 2nd XVs will take part, as well as the 1st XVs of Klerksdorp, HTS Witbank and other smaller high schools.
While Monnas’ preparations for 2010 start this week, they are already planning for a bigger year in 2011.
‘Next year is Monument’s 90th year birthday,’ said Moolman. ‘We are planning an international tournament where we will invite the country’s top schools, as well as invitational school sides from Argentina, New Zealand and England.’
By Gareth Duncan