As the year winds down we take our customary look back and pick out 10 sporting highlights of the year. A list like this can never be exhaustive, of course there are other achievements that could have been included too.We limited ourselves to 10, though, and here they are (in no particular order).
1 The first Soccer team won the St David’s Challenge Cup tournament, as well as the soccer tournament at the St Stithians Easter Sports Festival and the Waterstone tournament. It marked Jeppe’s arrival as a force in schools soccer. The game is growing rapidly at the school – we fielded 16 teams in some fixtures.
2 A 3km Mountain Bike track has been laid out on the school grounds and it was officially opened in July. Jeppe can now host inter-school MTB meetings. The sport has become an official sport at the school and colours awards were made for the first time this year.
3.At the Gauteng Rowing Championships in November, Jeppe qualified for 17 finals and won 16 medals, including four golds. Jeppe came second in the team standings: the top public school. It was the best performance by the school at that event for many years.
4. In April over 700 boys traveled to Westville Boys’ High in Durban to participate in the biggest variety of sport and cultural activities the school has ever been involved in.
5. The Jeppe 2nd Cricket team won the Johnny Waite Shield competition in March, beating St Stithians in the final.
6. The first Hockey team won the Aitken Trophy for the fifth year in a row and the under-15s won Boden Cup on the same day. It was another good year for Jeppe hockey, beginning with an overseas tour and good performances by the junior teams at all the festivals. Jeppe was represented in the Southern Gauteng provincial teams at all levels.
7 The 1st Rugby team won the return fixture against KES, against the odds, after losing the first encounter. It rounded off a good season for them which saw them beat Selborne in a top-class performance and post a 78% winning record. Nine Jeppe players were selected for the Golden Lions Craven Week team. The under-15A team had a great season, including a victory over Affies.
8. The 1st water polo team won the local Top 8 tournament and made it to the knockout stages of all the major national tournaments. Jeppe is well represented in the various Central Gauteng provincial teams.
9. The Cross Country team won the senior race at the prestigious Bryanston High Paarlauf relay event in April. KES was second and Pretoria Boys’ High third.
10. The 1st Cricket team had a superb year. Going back to the fourth term of 2018, they lost just two games – to St Stithians in the T20 Johhny Waite Cup, and to Affies this term. There are Jeppe boys in all of the Central Gauteng Lions Provincial teams that will be playing in interprovincial weeks in December.
Jeppe produced 12 players who received national colours at senior school level during the year. They are:
Aki Nkabinde – SA U18B HockeyCallan Hannie – SA U18B HockeyRyan Mann – SA U18A HockeyLiam Stott – SA Schools WaterpoloCalvin Kuperis – SA Schools WaterpoloSebastian Prince – SA Junior Rowing (World Championships)Kabelo Mokheti – SA Schools A RugbySibusios Shongwe – SA Schools RugbyDylan Fenthum – SA under-19 OrienteeringLevert Manje – SA under-19 CricketKgaudise Molefe – SA under-19 CricketBranden Willows – SA junior Lifesaving