Our athlete Bryce Putzier is lucky enough to receive his training in Pole Vault under the watchful eye of Okkert Brits, silver medalist at the World Championship
in 2003. Bryce, like many other athletes, is patiently waiting for the competitions to open once again.
Zenande Simani and Siphe Madlala helped their team, The SA Homeboys recover from a 13-point deficit to beat The Travelers 31 – 29 in a hugely entertaining
match on Saturday.
After a sluggish start to the match, Zenande Simani and Siphe Madlala appeared rejuvenated in the second period. They hit 15 of 31 points while dominating
the inside of the key area, outplaying the crowd favourites, Faris Turay and Zacc Katusiime. Malibongwe Mkosi, Mila Mzamane, Uyapo Tapela, Ko Semane
and Neo Mangena added another 16 points for The SA Homeboys.
In the other matches played on Saturday, St Andrew’s U14B lost to a spirited Prep U13A side 13 – 15. The U14As were too strong for the DSG U16A outt as they
went on to win 35 – 16. The U15B registered a 25 – 6 victory in a one-sided match against DSG 2nds. The U15As needed to engage into second gear to beat the
well organised DSG 1st team defence as College boys went on to register a rather flattering 33 – 14 points victory. Ganizani Tembo superbly led his Travelers U16
team to win 25 – 18 against the pre-match favourites SA Homeboys U16. Well done to all the Basketballers for providing highly entertaining matches!
The South XI won the toss on Saturday and elected to bat first. They posted a competitive 247/4 and declared soon after lunch. Luke Danckwerts and Matt Pope
batted with maturity compiling an entertaining 150 run second wicket partnership. Matt Pope was fluent at the crease with his well-played 88 and thereafter, Luke Danckwerts declared the innings, which included his quality 111 not out, supported by an effective 23 off just 17 balls from William Emslie.
The North XI were up for the run chase led by Andrew Mackenzie’s fiery 52 off just 52 balls. Sam Francis (69) and Brad Storrer (60) were cruising to victory on 224/5.Brad Storrer was then run out by a brilliant piece of fielding from William Emslie, and soon afterwards, Zach Micklewright dismissed Captain Sam Francis
with a peach of a delivery. Time was running out; all three results were on the cards as Jurie Norval claimed five wickets with his superb leg spinners, and Zach
Micklewright attacked stumps leaving the North XI nine wickets down with some work to do. In the end, it was Oliver Snart who was calm at the crease steering
the North XI to a tense victory by one wicket.
The second round of the Grand Slam League took place on Friday, in sweltering conditions. Matches were shortened slightly, but the intensity remained high
throughout. Dream Team and Beorns Bros had good wins again against Feds Flyers and The Aces, which means Beorns Bros and Dream Team remain neck in
neck at the top of the leader board. Well done to all the tennis players!
The St Andrew’s College and DSG players enjoyed a wonderfully organised Valentine’s mixed team’s Water Polo fixture where more than 200 boys and girls
participated throughout the afternoon.
THE WEEK AHEAD MENU
“On your marks, set and go!” Once again, the weekend and week ahead is gam packed with a wide range of sports activities. The Tennis Gland Slam reaches its last group stage matches this Friday and will be followed with some friendly matches next week on Monday against Graeme College for both the Junior and Senior teams. Our elite swimmers will be attending the 3rd A league gala in Port Elizabeth this weekend. We wish Oliva Lange, Ethan John, Adam Nurse and Joss Hempel all the best at the gala.
Seventy–two boys will be involved in the popular Bushman River Mile swim on Sunday.
The Inter-House Gala will be held next week Wednesday, and the Andrean family will be able to watch it in real- time as the gala will be live-streamed. The Basketball and Water Polo will benefit from playing modified matches against DSG and Prep on Saturday morning. Also on Saturday, we are using the Cricket matches against Kingswood as the first step towards getting back to Inter-Schools sports. This is going to be useful!
It is hoped that many fixtures will follow after the Half Term break. The Rowing Club will be out at Kowie River on Saturday as they continue to get valuable exercise and some competition on the water in the form of an internal club regatta. This is proving to be a very good test for their discipline.
We would like to remind parents that spectators’ attendance is still prohibited at sports training and match venues under the current regulations. We will
revisit all these decisions every week, and as soon as we can, we will allow parents to on-campus sports venues again. For now, let us cherish what we have.