- Good luck to all our girls who are participating in various sporting events over this coming long weekend: The Currie Cup (South African National Water Polo Championships) in Stellenbosch; The SA National Age Group Swimming Championships in Durban and the SDA Triathlon Championships at Aldam in the Free State.
- Cross Country trials take place on Wed 22 March.
- Netball and Hockey trials continue on Wednesday 22 March as per the trials schedule.
- Water Polo continues at Groote Schuur until Thursday 23 March and the season will end with a Water Polo braai at the RGHS pool on Friday afternoon 24 March starting at 14:30. More details will be shared via email.
NEWS & RESULTS:
On Saturday 11 March a team of RGHS cricketers played their first match in a very long while against a girls’ team called ‘Township 11’. There was a lot of great talent on display and a fun afternoon was had by all. It was encouraging to note the number of first time cricketers in the team, which bodes well for the future of cricket at RGHS. Special mention needs to be made of Megan Carolessen who, in her first match ever, took two wickets in her first over, one off the very first ball she bowled. The Township 11 beat the RGHS team quite convincingly, however, all players enjoyed the challenge and really grew from this experience.
Congratulations to Holly van Hoogstraten (Gr 8) who was selected to represent PSI Boland at the Western Cape All Stars Tournament that took place this past weekend. Holly was a member of the winning Foxes Team, who beat the Cape Seals in the final. Four Rustenburg girls played in the Seals Team: Azrah Dick, Josie Malherbe, Rachel Noyce and Robyn Ranier-Pope. Congratulations to all of them on making it to the finals.
Our Indoor Hockey Team have played two practice matches against Westerford in order to prepare themselves for the upcoming PGSGU tournament.
“The 1st and 2nd teams played Westerford on Monday 6 March in preparation for Inter-schools next week. The 2nd Team lost 1-5 but played a lot better than on their previous encounter. A good goal came from Kayleigh Rogerson but Man of the Match was awarded to Kiara Skors for preventing so many goal scoring opportunities from Westerford” – Coach Andi
“The 1st Team won 2-1 (after losing in their league match against Westerford). Courtney Wheeler and Jacky Sissons were the goal scorers.” – Coach Andi
Monday 13 March:
“Once again the RGHS 1st Team did well responding to the pressure from Westerford in our Indoor match on Monday night. Only conceding one penalty corner, RGHS managed to score 2 field goals through Sharna Naidoo and Casey Wheeler and a penalty corner goal from Brittany Gouws. We led 3-1 until late in the match until we conceded a late goal but still managed to hold out to win 3-2. Thanks to Westerford who agreed to play us as it was excellent preparation for Inter-schools on Thursday” – Coach Andi.
At the annual PGSGU Gala held at Springfield on Thursday 9 March our swimmers did us proud. RGHS were placed second overall with our U14s actually being the best of the bunch. Special mention must go to Sage Canter (Gr 8) for winning her individual 50m breaststroke event. Thank you to the Captains for organising an evening at the Spur to celebrate what really has been a fun season for both the A and B team swimmers.
RGHS were placed third overall at the PGSGU Tennis Tournament held at Rustenburg on Saturday 11 March:
Our seniors (couple 1), Emily Malhebe and Justine Crook-Mansour (Gr 12s), were our top performers on the day as they placed second in their division. Well done to all our Tennis players.
RGHS travelled to Somerset West and played their last league fixtures for 2016/17 against Somerset College on Friday 10 March. There were some very close scores and some excellent Polo played by both schools.
- U14B lost 1-5
- U14A won 3-2
- U16A won 9-2
- U19B won 6-1
- U19A lost 4-5
RGHS Water Polo is taking off. Both the U16A and the U19A teams made it through to the semi-finals of the WP Knock Out tournament that took place on Monday 13 March.
Our U19 team were first up against Reddam @ Bishops. We were down 0-2 after the first chukka and were really holding our own. The second chukka was not a good one and so, by half time, we were down 0-8. After the third chukka we had only conceded two more goals, 0-10 and in the fourth chukka we gave away another four goals to go down 0-14. All in all our girls never gave up the fight. Credit must go to this team that is made up of both young and experienced players. This has been an excellent season. Thank you to the captains and, of course, their new coach, Devon.
The U16s were up next @ Rondebosch Boys against Herschel. Two wonderful goals were scored by Ruby Wares and the final goal by Khayla Langner in the final seconds of the game. The players gave 100% right down to the final whistle. Our girls lost 3-7. RGHS parents, together with staff and Mr Gates, definitely walked away with the spirit trophy. Congratulations to each and every one of this very talented group of girls and to their coach, Devon.
NON SCHOOL SPORT:
Three weeks ago Natasha van Greunen (Gr 12) won both the U17 and the U20 divisions respectively, for the second year in a row, at the Regional Surfing Championships. This past Saturday, Natasha won the U18 division of the Women’s Summer Challenge.
This year, Natasha’s focus will be on the Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) and the Qualifying Series (QS) which are the main platform for professional Surfing globally – the latter being the points toward the Championship Tour (CT). A surfer has to get through the Qualifying Series and be in the top 10 to make it onto the CT.
Last year, Natasha finished up 260th in the world and this year she will be looking at trying to get into the top 150. The contests for the QS are all professional and should she make the quarter finals, Natasha will be earning a very respectable amount of money. Natasha is currently using her winnings from 2016 to fund the entry to most of these events.
We wish Natasha all the best for the very many Surfing contests coming up and congratulate her on all her fine achievements accomplished thus far.
On Friday 10 March, Rustenburg had 4 girls who participated in the 6th and final biathle of a series that was hosted on the Rustenburg campus.
Georgina Vosloo (Gr 8) competed in her first biathle in the U15 section where she had to complete an 800m run; 100m swim; 800m run course. She placed 5th in a time of 12:22.30
Hannah Elvidge and Rebecca Vosloo (Gr 9s) both competed in the U17 section where they are required to complete a 1200m run; 200m swim; 1200m run continuously. They finished in positions 1 and 2 respectively. Hannah’s winning time was 12.06.42 which is 40 seconds quicker than her time at the beginning of the series. Rebecca is congratulated on being the only athlete who completed all 6 of the events.
Caylan Bromley (Gr 12) competed in the U19 section completing the 1600m run; 200m swim; 1600m run in 2nd place. Congratulations to all 4 of you on your excellent results. Both Caylan and Megan Phillipson completed 5 of the 6 events.