Above: Wynberg 1st Team in action against Westerford, 9 February 2018
Friday 9 February 2018, Wynberg Boys’ High School: With the Western Cape in the throes of the worst drought in living memory, it is understandable that some of our sporting fixtures have been negatively affected.
The past fortnight has seen fixtures cancelled, rearranged, and in some cases, match formats have been changed to reduce playing time. Our teams are informed during the course of their school day of any changes, and we expect our students to communicate these with their parents directly in respect of transport, match support, and kit requirements. We thank you for your understanding.
A joint statement written by the Boys’ High Schools has been published and outlines our reasons for continuing with our sporting programme – albeit a curtailed one.
The drought plan for sport for the rest of the term is as follows:
Our intention is to honour all our pre-scheduled fixtures for the first term, understanding that some schools and many clubs may still be forced to cancel due to their facilities being decimated by the lack of irrigation.
Where fixtures must be cancelled, we have committed not to organise replacement fixtures. We are mindful that many schools, less privileged than ours, have a strong desire to continue playing despite having no facilities. We have reached out to them and invited them to share our facilities in the weeks ahead. For the most part, they have organised their own opposition and this has cast the net wider in terms of opportunities for boys to play cricket.
All cricket practices have been shortened by an hour a week. The use of turf nets has been reassessed to allow for using less borehole water, and fielding sessions are kept to a minimum. Fortunately the bulk of our practices can use our synthetic surfaces.
We will attempt to honour all our pre-scheduled fixtures for the first term, but where fixtures may be cancelled, no replacement matches will be scheduled. Match duration and chukkas have been shortened for some age group teams to alleviate pressure on pool use. We are committed to reducing the amount of treated borehole water used in maintaining an essential level in our pool.
Read Western Province Schools Water Polo’s statement on deferring its annual Knock-out League Competitions to the fourth term on their website.
WP swimming has cancelled all galas and will not be sending a team to the National champs. Only our Inter-House gala later this month will remain on our swimming programme.
All other sports fixtures for the first term remain unaffected at this stage.
Sports News and Information
Our athletes are preparing for their most important events, scheduled in the next couple of weeks.
Waterkloof High School Athletics: our top ten athletes will tour to Pretoria on Friday 16 February in final preparation for the upcoming Zonal events. This prestige event attracts many top athletics schools, and will be an exciting opportunity for our athletes to measure themselves against some of the best in the country.
The Zonal Events, 20 February, Bellville Stadium: Zonals is the ‘doorway’ event on the road to Southern Zone, Western Province, Western Cape, and possibly national championships, we wish our athletes the best in their preparation and competition.
Our 1st XI play against the JE Oppenheimer XI at the beautiful setting of Randjiesfonteinin Gauteng this weekend. The JEO XI will be made up of current and past internationals, a rare opportunity for our young side to experience world class competition, and to meet their idols. Wynberg is grateful to the generosity of our hosts, and humbled by the invitation.
However, the last fortnight delivered some sticky wickets for 1st XI as they were bundled out of the Knock-out T20 competition quarter final stage in a close encounter with Newlands Cricket School, and followed this disappointment with an ordinary batting display against Bishops that led to a 5 wicket defeat. The trip to Johannesburg will be a chance to bounce back to winning ways and finding the performances of which they are most capable.
Superb Centuries from Kyle Lamb (107 for the 2nd XI ), Shane Rainbird (129 for the U14B), along with Riaz Paleker’s 97, all against Bishops proved to be the highlights of the week.
Thando Ntini has recently returned from the U19 World Cup where the South African side ended 5th, with India the eventual winners.
Wynberg’s 1st XI and U17 welcome two touring sides on Tuesday 13 February, hosting Yorkshire Academy (50 overs) and Pro Coach from London in afternoon fixtures.
After a solid start to the league season with victories against Bishops, Rondebosch, SACS, and Bergvliet, confidence was riding high until the week just passed when a series of much tighter encounters was served up. Although recording big wins over Reddam Constantia and Fish Hoek, our young 3rd side lost against Reddam Atlantic’s 1st team, but showed great tenacity throughout with Daniel Soule and Monty Hawkins winning their doubles and singles.
The 1st team played an extremely tough match against SACS, putting up a good fight. Well done to Jared Godfrey for a phenomenal performance in his singles match against a top opponent which went to a tie break before managing to claim the victory, all done with an incredible display of sportsmanship.
Congratulations to our Wynberg WP Reps, announced during the summer holidays - pictured with MIC Wynberg Tennis, Ms Laura Diedericks
On the weekend of 2 - 4 February, Wynberg Squash competed in the Western Province Youth Invitational Ladder, a great pre-season opportunity for the players to get their eyes-in early. Playing in a round robin event, best of 5 games up to 11 points per game, our players recorded some very positive results:
1st place: Reece Cooper
3rd place: Imraan Haron
4th place: Connor Dalton
Wynberg U16: Chris Cresswell
Well done to them all!
A #WynbergMedia compilation report - with thanks to Mesdames Groenewald & Diedericks, Messrs Engelbrecht, Wylie, Adlard, and Potgieter