Diggers Rugby Club chairman Riaan Matthys holding the Currie Cup
No task is too deep or too high for Diggers Rugby Club chairman Riaan Matthys to achieve and even hosting a Currie Cup game is on his To Do list. Diggers will host the Currie Cup Qualifying game against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday 7 May with the Golden Lions Rugby Union taking the decision to take these games to the community. Matthys and wife Jo, short for Joarina, is hard at work planning a day filled with rugby and like in sport, these two work as a team. Jo is expecting the couple’s fifth child in June but that doesn’t deter her from helping out at the club. Both were married before and the fifth baby will be the couple’s third child together. Riaan will be in two minds on Saturday as he is a born and bred Free Stater. He grew up in Bloemfontein where he started playing rugby at under six level. After matriculating at HTS Ben Vorster he represented Shimlas at various levels as a utility forward, but preferring number eight.
After completing his studies in Accountancy and furthering his studies in the field he started his own company that does costing for mines. He travels a lot and in the process has been in the highest gold mine in the world, which is 5200 meters up in the Andes mountains of Chile. He has also been down the deepest gold mine, AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng gold mine, located south-west of Johannesburg in South Africa, currently the deepest mine in the world. Despite his hectic work and travel schedule he still kept on playing rugby and up until 2014 captained the Diggers side since he joined them in 2007. He also represented the Golden Lions Sub Union side for the last six years.
With his and wife Jo’s involvement with and love for Diggers rugby club they moved to Randburg to be closer to the club and he says he can now hit the club from his backyard with a decent golf shot with a wedge. Diggers has been consistently one of the top clubs in the Senior Grand Challenge, beating Harlequins 44-5 in the final.“We are very excited about the opportunity of hosting the Xerox Golden Lions XV and the Free State Cheetahs at our club and we really hope the community comes out to support us. We are planning a fun day full of rugby but will also cater for the young ones with a special area that will keep the kids busy,” Matthys promised.The Currie Cup, won by the Golden Lions in 2015, will also be in attendance and supporters will be able to take pictures with the Cup at no cost.
Kick off is at 15:00 and entrance is R10 p/p and R20 per car.
Programme for the day:
Hier is die program vir die dag:
10:10 o/13 Diggers vs Hurleyvale Primary
11:20 1ste Span Laerskool Fontainebleau vs Bryanston Paralel Medium
12:30 Randpark High vs. Krugersdorp High
14:00 Free Field for Currie Cup warmup
15:00 Xerox Golden Lions XV vs Cheetahs
17:30 Diggers vs Khosa
Extra info for the day…Live Bands after the games, Children Section with Tuck Shop and Child Minders, Screen in Bar for Super Rugby Games, Food Vendors, Beer Tent and Secure Parking.