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Thursday 18 April 2019: With Wynberg Grey Weekend just a week away, we remind our Wynberg Families of the letter regarding hosting mailed out today. Seating at the Astro will be in short supply for the Grey derby on Friday night. Please note that all stands have been reserved for the schoolboys. Parents are requested to bring camping chairs and to make themselves comfortable on Astro 2 behind the fence.
RugbyWynberg Rugby hosted our first home game of the season this past weekend against Stellenberg. Our 14A, 14B, 15C, 16A and 16B all secured victories. Unfortunately, our 15A’s and 1st XV both lost by a single point in tightly contested matches.
On Wednesday, our 1st XV departed to Johannesburg for the Standard Bank KES Easter Festival. They are up against Hudson Park (Thursday, 15:15 kick off) and Jeppe (Saturday, 15:00). All games can be streamed on the King Edwards School Facebook page. We wish our coaching staff and players well as they represent Wynberg Rugby in Gauteng.
The rest of our teams have a Bye this weekend over the Easter Weekend. Next weekend, Wynberg hosts The Grey from PE. We are most grateful to all our families who are opening their homes to host Grey boys. Look forward to seeing as many Wynberg Old Boys and families in support next weekend.
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
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.
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
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.
Click to find the scheduled live stream on YouTube
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.
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.
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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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.
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Saturday 5 May 2018: Wynberg Boys' High reversed a ten-point halftime deficit to overcome their more fancied opponents, Boland Agricultural on the Hawthornden Field. The final score was 27 - 25 after the hosts trailed 5-15 when the teams changed ends.
The Berg are enjoying a successful start to the 2018 season, having recently beaten Rondebosch and then narrowly going down to another Boland powerhouse, Paarl Boys' High.
High-flying Boland Agri, one of the top rugby schools in recent years, started in typical fashion, their bigger forwards aiming to subdue their opponents. The tenacious Southern Suburbs boys surprised their opponents in the opening minutes, overshadowing the Paarlites. Yet it was the visitors who opened the scoring. It was a well-weighted chip kick by their livewire scrumhalf which sat up for his left wing to collect and score. The conversion put the agricultural students seven points in the lead.
With the wind behind them, the visitors kept their hosts pinned in their own half through some clever tactical kicking. A well-executed move off a Wynberg lineout in their own half saw centre Rethabile Louw creating space for fullback Wandile Notshe to put his team on the scoreboard.
Friday 19 April 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: After the euphoria of the Bosch weekend under clear skies, we enter a precarious weekend on wet fields for hockey and rugby against Paarl Boys’ High, and soccer against St Joseph's - all at home.
The 1st XI hockey side will be confident ahead of their fixture at 19h00 on Friday 20 April on the Wynberg Astro. We look forward to seeing as many spectators as possible. Although this is not an all-in weekend, we do expect all hockey players to be out in force to support our teams, and that all rugby players change back into uniform on Saturday 20 April after their matches to cheer on the 1st XV. This is our Wynberg Way for all sports fixtures in the winter months ahead.
A courteous reminder to parents and old boys not to sit in the stands traditionally reserved for our Wynberg boys for home and away matches. A big part of our Wynberg Spirit and the impressive singing and cheering (as displayed last week) is dependent on all Wynberg boys massed together, and not diluted.
Joshua Wentzel has been selected for the SA men's Softball team to compete at the World cup in Canada in July.
Wednesday 28 March 2018: Welcome to a new season of Wynberg Boys’ High School rugby - our teams have had a tough and testing pre-season in advance of the annual league fixtures which kick off formally on 14 April when we travel to Rondebosch in the annual season-starter derby.
Training and trials for all age groups during the last fortnight, combined with hours of discussion between our coaches, mean our teams should be finalised by the end of this first term, and set for the short practice week after the holidays.
We held a successful set of pre-season fixtures against Brackenfell on Tuesday 20 March, with our U14A, 15A, 16A and 1st XV teams traveling together, building spirit and mutual support, and recording victories across the board.
Our 19C team played Bergvliet High School 1st XV on Thursday afternoon winning comprehensively in a physical battle on our Silverhurst C Field, while our U14A and B, 15A, and 16A teams wrapped up their week by traveling to Paarl to play against Boland Landbou in an exciting set of friendly matches that augur well for the months ahead. We're pleased, but not complacent, with the results achieved by these young sides: three of the four games went Wynberg's way, with the U14A going down by 10 points to the hosts.
View photos of Wynberg Rugby helping at the Cape Town Cycle Tour
Friday 16 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: Only cricket will be in action this weekend, in do-or-die fixtures vs SACS. Our boys should be high on confidence after getting valuable time in the middle last week against various opposition.
From Monday onwards, the pitches will be rolled up, the sun will be packed away and the rain clouds will be wheeled out. On cue, the rugby club begins pre-season friendlies vs Bergvliet, Brackenfell, and Boland Landbou before the A teams embark on long distance and local tours ahead of the Bosch clash, away, on 14 April. Soccer, always keen to buck the trend, will be playing warm-up fixtures on Friday afternoon on the Oude Wijnberg in anticipation of a busy season.
Some housekeeping matters:
1. Practice rugby jerseys will be available for ordering on Moodle only from this weekend. Orders close on Wednesday 21 March.
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: