Demetri Catrakilis

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Demetri Catrakilis
Personal information
Nickname The Greek God
Born (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 25)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
School(s) attended St John's College
University University of Johannesburg
University of Cape Town
Club information
Playing position Fly-Half
Current club Western Province / Stormers
Youth career
2006–08 Golden Lions
Amateur team(s)
Years Team
2011 UCT Ikey Tigers 9 (136)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2009–10 Racing Metro 0 (0)
2011– Western Province 34 (425)
2013 Kings 15 (151)
2013– Western Province 17 (192)
2014– Stormers 8 (44)
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 25 October 2014.
† Appearances (Points).

Demetri Catrakilis (born (1989-07-06)6 July 1989) is a South African rugby union player, of Greek and Greek Cypriot origin, who plays for the Western Province provincial team and the Stormers in Super Rugby.

Early career[edit]

School[edit]

Demetri attended St John's College in Johannesburg where he played for the 1st team (U19) as a 15-year old. He then went on to captain the first team in his final school year and finished as the school's all-time highest point scorer.

Golden Lions[edit]

He represented the Golden Lions U18 team in the Academy Week as the No.1 fly half. He was chosen to represent the Golden Lions U19 team for the Currie Cup season where he finished as the union's top point scorer, playing a vital part in their journey to the semi-finals.

Racing Métro 92[edit]

Following Demetri's Currie Cup season with the Golden Lions Under-19 team, Demetri was spotted by French Top 14 team Racing Métro 92 where he enjoyed a brief stint with the Under-23 squad before returning home to South Africa.

Varsity Cup[edit]

He played for the UCT Ikey Tigers during the 2011 Varsity Cup after he was spotted performing spectacularly for local club False Bay. He was the highest point scorer of the tournament with 136 points – the highest in the history of the Varsity Cup – and helped the Ikey Tigers win their first Varsity Cup, beating UP Tuks 26–16, with Demetri picking up the Man of the Match award. Impressively, it was his first ever Varsity Cup competition.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Western Province[edit]

After an extremely successful Varsity Cup, Demetri was drafted into the Western Province Vodacom Cup team for the quarter-final loss to the Sharks XV in 2011.

He got his chance to play in the first week of the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division season against the Griquas. He came off the substitute bench in the last minute. With the fly-half problem at Western Province, Demetri was chosen to start against the Leopards in Potchefstroom, where he scored 22 points as WP won 47–9. Following his fine debut, he continued to grow and started the remaining games of the Currie Cup when not injured, playing his way into becoming the no.1 fly half at Western Province.

In the 2011 Currie Cup, he scored 150 points with the boot at 84.21% conversion rate, as well as winning the ABSA Currie Cup Player of the Month for August after playing a vital part in guiding Western Province into the semi-finals. He also featured in a Man of the Match performance against the then unbeaten and eventual champions Golden Lions with a 100% kicking success rate and a drop goal. His performances saw him awarded the WP Club Rugby Player of the Year.[2]

After being sensationally snubbed for the Stormers in Super Rugby, he continued his Vodacom Cup career in 2012 with a number of phenomenal performances for the eventual champions Western Province, including the winning conversion in the final against the Griquas.[3] He finished second on the top-point scorer's list on 127 points for the 2012 season with WP unbeaten.[4] In November 2012 he was awarded with the Vodacom Cup player of the year award for his successful campaign.[5]

After the successful Vodacom Cup, Demetri was selected as first-choice flyhalf for Western Province in their Currie Cup team, proving instrumental in Western Province's successful 2012 campaign. Demetri had a starring role in the final against the Sharks at Kings Park, where he kicked three penalties and slotted two influential drop kicks with either foot in the final quarter of the game, which turned the game in his team's favour. Province would go on to win the game 25–18 and win their first Currie Cup title since 2001. In total, he accumulated 136 points during the 2012 season, at a conversion rate of 91%.[6]

Southern Kings[edit]

In August 2012, it was announced that he would join the Kings at the end of the season on a two-year deal.[7] He was subsequently named in their squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season[8] and made his Super Rugby debut for them on 23 February 2013, when the Southern Kings played their first ever match in the Super Rugby competition against the Force in Port Elizabeth.[9] Catrakilis scored four penalties in the Kings' 22–10 victory over the Force.

He remained the first choice fly-half for the Kings for the duration of the 2013 Super Rugby season, making fourteen appearances in the competition and scoring 37 penalties, 14 conversions and a drop goal to finish with a tally of 142 points. He also started the first leg of the 2013 Super Rugby Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs against the Lions,[10] scoring three penalties.

He was largely responsible for helping the Kings to two away victories in their maiden season. On 5 April 2013, he was struggling with an injury and demoted to the bench for their match against the Brumbies in Canberra,[11] but came on as a substitute in the 76th minute of the match. A try from number eight Cornell du Preez three minutes into injury time pulled the score back to 28–26 to the Brumbies and Catrakilis converted the subsequent conversion to secure a famous 28–28 draw.

Their very next match ended in an equally dramatic fashion when a Wimpie van der Walt try and subsequent Catrakilis conversion from the corner tied the scores at 27–27 in the Kings' match against the Rebels in Melbourne.[12] However, three minutes into injury time, Catrakilis scored a drop goal for the Kings to clinch the match 30–27 in their favour and secure their first ever victory on foreign soil in only their first ever Super Rugby season.

He also scored four conversions and two penalties in the Kings' 34–27 victory over the Highlanders in Port Elizabeth.[13] This was the only time the Kings got a bonus point win during the 2013 season.

As the main kicker for the Kings in their inaugural season, he set a number of records for the franchise:

  • Most points in a match: 15 (achieved twice – vs Rebels[12] and Cheetahs[14])
  • Most conversions in a match: 4 (vs Highlanders[13])
  • Most penalties in a match: 5 (vs Cheetahs[14])
  • Most drop goals in a match: 1 (vs Rebels[12])
  • Most points in a season: 142
  • Most conversions in a season: 14
  • Most penalties in a season: 37
  • Most drop goals in a season: 1

Return to Western Province[edit]

After the Kings lost their Super Rugby status in the 2013 Super Rugby Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs against the Lions, Catrakilis returned to Western Province, signing a two-year deal with the Cape Town team.[15] Despite being injured for the opening rounds of the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division, he returned to Western Province squad for their match against Griquas.[16] Following a match winning drop goal against the Free State Cheetahs, he returned to the starting XV for the Western Province and guided his team to the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division Final.

International career[edit]

On 22 May 2013, following his outstanding performances in his maiden Super Rugby season, Demetri was selected for the Springboks training camp for the June Quadrangular Test series featuring Italy, Scotland and Samoa.[17]

Honours[edit]

UCT Ikey Tigers
  • Varsity Cup: 2011 Varsity Cup
Western Province
  • Vodacom Cup: 2012 Vodacom Cup
  • Currie Cup: 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division
  • Currie Cup: 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Month for August
  • Vodacom Cup: 2012 Vodacom Cup Player of the Year

Football[edit]

Demetri was also a very talented footballer and had a year with top SA team Moroka Swallows before choosing rugby union over football. in 2005, he was selected for an Invitational South Africa team that played in the Brazil Cup.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Demetri Catrakilis – Star on the rise". Rugby15. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Western Province Currie Cup stats". SuperSport. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Stormers 2012 Super Rugby squad contenders (continued) – Fly Halves". Rugby-Talk.com. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012 Vodacom Cup Top Scorers". SARU. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bryan Habana named SARU Player of the Year". SARU. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stats Hosted Solution – Demetri Catrakilis 2012 Currie Cup". Stats Hosted Solution. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "WP flyhalf heading to Kings". iAfrica Sport. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "2013 Southern Kings Super Rugby season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Match Breakdown: Southern Kings vs Force". South African Rugby Union. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Match Breakdown: Southern Kings vs MTN Lions". South African Rugby Union. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Match Breakdown: Brumbies vs Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Match Breakdown: Rebels vs Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Match Breakdown: Southern Kings vs Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Match Breakdown: Southern Kings vs Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Catrakilis back at WP - for good". Sport24. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Catrakilis set for WP return". Sport24. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Catrakilis gets Bok call". IAfrica. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Former Birds footballer turns to rugby". Sowetan. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

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