Sharks Juniors honoured

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 25 Oct 2010 at 10:29
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The Sharks recently held their under 19 and under 21 prize giving ceremonies. We’d like to congratulate the players who won awards.

Both teams enjoyed mixed fortunes this season. Swys de Bruin’s under 21 side ran up some huge scores during the round robin phase, with losses to the Blue Bulls home and away the only blots to their copybook heading into the final round. Expected to beat Western Province quite easily in that encounter (having secured a 41-14 victory in the first round), the youngsters inexplicably went down to the men from the Cape and in so doing, consigned themselves to playing the Bulls away in the semi. Sean Everitt’s under 19 side bounced back well after a disastrous start to the competition and went through the second round undefeated. Their poor early form, though meant that they couldn’t finish any higher than third, meaning a trip to Loftus for them as well.

Both sides narrowly lost their away semi-finals, the under 19s by 3 points and the under 21s by 4.

For the under 21s, the award for backline player of the season goes to winger Mark Richards who was the team’s top try-scorer with 10 tries (3rd highest in the competition). Richards has been rewarded for his hard work with a call-up to the Springbok 7s training squad. Forward of the year goes to Sharks XV and Baby Bok lock forward Jandre Marais, whose brother Peet also played for the side. Two other players were honoured as well, fullback Wynand Pienaar was chosen as the best team player and Kenyan superhero Dan Ojiambo as the most-improved player. Pienaar enjoyed a superb season at the back, before tragically breaking his leg against Province in the final game. We hope he will be back stronger than ever in 2011. Ojiambo made a huge replacement all over the show, playing at wing, centre, loose forward and lock through the course of the season.

For the under 19s, it was former Affies inside centre Heimar Williams who was named back of the year, with Glenwood flanker Francois Kleynhans scooping forward of the year, in his second season with the under 19s. Big Zimbabwean second-rower Mike Williams, who also captained the side, was selected as the best team player.

Congrats to all the winners!


  • I think Mark richards fully deserved it

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.10.10 10:54:59 by mikey Reply
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  • Well done to Richards for his call up to the 7′s! Awesome.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.10.10 11:05:33 by Sportbilly Reply
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  • Well done Mark- a player with real heart.

    I hope Dan starts getting more opportunities now.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.10.10 12:07:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : let’s just hope they give him a contract

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.10.10 12:17:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Surely we can’t be that stupid! The kid is a monster! :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.10.10 12:24:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : there’s only so much money to go around…

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.10.10 12:36:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • So what?

    This guy is a freak of nature! Sign him up and let him play lock, flank or wing!

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.10.10 12:42:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : well, still waiting to get the scoop on who’s in and who’s out

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.10 13:10:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : hope the bulls dont sign him !!! :sad: .. agree ,dan “the ken-yan” is a must ,future springbok ( in the 15 and 7`s game )

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.10.10 15:42:17 by bergshark Reply

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  • @mikey (Comment 1) : @Sportbilly (Comment 2) : @Big Fish (Comment 3) : the 70 kg jonah lomuh :smile:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.10.10 15:43:47 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Sportbilly (Comment 2) : would like to see dan ” the ken-yan” play 7`s ..reckon that would be a sight !! our 7`s can do with the size ( 1.97m 110 kg ) and speed ( 40m @4.8sec) combo ..not to mention the skills combo

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.10.10 15:49:58 by bergshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : is paul jordaan ( grey college & sa schools centre) def heading to the sharks next year ?

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.10.10 15:52:48 by bergshark Reply

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