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Leopards pride of ‘dorpie’

It is their first season playing in the Simonsberg League and already the Gordon Leopards RFC of Gordon’s Bay are making huge strides.

They are at the top of the log with just one game to go, possibly poised to be first-time winners.

The team, made up of players from the local community, was initially formed by a bunch of guys who just wanted to play rugby. It was founded by local rugby enthusiasts Johandré Beylefeld and Kobus Pine Pienaar in April 2017.

“We initially had only 10 players when we started,” said coach Johan van Eeden, speaking at the unveiling of the new team jersey, which took place at Red Sky Breweries on the evening of Friday 28 June.

“Today there are more than 70 players on our books. We played friendlies for the better part of the last two years, and this season we joined the Simonsberg League.

“It’s great fun and the guys all really enjoy it. Winning the league will be just amazing for the team and we are keeping our fingers crossed.”

The naval field serves as the team’s home grounds and this past weekend the team hosted Faure RFC and snatched a 25-23 victory.

Van Eeden emphasised the Gordon Leopards “are a local team” and “want to serve the local community”, adding that the lads have a passion for their dorpie, Gordon’s Bay.

“We have partnered with Lending Hands to Success and will, in the coming weeks, volunteer our time to various community projects, including the revamp of Kaboutertjie Crèche among other initiatives in Temperance Town and surrounds.”

Founder of Lending Hands to Success JP Marais says the Gordon Leopards rugby club will be part of revamping one of the classes for the children at the crèche and that they are greatly appreciative of all those who have come on board to support this dream.

“A special word of thanks to the rugby team, which is willing to put in the extra hard work in helping us with the physical labour,” he said.

“We are still in need of a lot more and if anyone would like to contribute they can find us on Facebook, @LendingHands2Success, or they can phone Jordin on 082 966 5551.”

Marais added that future plans for the crèche include the supply of computers for use by the young children and reading material and programmes implemented that will give career guidance and soft-skill training.

The evening concluded with the unveiling of the new Gordon Leopards RFC jersey, which they received through a sponsor.

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