The Boland Rugby Union (BRU) held its annual general meeting at the Boland Stadium in Wellington on Thursday 23 March. The following executive members were elected for the next two years: John Adams, Klaas Cloete, Maurice Markus, Burton Niemand and Bennie van Rooi.
These five newly elected executive members will join BRU’s existing board, consisting of BRU president Ivan Pekeur, vice-president Stephen Jones and current executive board member Denver Pienaar.
Boland Rugby’s annual financial report was also presented, which confirmed a very good financial year for Boland Rugby in 2016.
For the second year running, the union’s financial year showed a clean audit, the most recent financial report showing a profit of over R3 million – a very positive outcome, despite earlier media allegations of mismanaged funds, fraud and corruption within the BRU.
During a special meeting that preceded the AGM, chaired by Pat Kuhn and assisted by Christo Ferreira, both SARU and BRU clubs (chairpersons and delegates) voted against a motion of no confidence in BRU’s president and executive board.
The president and executive committee allowed the tabling of the motion, despite the fact that the few clubs and individuals who brought the motion were unable to do so in terms of BRU’s Constitution. It came as no surprise when the motion was overwhelmingly rejected by the special general meeting of members.
“We are disappointed it had to come to this point, but are happy if not at all surprised by the outcome,” Pekeur said.
“The time for petty politics and personal agendas is over. Everyone can, and should, now focus all their time on matters that serve the best interests of Boland rugby.”
He also expressed his excitement about the state of club rugby in the Boland, with the current competition format having received praise from the rugby community across the country.
“Looking at the spectators flooding through the gates on weekends, the new competition structure has changed the face of club rugby in the Boland,” Pekeur continued.
The Boland Cavaliers have also enjoyed a good 2016 season, finishing seventh on the overall Currie Cup log.
On Sunday 23 April, the Cavaliers will play away against Border at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Kick-off is at 13:30 and will be broadcast live.