2008 Club Captain Chad Barker rounds up the 2008 season:
The long UCT Rugby season has drawn to a close. A season which started in January for the 1st XV and February for all other players and ended in late September, in dramatic style at the recent Intervarsity.
Varsity Cup and preseason
To recap the 2008 year started with much anticipation from potential 1st team players and the supporters of the UCT RFC. This anticipation was caused by the reappointment of John Dobson as first XV coach and the opening year of the exciting Varsity Cup tournament. UCT thrilled all who supported them during this tournament and caused agony for all else. This led to the honour of the most exciting team in the tournament title being bestowed on them, as well as a first place log finish and a last second final defeat to arch rivals Maties.
During the Varsity Cup, the rest of the club started the season as per normal, with the preseason fixtures including the traditional fixtures against Ceres and the Mark Jordaan Memorial against
The Super League A season started for the 1st XV against Dur-Bell with a poor performance in which they lost. The fairy tale of the Varsity Cup appeared to be over. There were a large number of injured players and the 1st XV, suffered another loss to
During the June/July holidays the club sent a representative side to
After the vacation, UCT played against SK Walmers. This time the 1st XV and a large portion of the club were unsuccessful. The SK Walmers managed to make it home and away victories in a tight and very intense affair. Other highlights of the season were the rain soaked match against Villagers, the MC
On a sadder note the club suffered three major losses this year in the form of Ishmail Dramat, David Martin and Monte Taljaard. Ishmail and David passed after struggling with cancer and Monte was tragically killed in a car accident. The 3rd XV was named after Ish Dramat and an annual bursary is currently being established in memory of Monte.
The annual Black Tie Dinner was held as a fundraiser, as was a successful Golf day and the UK Dinner is still to be held in the near future. Many thanks must go to all the members of the 200 Club, because without their contributions the club would not be able to operate at its current service level. The format of the Annual Players Dinner was changed to an informal meal at the Club after Monte’s devastating accident.
To finish off the season, the club would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to all the members of the Exco, all the club’s employees, team coaching and managerial staff and the players for all the time that you have given to the club, for it is you who make the UCT Rugby Football Club all that it is.