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Sentraal brush off defeat, with plans afoot for the grand opening of their new Glencoe home

Sentraal is looking to put this defeat behind them as they mark their 56th anniversary by officially opening their new home at the Glencoe sports ground on May 4.

Sentraal went down 26-0 away to Vryheid’s Maroon Rugby Machine in a game played in rainy conditions in Vryheid on Saturday.
Vryheid started strongly running in a try in the first few minutes.
The game settled into a war of attrition, with both teams testing each other’s defences. However, the great equaliser was the wet ball. Unforced errors were common and the score at the break was 7-0 to Vryheid.
In the second half, the weather partially cleared up and the game started to flow. Vryheid’s scrums started to stifle Sentraal’s big forward pack. Vryheid poached Sentraal’s ball in broken play and the ball was dotted down.
This was followed by another try; the game slowed down as the Sentraal men put their heads down and pushed hard for the remainder of the half.
In the closing stages of the game, Sentraal were on the attack and put a kick into the Vryheid 22; unfortunately for Sentraal, Mnoto (Vryheid’s speedster) was waiting and he had enough time to access the defensive line of Sentraal. At pace, Mnoto beat three defenders and scored a try in a piece of individual brilliance.
Renier van Rooyen was Sentraal’s forward player of the day, and the back-line player was Alex van Rooyen.

Sentraal to officially open new home on May 4

After 16 successful years of playing at the Dundee High School fields, the rugby club was forced to move after the rent became untenable.
However, club secretary Delmarie Kriel said that players and management are looking forward to setting up home in Glencoe – which, ironically, was the original home of local rugby before that venue fell into disrepair.
The Glencoe venue has since been renovated, thanks to funding from then Buffalo Coal and the municipality.
“Unfortunately, there is no clubhouse as such, so we are hoping to raise funds to build one,” Delmarie told the Courier.

The floodlights that Sentraal paid for and installed at Dundee High are to be removed and sold to raise money.
“May 4 will be a big day, as we are hoping for former players to come through on the day to support us.
“We will be playing against Volksrust at 3.30pm, but we want to make a day of it by encouraging people to put up stalls where they can sell food, crafts, etc.”
There will also be entertainment for the kids.
Delmarie said that Sentraal, a registered NPO, is also looking for other sponsors to come forward to assist.
“We want to make this venue a real home for all our sports people.
“Please come and support us.”
Anyone wishing to book a stall or wanting more information is asked to contact Delmarie on 072 698 8220.

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