Taylors eye provincial U14 title

2011-08-09 00:00

TAYLORS Primary, the 2010 Pietermaritzburg schools’ soccer district champions of the Danone Nations Cup for U12s, are at it again.

This time they are going to represent the Midlands schools in the provincial finals of the McDonalds U14 tournament to be held at KwaDukuza on August 20.

This follows their nail-biting 4-3 victory over Edendale Technical School, last year’s district champions, in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw after full time this weekend.

The McDonalds 2010 District champions were no match for the Taylors boys, although clear scoring opportunities were squandered by both sides and the game was forced to penalties.

These games took place at Parly sports grounds in Pietermaritzburg near Makro on Friday. This was contrary to our earlier report, following a change of plans from the organising committee.

Meanwhile Inkonkoni Higher Primary will be representing Umlazi in the finals to be played at KwaDukuza. Inkonkoni represented KZN and became the national champions of My School 2010 before the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa.

In Pietermaritzburg, schools will be competing at the Milo U13 boys’ championships at the University of KwaZulu-Natal grounds this Friday.

Mthethomusha Primary from Edendale will be defending their title as 2010 champions. They are adamant they will retain the form which propelled them to the provincial finals last year.

The long-proposed schools’ league, formed by the departments of Sports and Education, kicked off at ward levels in Pietermaritzburg on August 2. These games are played by schools from Imbali, Edendale and Vulindlela.

According to Sihle Basi from Edendale, this is a great initiative as inactive schools will get a chance to showcase their children’s talents.

Basi pleaded with league organisers to assign officials to each game to avoid the fielding of overage players, which has marred schools’ football.

He lambasted teachers who want their schools to win at all costs by cheating.

“The department should quickly take action against teachers doing this. Parents and Home Affairs officials should be involved in preventing this horrible and unwanted exercise in schools sports,” said Basi.

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