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GOLD CUP CHAMPIONS
28 October 2017
False Bay players and coaching staff testimonials acknowledge the benefits of training with False Bay Crossfit
Stellenbosch University scored a try in the last move of the match to snatch victory from False Bay, popularly regarded as deserved winners in their SLA semi-final at City Park on Saturday. The Maties led 12-10 when the teams changed ends at the break.
With the start of the eagerly awaited delayed to accommodate the SLB semi-final between St Georgians of Strand and Hamlets of Mamre , which had to go into extra-time before Hamlets clinched the result in the last move of extra time and with that, promotion to the SLA.
Wing Mustaqeem Jappie, in his 100th appearance for False Bay, led his team onto the pitch, the diminutive dynamo cutting a pensive and proud image as he waited in the tunnel to start the team pitch entrance.
MATIES BREAK BAY HEARTS
THE GOLDEN YEARS
The 2014 season reiterated that False Bay could compete in the Super League A. They had done so under Kevin Musikanth with third and seventh position finishes in their two-year visit back to the top and under a fresh, albeit unproven coaching panel, they delivered an impressive fourth place finish.
Both the player group and the coaching staff recognized that a different approach was needed, that the “same-old” would not suffice. Michael Poppmeier was appointed as First XN captain and was supported by an exceptionally strong and experienced senior player group which included Justin van Winkel, Vlam van Vuuren, Marc Davids, Ryan “Vleis” Olivier, Ridhaa Damon, Danie Roux, Graham Knoop, Franky Charlie and Andrew Whittaker, amongst others.
The Bay were determined to improve on this, not only in terms of the First XV but with regards their other teams, equally important in the Club dynamic.
In his piece already posted (https://www.falsebayrugby.com/the-poppmeier-era), Popps touches on the change in approach to fitness and team spirit, while van der Walt and his panel prepared the playing force for the season ahead.
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