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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.
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.