Planning Big in 2013
The Mets Rugby Club First and Second sides went through the 2012 season undefeated in a total of 30 games and aim to be just as competitive in 2013.
The Mets Rugby Club started way back in 1980s, then known as the Boars. Derrick Moorhouse was the first Chairperson.
The club started out in the 5th division and faired pretty well with the rest of the teams, but never really got to the top of the division. They practiced when they could but had no coach, so they simply enjoyed the game and did the best they could.
They originally shared their grounds with George Campbell School but lost their clubhouse when the land was developed. A new clubhouse was built on the George Campbell field, therefore they lost the rights and co-ownership rights.
Despite the Club moving from strength to strength, they were unable to grow in numbers and always struggled to field a team. This was partly to non support of management, and the inability to acquire sponsorship, bearing in mind that the badge of the Boars was the City Police Badge.
It was then decided to drop the Police Badge for a new badge that would best describe the team and what they stood for.
The proposal was: a shield with four open quadrants, ie:
1. In the top left quadrant a Boar's Head (they were mostly policeman, so it was fitting the it should be a pig's head, yes I know, they know people call us "Pigs". So why not give a description as a Boar, bearing in mind that a Boar in his natural surroundings, when threatened, is a very dangerous animal. So what it states is that they we're dangerous on the field and a worthy opponent, so be careful).
2. In the top right quadrant was depicted a rugby ball and a set of rugby poles (on the face of the image of a rugby ball and poles shows the game of rugby, however, it actually symbolizes that the ball, which is foremost in the image, indicates sportsmanship and gamesmanship in the game). The poles pointing to the horizon point towards the future in the game and symbolizes that they always look to the future and not in the past.
3. In the bottom left quadrant, a ship's anchor and a portion of rope (this shows that they come from a Harboured City, a Port of Call as it were, as it was in yesteryear. They all know that Durban in the past was known as the "Port of Natal", so the anchor shows where they come from and to show that they are grounded. The rope intertwined on the anchor shows our restraint and strength and slow to anger).
4. In the bottom right quadrant is the international symbol of justice. This illustrated that they were fair and just, also portraying that they were in the Justice game of Law and order).
At this stage in the 2004/6 period of their history, support was low and they were losing a lot of players, so it was decided that control of the club was to be moved out of the hands of the members of the department. Jason Davis took over the reins and took it outside of the police, without any interferences, baggage and ties.
This move has proved to be the right one as the club is growing in strength, both with regard to players and spectators. In 2012, with new coaches Wally Fobian and Grant Petzer taking charge of the First team and Jason Davis taken control of the 2nd team, the club achieved beyond all expectation as the stats below show:
Mets 2nd team stats for 2012:
Games played 14
Games won 14
Games lost 0
Points scored 288
Points against 52
Tries scored 57
Mets 1st team stats for 2012:
Games played 16
Games won 16
Games lost 0
Points scored 495
Points against 51
Tries scored 84
With a new management team for 2013, they would like to invite old and new players back to the club. They are punting to enter teams into the 3rd and 5th divisions and if they can, an U21 side as well.
Pre-session started at 18h00 on Tuesday 08th January 2013.
Durban Mets look forward to welcoming old and new members in 2013.