KZN10.com website and social media wishes Maritzburg College Old Boy (Class of 2000) Brad Robinson everything of the best for the SA Masters Open Bowls Championships at Wingate Park Country Club in Pretoria today through Sunday.
KZN10.com caught up with Brad in Pretoria and asked this former Maritzburg College 2nd XI and UKZN Pietermaritzburg 1st XI cricketer (9 handicap golfer) to tell us more.
“Thanks Jono, yes I have fond memories of my 5 years at Maritzburg College.
“Jono, the SA Masters Open competition consists of the top 16 bowlers in the country, of whom 12 or so have represented the Proteas while the others are, like me, members of the SA Gold Squad.”
Brad (36) knows who will be super-keen to see him when he returns to his hometown – 18-month-old Mason Neil (Neil is the name of Brad’s well-known late dad) and baby brother the 8-week-old Cole.
Methinks Brad’s wife Rezelle will be as much relieved as she will be pleased to see her hubby after 4 days flying solo with these two pocket rockets.
I don’t follow bowls very closely, though I certainly recognise some of these stellar names in SA bowls:
#Gerry Baker, 5 times SA Masters winner
#Jason Evans, last year’s winner
#Billy Radloff (2018 winner)
#KZN’s Wayne Ritmuller (2017 and 2018 SA National Singles title winner)
#The other KZN bowler in the Masters is Wayne Roberts
Wayne Ritmuller beat Brad in the 2017 SA National Singles final.
The SA Singles and SA Masters Open are different competitions.
So, how does Brad see the Masters?
“Jono, the SA Masters Open is an intense, gruelling and hugely competitive event, but the camaraderie is always there.”
Divided into 2 sections of 8 players each, the bowlers each play 3 matches today, 3 more tomorrow, and then 1 on Sunday morning, before the winners of each section meet in the final at around lunchtime Sunday for the opportunity to be crowned the 2020 SA Masters Open champion.
“There is no bronze medal match for the section runners-up; they each get a bronze medal,” says Brad.
“The reasoning behind that is to ensure that all the focus is on the final.”
Too right! That is the way it should be in all sports. Surely there isn’t a sports lover on the planet who wants bronze medal matches anymore?
“This will be my 5th SA Masters Open and my 3rd in a row,” says Brad. “I played in 2 SA Masters 7 and 8 years ago, then wasn’t selected for 4 years.”
Pietermaritzburg-based Brad, who started playing competitive bowls at the age of 11, is a chartered accountant and senior manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
So what’s it like at Wingate Country Club in Pretoria, Brad?
“Jono, it’s a great setting here at Wingate; 6 greens catering for the 16 SA Masters Open bowlers, the same number in the equivalent ladies’ competition; then the SA Masters Under-30’s – that’s 12 bowlers in each of the male and female competitions – and finally the Over-60’s SA Masters Veterans, which is 12 men and 12 women, so it’s going to be pretty busy.”
#Apart from the KZN names squaring up in the SA Masters Open, there are also a number of KZN bowlers in the other competitions; such as Durban’s Bronwyn Webber in the SA Masters Open Ladies, Pietermaritzburg’s Sean Lightfoot and Kholwani “Kwa” Khanyile in the Under-30’s, and, of course, the KZN capital’s well-known Laylon Howard in the Over-60’s.
Scott Fraser – formerly of PMB, now Cape Town – is also in the U30’s showdown.
Best wishes to all.
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(sections, names, times, opponents)
(links take you to each section and category)
Josh Steytler, who won gold at the recent 2019 South African and African Duathlon Championships held in Cape Town, has just signed a 12-month contract to run for Hillcrest Villagers’ Athletic Club’s Elite running team.
The Grade 11 learner from Kearsney College will represent HVAC in the Junior Men’s category at running events until mid-2020.
Josh has been actively involved in competitive sports from a young age, playing club rugby (Hillcrest Villagers’ Rugby Club) and club soccer (Westville Soccer Club) from the age of seven, and made a KZN soccer age-group team at 12, when they won the SAFU League Championship.
His passion for road running saw him win the U19 junior Men’s category at the Forest Hills Spar 10km road race last month in a time of 35:03. He finished 11th overall.
But triathlons are his first love, so Josh stopped playing club rugby and soccer this year, in order to compete seriously in triathlons and duathlons.
Josh’s dream is to compete in triathlon at the Olympic Games. Last year he was awarded full provincial colours in both duathlon and triathlon and was the HVAC Junior Runner of the Year.
Earlier this year he won silver at the SA and Africa Triathlon Champs in Durban, before winning gold at the SA and Africa Duathlon Champs in Cape Town.
At these Duathlon Champs in Cape Town, Josh competed in the sprint class – a 5km run, a 20km cycle and a final 2,5km run – which he did in 16:47, 31:06 and 09:26 respectively, recording the fastest 5km run time in the U17 and U19 male categories.
Glenwood’s Matt Blignaut, Clayton Charles and Jordan Houston of the school’s pistol shooting extra-mural activity were on target during Sunday’s SA Champs.
Five Glenwood boys who are among the school’s pistol shooting enthusiasts and are affiliated to the KZN Pistol Association, competed in the SAPS Pistol Federation Championships.
All five Glenwood boys shot impressive scores and in the 10-metre Air pistol category the top three were Glenwood boys were Matthew Blignaut 512/600, Clayton Charles 494/600 and Jordan Houston 437/600.
Source: Glenwood FB
Text & image Kirsten Blignaut
‘What you put in… is what you’re going to get out” – Penguins coach Sheralee Jolliffe
Elizabeth Moore paints the picture:
Level 2 was held in Sasolburg in April 2019.
15 eager young swimmers from Pietermaritzburg schools raised their Penguins club colours with pride.
The PMB schoolboys and girls represented in the Penguins swim team were from Maritzburg College, Cordwalles, Cowan House, Laddsworth, Clarendon, Epworth, GHS and The Wykeham Collegiate.
Bossing the overcast weather, the swimmers put on their best performances. They battled the storms up ahead both mentally and against their competition in the pool.
And torrential storms did indeed make their presence felt when the heavens opened on the last day.
Ready to out their best for Penguins were Ashley Ferguson, Georgina Francis, Sibonga Khumalo, Katie Moore, Jessica Oxenham, Caitlyn Slabberts, Serante Subramanian, Emma Williams, Patrick Lamb, Kian Lister, Mathew Marillier, Rueben Marx, Ethan Muir, Kingsley Thompson and soon-to-be-part of Team Penguins, newcomer Caitlin Soden, who represented Seals Swimming Club in Sasolburg.
Swim SA accredited coach Elizabeth Moore chatted to Penguins coach Sheralee Jolliffe about the Sasolburg Experience.
Elizabeth: “Sheralee, it was obviously an extremely exciting week for the Penguins Level 2 swimmers, Penguins coming first out of the 63 teams at the event in Sasolburg with Patrick Lamb from Laddsworth and Emma Williams of Epworth taking home 5 Gold’s.
“Sheralee, congratulations are certainly in order. So how do your top swimmers maintain this high level of achievement…”
Sheralee: “Elizabeth, the higher the level the harder it is. The commitment and achievement of the swimmer lies in training 6 to 7 days a week in comparison to 2 to 3 days a week.
“Remaining disciplined is vital; if you don’t come to training, you don’t get the results. The quality of training technique also drives the results.
“For the Level 2’s this provides the grounding to move forward as well as the stepping stone into Level 3”.
Penguins’ Sasolburg Experience In Short
Penguins leading the weekend forward with 15 swimmers, 44 swims, 27 personal bests, 35 finals and 16 medals: Boasting 7 individual Penguins gold’s for the day and in the team favourite, the Relays – Boys under 13-16 Individual Medley taking gold in the time of 2:23:77.
Penguins easing into 4 golds, 5 silver and 3 bronze: One of the medal winners, and one amongst many of Penguins’ focused and dedicated swimmers, was the fast-improving Sibonga Khumalo, who won bronze in the 100-metres backstroke.
Ending Penguins’ Sasolburg Experience on a high, Patrick Lamb won his 5th gold – in the 200m backstroke final, and Emma Williams took her 5th gold – in the 200m freestyle.
Washing up the three-day Sasolburg Experience were the 5 exciting relay races; in the girls U12 and up: 4 x 50 freestyle, Penguins shone in taking Gold while in the Boys 13 – 16yrs 4 x 50 freestyle Penguins did well in earning the silver medal.
In Penguins harvesting 7 medals out of 12 relays it was a great effort and a tribute to team spirit. Indeed, a phenomenal rush for the team to recall on the way back home and further into the swim year.
The Sasolburg Experience ended on a high note for Penguins Swimming Club… And a great personal success and sense of accomplishment for the team coaches, Mandy and Sheralee, who give so much of their time, energy and passion into the sport which is reflected in the medal-winning response of their swim boys and girls.
Thank you to coaches and parents
Dedicated Parents = Dedicated Swimmer
Penguins head coach Mandy Wheeler
Accredited and registered with Swim South Africa
# Penguins at: Hilton College, Cordwalles Prep
Penguins coach Sheralee Jolliffe
Accredited and registered with Swim South Africa
Sheralee Coaching is based PMB Girls’ High School
Sheralee teaches Learn to Swim at Prestbury Primary in Terms 1 and 4
and private Learn to Swim at Y-Fit Gym
This article’s writer, Elizabeth Moore, is a Swim SA accredited and registered coach who also enjoys offering private swim lessons.