“I think to really have a social aspect to the club was a factor that assisted us. To play in a two-day competition when you are a student can be a challenge so the enjoyment factor is important,” said Paterson.
UCT appointed an assistant first-team coach Bulelani Libazi to support Ryan Maron and Hayden Higgs took over the mantle as second-team coach.
The first team finished third in the First Division A League, the second team ended third in Reserve B, the third team won Reserve F and boasted a clean disciplinary record, Paterson said.
The club realized the importance of strengthening the quality of the second and third team, thereby increasing the depth of the squad and raising the bar for the first team. There was no room for complacency as it became more competitive, Paterson remarked.
“Over the last few years, UCT has not done well and we have fallen away a bit, but we have reassessed the structures and also emphasized the importance of enjoying the game and one another’s company on the field,” he said.
“The players are seriously up-beat about the award, and that our efforts have paid off. Now it is a case of onwards and upwards to the next level,” he said