It was a weekend of strong individual performances by Michaelhouse athletes. Ruben Visagie cruised to the top of the podium in the U15 1500m event in a time of 4 minutes, 33.58 at a KZN League meeting at King’s Park on Saturday. His mentor, Zola Sokhela also turned up the heat in Durban winning the U19 event in a blistering 4 min, 00.64.
Further inland at the Drak Challenge, Michaelhouse paddlers continued their dominant form going toe to toe with the very best South African canoeists. A strong team of 29 paddlers took on the tough conditions with five crossing the line amongst the top 50. Remarkably, three boys worked their way into the top 20, with Sam Butcher first (14th overall) in the U18 category, Jack Edmonds second (16th overall), and Matt Millward coming in 18th overall and making it a clean sweep of the U18 podium for Michaelhouse.
DHS brought Michaelhouse’s nine-game winning streak to a heart-breaking end with their first win over the boys from Balgowan since January 2016 in a hard-won 38-33 victory. House’s U16A boys also buckled in the Durban furnace, losing for the first time to their DHS rivals, 17-35. Michaelhouse came away with seven wins in the remaining 12 basketball fixtures, including good wins for the U15A (35-9), and U14A (21-16) sides.
Out on the pitch, the Michaelhouse first XI continued their battle with form, slumping to a five-wicket loss, while the second (Alex Vermeulen 7/30), third (Christian Brand 6/7), and fourth (Ben Jarvis 5/2) XIs all enjoyed comfortable wins.
Josh Heath (58) and James Kennedy (47) guided the U16A lads to a solid ten-wicket win, while the U16Bs continued their unbeaten run this year with a seven-wicket victory. Kevin Smith’s six-wicket haul ensured The U16C’s eight-wicket win. House U15A opener Jack Walters chipped in with 65* while chasing down DHS’s 138 for his side’s seven-wicket win. Thomas Griffin’s 79 off 84 balls and Samora Apaa’s 82* were hallmarks of the U15B’s 92 run win. Dylan Hewlett’s gritty 56 was not enough for the U14A boys to stave off a six-wicket loss. The B side also capitulated by 73 runs, while the U14C (Nick Fearnhead 57*) and D (Ngaa Chikarango 55) XIs went home with good wins.