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Wynberg Sports Roundup, Week Ending 24 August 2018

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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Wynberg Sports Roundup, Week Ending 10 August 2018

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.

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Wynberg Sports Roundup & the Rondebosch Derby Weekend

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.

Cross Country

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.

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