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Friday 26 April 2019, Bill Bowden Pavilion, Home of Wynberg Old Boys: for nearly a quarter of a century students and families of both The Grey and Wynberg have enjoyed a unique reciprocity of hospitality and friendship as our two High & Junior Schools travel cross-Cape to enjoy the traditional cultural and sporting exchange known as Wynberg Grey Weekend.
With parent and supporters’ hospitality being laid on adjacent our Wynberg Astros during the course of the days’ play and into the evening, back on the High School campus the Wynberg Old Boys’ Union, and the WBHS Rugby Supporters’ Club take great pleasure in inviting all parents of our four schools, old boys of Grey & Wynberg, and our friends and neighbours to the Bill Bowden Pavilion for an easy evening of schools’ pride, camaraderie, and friendship.
With Wynberg families meeting their ‘weekend wards’ from the Eastern Cape in the early evening, and hockey families winding down after a full day’s competition, there’s the chance to grab some light refreshments and boerewors rolls on sale by our Rugby Supporters’ Club, meet up with old friends visiting from Port Elizabeth, and giving the youngsters some free time on the fields before heading home in advance of the big sporting Saturday.
For parents, old boys, and non-school going over 18s, the Wynberg Old Boys’ licensed premises will be open into the evening with light music and big screen TV sport on tap - a chance for veterans of Wynberg Grey Weekend to renew friendships, and exaggerate their on-field tales of sporting derring-do since this unique relationship between our two great schools began, at Grey, in 1996.
Thursday 11 April 2019: Rugby and hockey had an inauspicious weekend against Boland Landbou and Fairmont respectively. There is no value in sugar-coating the results. Wynberg expects better – this weekend is a big one against Stellenberg – something of an emerging force amongst co-ed schools who fancy themselves against the traditional boys' schools. The 1st XI will be looking to redeem themselves on the Wynberg astro at 18h00 on Friday while the 1st XV lock horns on the Hawthornden at 12h30 on Saturday. Cross Country started off this week's sporting competitions in Fish Hoek on Wednesday afternoon. Our team (Luke Meyer, Seth Meyer, Luke Matthewson) finished fifth. The first soccer team beat a juggernaut Mondale side 3-0, while squash have their first league fixtures at the end of this week. Parking at the Wynberg astroPlease assist us in alleviating the traffic congestion in Cavan Road by doing the following:
1. Do not enter Cavan Close or the astro carpark under any circumstances.2. Before turning left or right into Cavan Road via Alexander Road, rather consider using the parking available at the Jacques Kallis Oval. These gates will be open until 20h00 and only a 200m walk from the astro complex.3. We would like to reserve Cavan Road for our visiting parents and players. However, I will not enforce this at the risk of inconveniencing Wynberg parents. Nevertheless, it would be helpful if Wynberg parents parked at the Girls’ High and the Boys’ Junior Schools where security will be on duty. Please note that the Girls’ School parking will be quite full until 17h00 this Friday vs Stellenberg, but will empty out quickly after that.
Please remember that alcohol may not be brought into the astro complex. Please also refrain from climbing over the astro fencing or venturing onto the astro at all times.
Uniform requirements at sportIt is compulsory for boys to arrive at their sports fixture in full winter OR summer uniform. We expect that all hockey players support their 1st XI and all rugby players support their 1st XV – not only for All in Weekends. Support must always be in school uniform.
Students at the Wynberg Astro ComplexBoys are not allowed at the astro during weekday afternoons unless they are practicing. Coaches or staff who see boys loitering at the astro have been instructed to report the students to their House Heads and the Vice-Principal of Sport.
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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.
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
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Tuesday 12 February 2019: The Inter-House Gala was held in ideal conditions in the newly refurbished WBHS pool. While the lack of starting blocks undoubtedly influenced the ability to break records, it did nothing to dampen the spirit of the competing houses.
In the U14 events, the relays were dominated by Trovato House, while Tristan Baxter Elliot took first place in the 4x25m individual, medley, 25m butterfly, and 50m freestyle to claim the title of U14 champion. In the U16 category, the top results for the relays were split between Hawthornden, who claimed the 4x50m relay, and Silverhurst who took the 4x25m medley relay. Here there were a number of excellent individual performances with Dylan Bantam (100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly) and Josh Brown (50m Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly) each achieving individual victories. However, it was Connor Theron with his outstanding performances in the 4x25m individual medley, 200m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke (setting a new record) who took top honours to become the U16 age group champion. In the U19 age group another contest for the top individual positions saw Timothy Meyer (4x25 Individual Medley, 100m & 200m Breaststroke), Luke Altmann (400m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke) and Stephen McCallum (100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle) battle it out for the overall individual trophy. In the end it was Stephen McCullum who claimed the age group prize by anchoring both Silverhurst relay teams to victory, including a convincing win in the 4x50m relay that set a new record time. The final points and positions of each house read as follows: 1st Silverhurst – 283 points 2nd Oude Wijnberg – 216 points3rd Littlewood – 184 points4th McNaughton – 168 points5th Hawthornden – 165 points6th Glebe – 163 points7th Trovato – 131 points8th Sunninghill – 126 points
Mr Marcus Melck, TIC Swimming
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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.
Covered Seating on the Hawthornden FieldDebenture seats on sale now for 2019 and 2020 seasons. R1500 will secure you a parking spot and a reserved seat on the bank for TWO years. Construction on phase 2 and 3 as illustrated in the image will commence once the required number of seats have been sold.
For further information, please email Mr Mike Engelbrecht, Vice-Principal, Sport.
Friday 26 October 2018: Searing temperatures during an early season heatwave made sports participation a tad uncomfortable over the last week, but much welcomed cooler temperatures are expected this weekend against Bishops in polo and cricket.
Our cricketers certainly felt the heat (apologies) last week against Bosch, with few matches ending satisfactorily for us. Well done however to the following boys: Nic Govender 66; Craig Jefferey 56 not out; Dylan Sharp 4/9; Josch Paulsen 80; James Finlay 70; Nur Johnston 57 and Jared Southgate 50.
Monday 15 October 2018: The Annual Wynberg Boys' High School Rugby Referees' Society dinner and awards evening at the Bill Bowden Pavilion - incoming Head of Wynberg Rugby for 2019, Mr Chris Moore, welcomed our school referees, their families, and special guests, WPRRS Chairman, Mr Joey Klaaste-Salmans, WPRRS Manager Mr Ben Theron, and guest speaker, international referee, Mrs Aimee Barrett-Theron to a convivial evening celebrating the 2018 season.
When Aimee was just 12-years old, she told her mother that she wanted to experience the Olympics. Little did she know that her dream would materialise as an international 7s referee at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Aimee is currently a referee on South Africa’s Premier panel – a first for a female. She made history earlier this year by becoming the first female match official to referee a Currie Cup match between SWD and the Leopards, also refereeing at Varsity Cup, Craven Week, and at International level.
In Aimee’s address, which centred on overcoming difficulties and challenges, she expressed her fond memories of Wynberg where her refereeing career started at the Wynberg Winter Festival. No stranger to the Hawthorden during the rugby seasons since, Aimee presented the referees’ society with her Women’s World Cup jersey as a token of her appreciation for being a guest speaker at our annual awards dinner, and as an inspiration to our young referees looking to the future.
Congratulations to our Wynberg Referees on their awards:
Rogan Wiget-Beattie Shield for Rugby Referee of the Year: Sebastian Balman
Jacques Pratt Trophy for Most Promising Referee: Vaughan Rademeyer
Most Improved Rugby Referee: Reece Mullholland
Most Improved Junior Referee: Daniel Bearne
Loyalty to WBHS RRS: Shaye Reilly, Daniel Osler, and Joshua Thomas
Outstanding Assistant Referee: Juan Sargeant, Dylan Stevenson, and Muzzammil Samaai.
WBHS continues proudly to support the development of schoolboy rugby referees to take the helm and perform as assistant refs at WP league games across the Peninsula. Since Mr Mike Leresche, a former international rugby referee, initiated our Rugby Referees' Society in 2014, the society can claim some outstanding alumni regularly seen a WP Club and school matches, and as far away as presiding over the Mauritius Tens international tournament in 2016.
In 2019 our focus is to grow the society through inviting past and present international and local refs to coach and mentor our referees. Our goal is to ensure 90% of our home fixtures will be officiated by our members.
Mr Chris MooreHead of Wynberg Rugby
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Thursday 20 September 2018: Congratulations to all on their awards for 2018 - the full list of colours, blues, honours, and sport & cultural trophies:
ChessJason Uhuaba, Bradley Taylor
Concert Band Skumbuzo De la Hunt, Graeme Droskie, Owen Franke, Kevin Harris, Tian Kwak, Torrance Phiri, Joel Seboa, Andrew Skippers, Matthew Van Harten, Luke Hubbard, Caleb Lawrence, Reece McMinn, Junaid Gydien, Adrian Krantz, Zayd Louw, Reyaaz Martin, Daniel Osler, Keanu Van Staden, Luke Heath
Wynberg Boys' High School proudly presents the Ian Melliar Cup 2018, powered by Speck Pumps. #IMC2018 #SpeckPumps #WynbergMedia #SuperaMoras
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.
WBHS Prefects for 2019
Monday 20 August 2018, Wynberg Heritage Week: We take great pleasure in announcing our prefect body for 2019 - we congratulate them all, and wish them well with their leadership responsibilies for the year ahead. The Prefect Induction Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 16 October 2018.
Head Prefect: Dillon Sibanda (with RCL portfolio)Deputy Head Prefects: Tebogo Faas, & Malcolm Scarrott (with Service portfolio)
Academic Prefect: Ben van HuyssteenSports Prefect: Matthew HarrisCulture Prefect: Matthew JamesSustainability Prefect: Jack Rutherford House Prefects
Glebe: Fayyaz EbrahimHawthornden: Jethro JohnsonLittlewood: Campbell Egan-FowlerMcNaughton: Ben SchafferOude Wijnberg: Seth MeyerSilverhurst: Stephen McCallumSunninghill: Daniel HarrisonTrovato: Mikaeel Bassadien Grade Prefects Grade 12: George KaseyaSenior Grades: Mathew Brougham-CookJunior Grades: Kamvalethu Sabela
Wynberg Boys' High School Weekly Newsletter is distributed to all our Wynberg Families by email. #WynbergMedia #SuperaMoras
Click to watch Wynberg 1st XV vs Rondebosch on our YouTube channel - archived live-stream of the match
Friday 10 August 2018: It was “start your engines” time against Rondebosch this past weekend. While SACS derbies are our most traditional and most celebrated, in theory, there is always a buzz of expectation ahead of any derby against Bosch and Bishops. The expectations were well satisfied as Wynberg experienced a very good weekend against the men from Avenue de Mist.
The hockey 1st XI stole Friday night with a clinical and 4-1. A bitter sweet one as the school bade farewell to SA cap, Tevin Petersen who has been selected to the Premier Hockey League (PHL) that takes place over three weekends from 10 August – 26 August in Johannesburg. Being a matric, we will not see his blinding speed and skill in Wynberg colours again. It is as much due to his influence as anything else that the team have been able to move the ball around the park exceptionally well this season and have been able to exercise patience on the ball. Well done, too, to Tristan Cooke who got his 100th cap on the weekend. Ethan Robbertze will be capped for the 100th time against Bishops. Our rugby boys dominated the Saturday encounters winning 11 out of 15 fixtures. With most people having put money on wins for the U14A and U15A before Saturday, this win ratio could have been much higher if not for upset losses. The Blues continue to play in their blue shorts like men possessed and helped build the tension and excitement on the Hawthornden ahead of the 1st XV match, which started traditionally 4 or 5 minutes late.
As the 1st XV ran out to the sounds of our Wynberg Pipers, the sights and sounds were beamed around the world on Youtube as we took the first tentative steps towards setting up an independent Wynberg TV channel. While not our first live stream (there have been assemblies, the 2017 Matric Valedictory and Melliar cup live streams), this was the first time that a rugby match has been live streamed independently of an outside broadcaster.
Being an outdoor broadcast covering a large area, this was a challenging task. Well done to Ngonidzashe Mauye, Nick Scott, Andrew Skippers, Mujahied Sadien, Matthew Gie, and Mr Christiaan Venter for putting this together. They were mentored and directed by Bruce Macdonald who has recently directed a big screen movie, Samson, released in the USA in February. Thanks also to Chris Merrington for all of his input. The result was that a great win for the 1st team was recorded for posterity.
Friday 3 August 2018: After fixtures against Pinelands and Bellville last week, Wynberg sport enters the rarified atmosphere of a home sporting derby as we go #Allin4Wynberg against Rondebosch this weekend.
Please ensure that your son attends either the 1st XI hockey on our Astro at 19h15 on Friday night, or the 1st XV rugby match at home on Saturday at 12h30. I get extremely nervous when I see our boys standing up on the top rung of the spectator seating at the Astro. It is 5 meter drop to the ground and the stands have no backing above knee height. The prefects and hockey staff have been instructed to ensure our boys stay seated at all times to avert an accident, please reinforce this with your sons.
A very big thank you to all parents that have thrown open their homes to boys from touring teams over the last couple of weeks. July is usually a bumper month for incoming tours and this year has been no different. Wynberg entertained 2 hockey tours from the UK and 4 for rugby. As many as 200 boys had to be accommodated over the period. Without the generous support of Wynberg families, touring teams would become a thing of the past. This would be very sad as Wynberg has a proud tradition of hosting teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and South Korea. A glance at the plaques displayed in the Bill Bowden and the A Corridor tell a tale of long-standing international sporting relationships. Hopefully many friendships have been made to be rekindled on gap years or return trips in the future.
Our athletes competed in Milnerton in sunny conditions this week With the top 20 positions of the event qualifying for the WP Trials to be run on 18 August. Wynberg's athletes delivered sgood results - well done to them all:
U19: Caleb Gibson 2nd; U17: Caleb Vogt 9th, Luke Meyer 12th, Seth Meyer 19th; and in the U15 group, Cole Abrahams & Dylan Rudolph finished within the cut.
Saturday 4 August 2018: Mekor Ford's Drive For Your School initiative is a great opportunity to support Wynberg Boys' High School with minimal effort whilst experiencing the pleasure of test driving a Ford vehicle. Our school sponsors, Mekor Ford Claremont, will have their cars on display from 8am on Saturday 4 August on Silverhurst and Hawthornden Fields during the home rugby derby against Rondebosch, with test drives happening from the top parking area in front of the school.
For every test drive, Ford South Africa will pay the school R100 to a maximum of R10 000. We encourage all parents, families, Old Boys, and friends to test drive one of the available vehicles.
Test drives can be booked with the Mekor Ford representatives at the Ray Connellan scoreboard on the Hawthornden Field.
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Monday 16 July 2018: Wynberg sport continued unabated during the cold and wet July holidays with official tours for golf and cricket, while hockey, squash, and rugby proudly showcased individual talent at various interprovincial tournaments held around the country. Nine Wynberg soccer players were part of an invitational tour to the San Marino Cup in Italy, and a number of holiday rugby fixtures were organised around Cape Town.
Our gratitude to the respective sports MICS for sacrificing their time during the mid-year break, and for providing us, below, with a Sports Wrap Up of what our sportsmen achieved on the fields, links, and courts.
Practices, Fixtures, and our Sporting Ethos
Sports practices begin on the first day of school, Tuesday, 17 July, followed by a full round of fixtures during the week ahead. As is the Wynberg Way, all players are expected to support their first teams: once a hockey, squash, rugby, or soccer player has completed his own fixture, he is to change into school uniform to support his 1st team.
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.”
Thursday 21 June 2018: The first half of the winter season delivered well on our pre-season hopes in the months leading up to the first matches of the second term. Rain has fallen with nostalgic regularity, and the results on the fields, astros, and courts have been very pleasing and at times even spectacular.
The hockey boys have played a total of 138 matches so far this season and have won 86 with 12 draws. Not only winning the WP Schools’ League (with a match in hand) for the third season running, the 1st XI achieved the Headmaster’s Triple Crown (which includes wins over the Southern Suburbs, and Grey High) and will be aiming to achieve the Grand Slam in the third term.
Rugby turned the corner after the trauma of 2017. The overall results record: played 140, Won 68 with 4 drawn matches. The 1st XV have been a revelation and have come within 30 points of an unbeaten first half of the season. The Headmaster’s Triple Crown was achieved by the 14A, B, and C rugby teams. It was unlucky for the U15A side to draw the first match against Rondebosch – but they remain nevertheless unbeaten in this mini-competition.
Both rugby and hockey have received provincial recognition which is a credit to the work put in the by coaches and the boys. With 16 Wynberg hockey players receiving WP colours this year, rugby has been provincially rewarded with 2 U18 Craven Week players, 1 Academy player, and 3 U16 players to participate at the Grant Khomo Week. Cricket continues mid-year with 14 Wynberg boys in the winter nets set up, with selection to Provincial sides imminent. The Directors of Sport have certainly been hard at work all year round to ensure that this kind of success is sustainable in the long run. Squash produced mixed results in the senior age groups but the Super League side ended the 1st half well with convincing wins over SACS. The juniors are an exciting bunch and their efforts have been recognised with 4 Grade 8s and one U16 boy selected to represent WP at interprovincial tournaments in the June holidays. The names of all representatives are listed at the end of this report. We are also proud to recognise the Wynberg boys who’ve received higher honours in non-school sports. Soccer has excelled playing 45 matches, winning 29 and registering 5 draws. Soccer MIC, Roland Rudd, is leading a Cape Invitation team to Italy these holidays. They will be playing against Milano FS and Ausonia FC as well as training at Inter Milan, before making their way to take part in the San Marino Cup. The team includes Wynberg’s Jarred Johnson, Matthew Petersen, Phiwe Mentoor, Phindile Ralarala, Lyle Hendriks, Joel Abrahams, Keanu Gelderblom, Sibulele Mlunguza, and Luke Hubbard. Basketball has quietly been going about its business during the winter months with the emergence of a new Winter League. We are sure that the players will reap the rewards of this off-season activity once the summer league begins.
Our golfers head down the Garden Route from 22-25 June to participate in the Cape Schools Week, while our Cricket Colts XI heads off to the Highveld for a tournament at White River. Many boys and staff will head back to school in July feeling less than rested – but there is no rest for those with ambition. It is our intention to improve the support at away matches – even those that are not All In fixtures. We have communicated in previous correspondence that all boys are expected, as a matter of course, to stay after their match and watch their first team – no matter what code they play. We realise that this may be inconvenient for parents but trust everyone will buy into what we are trying to achieve. To make matters easier, we are offering boys the opportunity of traveling by bus to Paul Roos on 21 July. If you wish to book a spot on the bus, the cost is R65. Payments can be made by EFT to the school account using reference code SURNAME PRGBUS.
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Friday 15 June 2018: Wynberg Cricket was delighted to accept an invitation from Uplands College in White River to tour during the mid-year holidays. This tour will fly our flag as a Wynberg Colts group of U14 and U15 players, giving them an invaluable pre-season experience against quality teams in Mpumalanga.
As in previous years when our 1st XI squad toured and discovered more in the outfield than just fielders, one of the highlights of the trip will be the opening match against our hosts at the Skukuza Cricket Club Oval in the Kruger National Park, where they will, according to the website, be able “ to add an adventure in the wild before, after and possibly during the match”. [Ed: parents need not fear an encounter in the slips with the ‘Big Five’. The Oval is within the Staff Village, and protected by great hands.]
We thank our schoolmaster coach, Mr Patrick Smith, for pulling the itinerary together - this is his old stamping ground, and his contacts, local friendships, and knowledge of the game will make this a classic school sports tour where cricket skills are developed along with opening new experiences in our sports ethos of ‘Friendship, Rivalry, and Competition’.
Wynberg wishes our touring party the very best - enjoy every moment, play with passion, and bring back memories to last a lifetime.