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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:30

Rugby: Dale College's "Griffy" Griffith Gets 100th Cap

Not every player regardless of how good and talented they may be can become a coach. In the sport of rugby you can survey all the great players and count on one hand how many have became successful coaches. All too often they fall by the wayside and tarnish a career that looked so bright when they were players.

It is not because of any lack of understanding the game, but more a lack of fully understanding the players who play the sport which undoes many a player turned coach. Because, a truly successful coach is a very special type of animal. One who can look at each of the players in the team, regardless of their individual skill, and see something that no one else can- their true potential.

They have the uncanny knack of being able to take raw ability and mould it into a team of achievers that will play beyond their individual standards and achieve success further than their expectations.

In an occupation that seldom lasts a decade before “new blood” is looked for, there is one school rugby coach who stands out as such a rare species. The Dale College Head Coach, Grant Neil “Griffy” Griffith.

Forget the spitting, yelling and stomping, that stereotypically indentifies a coach, here is a general who, with just a firm stare has inspired an entire school for over two decades as a player and a coach.

Last Saturday, Grant Griffith coached Dale College for the 100th match. It was a very special milestone for “Griffy” and although not given to too much emotion would have been eager to see his beloved Dale First XV players completing a victory on this memorable occasion. His players as if sensing the importance of the occasion did not disappoint and romped home to victory with a comfortable 27-0 win over Graeme College.

It was a fitting tribute to a product and true son of Dale College who came through the Dale Junior age rugby ranks to earn a total of 60 Dale First XV Caps as a player between 1991 to 1993.

He was the captain of the unbeaten all conquering Dale side of 1993 who beat amongst others Grey College 26-7 in Bloemfontien and enjoyed an triumphant tour of the UK.

Griffy would go on to Captain the Border school Craven Week side where he was awarded a Dale College Rugby Honours Cap.

As a coach he started coaching the junior teams at Dale Junior School where he was quickly found to be a master at his trade. Soon he was coaching the Dale First XV and has been involved with the coaching the Border Schools Craven Week teams as well ever since.

After 135 years of Dale Rugby history we are honoured to share this significant milestone with Griffy. He is Dale’s most successful Rugby Captain and the only Old Dalian and First XV Rugby Coach to receive a commemorative Honours Cap.

All at SA School Sport salute Griffy for this great achievement and wish the Coach and Dale College much success in the matches and seasons to come!

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