Sport at a glance July to December 2016
1 July 2016
• Grahamstown-born Springbok coach Allister Coetzee received a hero’s welcome when he paraded through town. • St Andrew’s Prep hosted the 5th annual Independent Prep Schools’ Rugby Festival. Teams from across the country took part.
• International squash players helped coaching at the exhibition of squash hosted at Kingswood College. • Kallie Calitz and Bresby du Preez (Albany Bowling Club) won the Eastern Areas Men’s Pairs for 2016, while Marlene Mitchener and Thelma du Preez were runners-up in the EA Ladies pairs. • Marlene Mitchener and Andrew Labuschagne (Albany Bowling Club) won the Gareth Stephenson Memorial Trust Novice Pairs in Port Elizabeth.
• Grant Daly of Port Elizabeth won the Pennypinchers Grahamstown to Sea (G2C) mountain bike race. Graeme College pupil, Lloyd Vos takes second. • Eastern Province Currie Cup coach Robbie Kempson tipped St Andrew’s captain Sazi Sandi as a potential star on the rise, during the U18 Coca Cola Craven Week. • The Rhodes University rugby team qualify for the Varsity Shield, at the conclusion of the 2016 University Sport South Africa (USSA) National Institutional Men’s Rugby Championships in East London. • The Rhodes University Netball Club placed tenth in Section C at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) netball championship in the Western Cape. • Kingswood College stayers rugby side beat touring Eton College from the UK 22-5. • Former Mary Waters and Kingswood College pupil Rosko Specman has been included in coach Neil Powell’s 12-man squad for the Rio Olympic 7’s rugby tournament. • Albany Bowling Club won the Port Alfred GBS Mixed 4’s bowling day, made up of Bresby du Preez, Marlene Mitchener, Billy Krige and Stan Long.
• The Grahamstown Area Golden Games, for senior citizens over the age of 60, takes place at the Oval. A team is selected for the Sarah Baartman District Golden Games. • At the age of 17, the Diocesan School for Girls head girl Sandisiwe Tabata has been selected for the South African U21 women’s hockey team. The side will participate in the Junior World Cup in Chile in December. Sandiswe was captain of the South African U18 side which took part in a test series against Australia. • Ross Vides of St Andrew’s College represented the South Africa U18A hockey side in a series against the Australian U17 side. • Luke Hobson and Peter Tharratt (South Africa U18B hockey) played against their St Andrew’s College team-mate, Peter Jarvis (SA U16A), in a tournament involving their teams plus the SA U16B side and Namibia U18A. • Jason Meaton finished second at the J-Bay Windfarm Mountain Bike Classic 85km. • Mbobela Agcobile of Archie Mbolekwa Primary School represented Albany at the U12 Eastern Cape Primary Schools’ Sub Union Rugby Tournament. • Simamkele Mnyamana of Archie Mbolekwa Primary School represented Eastern Province U13 soccer side at the provincial tournament in Durban.
• St Andrew’s College Grade 10 pupil, Peter Jarvis was awarded the U15 Player of the Tournament trophy at the Cricket South Africa Amateur Awards 2016 breakfast at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. • Dave Martin will serve as an official for Archery during the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. • Lesley Sauls and Johan Botha win the seniors and masters categories respectively at the Despatch Classic body building champs. • Despite beating table-topping PE Police 1514, Grahamstown Brumbies narrowly missed out on the quarter-finals of the Grant Challenge Cup Top 10.
• 41 runners took to the Pam Golding Oldenburgia Trail Run 30km. • Kingswood’s 1st XV survived a scare from Graeme College before winning 26-19. • Mzwabantu Nesi of Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club finished the Washie 100 Miler in fifth position overall. • East Cape Shotokan-Ryu (Grahamstown) emerged as winners at the 10th anniversary edition of the SECKO Karate Championships at the Fish River Sun Hotel. Joza Karate Club finished second. • Courtney Trow of Kingswood College is awarded the Heather Hobson Shield for the 2016 hockey player of the year, the Luntu Ntoko Cup for the captain of the first team and a headmasters certificate for reaching 100 caps in Kingswood 1st team.
• Rhodes University, African Connection and University of Fort Hare’s 1st women’s soccer teams played friendly soccer games to celebrate Women’s Day. • The A Team won the Gender Week netball tournament, open to all genders. • George Ntshiliza and Ntombesintu Mfunzi (both from Port Elizabeth) won the men’s and women’s title respectively at the Spar Oak Cottage Mountain Drive Half Marathon.
• The Sarah Baartman Schools Cross-Country Championships was hosted in Grahamstown, with over 300 pupils taking part. • Rhodes University finished last in the annual Eastern Cape Inter-Varsity competition, hosted at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. • DSG 1st hockey team took third place in the Spar Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge at Woodridge. • The Makana Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Club held its Battle of the Giants, which doubled as the club’s championships.
• Abu Dhabi are crowned Rhodes Internal Soccer league cup champions for 2016, after beating Cory Matthews on penalties in the final. • Heathens earn a 16-11 win over Dream, and the title of Rhodes internal league champions for 2016. • The Albany Bowling Club team of Gwen Bartlett, Marlene Mitchener and Marlene Jacobs won the Eastern Areas Ladies trips finals. • Branston becomes the first dog to finish his 50th parkrun at the Grahamstown parkrun, together with his owner Ryan Bruton. • Toni Rafferty wins gold in the 100m freestyle (with a new EP record), 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly at the Nedbank Madibaz gala in Port Elizabeth. • The Kingswood College U11A netball side remained unbeaten during the 2016 season.
• Nathaniel Nyaluza beat Ntaba Maria 20-19 to win the U15 Albany High Schools’ final. Mary Waters High School beat Nathaniel Nyaluza in the U18 final. • Rhodes University Great Field receives new flood lights in time for the 2017 Varsity Shield. New flood lights are also erected at Prospect Field. • Grahamstown Parkrun celebrated their 100th anniversary. • Golden Chiefs (Alexandria) beat Cory Matthews 4-2 in the final of the Rhodes University Human Kinetics and Ergonomics / Sakhulutsha Soccer Development Academy soccer tournament. • The Albany Bowling Club team of Stan Long, Billy Krige and Andrew Labuschagne finished second in the Eastern Areas men’s trips finals. • Jason Meaton wins the Hayterdale Classic 65km mountain bike race, a few weeks after finishing the Trans Baviaans 230km mountain bike race with teammate Derrick Lottering.
• Three Mfuzo Boxing Camp members were crowned champions in their divisions at a national boxing event. • Rhodes University Rugby Club announced its 41-man provisional Varsity Shield squad ahead of the 2017 tournament.
• Rhodes University men’s and women’s team both take silver in the University Boat Race. • The DSG 1st basketball side won the EP Comets U18 basketball competition in Port Elizabeth. • Joza Karate Club hosts its Inter Club karate tournament. • Misty Weyer completes the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc Race. • Uzu Nyanda, Devon Barnard and Jono Braans shared the Tim Muirhead trophy for Rhodes rugby’s player of the year at the Rugby Club’s awards dinner. Former Springbok hooker Delarey du Preez was the guest speaker.
• Grahamstown Bowling Club hosts the Barclays Whisky Whiteside Trophy. • The Ann Bandey Shield girls’ athletics meeting includes Mary Waters to become a quadrangular event, alongside VGHS, DSG and Kingswood. •Sakhulutsha Soccer Development Project senior team win the Makana Local Football Association, Premier League, thus been promoted to the regional league for the 2016/2017 season. • Former Sprinbbok captain Jean de Villiers is an invited guest to speak to the St Andrew’s pupils.
• The second annual Comrade Ike Soccer Tournament is won by Makana Rhini United who edged Makana Pillars 5-4 on penalties in the final. • Graeme College 1st team cricketers Nicholas Zimmerman (128 not out) and Mark Amm (95 not out) enjoyed a 190 run partnership against Westering. • Stefan Botha makes 145 not out for the Graeme 2nd cricket team against Westering, as Liam Agnew took 5 wickets for 1 run. • Garwin Dampies makes 162 not out for the Graeme U14A cricket side against Westering. • St Andrew’s College finish third in the 99th annual Hirsch Shield athletics meeting, hosted at St Andrew’s. • Toni Rafferty of DSG wins the women’s section of the 5km Rhino Run in Kenton.
• Johan Botha, Lesley Sauls, and Ntsikelelo Xalabile were selected for the South African national body building team for the UIBBN World Championships in Belgium, at the conclusion of the South African Natural Bodybuilding Association (Sanba) Championships at Graeme College. • Wade Ackermann of St Andrew’s College is selected for the Schools Water Polo South African team to take part in the Tri Nations with Australia and New Zealand in December.
• Lower Saxony Women’s Football club from Germany lose 1-4 to a combined Sarah Baartman district and Nelson Mandela Metro women’s side (Cluster 3) at Miki Yili Stadium. • Toni Rafferty (15) and John Maree (18) qualified for Senior Nationals, Courtney Repinz (13) and Toni swam qualification times for the SA Junior Nationals, at the Aquabear Invitational Gala in Port Elizabeth. • Graeme College pupil, 14-year-old Andrew McCallum, is selected to represent South Africa in the Biathle World Championships in the US. • Graeme Schmeldt of the Rhodes University Rifle Club secures overall silver in the C-Class of the South African Target Rifle Association’s Free State Championships in Bloemfontein.
• Hedgehogs claimed victory in the 2016 Rhodes Internal Premier League (RIPL) T20 cricket, beating Platypusses by six wickets in the final. • Mfuzo Boxing Camp host a boxing tournament to celebrate their 21st anniversary. • Mfuzo Boxing Camp members earn three gold medals at the provincial championships in Quzeni Village. • Mzwandile Matebese (Joza Karate Club) wins the Veteran Men’s Black Belt Shobu Sanbon Kumite Category at the 2016 WUKF Africa Invitational and Saska National Championships held at the Fish River Sun Hotel.
• Lubabalo Bokuva of Albany Saints and Sinners and Lauren Ranger of Born to Run win the men’s and women’s races at the Rapportryers/ Hoërskool PJ Olivier Fun Run last night. • Makana Dance Sport members win 11 medals at the Eastern Cape Championship in East London. • Three St Andrew’s College rowing crews travelled to Boston US to compete in the 52nd Annual Head of the Charles International Regatta.
• Kingswood College host its annual U13 Girls’ Water Polo Festival. • Jason Meaton finishes second in the Steeltek Classic 60km mountain bike race in Port Elizabeth, a week after winning the Thomas River MTB Classic 65km. • An Albany Bowling Club team wins the Grahamstown Personal Trust Classic, hosted at the Grahamstown Bowling Club
• Grahamstown Bowling Club wins the annual Albany Mixed 4’s Classic bowls tournament, hosted at the Albany Bowling Club. • Jason Meaton was overall winner of the Trans Elands Two Day MTB Stage Race on the banks of the Gamtoos River. • Team Rebels were overall winners of the 2016 Pick n Pay Albany Night Bowls Tournament, hosted at the Albany Bowling Club. • Grant Wolff of Albany Saints and Sinners Multi Sports Club was overall winner at the recent Zuurberg Mountain Inn 15km run. Kerry Longhurst was second woman home.
• Verries United netball team were crowned champions of the Fabian Juries Community Fun Day, netball tournament. Cellotape were crowned the rugby 10s Champions. • Dave Martin caught the heaviest fish of the day and had the heaviest bag at the Albany Angling Association’s outing at Settlers Dam. • The Grahamstown Riding Club hosted the South African Show Jumping National Challenge.
• Ntsikelelo Xalabile and Lesley Sauls returned from the UIBBN World body building championships, Sauls finished 4th, while Xalabile finished 7th in their respective categories. • South Western Districts is included in the inter-provincial water polo fixture between Eastern Province Schools water polo and Border Schools, which took place in Grahamstown. • Yanya Yekani (U13), Khanya Ndokweni (U15) and Player of the Season (U17) are named Player of the Season respectively at the Sophia Young Stars soccer academy prize giving. • Melvin Banies is named the Senior Sportsman of the Year at the Swallows Rugby Club awards. • Gwen Bartlett and Marlene Mitchener shared the Ladies Player of the Year, while Stan Long was the Men’s Player of the Year at the Albany Bowling Club prize giving. • Megan Hobson finishes third in the 40 to 49 category of Port Elizabeth’s Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay. • Gwen Bartlett (Albany BC) and Malcolm Grant (Grahamstown BC) are crowned the Champion of Champions, played at the Kowie Bowling Club. • Jenny Emslie sinks a hole-in-one on the 13th hole of the Belmont Golf Club to become the first woman to achieve the feat at the Belmont.
• Spanish football league LaLiga partner with the New Year’s Cup Tournament, taking place in Grahamstown from 16 to 31 December. • Aviwe Wotshela was named Player of the Season at the African Connection awards. • Leclue Smith is named Brumbies Player of the Year at the clubs awards. Lesley Sauls was guest speaker. • Malibongwe Mbelu is named Male Runner of the Year, while Jene Banfield and Terri-Lynn Penney share the Female Runner of the Year ward at the Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club awards. • The Albany Anarchists were crowned Grahamstown Open Rifle Champions 2016.12.13 • Grahamstown swimmers earn 40 medals at the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics gala in Port Elizabeth. Compiled by Stephen Penney