In our second end-of-year review of 2018’s highlights, we look at 10 sporting achievements that stood out. It’s not a top 10 – there are others that could have made the list – it’s merely a selection of memorable achievements and occasions.
1 The 1st hockey team goes unbeaten and ended the season as the top-ranked team in the country, arguably the top achievement by any Jeppe team in recent times. The team had a record of 31 games, 22 wins and nine draws. They successfully defended the Aitken Cup for the third year in a row.
2 It was a good year for Jeppe rowing. The team won three gold medals at the SA Championships in March and at the Gauteng Champs at the end of the year they came third in the team standings – the top State school – and won nine medals. The team captain, Sebastian Prince, rowed for South Africa in the Junior World Championships, Czech Republic where he rowed in the junior the in July His coxed four came third in the B final, which is ninth overall.
3 In August our head boy, Muzi Manyike, made Jeppe history when he captained the South African Schools team in their game against France under 18. It capped off a great year for him in which he played for the South Arica under-18 Sevens team, led the successful Jeppe 1st team and starred for the Golden Lions at the Craven Week.
4 It was a good year for Jeppe old boys in the world of rugby. Sbu Nkosi became our 5th Springbok when he was selected to play against France in June. Hacivah Diyamani made his Super Rugby debut for the Lions and Tyrone Green and Wandisile Simelane starred for the Junior Boks and played in the Currie Cup. Rasta Rashivenge was appointed to referee two Test matches in the Africa Gold Cup series and Bafana Nhleko was part of the under-19 World Cup coaching staff and his Golden Lions under-19 team won their Currie Cup competition. He has been contracted to the permanent coaching staff at SA Rugby.
5 Ntuthuko Ndimande’s amazing athletics story continued. He turned 17 this year, so he is between age groups – ASA has an under-16 and an under-18 division. None-the-less, he came second in the 800m at the SA Junior national championships in April. He broke all the school interhigh middle distance records this year and has been excelling in the meetings that the elite athletes group run in.
6 The first rugby team had one of its most successful seasons in recent years. The highlight was undoubtedly the two wins over King Edward, 24-21 in May, and 40-25 in July. The team played 18 games and lost three – to Selborne, Affies and Parktown. 15 players were selected for provincial teams in July. There were 10 in the Craven Week team, two in the Craven Week XV and three in the Academy Week team. The most remarkable rugby event of the year was the 3rd XV’s win over the Northcliff 1st team, at Northcliff. Northcliff has been the top co-ed school in Joburg in recent years.
7 After making the SA Schools team at the end of last year, Kgaudise Molefe was chosen for the SA under-19 cricket team that played in the ICC Junior World Cup in January and went on the u-19 tour to the UK in July. He has also played for the Gauteng Strikers this year
8 It was a good year for Jeppe water polo. The first team won the local Top Eight League and made it through to the last four of the Saints Invitational tournament. Five players made national teams – Calvin Kuperus, Roarke Templeton, Liam Stott, Sebastijan Stojanovic and Claus Kaminsky. Eleven Jeppe boys will be playing in interprovincial tournaments in December.
9 The under-15 cricket team won the Johnny Waite Knockout competition in February, beating King Edward by 30 runs in the final. The team was unbeaten as under-14s last year and has had another very good year.
10 The 1st cricket team beat St Stithians twice this year. The first was back in the first term when they beat the full Saints side, with their matrics playing, at St Stithians. They followed this up by winning the game between the “stayers” at the two schools, at Jeppe earlier this month. It was a good year – the team played 31 games in all, with 19 wins, six draws and six losses. They were rewarded with the selection of seven players for the various Central Gauteng Lions provincial teams.