WP reward Duvenage, Koster
Cape Town - The Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) held its annual awards evening on Wednesday evening at the Kelvin Grove Club.
The event, held in conjunction with Die Burger, CTC Sport and DHL, recognises club performance within the Western Province and WP professional players, who have performed well in 2011.
WP loose forward Nick Koster walked away with the award for “WP Best Forward".
The award for “WP Best Backline player” went to Dewaldt Duvenage who, before his foot injury had a remarkable season, alongside Siya Kolisi, who was awarded the “Most Promising Senior player” trophy.
Winger JJ Engelbrecht won the “Players Player of the Year Award”, an award voted for by his peers.
With both the Province u19 and u21 teams progressing to the semi-finals of their respective tournaments, there was a lot of talent to choose from in the Junior Awards category.
Youngster Rayn Smidt took the “WP u19 Best Forward” category, with team-mate Kobus van Wyk chosen as the “WP u19 Best Backline player” and flyhalf Dillyn Leyds as the “Most Promising u19 player”.
In the u21 category, wing Tshotsho Mbovane was the well deserved winner of the “Best Backline player” award, with flanker Reuben Johannes rewarded for a great season by being selected as the “Best Forward”. Province fullback Heinrich Steyl scooped the award for the “Most Promising u21 player”.
Demetri Catrakilis was recognised as the “Clubs’ Player of the Year”, whilst the “Women’s Player of the Year” went to Andrea Stubbs. Varsity Cup Champions, UCT, were also awarded the Grand Challenge for the first time since 1992. The WP Disa and WP Amateur teams collected their trophies for winning their National competitions.
WP coach Allister Coetzee, commented: “Whilst the job is not quite done yet, this season has already been a remarkable one for WP Rugby at all levels, the team and our supporters. The structures are in place through the ranks and rugby in the province is strong and healthy. Congratulations to all of the winners here tonight.”
Tobie Titus, President of the WPRFU, added: “Congratulations to all that have achieved here tonight. Rugby in the WP is growing from strength to strength. Investment into the structures and careful foresight and vision will ensure returns into the future.”
Full list of winners:
WP best back - Dewaldt Duvenage
WP best forward - Nick Koster
WP most promising U19 - Dillyn Leyds
WP best back U19 - Kobus van Wyk
WP best forward U19 - Rayn Smidt
WP most promising U21 - Heinrich Steyl
WP best back U21 - Tshotsho Mbovane
WP best forward U21 - Reuben Johannes
WP most promising Snr. player - Siya Kolisi
Club’s Player of the year - Demetri Catrakilis
Players player of the year - JJ Engelbrecht
Women Player of the Year - Andrea Stubbs