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18 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: - advertising: THE REPRESENTATIVE 30 March 2018 The Matrix in the lead ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA THE Matrix dominated the Komani indoor hockey league with 27 points at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Complex at the weekend. In second place was Wolfpack with 19 points and Popcorn Tigers was third with16 points. In the women’s league, the Gryphons maintained first position with 16 points with Hokkie Bokkies second with 8 points and She Devil occupying third place with 5. The league was has been ongoing for three weeks. On Saturday five games were played. In the first game Eagles won 3-2 against D Troyd and Wolfpack beat D Troyd 5-0 in the second game. The next game ended in 1-0 after Gryphons beat Tiger Girls and the Matrix beat Gladiators by 12-0 during the third game. The last game concluded with Wolf Pack winning 3-1 against Popcorn Tigers. The Ward 22 community sports forum indoor hockey league founder and referee Rowen Blignaut said the teams had shown a drastic improvement. “The games were intense.” FRIENDLY MATCH: A group of women celebrated Human Rights Day by playing a tournament in Komani recently Picture:SIMTEMBILE MGIDI TIME TO PLAY: Tarka Stars hosted a rugby tournament for the town on Human Rights Day. The tournament had four teams represented with the results: Dawnpark Surbubians 14-Tarka Town Warriors 7; Greenfield Rebels 28-Ivanlew Spartans 7 Picture: SIDNEY PIETERSEN IN THE SWIM: Orange Grove Schools recently held a gala event for their Foundation Phase classes Picture: SUPPLIED AROUNDTHE GREENS Queenstown Golf Club Bowling section Friedie Fincham Trophy: F Prinsloo, I Richardson, L Breetzke, R Miles 19, L Taggart, M Wilson, S Molony, L Pretorius 12. P van der Walt, G Odendaal, M Gouws, P Littlejohns 25, J Milwidsky, G Marais, F Pretorius, F Corbett 20. Top results for QC star athlete CHUX FOURIE A YOUNG Queen’s College athlete, Nikithemba Hani, is making waves in the athletics sphere at the tender age of 17. The first question anyone asks Nikithemba is, “Are you related to the late Chris Hani?” And yes, he is. The late Chris Hani and Nikithemba’s grandfather were b r ot h e r s . But back to athletics. Nikithemba started school at Tarka High School where he began taking part in athletics in Grade 6 and was coached by Melanie van Heerden. “I immediately found that long jump and sprints were my favourites and concentrated on them,” he said. This led to him winning the long jump event at the Eastern Province Athletics Championships in East London in 2016 and, as a result, he was offered a scholarship to Queen’s. The family (his parents and two sisters) moved to Ezibeleni and last year he started in Grade 11 at Queen’s College, where his coach is now Ndumiso Mkandla. The school’s athletics team recently returned from the SA Schools National Championships in Potchefstroom, where he returned with a gold medal for winning the long jump with a leap of 7.34m, also a new personal b e st . In addition, he also produced another personal best with a bronze for the 200m, which he completed in 21.48s. And what is next? “My immediate ambition is to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and ultimately to become the world champion,” said this polite young man with his ready smile. He thanks his family for their whole-hearted support, all the coaches he has ever had and especially Old Queenian Balungile Xhala – himself a good athlete in his school days – who spends many hours on the Rec with him, giving help and advice. Watch this young man – he works hard (about two-and-a-half hours every day, Monday to Saturday) honing his skills, is dedicated, ambitious and going places. NIKITHEMBA HANI SIMTEMBILE MGIDI THE Bangladesh XI won the Komani Internal cricket league last weekend and have gained promotion to Border’s second cricket league. Enoch Mgijima cricket chairperson Siviwe Ngoqo, congratulated the Bangladesh side and said they had done well, despite a few challenges. “They battled because they are mostly businessmen. However in the second leg of the tournament they came back strongly. They were focused and managed to beat each team they faced. It is unfortunate for the Northern Region Warriors (NRW) who were supposed to be top in the league, because they did not lose any matches. “However, according to our rules, NRW used inappropriate players who were not supposed to be in the league. As a result, they ended up fifth on the log because of matches they had to forfeit for ignoring league rules.” He said the standard of the Bangladesh outfit had improved from when the league started in October. He said the league overall had experienced challenges as teams like Dongwe could not attend matches because of transport issues. “Some teams had transport HOCKEY ACTION: D Troyd player Athur-Lee Cassels aims for an intercept from Eagle's player Cellin Lentoor during an intense indoor hockey game at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Complex on S at u r d a y Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA EM cricket boss congratulates Bangladesh club for taking title problems that prohibited them from playing certain matches. “At other times they were just not organised, which resulted in them having to forfeit matches. “Masakhane Cricket Club struggled in terms of equipment,” Ngoqo said. “Masakhane’s fielding and bowling were amazing. “What let them down was their batting, unlike the Bangladesh side that had an outstanding batting o r d e r. “Masakhane bowled Bangladesh out for 186, which is not easily done as they normally score around 300,” Ngoqo said. According to Ngoqo, they had an agreement with Border Cricket that positions one and two in the league would move to the Border second league. However, Border had only asked who had won [the league] and he suspected they would only take the team in first position. Mohammed Afzal, captain of the Bangladesh side, said the team was pleased to emerge as winners. He said they had had a good journey, but they also had experienced issues like fields that were not conducive to good play. Afzal thanked their supporters, saying they enjoyed playing with the clubs in Komani and would not mind playing friendly matches against any side. FOUGHT LIKE TIGERS: Bangladesh IX stand tall at the end of the day as champions Picture: SUPPLIED Queen’s College in schools rugby fest mix UEEN’S College will be Qamong schools featuring in a magnificent display of exciting fast-paced schoolboy rugby at the 11th annual Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival over the Easter weekend. The 12 South African school teams renowned for their rugby pedigrees, will participate over three days – starting from today and ending on Monday. This year three local teams – Glenwood, Durban High School and Kearsney College – will play against a diverse number of tough opponents from across the country. These include HTS Middelburg, Welkom Gimnasium, Pretoria Boys’ High and Hoërskool Noord-Kaap (Kimberley); the Eastern Cape’s Dale College (King William’s Town), Queen’s College (Komani), Selborne College (East London) and Hoërskool Framesby (Port Elizabeth); together with HTS Drostdy from Worcester. The festival provides spectators with solid, exciting, running rugby and an opportunity to witness some of South Africa’s fledgling talent. Many players from previous Kearsney festivals have become household names in Super and Currie Cup rugby, as well as Springbok and SA Sevens. Where there is talent, there are also talent scouts and members of the KZN Rugby Union and Sharks Academy will be on the lookout to spot up-and-coming talent for their respective teams. The festival has been hailed as having boosted the depth of talent entering the province’s rugby set-up through The Sharks Academy. Kick-off is at 9.30am each day. A primary schools’s fixture between Umhlali Prep, Hillcrest Senior Primary and Highbury against the KZNRU u13 will also take place. The development team starts at 8.30am daily. Go to w w w. k e a r s n e y. c o m fo r fixtures and festival information. Queen’s College fixtures include a match against Pretoria Boys’ High School at 10.45am today and against Durban High School at 10.45am on Saturday. The final match for Queen’s will be against HTS Middelburg at noon on S u n d ay.

THE REPRESENTATIVE 30 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: - advertising: 19 Queen’s chosen to help develop rugby SPOR TSSCENE SIMTEMBILE MGIDI UEEN’S College has been selected by Qthe department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (DSRAC) to help develop rugby in the community in association with the Eastern Cape Sport Academy. The school will avail its coaching staff and resources to assist the coaches of other local schools. DSRAC senior manager Peter Mbebe said the initiative was aimed at the development of talent, particularly for pupils who may not have access to resources. “We also want to develop the teachers who act as coaches in their respective schools in order for them to be part of the development of rugby.” Mbebe said it was hoped the programme would produce players who would play in the Border rugby team and even for the Springboks. The initiative will focus on primary schools in the Chris Hani district, including Sada, Komani, Linge and Ezibeleni, with a league to be established. “We want those pupils to play on Wednesdays. It will start with rugby, then it will grow to include other sporting codes. The soccer leagues are already doing well. There are opportunities for bursaries as well. They could even stand a chance of being scouted for Queen’s,” Mbebe said. Eastern Cape Sports Confederation treasurer Phumelele Hlathi said every bit helped when it came to development. Queen’s College had started the development initiative on their own and were now being backed by DSRAC. “We welcome this opportunity for our players to get access to better facilities, TOGETHER WE CAN: DSRAC and Eastern Cape Sports Academy representatives met at Queen’s College to discuss the development of rugby last week Picture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI better coaching and better oppor tunities.” Queen’s principal Janse van der Ryst said they were grateful for the opportunity to partner with DSRAC and they would do everything possible to make sure that the resources from the department would be used in the best manner to develop the boys and the Siphiwo Fuma boxing tournament a resounding success in Komani SIMTEMBILE MGIDI wider community. “What excites me about this initiative is that we acknowledge that we have been privileged to have the facilities, plus the resources. We would like to help other schools that are willing to be helped and hopefully we can unearth talent.” Queen’s director of rugby and former Springbok Khaya Malotana said the school’s rugby development programme had been running for three years but had limited scope as it was funded by just one Old Boy. The limitations in terms of resources would be addressed via the involvement of DSRAC which would allow the school to expand its initiative. WELL DONE: The Queen’s College Junior U11A rugby team were the winners of the Richard Kent Rugby Festival hosted by George Randell at the we e ke n d Picture: SUPPLIED Queen’s College Rugby: At the Graeme College day the 1st XV v Brandwag lost 27-43, U16A v Brandwag won 24-0, U14A v Brandwag lost 5-35. H o c ke y : For the Tony Godding festival the first team squad travelled to East London. Results were v Pearson High drew 1-1, v Alexander Road lost 1-2, v Edgemead won 1-0, v St Andrew’s College lost 0-1. Hangklip High School Chanaaz Prince represented the SCHOOLSSPOR T Get ready for the Super League MAXWELL LEVINE Eastern Cape at the SA Schools athletics championship and achieved eighth position in the girls U17 high jump with 1.60m in the final. QCJ Results of the Richard Kent rugby festival in East London: QCJ U11A v Kuswag won 26-0, U11A v George Randell U11B won 38-0. In the quarter final, U11A v Kuswag won 29-0, in the semi-final QCJ U11A v Sunridge won 10-7, in the final QCJ U11A v Dale won 14-12. GHS N et b a l l : The U14 team participated in the Grens Festival in East London. They competed against Hudson Park, Cambridge, Grens, Clarendon, George Randall and Stirling. Taygin Vorster and Khululiwe Vilakazi competed at the Eastern Cape athletics championships in Port Elizabeth. Taygin came third in javelin with a distance of 32,67m and Khululiwe came fourth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:15:00. THE Siphiwo Fuma boxing tournament hosted by the Queenstown Boys Boxing Club (QBBC) at the Queenstown boxing centre last week was a huge success. QBBC manager Mabhuti Mapeyi gave a brief speech about the life of the former Cape bantamweight champion (the Eastern Cape was called the Cape back then) and the role Fuma played in developing the boxing fraternity in Komani. Eight clubs were invited with four participating – the Banda boxing club, the Sira boxing club, the Gcina boxing club and the Simunye boxing club. A total of 36 bouts were organised for the cadets which included boys and girls in the U12 to U14 categories, juniors from the U15 and U16 age groups and boxers from the U17 and U18 age groups. Mapeyi said one club brought underage boxers from the U10-U11 age group who could not be accommodated. GOT THIS: Young boxers go head-to-head in the Siphiwo Fuma boxing tournament at the weekend Picture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI The tournament was well supported by the community of New Bright. Banda Boys from Sada were tops at the tourney with the QBBC from Mlungisi second. In third place was Gcina Boxing Club from iZinquthu village with Simunye from Mlungisi fourth and Sira boxing club from Sada fifth. Mapeyi thanked the clubs that participated and the community of Mlungisi for their support. THE 2018 league rugby season is set to start on April 7 with Komani to be represented by Breakers in the Super League with Old Collegians and Shining Stars in the Premier League. After a poor Super 12 campaign, Breakers open their account with a home match against newly-promoted Black Eagles. Breakers’ next game will be away to Buffs, then they host red-hot Swallows before taking the trip to Ntlaza Lions. That match will be followed by a home game against Ocean Sweepers before going to Old Selbornians. Remaining matches will be against Berlin Tigers at home, Winter Rose away, Police at home before ending with WSU All Blacks away. Cambridge find themselves plying their trade in the Premier League after being relegated last year. OC kick off their league campaign with an away match against Young Leopards. That will be followed by a home match against Ngculu Zebras, an away match against Cambridge and a home game against Africans. The team will travel to Bussy Boys before enjoying a bye before playing host to Ready Blues. Shining Stars host OC at home on June 2 before taking on Evergreens at home. They end off with ties against Wallabies away and new boys United Brothers at home. Shining Stars start off with a home match against Bussy Boys before travelling to Mpongo Village to play Evergreens, followed by home matches against United Brothers and Wallabies. They then enjoy a bye before hosting Africans before taking on Cambridge away. They then host OC followed by matches away to Ngculu Zebras, a home fixture against Ready Blues and an away match against Young Leopards. King William’s Town Brumbies have been relegated to the First Division. LONG DISTANCE: A total of 17 Queenstown Harriers will take part in the Two Oceans marathon over the Easter weekend. They are, back from left, Marlene de Wet (ultra marathon), Janette Samuals (half marathon), Bara Mabongo (ultra marathon), Malungisa Nomwa (ultra marathon), Smartryk Rossouw (half marathon), Bridget Smith (ultra marathon), Siyasanga Gqamane (ultra marathon), Jaco Annandale (ultra marathon), Joey Wassung (half marathon). Front, Maryka Snyman (trail run), Liezl Heideman (ultra marathon), Sally-Ann Godeffroy (half marathon) and Senovia de Bruin (half marathon) Picture: SUPPLIED

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