Jaudyn April has been at Jeppe since grade 8, and has been in the 1st soccer team all that time.
He is one of six grade 10s in the current 1st team – there’s one grade 9 too – so it’s a young side, and one Jaudyn is expecting big things of the team going forward.
“We are going to miss the experience of the matrics that will be leaving,” he said, “especially as they make up the heart of our defence, but we have a lot of talented youngster and an experienced new coach in Mr Ruh, so we can only get better.”
He doesn’t specifically include himself in that group of talented youngsters, of course, but he is probably the most promising of them all.
He has been the star in all of Jeppe’s games so far, including last Friday’s come-from-behind draw with St John’s in which he won, and scored, the equalising penalty.
Jaudyn plays for the under-17As at the Olympian Club and clearly has a future in the game. He is enjoying soccer at Jeppe and thinks this team can make the breakthrough to establish the school as a power. “In all my time here we have always made at least the quarterfinals of all the tournaments we played in, only to be knocked out by just one or two goals every time,” he said.
“We can change that for sure. We have two chances to do that this year, in the St Peter’s and Grey College tournaments, but definitely next year when we have a decent pre-season programme and we master our new systems, we can win a tournament.
Jaudyn is a local boy – he went to Liecester Road Primary School and lives in Kensington. He is clearly passionate about Jeppe, and showed that by agreeing to come back to athletics after taking a break to focus on soccer. ‘”Mr Gittins asked me to do triple and long jump again and of course I agreed. I have won one or two meetings and am looking forward to the interhigh now.”
Jaudyn appreciates the support that the rest of the school give to the soccer team, although he understands that the scheduling of the matches means they don’t get big crowds watching them.
“It would lift us if they did come down to support us, and I think they’d enjoy watching us play,” he said.
They are well worth watching – there’s gold in that black and white striped team.