ONE of our pupils, Sanele Ndwandwe, was selected for the KZN Inland U18 B team (hockey) and writes: “I was selected as one of two goalkeepers. The team was preparing to compete in the national U18 boys’ and girls’ hockey tournament from 25 June to 1 July, hosted at the Free State University.“The team practised every Sunday from 22 May and played a practice match against KZN Coastals, losing 1-5, where I played in the second half and conceded only one goal. Even though we lost, I was prepared for the tournament. “The team had an overnight camp, training for the entire afternoon of 24 June at Michaelhouse before leaving early the next day for the eight-hour bus trip to Bloemfontein. “We stayed at St Andrew’s High School and, because it was very cold in the mornings, we took 15-minute jogs before breakfast at 7 o’clock for the next six days. I enjoyed those runs, but was still cold afterwards.“This was the first tournament to include both girls and boys, so it was pretty packed. The boys’ teams included 12 teams in Section A and 12 teams in Section B with Inland B in the A Section, consisting of Boland A, Eastern Gauteng, KZN Coastals, KZN Inland A & B, Northern Gauteng A, Western Province B, Amathole, Eastern Province A, South-western Districts, Southern Gauteng A and Western Province. “I played in five of the eight matches, twice as goal-keeper and as striker for the rest. In my first match for the team I played as goalkeeper and we won 5-0 against Eastern Gauteng, giving me a clean sheet - the only goalkeeper in my team to achieve this. “Our oppositions were tough opponents, so we came out with two wins, three draws and three losses. Overall, KZN Inland B came fifth in Section A and KZN Inland A took the trophy in first position.” Well done, Sanele.