7 November 2016 – Old Andrean Jared McIntyre and the team he founded, the Mustangs, were recently named the Disabled Team of the Year at the Radio Rosestad Sports Awards, which were held at Tuscan Rose, just outside of Bloemfontein.
Sharing in the team’s success at the function were his father Bruce, who is also the team manager, and coach Peter West, who was nominated as Coach of the Year. “It was a special thing, because they said the ‘second Currie Cup’ was in Bloemfontein. We received a standing ovation. It was quite a thing,” he shared.
Mustangs’ captain Jared McIntyre and his father, team manager Bruce, hold the South African Wheelchair Rugby League trophy after the Mustangs defeated Mandeville to win the title for a first time
With the Mustangs having recently won the South African Wheelchair Rugby League title, he is hopeful the team’s success could lead to further support from sponsors.
Support from the Cheetahs
Free State Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster has been a long-time supporter of the Mustangs and congratulated them on their success. There is talk of bringing the two champion rugby teams together. “We’re hoping for the best there,” McIntyre said. “There are a lot of people pushing for us to have a day together with the Cheetahs.
“We are hoping we can ride on this wave. We are busy with our budget currently. We will be approaching our current sponsors, as well as people who have previously assisted us and also potential sponsors. We have a lot of work to do over the next two months.”
Hard at work
For many, the festive season is a time to relax and take it easy, but the Mustangs are still training hard in preparation for the Interprovincial Championships. As the only team in the Free State they will again carry the province’s hopes with them.
“We are carrying on training. We are also looking for additional players. We need to try and broaden our player base by early in the new year, so that the guys can start training and getting fit and used to the game. By the end of February, they will at least be halfway there,” McIntyre reckoned.
“We are definitely not taking the foot off the pedal. There are regions that are going to feature combined teams. We’ve got to ensure that we keep our socks pulled up.”