Water polo and cricket dominate

2009-12-12 00:00

THE coming week is an exciting one for the top school sportspeople, as the national weeks take place in various events around the country. It will be predominately cricket but water polo is also involved.

The Under-19 girls’ and boys’ interprovincial water polo takes place in Johannesburg starting this morning. The KwaZulu-Natal team will be hoping to come back with the title and with most of the team coming from Clifton, which was one of the leading water polo schools in the country this year, this is certainly a possibility.

In cricket there are two sides representing KZN, a Coastals team, mainly with players from Durban, and an Inland team with players from the four recognised cricketing schools, Maritzburg College, St Charles, Hilton and Michaelhouse.

The Standard Bank Under-13 Cricket Week takes place in Cape Town from tomorrow to Thursday, the PG Bison Under-15 Week is in Pretoria from Monday to Friday, and the National Under-17 Week is in Grahamstown from tomorrow to Thursday. The Coca Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 Week in Benoni starts today and ends on Wednesday.

The Girls’ Under-19 Week is in East London from tomorrow to Thursday.

The weeks are all being held more or less at the same time this year so that the U19 tri-nations tournament, involving South Africa, Sri Lanka and India, can take place ahead of the ICC U19 World Cup, which is held in New Zealand in January.

There is a new system this year at all the age-group tournaments, with all three formats of the game being used. Cricket South Africa’s schools cricket manager, Niels Momberg, said: “We feel that it is important that these young players are exposed to all formats of the game and with the introduction of 20-over cricket in our weeks we are ensuring that the players are able to hone their skills in time-cricket, limited overs cricket and to the growing 20/20 game.”

It is unfortunate that there are no age-group tournaments taking place in KZN this year, but The Weekend Witness will keep readers up to date with scores as soon as possible ­after they are ­received.

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