Congratulations to Josh Faber who was selected for the SA Schools side at the recent IPT
Liam Brown has been selected for the reduced squad ahead of the World Champs Africa Qualifier in March 2018.
First team 2017
The season kicked off in Johannesburg where we competed in the annual “Stayers” tournament in late 2016. We strongly regard this tournament as a great initiative to gain experience at 1st team level and for our younger players to find their feet in the team as it can be a daunting experience. We started off well in our pool games, but after a nail-biting finish to our quarter-final against Bishops in penalties, we found ourselves fighting for 9th and 10th against Clifton; a match we narrowly won. Our disappointment was indescribable, but one thing we learnt and implemented moving on was our brotherhood and the “never-say-die” attitude.
Returning to training in January for pre-season was a hard graft, but it paved the way for the season ahead. First up were our league games and the night series competition which was held at the SACS High School pool. The night series was designed to prepare the Cape Town schools for the King Edward VII tournament in Johannesburg held in early March. This competition used the KES format and helped teams get fitter over time on top of daily training sessions. We narrowly lost to Bishops again in the semi-final. Rondebosch came out triumphant in the final. A special thank you must go to the pupils and especially the boarders from Rosedale for the ongoing support. It was greatly appreciated.
KES came soon after and we felt our preparation was key to our success. Our pool stage saw us meet the likes of St John's, Hilton, as well as our compatriots from Wynberg. We took it game by game and reached the quarter-final after an unbeaten pool stage. This was one of our goals leading up to the tournament as a team. We faced the hosts KES in this game and after a physical affair involving many goals we came out winners, narrowly, at the death. Next, our arch-rivals Rondebosch, the number 1 ranked team in the country. We were the underdogs going in and had nothing to lose. We never thought we would make it this far and were happy to be a part of it all, but we wanted more. Our defence was our top priority and it proved so as we limited them to only 4 goals the whole game. Our unity and confidence on defence caused the opposition to rupture and crack under pressure. We came out tops with a 7-4 victory and the dream of winning the tournament became all too real.
Beating the number 1 side in the country gave us the edge in the final which was against another Cape Town school, Bishops. After losing to them twice we felt we needed to play in the same way as we did in the semi-final. We brought great defence once again and our quality on defence set a base for our attack which proved too strong. We came out victors, winning 13-6. This achievement cannot be described in words. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and to see a team come such a long way is truly spectacular: from a 9th place, and being written off completely, to winning a major trophy. Through great coaching we learnt about coming back stronger than ever Having great perseverance in areas would be vital in later games.
This was the third time SACS has won the tournament and we remain the only Western Cape school to have done so. Also, hand-in-hand with the trophy, we won the Fair Play award for great sportsmanship throughout the tournament, of which we are greatly proud. Special mentions must go to Joshua Faber and Benjamin Hartley for making the tournament team. Joshua Faber also added to our trophy cabinet winning the Guy Pinker Player of the Tournament award through his overall individual performance. Another mention that had to be added is that we have two players, Captain, Oliver Schuurmans and previously mentioned Vice-captain, Joshua Faber, who won the tournament in 2015 and then again this year. This feat of winning at KES twice is truly rare. Liam Brown must be lauded for his accomplishment of being picked for the South African U/17 side that travelled to Zimbabwe in early January of this year.