Wynberg on Tour: July 2017

Wynberg on Tour - July Holidays 2017

Wynberg on Tour – July 2017

1 – 31 July 2017: An action-packed month throughout the school holidays and into the first week back at school. Cultural and sporting tours, from the school trip on the White Rhino Trail and an Economics Tour of Europe, our Vocal Ensemble performing at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, to school pride sporting competition at Cape Schools’ Rugby, Mozzie Week Cricket in Mpumalanga, and Cape Schools’ Golf in the Southern Cape.

With what might be a record number of Wynberg Sportsmen representing Western Province Schools in hockey, rugby and squash at their respective interprovincial tournaments during the holidays, we eagerly await the announcement of the 2017 WP Schools Cricket representatives after the winter nets trials at Sahara Park Newlands.

Wynberg’s Pipe Band has been hard at work during the holidays in preparation for the SA Pipe Band Champs in Johannesburg on Saturday 29 July – read the story on the link. We wish them a safe and successful tour in our Wynberg Tartan.

Beyond the holiday activities, back-to-school is no less busy on the sporting front as we welcome touring sides to our campus, while our U18A head to the Cape Town Hockey Festival:

Wynberg Hockey welcomes Felsted College, Eltham College, and King Edward VI Five Ways (all from the UK), while Wynberg Rugby welcomes old friends and rivals George Watson’s College and George Heriot’s School (both from Scotland), with rugby visitors from Durban Preparatory High School taking on Wynberg Boys’ Junior the same afternoon on our WBHS fields.

Hockey Fixtures

Rugby Fixtures

WBHS Economics Tour of Europe 2017

WBHS Economics Tour of Europe 2017

Economics Tour of Europe

Five countries in twelve days, from London to Venice: Eight Wynberg boys and their teacher spent 12 action packed days in Europe during the July holidays.  The boys were exposed to numerous sights and sounds of economic, historic and cultural significance.  The tour began in London.  Here visits were arranged to the offices of Bloomberg in Moorgate as well as a guided tour of the City of London with an investment banker from Investec.   These visits gave the boys real insights into the day to day operations of big business in London and around the world. The free cafeteria offerings and glass offices with stylised Bloomberg computers were real eye openers.   

Read the story and see the photos on the link.

Wynberg Cricket at Mozzie Week

A day’s sight-seeing in the Kruger Park followed by a two-day match vs Menlo Park at the Skukuza Oval, then a transfer to Nelspruit for matches against Potchefstroom Volkskool, Nelspruit High, Centurion, and Garsfontein. A great week of out-of-season cricket!

Wynberg Cricket: Mozzie Week 2017

Wynberg Cricket: Mozzie Week 2017

Wynberg Golf at Cape Schools’ Week

The Cape Schools Week Golf Festival was played in the George and Mossel Bay area between 1 and 3 July. Oubaai Golf Estate was host to the first round and the course proved to be a proper test of golf for all the players. Jaden Peterson was the only player to win points in the singles matches that were played.

Day two was hosted by Mossel Bay Golf Club and comprised of 36 holes of foursomes. Foursomes requires a match to be played in pairs where you play every alternate shot with your partner. The guys really enjoyed this format of play as it is different to the normal league format. Overall, some better golf was played by the team and a few wins were recorded; notably by Adam Helmbold and Sebastian Balman as the number one pairing.

Kingswood Golf Estate hosted the final round of the festive which saw the format revert back to single match play. A few individuals wins were recorded but it was not enough for a team win. Matches were played against Grey High School, Selborne College, Nico Malan High School and Outeniqua High School.

The team was able to gain huge experience from the opportunity of playing world class golf courses and they have grown as players because of this.

Wynberg Rugby at Cape Schools’ Week

Wynberg 1st XV vs Queen's: Cape Schools' Week 2017

Wynberg 1st XV vs Queen’s: Cape Schools’ Week 2017

Despite having withdrawn from CSW after the 2013 competition in Paarl, Wynberg made a return to the event this July as a favour to hosts Rondebosch.  The first game against Queens was a humdinger, ultimately ending in heartache for Wynberg.  Despite being almost peerless in all facets of play in the first half and running into a big lead after 25 minutes, Wynberg proceeded to make unforced errors galore. These,  combined with missed first time tackles, allowed Queens to get a foothold and then build a lead.  Right up to the last play, Wynberg could have won the game but an injudicious side entry by our hooker saw him penalised and red carded when we were about to launch our final attack.  Final score 22-24.

With this background, it was with trepidation that we came up against Selborne on a sunny Monday afternoon on Day 2. Selborne are something like giant killers this year having beating Grey College in Bloemfontein.  However, Wynberg, fielding a severely depleted side (even more so than against Queens) put together arguably their best performance of the season to hold sway and win by 20-19.

Click to view photo albums of both Wynberg matches at Cape Schools’ Week.

Wynberg Sportsmen on Provincial Duties in July

Wynberg Hockey

Wynberg's U18A WP reps after their team won gold at the IPT

Wynberg’s U18A WP reps after their team won gold at the IPT

Congratulations to all our age-group players who took to Astros around the country during the holidays:

Western Cape U14 hockey – Viwe Mbata, Lwando Mafungwa, Seb Lorenzon, Josh Koff
WP Zonals hockey – Xhola Karelse, Cael Viola, Connor Davids, Thando Ntaka, Daniel Soulle, Blaine Mortimer, Lwanda Mafungwa

16A (In Pretoria) – Sibusiso Vilakazi, Francois Kaiser
U16B (In Pretoria) – Colin Clancy, Mandla Ntlanga, Kian Peterson

U18A (In Durban) – Abenathi Botha, Callen Heynes, Brent Johnson, Chase Lourens, Liam Madison, Grant Martin, Tevin Pietersen
U18B (In Durban) – Liam Hermanus, Jesse Kriel

Our congratulations to both the WP U18A & U16A sides for claiming gold at their respective IPTs. A special mention of our 1st XI coach, and Wynberg Old Boy, Devin Stanton as WP U18A  winning coach, and fellow Old Boy, Mouton Joubert, who steered the WP U18B to remain in the A section of the IPT for 2018.

Outstanding individual hockey achievements were recorded by Abenathi Botha, Callen Heynes, Grant Martin,  and Tevin Pietersen who were all selected for the SA U18A Team, and Chase Lourens for the SA U18B Team. Brent Johnson was selected for the SA U17 High Performance Squad, while Sibusiso Vilakazi and Francois Kaiser were announced for the SA U16 High Performance Squad.

Wynberg Rugby

Tauliep Esau (prop) player for WP U16A in the Grant Khomo tournament held in Bloemfontein at Grey College. The team won all 3 games and were named as the unofficial tournament winners.

Cormac Faul (lock) and Retabile Louw (wing) player for WP U16B in the Grant Khomo tournament held in Bloemfontein at Grey College. The team lost their 1st game and won their remaining two games.

Wynberg's WP U19 Squash reps with the provincial trophy

Wynberg’s WP U19 Squash reps with the provincial trophy

Wynberg Squash

Matthew Lambrick and Nathan van der Westhuyzen flew our Wynberg colours with pride as part of the winning WP U19 Squash team at the IPTs – big congratulations to Nathan on being ranked 9th in SA in his age group.

Tour Report curated and compiled by Wynberg Media, with thanks to Messrs De Waal, Engelbrecht, Rudolph, Vincent, Joubert, Childs and Sternslow