16 May 2017 Read: 103
The Wildeklawer schools rugby- and netball tournament was hosted in Kimberly this year. It is regarded as the biggest schools rugby and netball tournament in the country and saw 128 teams participating in last year’s installment. The first tournament was hosted at Paarl Gymnasium from the 24th of April 2009 with 12 top graded rugby schools and two invitational teams. After 2009 the tournament was hosted in Pretoria, Kimberley (2011 and 2012), Maritzburg College in 2013 and 2014, and in 2015 at Diamantveld in Kimberley.
This year, Ben Vorster High School sent their NTT Toyota team (the First Team) down to the big hole to participate.
The girls faced the toughest schools in the country as the Top 12 Schools teams were in attendance. Despite not managing a win during their campaign, the Vossies displayed some top class skills on the courts, making it difficult for their opponents, right across the board.
The team fought hard against Menlopark but had to settle for a 22-27 loss. Against Stellenberg, the Vossies succumbed to a 20-30 defeat while only one point stood between them and victory over Rustenburg in a match that ended 28-27. In the quarter finals the Vossies were up against the formidable Paarl Gymnasium. It was a tough match and the Vossies fought valiantly, but in the end the Paarl girls won that match by a single point with 24 points to 23.
They played two “Ratings” matches to end their tournament. The first, was against Potchefstroom Gymnasium which Ben Vorster lost 24-28 and in the second match they once again faced Rustenburg. That match was won by Rustenburg with a score of 28-25.
“We are very proud of our team who played exceptional netball and held their own against some much stronger opponents. Well done girls and thank you to Ms Jorina Vorster who accompanied the girls on their trip as their coach.”