NEWS LETTER 23 August 2019

Mountain Biking

Our Mountain Bikers went to Tzaneen on Saturday to ride in the third leg of the SPUR Limpopo Schools MTB Cross Country Series. As we have come to expect, we again had some real “uitblinkers” and some disappointments.

Ten of our learners rode and their results were as follows:

Gianmarco Gualdi proudly second
Bradley Eagar – also second in the highly competitive Boys U/13 category.
Carla Jansen van Vuuren negotiates a turn into a steep little downhill
And here Carla takes centre stage after completing her race in front.

Livvy takes this corner very carefully. Sharp turns on a loose surface can be quite treacherous!

 One of the challenges of this sport is equipment failure. Competitive bikes are made as light as possible, and the lighter components can and do fail. Daniel Eagar, who usually finishes on the U/10 podium, had to contend with a chain that came off. To his credit, he took this in his stride and still finished the race. Livingston simply had a bad start and spent the race playing catchup.


Our Senior Preparatory cricketers went to Laerskool Vaalwater on Tuesday. They had a nail-biting finish to what became a highly competitive game. Mr O’Kelly has brought this team a long way and they played some excellent cricket. Stand-out on the day was Ruan Leonard who took 7 wickets, including a hattrick and (while keeping wicket at the end of the game) a stumping, requiring a degree of anticipation and skill seldom seen at this level. Well done, Ruan!

Scott McBride also had a great game, taking 2 wickets in 2 balls and in his next over finishing the game with a beautiful caught and bowled. His younger brother, Shaun, was heard to point out that he now holds the record as the youngest player ever to play for the Senior Preparatory – Shaun is in Grade Two!  Ewaldt van Dyk comes in for a mention in despatches for playing a classic inning as an opening batsman and sticking around long enough to, in the coach’s words, take the shine off the ball.

Our team only managed to post a score of 62 in their innings, but proceeded to dislodge the Laerskool batsmen for 58. Appropriately, the pictures below show Ruan Leonard at wicket keeper aiming for that stumping, and Scott McBride bowling the ball for the first of his two earlier wickets. Both umpires will be familiar to the learners and parents of the Academy.

Ruan sees his man well out of his ground. Two overs later he had him.
Scotty just got them straight and pitched them up. The batsmen did the rest. Look at the fielders walking in. That is a skill which it is very difficult to drum in. This shows good coaching and high motivation.

Mini Cricket

On Thursday afternoon we played mini-cricket with Laerskool Vaalwater. They arrived with some 26 players and we divided them up and joined some with our guys to give everyone at least a bat and most of them a bowl. At this level the bowling of the opposition has the greatest effect if it is really weak because then the batsmen are unable to get in any good shots.  I am proud to say that in the main, our bowlers acquitted themselves well. Our batters, on the other hand, struggled a bit with only two fours being struck.

We do plan to play a proper match in two weeks where our eight will meet their eight best players. That should be a true test of skills.

Here we see the bowling styles of some of our mini-cricketers. Straight arms are in the making.

Extra Mathematics Lessons

Miss Nicholson, a Mathematics major in her third year of study, is offering extra Mathematics lessons to learners from Grade 7 to Grade 9 at R80 for a 45 minute session. Miss Nicholson can be contacted on 076 033 0250.

Physical Sciences

The Matrics did their final big Chemistry practical yesterday and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rebecca Banda, San-Marie Stegmann and Mrs Leonard smile for the camera.


Mark Godfrey