Kevin Fine

A bright future

2004-12-21 09:09

The more I am involved with youth sports events, the more faith I have in this country's sporting future. The Khaya Majola Cricket week sponsored by softdrink giants Coke was held this week.

It's the Craven week of cricket, bringing together 16 teams from all regions of South Africa. The objective of the week for the convenors is to select a schools X1 and a Colts X1 - ultimately the top u19 players in the country this season.

But for those that participate it is possibly the greatest sporting moment of their lives. What more can a young sportsman ask for than to represent his province at the highest level, and travel to a destination where he can play against the best, and grow socially from an awesome experience.

I really take my hat off to the cricketing powers for the lengths they've gone to, to ensure the inclusion of as many boys as possible. There was even a team from the former Transkei - playing under the name "Kei". There were some fantastic performances during the week - with Free State taking overall honours thanks to a two wicket win in the final over EP.

Players such as Graeme Smith, Makhaya Ntini, Jaques Rudolph, and most recently AB De Villiers have gone on to represent SA at the highest level after taking part in the The Khaya Majola Cricket week.

After this week you should look out for the likes of WP's Richard Levi - who scored 286 runs at an average of 70 over the 4 days, Craig Alexander, Roli Ramboo who they're calling the new Jonty Rhodes to mention a few.

But for those that did not make it, Victor Vermeulen had some special words. Victor was an extremely talented sportsman and flourishing cricketer set for national honours until a freak accident left him in a wheelchair, unable to move any of his limbs.

"Winners make it happen, and losers let it happen" he said, reminding us all of Zander De Bruyn's call up after 10 years at the top level of cricket.

Vic says that Drive and Determination are needed for success and he's right, but without good sporting structures and the kind of opportunities that the UCB offers our young cricketers the two d's are not enough.

Respect to Max Jordaan - the UCB development manager, and to Jennifer - the sponsor - who give our boys this platform to present their wares.

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing festive season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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