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!Tweet