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Maties players named best in Varsity Cup tournament players named best in Varsity Cup tournamentMaties Sport Media<p>Every dark cloud has a silver lining and for the Maties rugby team it is the individual awards received by Kobus van Dyk and Craig Barry for their play in this year's Varsity Cup tournament.</p><p>On Monday, Maties lost against UP-Tuks in the final of the Varsity Cup in Pretoria. The score was 21-28. </p><p>However, after the final Van Dyk was not only named the Player of the Tournament, but also the "Forward that Rocks". Barry, Maties' captain, was named the "Back that Rocks".</p><p>The duo along with Duncan Saal were also included in the Varsity Cup Dream Team that will play against the Junior Springboks in the Danie Craven Stadium on Tuesday (25 April). There are also three Maties on the bench. They are Ernst Stapelberg, Michal Haznar and Johan Momsen.</p><p>Although the players are very disappointed, Barry made it clear that the defeat cannot undo the good things that have happened over the past few months.</p><p>"The tournament was actually a huge success for us. Several players had the opportunity to prove themselves and were very successful. It wasn't the end that we had worked or planned for, but there are many positive aspects that we can take from the tournament. As a team we are not defined by the defeat, but by the collective effort we all put in during the run-up and course of the tournament," Barry said.</p><p>It was Barry's last Varsity Cup tournament. With 42 games he is the player who made the most appearances ever in the competition and with his 16 tries – nine in this year's competition – he is also Varsity Cup's leading try-scorer.</p><p>Maties' Miss Varsity Cup finalist Lethukwenama Letsoalo was crowned first princess. The crown went to the University of Pretoria's Gizelle Venske.<br></p>
#MatiesMVFs support their team to the end support their team to the endMaties Sport Media<p>Their main aim was to stand out, but they could never have predicted that their enthusiasm at FNB Maties' Varsity Cup games would attract this much attention.</p><p>It resulted in the Maties supporters Yaasiem Daniels (28) and Elbré van Rhyn (24), both Theology students  at Stellenbosch University, together with fellow Stellenbosch residents Sydney Pienaar (22), Dudley McKelly (27) and Danfred Nel (27) receiving a sponsorship to travel to Pretoria to support their team in the Varsity Cup final against FNB UP-Tuks.</p><p>Maties Rugby, Steers and Steinhoff made it possible for them.</p><p>With their coloured wigs and inexhaustible energy these five supporters attended all Maties' home games as well as the game against Ikeys in Cape Town and the Maties Young Guns' final against Tuks that took place at UWC last Monday. They were also named Maties Sport's #MatiesMVFs (<em>most valued fans</em>). </p><p>These five supporters are part of a bigger group of between 15 and 20 people that have not only been captured by local TV channels during games, but also star in a few international visitors' videos.</p><p>"We are known internationally," they joke. But they do not joke about rugby. </p><p>"Our blood is maroon," they say. "We stand together with the team. We ran on the field with them, we played with them and we lost with them. Their pain is our pain.</p><p>"We are a bit disappointed in the result, of course. But we still support them 100%."</p><p>They plan to support other sport codes with the same enthusiasm.</p><p>The group has quite an arsenal of songs and they practise it regularly when they braai together and prepare themselves for the next match.</p><p>They are incredibly grateful towards the sponsors for the opportunity to travel to Pretoria.</p><p>It was a first visit to Pretoria for Daniels and Nel.</p><p>Craig Barry, Maties captain, said it is very special to know that they have such incredible supporters. </p><p>"It definitely inspires us as players when we hear them, and believe me, we hear them. The men ooze enthusiasm and positivity. It is no secret that the full Danie Craven stadium played a big role in our success, so to have been able to take a small piece of that to Pretoria was wonderful. There is no doubt that Maties has the best supporters."</p><p>According to Quintin van Rooyen, Manager: Maties Rugby, they were impressed by the group's passion.</p><p>"The rest of the group watched the game at the fan park in the Neelsie," he said.<br></p><p><br></p>
Maties Parasport athletes shine at national championships Parasport athletes shine at national championshipsMaties Sport Media<p></p><p>Maties Parasport athletes returned form the recent South African national championships for persons with disabilities with several national records and qualifying times for the 2017 World ParaAthletics Championships.<br></p><p>The national event took place in Port Elizabeth.</p><p>For two of the athletes – Arnu Fourie and Ilse Hayes – it was their last national event.</p><p>Both won their races and qualified for the world championships taking place in London from 14 to 23 July. </p><p>Fourie won the 100m and 200m (T44) in 11:37 and 23:30 seconds respectively.</p><p>Hayes (T13) also won her sprint numbers, but more important than the victories was her progress after an Achilles injury. </p><p>"It was a race against time to get Ilse ready for the event," her coach Dr Suzanne Ferreira said.</p><p>"The 100m was her first full 100m from the blocks and we did not really know what to expect. Our biggest hope was that her Achilles would survive the maximum impact. Although her times were far from her personal best, she showed that we can now proceed to the next phase.</p><p>Paralympic veterans Dyan Buis (T38) and Anruné Liebenberg (T44) both won gold in their events and achieved world qualifying times. </p><p>The field athletes' coach Karen le Roux was also very happy with her athletes' performances. Veteran Zanele Situ (F54) qualified for the World Championships in three events. </p><p>"Reinhardt Hamman (F38) came very close to his personal best in the javelin just a few months after a major knee operation," said Le Roux. He achieved qualifying distances in javelin and shot put.<br></p><p>Also in shot put, Jean Joubert (F44) set a new SA record in his class while Kerwin Noemdo (F46) achieved a new personal best and improved on his previous SA record. Both distances were qualifying distances for the world championships.<br></p><p>Lean Simon (F44) stood out in the javelin and discus while wheelchair athlete Brandon Beack (F53) performed well in the 100m and shot put.<br></p><p>Keenan Cloete (T46), Thabo Dube (F57), Bilaal Dramat (F43) and the young Paul Daniels (F43) achieved SA rekords in long jump, discus and the 100m respectively.<br></p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>Kerwin Noemdo<br></p><p><strong>Photographer: </strong>Martin Potgieter, Bonzai Photography<br></p>
Medals and qualifying times for Maties swimmers and qualifying times for Maties swimmersMaties Sport Media<p>A group of 25 Maties swimmers took part at the South African World Championship trials in Durban as part of Team Western Cape from 3-8 April.</p><p>Standout swims for the week included those by 3rd year BCom student Emma Chelius, who swam qualifying times for the Universiade (World Student games) in both the 50m (25.90) and 100m (56.75) freestyle on the way to two silver medals. She was also a silver medallist in the 50m butterfly event. The 29th Summer Universiade takes place in Taipei, Taiwan, in August. </p><p>Final year BEd student Marli Jacobs came away with an excellent 3rd place finish in the 200m butterfly (2:19.59). She also placed 6th in the 100m butterfly. </p><p>Other finalists at the event include Caitlin Kat (200m freestyle and 200 butterfly), Bryce Pendock (50m freestyle) and Stephano Roodt (800m freestyle).</p><p>The club's Para-athletes, including 2016 Paralympian Hendri Herbst (S11 – 50 and 100m freestyle), first-year Alani Ferreira (S13 – 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke) and the up-and-coming Christian Sadie (S7), all achieved World Championship qualifying times. </p><p>Sadie competed in his first major national competition and qualified in every event in which he swam, with the most notable being the three African Records he set in the 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle and the 200m IM. The World Para Swimming Championships take place in Mexico in October.</p><p>Other notable efforts include those of Inge Weidemann and Kiara Noades. Both these junior club members swam within the qualifying standards for the FINA Junior World Championships taking place in Indianapolis, USA, in August 2017. Both girls finished on the senior podium, with Inge coming 3rd in the women's 50m freestyle and Kiara 3rd in the women's 200m backstroke. </p><p>The 25 strong Maties contingent played a significant role in helping Team Western Cape to a first national team title.<br></p>
Maties’ Simmonds selected to join CSA Academy’ Simmonds selected to join CSA AcademyMaties Sport Media<p>Steinhoff Maties Cricket player Kyle Simmonds has been invited to join the Cricket South Africa National Academy.</p><p>The programme starts on 22 May and will run until the end of July. Thereafter the SA Emerging Men's squad will be named for the tour of Sri Lanka in August.</p><p>Kyle has had an excellent season thus far, reaching 50 first class wickets in only 11 games. </p><p>According to this second-year Matie, it was his goal to join the National Academy one day. </p><p>"After my two years at the Dolphins Academy (2013-2014) I did have plans to hopefully attend the National Academy one day but I did not expect an invitation at the beginning of the 2016/2017 cricket season. I was fortunate to have had a good start to the season and am very grateful about this selection. A few of my teammates at Boland have been through the Academy so it's been good to hear what will be expected. I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead."</p><p>For Simmonds a big motivation is the fact that many players who joined the National Academy in previous years have moved on to franchise cricket. </p><p>"This is something that will drive me to grow as a cricketer while at the academy. In terms of my career, I do not want to look too far ahead but rather focus on any opportunity that comes along. I'm taking it one game at a time."</p><p>The National Academy programme is aimed at looking at the holistic development of a player. It looks at all aspects – not just at cricket-related skills and tactical awareness, but also at what other support a player needs in order to get to a level where he or she can perform at professional and international standards. This includes the performance lifestyle of a player, his social background, his economic background and how these aspects affect the player's ability to perform at the top level. </p><p>Simmonds will use his time at the Academy wisely. "Something I learned very quickly is that you can't just rely on one aspect of cricket, like bowling for example. At the Academy my main focus will be bowling but I am going to work hard on the three other important aspects of cricket: batting, fielding and fitness. I think if you're competing with the top players in all four categories you make it very hard for selectors to leave you out of any team."</p>
Maties Sport places spotlight on water sport codes on World Water Day Sport places spotlight on water sport codes on World Water DayMaties Sport Media<p>The world celebrated World Water Day (22 March) this week and Maties Sport put the spotlight on its water-based sport codes.</p><p>On a positive note, the Maties Water Polo team did Maties Sport proud by winning bronze at the SA National Aquatic Champs held at the Coetzenburg Swimming Pool from 18-21 March.</p><p><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Media%20Library/Maties_Sport/2017_01/Water_polo_Chandre.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:304px;" /></p><p>The recent Currie Cup competition saw the traditional format of the event moving away from a provincial to a club competition, which resulted in more teams being included. This was hailed as a successful decision.</p><p>On a more worrying note, several Maties Sport clubs mentioned that the current water crisis in the Western Cape is having a negative impact on their ability to train and compete.</p><p>"Due to the current drought our dam is virtually empty, making our training extremely difficult. Our rivers around the province are all empty and therefore we cannot paddle them as usual," says Evan Knight, chairperson of the Maties Canoe Club.</p><p>The club had some recent successes with five Maties paddlers finishing in the Top 100 in the Dusi Canoe Marathon – two in the Top 50. A Maties paddler also came 7th in the non-stop Dusi.</p><p>Evan encourages people to save water by turning off the taps while brushing their teeth and choosing to shower instead of bath.</p><p>Alexander Ham, Commodore of the University of Stellenbosch Yacht Club (USYC) explains that due to the water shortage some water bodies are just too shallow for them to use.</p><p>"With the continuing crisis this is reducing the number of waterbodies that we can sail on."</p><p>He gives the following useful tips: Place a bucket in the shower and use the water to irrigate your garden and use less electricity as power plants use thousands of litres of water to cool.</p><p>Until now, the Maties Swimming club has been 'protected' from the water shortage, but if the drought persists it is highly likely that their opportunity to train in the outdoor facility will be compromised, says coach Brett Wood.</p><p>His tips include changing your soap to something that is environmentally friendly so that you can bucket and channel all grey water into irrigation, placing a full bottle in your toilet's cistern to save water with every flush, covering your pool to reduce water loss by evaporation and installing water tanks.</p><p>The club is in serious training mode, with 25 swimmers competing in the World Championship trials in Durban in April, while 15 junior swimmers competed at the Junior National Championships from 17-21 March.</p><p>Members of the Maties Underwater Club spend as much time as possible in the ocean but do rely on the pool for training in all three of their disciplines (scuba, underwater hockey and freediving). </p><p>"A large group of our club are scuba divers and conservation is very important to them," says Joanne Jeffery.</p><p>She adds the following tip to what has been mentioned above: Fix any leaking pipes and taps or report them where necessary.</p><p>#savewater </p>
Degree opens door to new opportunities for former Maties Rugby captain opens door to new opportunities for former Maties Rugby captainMaties Sport Media<p>​His rugby career might have come to an end recently, but new opportunities await former Maties Rugby captain Beyers de Villiers who graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (cum laude) on Thursday evening.</p><p>De Villiers, who represented Maties and WP, believes he was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the sport he loves while earning his degrees.</p><p>He would have loved to end his career on his own terms, but to take chances with his health was not an option.<br></p><p>De Villiers recently called halt on his career after suffering concussion in the game against UP-Tuks – Maties' first game of the 2017 Varsity Cup season. Specialists advised him not to play again.</p><p>"I've suffered concussion numerous times since my school rugby days and the side-effects were becoming worse. I had headaches, struggled with concentration and experienced incidents of amnesia. Before this year's Varsity Cup I went back to the specialists and they told me that if I suffer concussion again they won't clear me to play. In the game against Tuks the blow against my head was so hard I lost consciousness for a few moments. And I knew ... It had become too dangerous to play," said De Villiers.</p><p>"It was a difficult, but also an easy decision to stop playing. In fact, the injury made the decision for me. The doctor gave me no choice but to stop playing. There was no other option for me. So in that sense, it was easy. The hard part is that I am missing out on my last year of rugby. And that it happened at the beginning of the season. I would have loved to play this year."</p><p>But to gamble with his health, wasn't worth the risk, said De Villiers. "Any other injury – shoulder, leg, knee, hand – you can recover from. With good rehabilitation and treatment you can play. But concussion is something else..."</p><p>De Villiers made his debut for Maties in 2011 and after six seasons he will miss the off-the-field memories the most. </p><p>"The culture, the feeling of being part of a family and the lessons I have learned. These are the highlights. I have made many friends and built relationships."</p><p>During his time at Maties De Villiers played under Chean Roux, Chris Rossouw and Hawies Fourie. </p><p>"Maties Rugby is definitely on the right track. Hawies' approach is one of establishing structures for support and a professional culture. Players receive support so that they can study, go to the gym, etc. We will soon be where we should be like those universities that are linked to a union."</p><p>De Villiers' advice to other players is to have complete concussion tests done at the beginning of each season. </p><p>"Find out what your baseline is. If you get a few knocks, go for tests again. Be honest with yourself about the symptoms. You'll know if it gets worse; when your memory or concentration deteriorate. Do not throw away your life because you want to play rugby for one more year."</p>
Excellent performances at Swimming Grand Prix at Coetzenburg performances at Swimming Grand Prix at CoetzenburgPia Nänny<p>South Africa's swimming hero Chad le Clos showed excellent form in the 200 m butterfly event at the Swimming Grand Prix held at Coetzenburg over the weekend when he shaved 0.06s off his meet record of last year to win the race in a time of 1:56.54.</p><p>Le Clos indicated before the event that his goal for the year is to qualify for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary and regain the 200 m butterfly title. Le Clos won the Olympic title in this event in 2012 and the world championships title in 2013. However, at the 2015 FINA World Championships Le Clos was pushed into second place by Hungarian Laszlo Cseh and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Le Clos had to settle for fourth place as Michael Phelps took gold.</p><p>Le Clos also has his eyes set on the 200 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly world titles. He won both these events in Stellenbosch this weekend in times of 1:48.38 and 52.83 respectively.</p><p>"I'm very happy to be racing here for the third time – it's always a fun day and there were some good performances," a satisfied Le Clos said after the event. He believes Stellenbosch has one of the best facilities in the country. It was the third time that a Grand Prix event was hosted in Coetzenburg's state-of-the-art Olympic-size swimming pool.</p><p>Another Olympian, Cameron van der Burgh, touched the wall first in the 100 m breast stroke but said that the Grand Prix was more about preparation for the SA National Aquatic Championships<strong> </strong>in April than about winning. The national championships will serve as a qualifying event for the FINA World Championships.</p><p>"What makes this event special, is the opportunity to meet the fans and see their excitement about swimming," he said.</p><p>Third-year BCom student Emma Chelius was the pick of the Maties swimmers. She won the 50 m and 100 m freestyle and 50 m butterfly events.</p><p>Rhenish Girls High learner Inge Weidemann came second in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle and third in the 50 m butterfly events while another Rhenish Girls High learner, Kiara Noades, came second in the 50 m and 200 m back stroke events, and third in the 100 m back stroke.</p><p>Marli Jacobs, a fourth-year BEd student, was third in the 100 m as well as the 200 m butterfly events while BCom student Bryce Pendock was third in the 50 m freestyle event.</p><p>Maties swimmers John Maree, Stephano Roodt, Michelle Nieuwstad and Max Kieser also reached the finals of their respective events.</p>
Hard work and determination lead to Varsity Cup debut for Maties rugby player work and determination lead to Varsity Cup debut for Maties rugby playerMaties Sport Media<p>Logan Boonzaaier's story does not only prove that dreams do come true and that hard work is rewarded, but also that the structures Stellenbosch University and Maties Sport have put in place to assist prospective and current student-athletes work.</p><p>Boonzaaier recently made his debut for Maties in the Varsity Cup series. However, his first match in the maroon jersey is preceded by an interesting tale characterised by big dreams and determination.</p><p>"I really wanted to study at Stellenbosch University but my marks weren't good enough," says Boonzaaier, who matriculated from Franschhoek High School in 2014.</p><p>"So in 2015 I applied for the SciMathUS programme with the aim of improving my marks and becoming a Matie. SciMathUS not only helped me to improve my marks and gain admission to SU, it also taught me to prioritise better. To study and get my degree is the most important thing to me. I want to achieve something in my life. I want to have a good job one day."</p><p>The SciMathUS programme – a bridging programme situated in the Faculty of Education – offers learners, who have already passed Grade 12 (with an average of at least 60%) but who do not qualify for higher education, a second opportunity to improve their NSC results in specific subjects to enable them to re-apply for university programmes. The programme offers students a choice between a Science and Accounting stream. Students therefore take either Mathematics and Physical Sciences and rewrite the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination in both subjects or Mathematics and Introduction to Financial Accounting and Introduction in Economics. These students then rewrite the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination only in Mathematics. The other two subjects are offered and assessed by SU.</p><p>After completing the SciMathUS programme successfully, Boonzaaier was accepted to study BCom Financial Accounting at SU in 2016. </p><p>He has always been a keen rugby player and he represented the PSO Barbarians in the first-year's tournament last year.</p><p>He would never have guessed that he had actually taken the first step to becoming a member of the Maties rugby team.</p><p>"Everything happened quite unexpectedly. The coach of the Maties Young Guns (u/20 team) Christoff Lotter saw me play. He called me and told me to come train with the Young Guns. I could not believe it! For me, part of being a Matie is playing rugby for Maties."</p><p>After a season of playing scrumhalf for the Young Guns, Boonzaaier received another call – this time from Hawies Fourie, Maties' coach.</p><p>"He asked me if I would be interested in playing for the Varsity Cup team. Would I be interested?! Again, I could not believe it. Another dream come true. I give all the glory to God for the wonderful way things are happening in my life."</p><p>Boonzaaier made his Varsity Cup debut for Maties when he ran out as replacement scrumhalf against NMMU-Madibaz. He is very excited about the doors that are opening for him.</p><p>Read <a href="">this article</a> for more success stories.</p>
Chad and Cameron returning to Coetzenburg and Cameron returning to CoetzenburgPia Nänny<p>South Africa's swimming hero Chad le Clos will compete in Stellenbosch this weekend with redemption on his mind.</p><p>He will use the Swimming Grand Prix to be held at Coetzenburg from 24-26 February as preparation for the SA National Aquatic Championships<strong> </strong>in April.</p><p>His ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary and regain the 200 m butterfly title. Le Clos won the Olympic title in this event in 2012 and the world championships title in 2013. However, at the 2015 FINA World Championships Le Clos was pushed into second place by the Hungarian Laszlo Cseh and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Le Clos had to settle for fourth place as Michael Phelps took gold.</p><p>"I want to win back that 200 m 'fly title," Le Clos said this week.</p><p>"It's been haunting me since last year. I've said it before – it was the worst race of my career. I'd love Michael to come back, but obviously he's not. The only real form of redemption will be winning that gold in Hungary."</p><p>He also has his eyes set on the 200 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly titles.</p><p>Le Clos will be in action in four events this weekend: the 100 m and 200 m freestyle and the 100 m and 200 m butterfly.</p><p>"I feel good about returning to Stellenbosch – in my opinion it is one of the best facilities in the country and the event always has a great atmosphere."</p><p>It is the third time that a Grand Prix event will be hosted in Coetzenburg's state-of-the-art Olympic-size swimming pool.</p><p>Le Clos won all four items he participated in last year while Olympic silver medallist Cameron van der Burgh, who will be returning for a second time, won the 50m breast stroke event.</p><p>Pierre de Roubaix, swimming head coach and sport manager at Stellenbosch University, said it was an honour to host this event in collaboration with Western Cape Aquatics and Swimming South Africa.</p><p>"We're delighted that well-known swimmers such as Chad and Cameron keep on returning to this event. It also gives our local swimmers a chance to compete against the best in the country."</p><p>Maties swimmer and SA 400 m freestyle champion Caitlin Kat will be in action in the middle distance events. She will be joined by Emma Chelius who brought home three medals from the Durban leg of the Grand Prix series.</p><p>Maties Swimming's SA Junior competitor from Rhenish Girls High, Kiara Noades, who won two gold medals in Durban, will have the opportunity to swim in front of her home crowd.</p><p>Tickets for the event can be purchased in front of the Maties Gymnasium at Coetzenburg between 13:00-14:00 from Monday 20 February till Thursday 23 February. If available, tickets will also be sold at the gate.</p><p>Enquiries on 021 808 4925 (mornings only) or</p><p><strong>Programme and ticket prices:</strong></p><p>24 February – 17:00 heats              R50 per person<br> 25 February – 10:00 finals               R100 per person<br> 25 February – 17:00 heats              R50 per person<br> 26 February – 10:00 finals               R100 per person</p><p>Group packages are also available on request.</p>