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St Andrews College has just returned for the mid-year half-term and there were quite a few sporting tours and activities during the break.

2017 UK Cricket Tour

The St Andrew’s College 1st XI cricket squad left for their tour of the UK at the end of June. They were blessed with good weather and were able to play their ten games. Of these, they won eight. Against Whitgift it was a case of just never getting going with the bat, despite a brave effort with the ball to defend a small total, whilst the match against Wellington proved to be a humdinger and St Andrew’s fell just three runs short in a big run chase. The tour was a great success both on and off the field and the squad of thirteen boys and two staff all had wonderful experiences and were well hosted by some of the top schools in the UK. Thanks must go, in particular, to Carl Bradfield, who put the tour together and coached the side and to Scott Jackson who managed the team and served as the assistant coach. The team was well-captained by Chris Benjamin. There was a substantial group of parents who followed the tour and by all accounts, they also had a wonderful time.

Summarised scores for the tour are as follows:

24 June vs Malvern College (50 overs)

SAC 321/4 (Peter Jarvis 150, David Rushmere 92)

Malvern 303 All out (Chris Norval 5/53, Peter Jarvis 2/15)

St Andrew’s College won by 18 runs

25 June vs Sherborne School (40 overs)

SAC 238/6 (Chris Benjamin 88, Murray Koster 70)

Sherborne 136 All out (Nick Poole 4/22, James Quarmby 3/11, Ryan Ford 2/33)

St Andrew’s College won by 102 runs

26 June vs Cheltenham College (40 overs)

Cheltenham 190/9 (Chris Norval 3/35, James Quarmby 2/32, Robert Quarmby 3/51)

SAC 191/2 (Chris Benjamin 79 no, Peter Jarvis 64 no)

St Andrew’s College won by 8 wickets

28 June vs Whitgift School (50 overs)

SAC 118 All out (David Rushmere 43)

Whitgift 119/5

St Andrew’s College lost by 5 wickets

29 June vs Wellington College (50 overs)

Wellington 225 All out (Peter Jarvis 2/29, Chris Norval 2/34, Robert Quarmby 2/34)

SAC 222/9 (Chris Benjamin 79, Murray Wilson 36, Robert Quarmby 27)

St Andrew’s College lost by 3 runs

30 June vs Kings School (50 overs)

SAC 305/7 (Murray Koster 80, David Rushmere 62, James Macgregor 32)

Kings 179 All out (Chris Norval 5/39, James Quarmby 4/24)

St Andrew’s College won by 116 runs

3 July vs Cheltenham College (20/20 – Part of the Tonbridge Festival)

Cheltenham 93 All out (Mzolisi Dotwana 3/13, Ryan Ford 2/11, Carl Johnson 2/19)

SAC 94/1 (David Rushmere 48 no, Chris Benjamin 24 no)

St Andrew’s College won by 9 wickets

4 July vs Millfield School (55 overs – Part of the Tonbridge Festival)

SAC 228 All out (James Macgregor 64, Murray Koster 57, Robert Quarmby 44)

Millfield 132 All out (Ryan Ford 3/18, Carl Johnson 2/15, Chris Norval 2/42)

St Andrew’s College won by 96 runs

5 July vs Tonbridge School (55 overs – Part of the Tonbridge Festival)

Tonbridge 147 All out (James Quarmby 3/40, Robert Quarmby 2/14, Chris Norval 2/28)

SAC 148/5 (Peter Jarvis 54 retired, Murray Koster 24, Chris Benjamin 21)

St Andrew’s College won by 5 wickets

6 July vs Newington School (55 overs – Part of the Tonbridge Festival)

SAC 298/3 (Guy Rushmere 100 retired, Chris Benjamin 52 retired, Nick Poole 50 retired, Murray Koster 49)

Newington 134 All out (Ryan Ford 2/21, Murray Koster 2/26)

St Andrew’s College won by 164 runs

Provincial Hockey

St Andrews hockey
Peter Jarvis and Luke Hobson were selected for the SA U18A side while Thabo Sifumba, goalkeeper, was selected for the SA U18B side. Image: Provided

A number of St Andrew’s College pupils played in various inter-provincial hockey tournaments during the half-term at the beginning of July and special mention must be made of the selection of St Andrew’s College captain, Luke Hobson, and Peter Jarvis who were both selected for the South African U18A side at the conclusion of the U18 IPT at Kearsney College. This is a fantastic achievement and it is backed up by goalkeeper Thabo Sifumba’s selection to the South African U18B side.

Unfortunately for Ross Vides, who has had to sit on the sidelines of the sports field this whole year with a serious pelvic joint injury, he was not able to get back to full fitness in time to compete at the tournament. Ross played in the South African U18A side last year and would no doubt have made it again this year had he been fit and playing.

These players and their coaches are to be congratulated on this wonderful and well-deserved achievement.

The EP U18A side finished fourth at the tournament, whilst the U18B side finished fifth in their section and the U16As finished third at their tournament.

Provincial Rugby

There are a number of St Andrew’s College boys playing in the Grant Khomo U16 Rugby Week where EP has come away with two narrow victories against Free State B and Griquas.

A large contingent of College boys left on Thursday for an EP Country Districts training camp at Marlow Landbou, where the teams have gathered before heading up to Johannesburg and St Stithians College for the U18 Coca Cola Craven Week. St Andrew’s players make up the bulk of the EP Country Districts team whilst we also have players in the EPCD Academy team, which will be coached by College Director of Rugby, Andy Royle. Our Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Laurence Christie, will also be assisting the team. We wish all these players the best for the tournament.

East London Football Tournament

During the half-term break, the U16 St Andrew’s College football team participated in The

St Andrews football
Action at East London Football tournament. Image: Provided

East London Football Tournament hosted by Hamilton’s Club.

Fifteen College boys, plus coach Craig Hatches, had a successful time at the tournament finishing in fourth place overall.

After a really good 3-1 win against Delta Park, the team was up against Bushbucks, tournament favourites, in their second game. After going down 2-0 the team really fought back well to get the score to 2-1 and applied all the late pressure but were unable to get the equaliser.

Needing at least a draw to make the semi-finals, College were up against a well-drilled St Stithians College side. Finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time the College boys threw everything into the attack after the break and levelled the scores at 2-2 with 15 minutes to go. Despite good pressure and a cleverly taken free kick, College was unable to get the winner. This still qualified them for the semis where they were up against Bushbucks once again. A disappointing 2-0 loss saw them play off for the third and fourth position with Park United. A tight affair ended up in a 2-1 victory for Park United. This was a gutsy performance from the College side and the boys would have gained valuable experience going forward.

St Andrew’s College player, Tom More was recognised for his outstanding play during the tournament by being named in the Tournament All Star Team. Well done to all these boys.

Rowing

St Andrew’s national coxless IV, plus coach Chris Holliday, are currently up on the Highveld preparing for their departure for the Junior World Champs in Latvia on 27 July. The crew has been part of a national camp at Tzaneen where they performed really well and everything seems to be on track at this stage. They are currently back in Gauteng and training on the Roodeplaat Dam.

Biathlon

Cameron Rafferty competed in the National Biathle Championships where he finished in a very creditable fourth position, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. Based on his time, Cameron has been included in the national team to take part in the World Champs in Spain in September. This is a wonderful achievement.

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