Internal Summer Sports Activities - St Andrew's College

Internal Summer Sports Activities

Wind Orchestra
February 8, 2021
Information Sessions in East London
February 11, 2021
Wind Orchestra
February 8, 2021
Information Sessions in East London
February 11, 2021

Internal Summer Sports Activities

One can only admire College boys and staff for the way they have gone about their sporting activities. It feels like it is normal business, as the campus is buzzing with a wide range of Summer Sports activities. The boys and staff have adapted to new ways of practicing and competing in the internal games in acceptable safe environments.

During the summer season, a few of our boys generally participate in competitive athletics. Unfortunately, there has not been many opportunities for competition. However, this has not slowed down the group’s enthusiasm. The athletes work on speed and explosive power, and their energy brings a great vibe around campus. A number of these athletes focus their training on specialised events such as pole vault or sprints. We are sure the efforts will be rewarded in the
long run.

The XTREME Basketball Series matches have been an excellent opportunity for the College boys to get much-needed game time. The boys have grown in their leadership, skills levels and ability to play in a team setting under considerable pressure. The games have seen both staff and boys showing great passion and energy on the courts.
The Bulls team currently dominates the Junior Division and The Sneakers, powered by Faris Turay are run-away leaders in the Seniors Division. Both teams are unbeaten after playing four rounds of matches.

This year’s Basketball Club Captain is Malibongwe Mkosi and Vice-Captain is Jake Boateng–Aido. Congratulations to you

The College Premier League (CPL) was on pause this week. This allowed space for players and coaches to begin the process of establishing their teams in preparation for the possibility of local derby school fixtures. Internal squad games were held on Wednesday and will continue on Saturday with a full cricket day for all our players. Some intriguing games will be the 3rds vs U15As, U14As vs U15Bs and our Prep U13As vs College U14Bs. Thanks to all the College Cricket stakeholders for creating and sustaining vital energy in what has been a unique Summer season of cricket.

Busloads of boys do regular shuttles to The Belmont Golf Club where more than seventy golfers turned up on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. A sizable number of these boys participate in club competitions, and some good results have been recorded.

The Inter-House Ergo Rowing competition took place on Monday. The event took the form of a relay race with each House having to complete 2.5 km as fast as possible. The senior event was closely contested with barely a few meters separating four teams as they went into the final quarter of the race. Graham House’s Dylan Heurlin, Liam Field, Tom Vermaak, Cameron Rafferty, Lethu Ntshangase, Africa Matshingana and Jono Rosenthal coming away with the honours barely two seconds ahead of the highly fancied Mullins team. Graham again emerged victorious in the Senior Individual Sprint with Jono Rosenthal leaving a few of the more seasoned rowers in his wake. The junior event was just as competitive and the support possibly even more vociferous as the lead changed hands multiple times through the race. Espin, Graham and Armstrong all held the lead briefly, but it was the Mullins team of Julian Mapoore, Aiden Wood, Joe Wostenholm,
Nathan Putzier, Aphindile Ngcuka who held on for the victory. In the junior sprint event, Alex Calder summoned up a heroic effort with a finishing time that would have ranked him well up the senior competition field to take the win for Merriman. The event was well attended and enthusiastically supported by all the house teams. Well done to all those who took part!

Swimming preparations are underway for the following events:
Monday 8 Feb: 16h15: 400m Finals – Inter-House Gala
Sunday 21 Feb: Bushman Inter-House River Mile
Monday 22 Feb: 16h15: 200m Finals – Inter-House Gala
Wednesday 24 Feb: Finals and Relays – Inter-House Gala

The College Tennis Grand Slam League for all players started last week. Four teams, consisting of seniors and juniors, managed by a staff member, and captained by a current 1st Team player, will do battle every week. Matches will be timed, and log points awarded for each match won. The league will last for five weeks, culminating in playoffs and a final.

We have been very fortunate to be able to play water polo recently, and this weekend was no exception. The teams were split evenly, and everyone got to play three games on Saturday morning. The weather was a mild 24 degrees, compared to the 40 degrees we experienced the previous week. However, this did not stop the water polo or the enthusiasm, and there was some excellent water polo on display. With over 100 boys moving through the pool area on Saturday, there was a festive spirit and the feel of some fierce competition once again.

In Pool A, Mackenzie’s Maniacs went unbeaten drawing with Harley’s Hurricanes, 6 all and Jacques Jaguars, 11 all and beating Watson’s Wallabies 7 – 4 in their final game of the morning. The Jaguars were the team of the day, beating the Wallabies 12- 8 and the Hurricanes 8 – 5. In Pool B, the teams were evenly matched with Bull’s Bullfrogs and Stanley’s Stormers both winning two of their three games and Renwick’s Renegades and Paddington’s Bears winning one a piece. The boys will play in a different version of games format this weekend.

I am very excited to announce the Blues Captain and Vice-Captain for 2021, Oliver Rose will be captaining the Blues for 2021 and Matthew Dovey vice-captain. Congratulation! Some discussions with the local schools have been happening on the possibility of resuming playing games. I look forward to seeing our teams back on the fields, courts and pool, as they have put in the hard work at training.

Meanwhile, I would like to remind parents that spectators are still prohibited at games while we are on Level 3 restrictions. For now, let us cherish the  opportunities we have.

Patrick Gumunyu
Director of Sports