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This year’s Ian Melliar Cup was another extremely successful one. When I was told, in my first year here as Director of Wynberg Water Polo, that it rained every tournament, I was sceptical but the warning from the event stalwarts proved true, it bucketed down on the first day of the tournament. This did not dampen the spirit of the tournament at all and the boys played through the rain, with the heated pool doing its job admirably. The tournament remained on schedule even with the wet weather for most of the day. There were many exciting polo games played throughout the early pool stages, some big clashes such as St. John's vs Rondebosch and St Andrew's vs Wynberg. With the live streaming getting under way, the games were available for all to watch from the comfort of their own homes.
Day 2 dawned warm and sunny with minimal clouds and with the sun poking through to warm players and spectators alike. The weather set the tone for what promised to be an action-packed day. The fixtures included more excellent match ups later in the evening such as Bishops vs Clifton and SACS vs Grey High. The second day was as exciting as promised and there were a few upsets which brought an extra edge to the tournament.
Day 3 is where it all got very interesting with the last of the pool games being played. It came down to goal difference in a few games but after lunch the cross-pool playoffs got underway with more unexpected results. The quarterfinals that followed were closely contested and played at a very high intensity. There were spot prizes handed out between games which was a highlight for many spectators with many amazing prizes being won.
On the last day of the tournament we started off with the placing games followed by our semifinals. All the games we played were in good spirit and at a high standard of play. One would never have said this was an U15 tournament. Most games ended in a 4-5 or 3-4 score line showing that each team gave it their all to clinch a victory in the last game of their #IMCup19.
The 3rd and 4th position games were edge of the seat stuff between St. John's and Rondebosch with St. John's starting on the backfoot and coming from behind to clench victory, ending 3rd in the tournament.
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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Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February 2019: The latest events in the annual inter-house competition for points toward the Friedlander Shield saw senior grade tennis, junior and senior grades basketball and water polo in action across our sports facilities in perfect weather. A big thank you to our Teachers in Charge of the sports for designing and running high-speed shortened matches in round robin formats to facilitate play-offs for all eight positions in each event. The excitement and atmosphere of every encounter between our school houses was matched by high performance match skills and great sportsmanship across the board.
Final House positions by event:
1st - Trovato2nd - McNaughton3rd - Littlewood4th - Hawthornden5th - Sunninghill6th - Oude Wijnberg7th - Silverhurst8th - Glebe
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.
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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.
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.
Friday 2 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: The mornings are slightly cooler and the financial year has come to end, a signal that we have reached the last fortnight of summer sport. With tours and derby matches wrapping up the first term 2018, one can anticipate the season going out with a bang.
The Wynberg supporters caps have arrived. Only online orders through Moodle were recorded, caps may be collected from the Student Support Desk on submission of proof of payment.
The rugby department is sourcing an affordable and efficient practice jersey. An online order form will be published to Moodle soon - while the jerseys will be available this year, they will only become compulsory kit from 2019.
Our boys competed against top athletes from Southern Zone schools in the zonal semi-final event held in Bellville. After a long day of competition, 16 of our athletes made it through to next round to form part of the Southern Zone team to take on teams from the Northern, Table Bay, and False Bay Zones for a place in the Western Province athletics team on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March at the Vygieskraal track. The Western Province team will compete at the Western Cape Championships in Paarl on the weekend of 9 March.
We wish them all the very best:
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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:
Tuesday 6 February 2018: at a recent meeting at Wynberg Boys' High School between the Headmasters of Wynberg, Bishops, SACS, and Rondebosch, a joint position on a measured and constrained school sports programme was undertaken.:
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As an introduction to sport at Wynberg, we are holding an ‘open day’ for all those coming to the School next year.
New boys will have a choice of trying four sports.
Time: 15:00 – 16:45When: Friday 24 November 2017
Cricket (in the nets on the Jacques Kallis Oval)
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Friday 3 November 2017: With the year-end exams around the corner, this weekend heralds the end of most Term 4 sporting fixtures. Only cricket continues for one week beyond SACS with the Stayers playing matches vs Paarl Boys’ on 11 November.
While your sons will be hitting the books with vengeance next week, it would be good to see them utilising our sporting facilities as and when they feel the need to take a study break. The nets, courts, and fields are not going anywhere while organised sport takes a break.
Wynberg recorded some very good wins against Bishops on the weekend. The highlights of the week would be Tristan Perez explosive 160 against Bishops U15A and Cameron Tanner scoring his 2nd 100 of the week against Bishops 2nd XI. Kieron Adams u14A (70*) helped the U14’s to a comprehensive 7 wicket win while Imti Samaai’s off-spin (4/35) enabled the 2nd team to beat Bishops by 80 runs. The 1st squad will be looking to bounce back after consecutive losses when they play hosts to SACS this weekend, with many Matric boys playing their last WBHS fixtures along with 1st team coach Eric Lefson’s final match at the helm after a remarkable contribution to the game at Wynberg Boys’ High School over 18 years
Kyle Pluke was awarded his 100th cap last week against Bishops and Umar Anthony stands in line to receive his 100th cap this week against SACS.