Backs step aside – the Ikeys heavies got to work on the concrete pillars
Last weekend, the UCT Ikey Tigers Varsity Cup squad did a change room upgrade blitz, that doubled up as a team-building exercise. Almost 30 players went to work under the guidance of project managers – Eagles and 3rd team prop Wilke Brink and 2009 captain Bodo Sieber and turned things around within a couple of hours.
UCT’s main change room was in desperate need to of some love, with crumbling paint and moisture damage all over the walls. After management had decided “The Cage” – the Ikey Tigers trusted change room behind the Pub – would be too small and too hot during the VC summer games, the players went to work and upgraded what will be their base for the upcoming home games in February and March.
The squad was split up into groups – the scrapers, the painters, the demolishion squad and the cleaners – and soon after the change room was bustling with madness, grinders, dust, noise and paint. The room and the benches were originally divided up by concrete pillars, which were removed by the players, the rest of the work involved a heavy handed facelift - scraping, painting and cleaning up the epic mess.
The amount of manpower was put to good use, as just 4 hours later the changeroom looked good as new and ready for action.
While the squad had a lot of fun with sledge hammers, angle grinders and paint rollers, they also got to give something back to their club and the club’s teams that support them so well.
The Varsity Cup team will put the “new” facilities to good use during the tournament, until the 1st team moves back into The Cage once the league starts in April. Then all other UCT teams will benefit from the upgraded area when they gear up for the 2010 season.
Thanks again to everyone who got involved.
Grant Kemp and Dayne “Danger” Jans – skilled plastic surgeons
Pallo Manuel – ladder? Never heard of it.
Don Armand loving the dust – Bodo “The Door” Sieber in the background
Sharief Hendricks finishes Dangers job
Another pillar bites the dust
Bodo Sieber and Don Armand discuss the next phase
Moving onto the main area, once the dust had settled – Mike Ledwidge, Jannie Bester, Sharief Hendricks and Marcel Brashe
Rob Talotti, Danger and Egg
Waiting to clear away another concrete slab
Simba, Marvin Christians, Wes Chetty and Nick Groom finish the shower area
The grinders noise stopped and was replaced by chants of “The Warrior Poet” the Ikeys team song
Andre “Spies” Goosen, Kuselo “Predator” Moyake, and Kyle Wickens add some touches
Sipho Evans only found out later the paint wasn’t water based
Good as new – the changeroom after the 4 hour blitz.