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House CaptainsGlebe - Yas'aa DavidsHawthornden - Kamva MgwaliLittlewood - Lezaine DavisMcNaughton - Sebastian VolansOude Wjnberg - Ameer JanodienSilverhurst - Mikhail VallieSunninghill - Mihlali MgopeTrovato - Zach Adriaanse
Wynberg Boys’ Junior and High Schools together with the Wynberg Old Boys’ Union proudly present our Heritage Events 2019:
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Thursday 9 May 2019: Wynberg Old Boy, Kennaird Barrett, with the support, and encouragement of former classmates, Herman Roup, England cricketer Allan Lamb, and rugby Springbok Rob Louw (all Matric 1973) starts walking north from Lands End to John O’Groats on May 13th to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), and the Children’s Charity Ukama in Cape Town, which feeds over 400 children a day.
Capetonian Kennaird Barrett, a commercial fisherman with distant Scottish links, conceived the idea as he watched a TV programme on the work of CHAS. Profoundly moved, he vowed to do his bit to help, called on in part by his Christian faith.
Speaking before his departure, Kenny says: “I’m walking to raise funds for Children's Hospices Across Scotland, (CHAS) because I am in awe and inspired by the work they do with terminally ill children. Having seen a TV documentary in South Africa about CHAS and in particular their work at Robin House, one of their hospices, I felt driven to do something to help.”
Kenny continues “My son and daughter-in-law support the awesome Cape Town Charity Ukama and I feel the need to help these impoverished children as well.”
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Monday 8 April 2019: Since 1996 our Wynberg Boys’ Schools have shared a weekend exchange of cultural and sporting activities with our friends and rivals in the Eastern Cape, The Grey. Alternating hosting the event annually, 2019 sees Wynberg Boys’ Junior and High getting ready to welcome Grey Junior and High on Thursday 25 April.
With 41 fixtures in place for WBHS alone: Squash, Hockey, Debating, Chess, Cycling, Golf, Surfing, and Rugby, a quick calculation of players, coaches, managers, and staff gives an indication of the sheer scale of this traveling show - it’s an event of massive planning that relies on goodwill, volunteers, and passion for our Wynberg commitment to build on our good traditions of the past. And this Wynberg Grey Weekend, born in the ‘new South Africa’ is a tradition we hold dear, as do our old boys, and our students who’ve competed against one another, and made friends for life.
For the vast majority of students, this weekend is the only chance they will have to tour in any of their 5 years at either Grey or Wynberg - it’s what makes this exchange unique, all age groups and teams meet in rivalry and competition.
It’s in this spirit of exchange that we appeal to our Wynberg Families to open their homes and hearts to our friends from Port Elizabeth - hosting is both ‘paying forward’ and returning the generosity of the famously friendly families from Grey.
Wynberg Old Boy, Jacques Kallis: the 'Jacques Kallis Oval' naming ceremony, 2009. Photo courtesy Mike Lumb
Tuesday 2 April 2019: Wynberg Boys’ High & Junior Schools take great pleasure in the news that Old Boy and cricketing legend Jacques Kallis will be awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, at an investiture on Thursday 25 April 2019.
The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. It is one of the highest Orders which can be awarded to a citizen by the President of South Africa. The Ikhamanga, more commonly known in English as the Strelitzia (or Bird of Paradise flower),reflects beauty - just as top sportsmen reflect their unique sporting beauty.
Some well known South African sporting names who have received this award (since its inception in 2003) are Gary Player (golf - gold), John Smit (rugby), Wayde van Niekerk (athletics - gold), Neil Tovey (soccer), Natalie du Toit (swimming - gold), Bryan Habana (rugby).
The only cricketers up to now who have received the award have been Mkhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Basil D’Oliveira.
Now we can add Wynberg’s Jacques Kallis to this list as he has just been announced as a recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver Class).
His cricketing achievements are well known. Discussions are still ongoing regarding the best allrounder ever in cricketing history - Jacques Kallis of South Africa or Garry Sobers of the West Indies? Wynberg boys think it is not a debate as does Wikipedia who describes Jacques as ‘one of the greatest cricketers of all time'. He is still the only cricketer to have scored more than 10 000 test and ODI runs as well as taking 250 wickets in both forms of the game.
Jacques left Wynberg in 1993 as Captain of the 1st X1, vice captain of WP u18 (Nuffield) side and an SA Schools player. He earned three Century Trees at the Oval which nows bears his name. Little did we know then that he would be selected for the national side two years later in 1995 and retire from test cricket, after seventeen years and 166 tests, in 2013 with 45 test centuries to his credit.
The cricketing world has not been slow to honour him:
* ICC Player of the Year: 2005
* ICC Test Player of the Year: 2007
* Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year: 2008
* SA Cricketer of the Year: 2004 / 2011
* Wisden Cricketer of the Year in his retirement year: 2013
Some interesting personal records:
* Most number of runs in SA Test Cricket: 13,289 (3rd on the all time list)
* 292 test wickets (5th on SA bowling list)
* Most number of Man of the Match awards in Test cricket: 23 (Muttiah Muralitharan second on 19)
And for those who thought he was not an exciting player:
* Second for most sixes in test matches: 97 (Gilchrist 107)
* SA record for the highest (debut) partnership in T20 cricket: 84 (with Graham Smith)
In 2005, WP awarded Jacques a benefit year. He opted to give all the money raised to a Scholarship in his name enabling promising cricketers to attend four prominent cricketing schools around the country - of which Wynberg was one. The criteria was that in the normal course of events, these boys would not have been able to attend a school like Wynberg. Since then over 100 young cricketers have had the opportunity of attending these schools. One of these scholars is 21 year old Kyle Verreynne of the Cobras who is currently well on course to represent his country at the highest level.
Wynberg remembers Jacques Kallis with pride. Not only is his name immortalised at his old school in the Jacques Kallis Oval but also in the two Wills 'Man of the Match’ trophies which he was awarded in his first World Cup in 1996 in India. He donated these two impressive trophies to the School and these are now presented annually by both High and Junior Schools to their respective ‘Cricketers of the Year’.
It is only right that the South African Government now sees fit to honour one of the country's most famous cricketing sons.
Wynberg salutes Jacques Kallis. A well-deserved award.
A #WynbergMedia report with grateful thanks to former WBHS Headmaster, Mr Keith Richardson
Hockey and Rugby Festivals, and our own Standard Bank Wynberg Winter Sports Festival - thank you to all involved!
Monday 1 April 2019: The quote 'Wynberg is serious about sport' may be seen throughout our communications - online and in print - and this brief school holiday bears witness to the immense efforts put in by our players, coaches, and Wynberg Families in ensuring our commitment to mass participation and continued development of our sporting ethos.
With school holidays barely beginning, Wynberg Hockey welcomed U14A teams to our Astro for the annual Nomads Festival for three days of quality pre-season competition. A big thank you to Annette Bing and her team of ever-willing hockey parents for the exuberant atmosphere and hospitality shown throughout all three days.
Our 14B hockey headed to the Somerset College U14A festival, the U16Bs to the Rondebosch U16A festival, while our 1st XI and U16A joined the other age group Nomads Festivals at Pretoria Boys' High and King Edward VII respectively. The mixed bag of results shows the importance of these pre-season tours in preparing for the local league season ahead
Wynberg Rugby U14A and U15A took the N2 to the annual Kwagga Festival, where our strong performances in previous years saw us facing tougher competition and producing positive results that augur well for the season ahead.
Thank you to our coaches and parent supporters for their time and energy on tour, and here at home.
Anyone walking around the Wynberg campus between 20 and 25 March, would hopefully have felt the vibe and picked up on the fact that the Standard Bank Wynberg Winter festival 2019 was about more than soccer, rugby and squash. It was about community and family. Our festival has never aimed to attract the sporting heavyweights from around the country. While we do naturally attract some of these, our emphasis is more on a low octane, high energy festival - not tournament. So, despite the lack of momentum in planning brought on by the difficult timing of the 2019 holidays and the lingering aftermath of the drought induced cancellation of 2018, one can still reflect on a marvelous week of sporting rivalry, camaraderie and sportsmanship. With so much on offer for young and old alike, anyone that missed it should keep their eyes peeled for the 2020 edition. As with everything else we do at Wynberg, we will aim to make it bigger and better and more fun for everyone next year.
So while record amounts of burgers, popcorn, candy floss, and various liquid refreshments were consumed over the 5 days (and many a parent must be breathing a sigh of relief that they will not be making another early morning visit to the ATM), there was much to enthuse about on the fields and courts. Squash embarked on an ambitious 4 day festival, starting a day before rugby and soccer. Under the passionate leadership of Roxanne Groenewald, the squash fixtures went off without a hitch thanks to innovative rescheduling of fixtures and logistical interventions to stave off the ramifications of load shedding. I am confident that the squash component of the festival will increase in profile next year as more touring rugby and soccer schools bring along their squash teams. Similarly, hockey will make a return to next year's programme as the Nomads festivals will hopefully fall into a different window.
Roland Rudd ran a marathon soccer festival over 5 days. The quality of soccer was extremely high and the end-to-end exchanges were far more entertaining than some of the stuff dished up on our TV screens week in and week out. Wynberg did well ending amongst the top 4 most successful teams at the festival. Grey College, an unashamedly rugby focused school, were the soccer team of the event.
A highlight of the rugby component was the participation of San Isidro rugby club from Argentina. They were a revelation to behold and were unlucky to lose narrowly to highly fancied Glenwood. This aside, they beat Rondebosch and King Edward VII School. We hope to see them, and a few other international flavours next year. Wynberg teams generally did well and played their matches in the spirit of this essentially pre-season festival.
No wrap of this event would be complete without making mention of the immense work done by the following people:
Jeanette Muller - overall organisation and event planner.Chris Merrington - all things online and media.Rodney Inglis, his Service team, and parents for the parking control.Jeremy Petersen - hard graft in set up, clean up and management of grounds and infrastructure.Cameron Shenker & the Wynberg Old Boys' Union - Bill Bowden Pavilion hospitality.Tim and Fellicity Wichman - entertainment.Ben Theron at WP Rugby - appointment and management of referees.Our Wynberg Media Broadcast team of boys - the live streaming of all rugby matches on the Hawthornden.
I am immensely grateful to all of these people for their time, passion, ingenuity, and skill in putting together this event. I look forward to seeing them recharge their batteries as we prepare to welcome Grey High on 26 & 27 April for the annual Wynberg-Grey Weekend, and before we begin planning our Winter Sports Festival for 2020.
Mike EngelbrechtVice-Principal, Wynberg Sport
Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 February 2019: Wynberg Boys' High School takes great pleasure in welcoming our Old Boys 'home' for the return of the annual summer sport matches between the members of our endless chain. With the drought of 2018 necessitating the cancellation of the event, we're particularly delighted at the number of old boys spanning nearly five decades who responded eagerly to fill the basketball, cricket, tennis, and water polo teams. All school players are invited to join the old boys at the Bill Bowden Pavilion for post-match refreshments.
The full Old Boys' squads and matric years:
Wednesday 27 February
1st XIKyle Williamson (2006)Shabir Mallie (2011)Givon Christian (2010)Grant Edmeades (2010)Dylan Frylink (2010)Lyle Rogers (2013)Quinton Dreyer (2013)Jacques van Velze (2009)Andrew Haupt (2011)Josh Breed (2017)Matt de Villiers (2018)
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Saturday 12 January 2019: Our 95th annual Inter-House Sports Day, held this year on the Hawthornden Field. Congratulations to all the event winners, and a big thank you our Head of Athletics, Mr Stefan Potgieter and our Wynberg Staff for a slickly organised event. We extend thanks to Servest for the setting up of the track and preparation of fields, and particular thanks to the huge turnout by our Wynberg Families in support.
Final House Positions
1st: Littlewood 425 points2nd: Silverhurst 249 points3rd: Oude Wijnberg 212 points4th: Glebe 205 points5th: Hawthornden 186 points6th: McNaughton 168 points7th: Trovato 151 points8th: Sunninghill 108 points
U14 Shot Put - Tashriq Bailey, Trovato HouseU15 Shot Put - Zachary Porthen, Glebe HouseU17 Shot Put - Vaughn Rademeyer, Silverhurst HouseU19 Shot Put - Cormac Faul, Glebe House
U14 Discus - Nicholas van Schalkwyk, Glebe HouseU15 Discus - Zachary Porthen, Glebe HouseU17 Discus - Ghumaid Jaffa, McNaughton HouseU19 Discus - Dillon Sibanda, McNaughton House
U14 Javelin - Ethan Ramsay, Silverhurst HouseU15 Javelin - Juan James, Littlewood HouseU17 Javelin - Vaughn Rademeyer, Silverhurst HouseU19 Javelin - Loot Majiet, Silverhurst House
U14 Long Jump - Cassidy Jacobs, Oude Wijberg HouseU15 Long Jump - Sjen Wiid, Trovato HouseU17 Long Jump - Daniel Judge, Hawthornden HouseU19 Long Jump - Rethabile Louw, Littlewood House
U14 High Jump - Fahad Khan, Oude Wijnberg HouseU15 High Jump - Thabiso Molekwa, Glebe HouseU17 High Jump - Daniel Judge, Hawthornden HouseU19 High Jump - Seth Scheepers, Silverhurst House
U14 100m - Ethan Thomas, Littlewood HouseU15 100m - Ridhau Bey, Oude Wijnberg HouseU17 100m - Daniel Judge, Hawthornden HouseU19 100m - Lezane Davis, Littlewood House
U14 200m - Prince Farikeni, Glebe HouseU15 200m - Asad Moos, McNaughton HouseU17 200m - Leo du Toit, Silverhurst HouseU19 200m - Rethabile Louw, Littlewood House
U14 400m - Ethan Ramsay, Silverhurst HouseU15 400m - Marchano Leukes, Littlewood HouseU17 400m - Leo du Toit, Silverhurst HouseU19 400m - Ben Schaffer, McNaughton House
U14 800m - James Kent, Littlewood HouseU15 800m - Ryan Mitchell, Silverhurst HouseU17 800m - Keanu Gelderblom, Littlewood HouseU19 800m - Dylan Rudolph, Glebe House
U14 1500m - Daniel Middleton, Littlewood HouseU15 1500m - Ryan Mitchell, Silverhurst HouseU17 1500m - Radhi Lagerdien, Oude Wijnberg HouseU19 1500m - Dylan Rudolph, Glebe House
Open 3000m - Dylan Rudolph, Glebe House
U14 Relay - Oude WijnbergU15 Relay - LittlewoodU17 Relay - LittlewoodU19 Relay - Littlewood
Staff, Prefects, Old Boys Relay - Old Boys
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Wynberg Rugby Old Boy Sikhumbuzo Notshe to wear his old school 1st XV socks for the Barbarians vs the Pumas at Twickenham
Saturday 1 December 2018: Congratulations to Old Wynbergian, Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Springboks & Stormers), on his selection for the Barbarians Squad against the Pumas. In a salute to Wynbergians around the globe Notshe will proudly wear his #WynbergRugby 1st XV socks at Twickenham, likely the first time our kit has made an international appearance on that hallowed field.
Ever-supportive of his old school, Notshe is also no stranger to giving back to grassroots rugby in South Africa, recently teaming up with fellow old boy, Tim Connellan (1985) to assist Lagunya RFC with new club strip, sponsored by international legal firm, Linklaters.
In this season of giving, and with WBHS new boys' rugby day coinciding with with the Baa-baa's match, Wynberg Rugby outreach launches our 2019 #Boots4Berg drive to collect good, used boots and rugby training equipment for our development projects. We appeal to our Wynberg Families and Old Boys to give as generously as in previous years to help those less fortunate.
#Boots4Berg is an outreach project across all Wynberg Sports: for more information on how to contribute, please email our Vice-Principal of Sport, Mr Mike Engelbrecht, mengelbrecht (@) wbhs.org.za.
View Wynberg Cricket's photo timeline 2018
Friday 9 November 2018: Fourth term sport has wrapped up: our cricketers continued the fine form shown against Bishops by winning the lion’s share of matches in the final derby against SACS, with some notable performances:
1st XI: T Ntini 3/13 and Z Noor 4/23. R Carr 542nd XI: Lawrence 105*(127), Van Schalkwyk 91(123), a 196 run partnership. Schultz 4/38 (10)4th XI: D Hendriks 56 U15A: Prodehl 4/30 (10) U14A: won a thrilling match by one wicket courtesy of a SACS overthrow. This should not detract however from lower order heroics by Cullan Larkin who scored 22 not out coming in at number 11. A last wicket partnership of 51 by Larkin and Van Reenen secured a Wynberg win. L Harmse 4/57 (9.2). Z van Reenen 62*U14A vs WP U13: L Metu 46 and J James 45. M Bing 2/33 and C Larkin 2/45.U14B: L Meyer 4 wickets for 16 runs.U14C: ended the year unbeaten under the captaincy of Ryan Nell.U14D: C Broad smith 57* Wynberg Staff vs SACS: Thursday 8 November saw our Wynberg Staff failing to ram home the advantage against their SACS counterparts. After Adolf Groenewald, Andrew Wylie, and Pietie Loubser helped post 160 in 20 overs, some desperate bowling and fielding saw Wynberg relinquish the advantage for SACS to tie the match off the last ball.
All Wynberg Cricket results on our website Tennis: The 6ths and 8ths won all their matches against SACS and Muizenberg respectively, with the 4ths and 5ths serving up convincing wins over Rondebosch and Herzlia. On Saturday 6 players from the 2nd and 3rd team played in a mixed doubles tournament with Herschel, Bishops, Rustenburg, SACS and St Cyprians. Wynberg drew St Cyprians as a mixed partner, winning 4 of the matches played.
Cycling: Justin Chesterton earned his Provincial colours for both Mountain biking and Road racing in 2018.
View photos of Mr Brian Botha's farewell on Flickr
Friday 19 October 2018: Guests gathered in the Clegg Hall to hear a wide range of stories, memories and salutes to Brian Botha at the celebration of his extensive career at Wynberg. Tributes (and exposés) from Gareth Randall, Deneen Botha, Steven Doidge, Daphne Jubber, Keenan Oliphant, Julian Taylor, and Larry Moser prompted many a laugh and tear.
As a tribute to Mr Botha’s massive influence on the school’s cultural development, the musical performances were true to Wynberg’s trademark of the highest quality – “Old Man River” sung by Yiming Kong and Malcolm Scarrott, “For Good” arranged by Amy Campbell and sung by the inimitable vocal ensemble, “Here’s to the Heroes” sung by a combined choir of Old Boys and current learners and conducted by Amy Campbell, music from the String Ensemble led by Mr Conrad van Breda, the ever-present Concert Band’s resounding performances conducted by Mr Peter Catzavelos, and a breath-taking rendition of Claude Debussy’s “Poisson d’Or” from Kevin Kim – a past pupil of Mr Botha and currently studying B. Mus Honours in Piano Performance at SACM UCT. Afterwards guests enjoyed tea and sumptuous sweet treats reflecting Mr Botha’s enjoyment of the fine things in life. It was an all-round display of Wynberg’s best for a much loved stalwart!
Ms Ann Coltham
Squash vs Old Boys - View Heritage Week photo collection on Flickr
Friday 24 August 2018: With the buzz of Heritage week all around, it is nevertheless fitting to report back on the week that was against Bishops.
Our squash boys had a dreadful time of it but Chris Cresswell won the match of his young life so far when he defeated SA number 5, Brandon Snider by 3 games to 1 to snatch the Super League number one match last Thursday.
The 1st hockey XI were beset by illness, call ups to higher honours and ill-discipline that saw them without their best team on the field for much of the match. They will be itching to put matters right vs SACS away on Friday evening.
The 1st XV are now on the verge of a Triple Crown (their first since 2014) and a win over SACS will see them register 5 from 6 in the Southern Suburbs. Lots of little nuances will play out on Saturday. SACS will be looking to break their duck in the Southern Suburbs this year and if Bishops beat Bosch, they will be either top of the Southern Suburbs for 2018 or level with Wynberg - depending on how things pan out under the mountain.
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Friday 17 August 2018: A long weekend can either be perceived as a welcome respite from the gruelling competition of the season or as the cause of a loss of momentum. It is probably all psychological, but no doubt most if not all of our teams will have kept their eye firmly on the ball in terms of moving a step closer to a Triple crown, Grand Slam or Headmaster’s Grand Slam when friendship, rivalry and sportsmanship resume against Bishops this weekend.
For those a tad confused by this terminology, let me clarify: Beating the Southern Suburbs boys schools in Term 2 or 3 earns you a Triple Crown. Doing it in Term 2 and 3 earns you a Grand Slam. If you add into the mix a win over Grey High, then you can claim the Headmaster’s Grand Slam - the Holy Grail of Wynberg sport. With this in mind, I am sure that all parents will be reminding their sons of what is at stake as we enter the final stretch of the season with two All In weekends. Our 1st team water polo boys will be braving some icy conditions this weekend with warm up matches at Reddam Constantia: vs Silvertree 4ths at 13:00 vs RWC 2nds at 15:00 vs UCT 3rds at 16:00 Last weekend saw our cross country runners attempting a top 8 position at the WP trials at Fairmont. Despite none of our runners being able to achieve this goal, missing out on WP selection, well done to the following on their efforts:
Dylan Rudolph was alone in an incredibly competitive race, ultimately falling behind and ending the race in 12th position.
The U19 race had Caleb Gibson finishing 15th, running his 8km in a time of 30:48.
Wednesday 4 July 2018: Ten months of planning, training, and commitment saw the dream of the Isimemo saseKapa (Cape Invitation) soccer squad sprout wings as the contingent flew out of Cape Town for Italy to compete in the San Marino Cup.
The brainchild of Wynberg Soccer MIC, Roland Rudd, ably assisted by passionate local soccer enthusiasts, the trip in Mr Rudd’s words: “has been a dream of mine - to take local SA soccer talent and showcase our abilities in competition and expose our youth to the best of international skills. I have been clear about my expectations for the players - this is not a holiday, it is a soccer experience and a chance for them to further their talents on European playing fields against top-level opposition.”
The Isimemo saseKapa (Cape Invitation) teams will play Milano FC, Ausonia FC in warm up games and then train at Inter Milan. From there they take part in the San Marino Cup against teams from Germany, Italy, USA, Bangladesh, and Spain amongst others.
The team includes Wynberg’s Jarred Johnson, Matthew Petersen, Phiwe Mentoor, Phindile Ralarala, Lyle Hendriks, Joel Abrahams, Keanu Gelderblom, Sibulele Mlunguza, and Luke Hubbard. The touring squad of 32 players, making up a Red and a Blue team, is led by Wynberg Soccer's Roland Rudd and pro-coach Johno Rossouw, with Paul Roos Gymnasium's head of soccer, Cobus de Beer, and Robinvale's head coach, Lewis Klaasen.
Mr Rudd continues: “Thank you to Wynberg Boys' High School and the management and support staff for the use of the school's facilities, and the enthusiastic assistance given to ensure the invitation team could train and play practice matches.”
View all the match photos of Wynberg vs SACS on Flickr
Saturday 9 June 2018, Wynberg vs SACS: There are numerous reasons why the Wynberg 1st XV have done so well in the first half of the season. The coaching of Justin van Winkel has always been a study in attention to detail. Craig Childs in his full-time role as Director of Rugby has supplemented everything that Justin does and then taken it to the next level in terms of planning, player management, assembling a top coaching and backroom staff, analysis of opposition and creating an environment where all teams learn from each and play with a common goal of advancing the fortunes of the Wynberg rugby club. This has naturally seen an improvement in the fortunes of all teams – not just the 1st XV.
However, a major reason why the 1st side has done so well has been their obvious joy at playing together and for the coaches. No-one epitomises this enjoyment more than rising star and 5-try hero, Jason Alexander.
While most players approach the field with steely eyes and a grim visage, Jason invariably has a smile on his face. And upon crossing the whitewash, he raises his eyes to the heavens, palms upturned, as if giving thanks for being young, fit and being blessed to be afforded the opportunity of playing a great game in a jersey that fills thousands with pride. His excitement was certainly not premature yesterday as he ripped holes through the SACS defence and ran in 5 tries (ok, he ran in 4 and kind of got driven over for the other) in a display that should convince even the most blinkered of selectors that he is 1st choice Craven Week player. He has arguably not had a bad game in almost 18 months and maintained the positive body language and humility even through the dark times of 2017. On so many occasions, he was the one man to get Wynberg over the advantage line despite the attentions of massive defenders in the eye of the storm. However, he has taken things to another level this year and has made hundreds of meters. Despite flat defences, he has been able to break the line with a barely perceptible shimmy of the upper body and a leg drive that has left defenders floundering. Seventy meter runs vs Grey and Bishops were left unrewarded but not so against SACS. Two of his tries were almost carbon copies of each other with the line break followed by a vicious handoff of “the bus is full” proportions before timing his angled run to beat openside flankers and backline players alike with a deceptive turn of speed before swallow diving over in the corner. The only negative was his Usain Bolt-like celebration with the line still 10 metres away before his last try. I am sure his mother had a few words with him about that and he will respond to her and his caring family’s guidance in a positive way. He is that kind of a boy and this will stand him in good stead in the future.
But the Classic Clash win was not a one-man show by any means. Wynberg were invigorated by the long-time return of match starters, Mika Schubert and Di Livio van Wyk and there was much to play for as Siya Nombakuse received his special 50th cap jersey. None of them disappointed and were all instrumental in giving Wynberg the shape that saw them begin the season with a great win over KES in April. Devon Pretorius once again delivered an almost flawless display with the boot and every time he guided one through the uprights with a right to left draw, you could almost hear the SACS faithful groan as the scoreboard pressure mounted. Devon has been doing this trick since Grey and his form will be much needed when we head down the N1 in July.
Headmaster, Mr Jan de Waal, with Wynberg's Cricket South Africa Blue Chip Award
At the end of the 2017/18 schools’ cricket season, Wynberg Cricket was honoured with a Blue Chip Award by Cricket South Africa. Wynberg Boys’ High School is proud, yet humbled, to be the only school in the Western Province to be recognised as meeting the highest standards for cricket development across CSA’s checklist of essentials: “number of teams per age group, number of matches played, coaching infrastructure & qualifications, facility infrastructure, and representation across the school pipeline.”
Wynberg’s Director of Cricket, Andrew Wylie: ”For Jan de Waal, Mike Engelbrecht, and I to be invited to Newlands for ‘a presentation’ was exciting but curious, We went, and were caught in the slips by the media. What an incredible award for my old school to receive, It is a huge honour for Wynberg Cricket.”
With another cricket trophy on Wynberg’s shelf, Andrew expands: “Wynberg Cricket is pure teamwork: our groundsmen, coaches, players, and our Wynberg Families band together with a passion for our brand and cricket in all its formats. A CSA Blue Chip Award must be shared by all, and serve as encouragement to stay on track to seek excellence as one of SA Cricket’s foremost schools.”
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has congratulated those schools that have achieved Blue Chip status for their achievements over the past year.
Friday 25 May 2018: Newly appointed 1st team coach, Paul Phillipson plans to bring a wealth of playing experience and understanding in coaching to the Wynberg Boys' High School Cricket fraternity. In anticipation of starting this new role at Wynberg Boys in August, Phillipson says:
“It will be another major coaching challenge for me in my long cricket career, but I must genuinely say it’s something I have dreamt about. Wynberg is a top, top school in every way and is recognised as such across the cricketing world. There certainly seems to be a solid structure in place with young, aspirant coaches operating throughout the age-groups.
I have massive respect for Andrew Wylie and the expertise he has brought as Director of Cricket. There’s no doubt we will work well together. My aim is to develop improved skills within the squad of 1st team players, to groom better people in a holistic way and to make Wynberg a school that everyone wants to play against. Can’t wait to get started!”
A professional cricketer since age 19, Paul played for Sussex County Cricket Club from 1970 to 1986.
“It does seem a long time ago when I began in county cricket as a medium pace seam bowler and always a tail ender. But the game was evolving, so my skill-sets had to adapt to that of an all-rounder. In my final years at Sussex, I played as an impact batsman and a specialist fielder in the short-format games. We all worked really hard at our fielding and particularly catching, where of course every chance mattered. It meant a lot to me when I became the team’s leading slip fielder, trying to hold on to stinging catches from our two great fast bowlers, Imran Khan & Garth Le Roux, the latter a legendary WBHS old-boy.”
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