Bio

Demetri Catrakilis (born 6 July 1989) is a South African rugby union footballer who plays for the Western Province provincial team.

School

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

He represented the Golden Lions U18 team in the Craven 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

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

Varsity Cup

He played for the Ikeys during the 2011 Varsity Cup after he was spotted after spectacular performances 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 Tuks 26–16, with Demetri picking up the Man of the Match award. Impressively, it was his first ever Varsity Cup competition.

Professional career

Western Province

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. Since he never appeared 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. He finished second on the top-point scorer's list on 127 points for the 2012 season with WP unbeaten.

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.

In 2012, Demetri had another stint as first-choice flyhalf for Western Province, 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 in the final quarter of the game, which swung the game in his team's favour. WP would go on to win the game 25-18 and win their first Currie Cup title since 2001.