Willows boys won’t strike out

2015-09-22 06:00
The Willows Primary school u.13 softball team will be on their way to Hermanus to represent the Cape Metropole after winning their regional division finals against the Mitchell’s Plain district. 

PHOTO: 
earl haupt

The Willows Primary school u.13 softball team will be on their way to Hermanus to represent the Cape Metropole after winning their regional division finals against the Mitchell’s Plain district. PHOTO: earl haupt

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The u.13 softball team from Willows Primary school will be off to Hermanus to represent the Cape Metropolitan district.

The team won their way through to the regional round recently after beating Mitchell’s Plain district last week.

However, despite their achievement, the school is currently playing with old equipment as well as worn out kit which were donated to them in the interim.

The facilitator and manager of the team, Agnes Grootboom, has made an urgent plea to those who are willing to help them extend one of the school’s biggest achievements. Funds needed

The team needs funds for transport, accommodation, netball gear, tracksuits, food, underwear, toiletries and sneakers.

Willows Primary is one of the Western Cape’s non-fee-paying schools, with pupils relying on the Peninsula School Feeding Association for daily meals and 80% of their parents are reliant on government grants.

One of the players hoping to continue his good form is Cayden Williams. Williams is a Grade 6 learner and says that his curiosity enabled him to try out the game of softball and says that his mother also encouraged him to take up the sport and even has a secret to his success.

“Practice makes perfect,” said Williams, pointing out that their match against Battswood stood out as a highlight for him.

He viewed them as the toughest opponents his team has faced to date.

When asked why he thinks the sport of softball is special, Williams said that, “It’s a bat and ball game, every team tries to score as much runs as possible. It’s exciting to strike the ball with a specific bat.”

He wants to continue to play sport, not just softball, so that he can stay away from the influence of gangsterism and drugs.

Meanwhile, Grade 7 learner and member of the team, Lushin Johannes, says that he started playing softball after seeing his friends playing and decided to start practicing with them.

He says that the sport has taught him discipline and respect and enjoys the feeling of winning.

Johannes also plays soccer and is a good athlete as well.

“I am very happy and I feel very proud, because this is my first time to represent Cape Town.”

 

If you would like to help the team or for more information, contact Willows Primary School on 021 637 5560 or Grootboom on 072 947 8800.

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