Thursday, June 11, 2015

Restvale Primary win the Western Cape Danone Nations Cup

Laurence Rathenam, the principal of Restvale Methodist Primary School, in  Beaufort West, and manager of their under-12 soccer team has nicknamed his team “Die miere” (the ants) because of the way they all work hard together for a common purpose, and it’s that attitude, he believes, that has made them Western Cape champions in the under-12 Danone Nations Cup.

They took the title at the provincial finals in Mossel Bay on 6th June and, although Rathenham has lost count of how many times they have entered the tournament, this is the first time they will be going to the national finals.

“When we were knocked out at the regional finals last year our plan was to win in 2015 and we did just that,” he said. “Now that we have achieved that goal we can start focusing on the bigger picture which is the nationals.”

The Restvale team is a mixture of experienced and new players and Rathenham believes that’s a good thing because the older players have taken on a “big brother” role and are helping the younger ones.

“The team has amazed me. They have listened to instructions and have lived up to the Danone Nations Cup motto which is ‘believe in your dreams’,” he said. “They have proved to me that they are committed to winning this tournament and I believe that they will if they continue along the same path.”

Rathenham is a professional referee who took charge of the team this year. He has enlisted the help of Vernon Reyners, a coach at one of the local clubs, to prepare the team for the provincials. “He is an excellent coach and has brought in some technical aspects that have proved successful,” Rathenham said.

The provincial finals were tough as they didn’t know what to expect, but the boys weren’t nervous or intimidated, Rathenham said. “We were impressed at how they managed to maintain their cool and we hope that they do that in the national finals in Gauteng on 27th June.”

The team has a lot of talented players, and Rathenham said he is proud of all of them, but there were 3 shining stars: defender Kenneth Booysen, midfielder Jeremy Oosthuizen and striker Chad Solomons, who scored 3 goals at the provincial finals.

“We have the backing of the school, the parents and the entire community. Playing in the nationals will be a first for us and let’s hope that our team will be the first Western Cape team to play in the world finals in Morocco in October,” said Rathenham.

The team is taking a short break to recuperate from the provincial finals before they get down to preparing for the nationals.

Imakaya 2 vs Erika 0
Masakhane 0 (2) vs Restvale 0 (1)
Naphakade 0 (1) vs Kleinberg 0 (2)
Mzoxolo 0 (5) vs Reitenbosch 0 (4)
Imakaya 0 vs Naphakade 2
Masakhane 0 vs Mzoxolo 2
Erika 0 vs Kleinberg 2
Restvale 1 (3) vs Reitenbosch 1 (2)
Kleinberg 1 vs Imakaya 0
Reitenbosch 2 (3) vs Masakhane 2 (2)
Naphakade 1 vs Erika 0
Mzoxolo 0 vs Restvale 1
Kleinberg 0 (2) vs Restvale Primary 0 (3)

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