‘Minor school sports’ — anything but

2013-06-04 00:00

WHILE most boys are playing rugby or hockey this term there are other boys playing what are commonly called “minor sports”, but they are not minor to the boys involved.

Durban High School badminton star Reneshan Naidoo recently travelled to Algeria as part of the SA U19 team, which consisted of eight players, to participate in the Cup of Nations Tournament.

On the day of arrival in Algeria, the SA team faced a very strong Nigeria and unfortunately lost 4-1, but this loss was a minor shortfall as the next game was the mixed doubles where Naidoo and Leeann De Wet of the SA team took the win and thus defended their winning title from Mauritius in 2011.

During the week of the exciting tournament, the SA team were on a winning streak and strove to put all they had into the tournament, resulting in 5-0 wins against Seychelles, Botswana and Egypt.

Hilton rowers are again making their mark in South African junior rowing, with four pupils selected to represent the country in two age groups. Connor van der Heever and Harrison Francke represented his country at U16 level and Stuart Bulterman and Joshua Hodgson at U17 level in Ghent, Belgium recently.

Brett Muirhead and younger brother Shaun from Maritzburg College were selected to represent KZN Country Districts at the U25 Provincial Bowls Tournament held during the April holidays.

Both boys thoroughly enjoyed this tournament and witnessed some of the most incredible bowls played by young adults.

The fellowship and camaraderie shared on and off the greens was unbelievable.

They encourage more young people to take up this challenging sport, which is no longer seen as an “old man’s game”.

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