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1st XI Soccer Finish 5th at the Nedbank Challenge in Bloemfontein

1st XI Soccer Finish 5th at the Nedbank Challenge in Bloemfontein

Saturday 30 September – Tuesday 3 October: The 2023 Nedbank Grey College Soccer Tournament was a huge success for our 1st XI, with WBHS building on previous years’ campaigns to finish 5th overall. Another demonstration of the School’s 2025 Sports Vision in pursuit of excellence and top-tier competitive results.

The tournament comprised 24 of the best soccer schools in South Africa and was divided into four groups of six teams, where the top two teams in each continued to the Cup playoffs to determine the top eight national soccer schools. The Wynberg First team booted their way to 5th in the tournament after being coined ‘tenacious’, ‘relentless’, and ‘physical’ by their opposition and spectators alike. The Wynberg players certainly pulled a crowd with their high-octane football and robust physical play.

Stand-out performances included Aniq Burton, Raaziq Chicktay, Liam Coetzee, Qaasim Lamara, and Daanyaal Hendricks, whose selfless attitude to the team could not go unnoticed. Wynberg’s Grade 10 goalkeeper, Tristan Miller, also had an event to remember as he picked up the goalkeeper of the tournament award. A clear result of his ambition and determination.

At the end of the tournament, 4560 minutes of football had been played in relentless heat and hostile conditions. Needless to say, the Wynberg team barely slept on the 12-hour bus trip home, carried back on a high of adrenalin and the knowledge that their efforts throughout the season are paying dividends to invest positively in the future of Wynberg Soccer.

A special shout-out goes to the assistant coaches, Henry Knight and Shawn Lucas, for their commitment and positivism.

Day 1 – Group Matches

WBHS 2-2 George Royal

Westville 2-3 WBHS

WBHS 1-2 HTS Louis Botha

Day 2 – Group Matches

WBHS 3-0 Parktown

St Davids 0-2 WBHS

Day 3 – Playoffs

WBHS 1-1 Jeppe

Jeppe won on penalties

WBHS 2-1 Grey College

Day 4 – Final Positions

WBHS 2-1 King Edward

Tour report with thanks to Mr Andries Bezuidenhoudt and the tour Party

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