Getting to know our players: Iewan Bartels

NICKNAME:

Bartie, Bartels and some know me as the Avoman

POSITION:

Used to play left wing, but I am enjoying my rugby at outside center at the moment

HEIGHT:

1.87m

WEIGHT:

92kg

WHEN DID YOU JOIN HAMMIES?

2012

PREVIOUS CLUBS?

None – I joined Hamilton’s directly after school – also got my first first team cap that year which was a big honour

PROVINCIAL TEAMS? (IF APPLICABLE)

Western Province under 21

Western Province Senior Sevens

RUGBY HONOURS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

Presidents Cup winner with Hamilton’s

Invitation to play for SCC Sevens in the SCC Sevens International Tournament in Singapore

Invitation to play for Samurai Sevens in the Dubai Men’s international leg of Dubai Sevens

Played World Cup Sevens for Western Province in London and Ireland

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS FOR YOUR PLAYING CAREER?

I want to win the Super League A, then go on and definitely win the Gold Cup. With still wanting to play competitive rugby, I think it i important to enjoy the game, because why play if you don’t enjoy it, or if you don’t want to be competitive.

FAVOURITE HAMMIES MOMENT:

Beating Maties in 2013 at Hammies to qualify for the Community Cup (Gold Cup)

WORST HAMMIES MOMENT:

Losing to Roodepoort in the semi-final in the community Cup back in 2014

FUNNIEST HAMMIES MOMENT:

Definitely when I scored a 50m try during my first game at Hammies and ended up doting the ball over the dead ball line. The dead ball line is only 2 meters and I did not know that 😄

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT HAMMIES?

The brotherhood, gees and of course that we are the oldest club in South Africa.

FAVOURITE HAMMIES LEGEND/PERSONALITY AND WHY:

All Hamilton’s men are legends!

WHAT MOVIE CHARACTER DESCRIBES YOU BEST, AND WHY?

I would say Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happiness, purely based on the fact that he will not settle for anything less than what he knows he is worth and to keep fighting to make a better life for himself and his family. Also putting all his trust in God. This is how I try to live and will keep on trying to give myself and my family the best possible life.

SOMETHING YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:

I needed to choose between cricket and rugby after school.

WHO’S GOT THE BEST DANCE MOVES IN THE TEAM?

I’ll give it to Jacquin Moses based on how he dances on the field with ball in hand 😄

LIKES:

Socializing with family and friends, working out, playing golf and fishing

DISLIKES:

Mussels and Asparagus

FAVOURITE RUGBY PLAYER OF ALL TIME:

Need to give this one to Cheslin Kolbe, the way he handled the criticism from being too small to becoming the starting wing in the 2019 World Cup and probably being the best wing in the competition and on top of that winning the World Cup.

GOALS FOR 2021:

Speaking rugby, to help Hamilton’s win the Super League A, if Covid will allow us to play again.