Making History: Wynberg vs Rondebosch Soccer Derby, 18 April 2015

Wynberg Boys' High School Soccer Derby vs Rondebosch

Wynberg Boys’ High School Soccer Derby vs Rondebosch; Click the image to follow Wynberg Soccer on Facebook

History was made at Wynberg Boys High on 18 April 2015 when two soccer games, featuring Wynberg and Rondebosch under 17 and under 19 soccer sides played each other. (Wynberg first played soccer in the then inter-schools league in 1909).

The tossing of the coin by the referee meant that the captain of Rondebosch under 17, Ashley Moir, and Wynberg’s Timothy Harris, started the game eventually won by Rondebosch 5-3, and at the same time kicked off this historic day. A milestone Derby Weekend that saw Wynberg playing Rondebosch in all three winter sports, rugby, hockey and soccer.

The game was played on the Oude Wijnberg Field, affectionately known to generations of Old Boys as ‘The Cabbage Patch’, now a lush turf playing surface for cricket & soccer. Oude Wijnberg has been turned into a permanent soccer pitch, with plans to add seating and stands. It is arguably the most beautiful field on the campus. Rather fitting that it hosted this historic moment, as the two schools played a high-quality soccer game.

It is interesting to note that both schools started as soccer-playing schools before switching to rugby, so it was a return to communal sporting roots on this day. After the under 17’s had completed their match, it was left to the under 19’s to finish the day with an entertaining 0-0 draw.

We look forward to this becoming an annual fixture, just like rugby and hockey, and the attached photo will be a reminder of that day when it all started.

Congratulations to all the players, teachers, coaches and everybody else who worked so hard to put the event together.

Paul Barichievy, Wynberg Old Boy