So a week passed since these two Paarl primary schools met in their yearly inter-schools derby. If you are a Gim supporter you are most probably only recovering from all the celebrations and if you are a Boishaai supporter you still can’t believe what you witnessed on 03/08/2017.
The game started with Gim scoring 2 tries within 5 minutes when Liam Koen flyhalf and Logan Oppermanoutside centre both dotted down and Boishaai were trailing 14-0. Both tries came from the kick-off with Gim dominating the rucks, running standoffs and then unleashing their dangerous backs.
Boishaai did have some fight in them early on and were awarded a penalty try after winning a lineout 10 meters from the goal line when Gim was penalised for collapsing the maul. This was, however, the last excitement these boys saw who only had to defend for the next 35 minutes of the match.
Gim then dominated all aspects of the game, their forwards worked hard in the oven giving scrumhalf JJ van der Sandt great ball to allow the Gim backline to run havoc. Before halftime Gim scored another three tries. One by left wing Thyron Ross, one by fullback Shaun Ray and one by right wing Enzo Labuschagne to go into halftime with a healthy lead of 31-7.
The second half was just a repeat from the last 15 minutes of the first half with Gim going over another 5 times. Left wing Thyron Ross went over for his second, outside centre Logan Opperman added another 3 tries to his name and flyhalf Liam Koen ended off with his second try for Gim to end with a total of 10 tries for the day. Boishaai scored the last try by their number 7 flank Christopher Hendriks after a mistake by Gim in the lineout 5 meters from their tryline.
Final score after Quinton Immelman blew his whistle saw Gim triumphant with a new record score of 58-14. One can’t help to feel that this was for all the supporters a day they will remember for a very long time. This 2017 Paarl Gim u/13A side is definitely a special group of players who dominated throughout the year.
Credit must go to Renso Nel (Forwards Coach) and Carl Snyman (Backline Coach) for the way they coached and developed these boys, not only on the field but also off the field. They made boys into young men and young men into gentlemen.
So, there you have it! Best u/13 (Paarl Gimnasium) & u/19 team (Paarl Boishaai) in the country is in Paarl merely 1 kilometre apart!