Activities from St Andrews are published weekly in The St Andrews Star.
Lawn Tennis at St Andrew’s
The second St Andrew’s College Lawn Tennis Challenge took place this weekend, and, as was the case the last time, the event served as a fundraiser for the local Child Welfare branch, making it so much more special. Despite the fact that the tournament couldn’t actually be played on the Knowling grass court due to heavy rain on Thursday and Friday, all the participants played fantastic tennis on the hard courts at DSG. The event saw 8 adult and 3 College/DSG mixed doubles teams play round robin matches to determine the winners. The competition in the adult section was fierce, with two of the top teams in the Eastern Cape making it to the final. The overall winners, Dr Mike Godlonton and his partner Mrs Alke Bradfield from Kingswood, were worthy winners and proved why they remain tough to beat in the region.
The SAC/DSG section was won by James Sparks and Lollie van Coller and the “best dressed” award went to Ignus Potgieter and Mikayla Eksteen.
It was a fantastic weekend of tennis and thanks must go to Mr Wilkinson and his crew for trying their best to prepare the grass court, as well as to Capital catering and of course, the sponsors, Helspoort Valley Game Farm, Oak Cottage Spar, Pick ‘n Pay and Harcourts. Without them, there would have been no event.
Rugby against Framesby
Going to Port Elizabeth to play Hoërskool Framesby was also going to present a tough test for the new look St Andrew’s College 1st XV in their first fixture of 2018. The match took place at Framesby in Port Elizabeth.
The nerves showed from both sides early on and the game was riddled with basic early season errors. An infringement by College allowed Framesby to convert to take a 3-0 lead. After quick hands by the College backs, Ryan Ford broke through in the midfield, finishing off to score under the poles on debut for the 1st XV. The try was converted by Murray Wilson and College held a 7-3 lead. A disciplinary infringement by Framesby, resulting in their second yellow card allowed College to convert the resulting penalty and take a 10-3 lead into halftime.
Immediately after the break College lost out on a number of opportunities to score, and subsequently spent the rest of the half defending their tryline. With six minutes to go Framesby broke out and scored in the right-hand corner after good work by their openside flanker. The try was not converted and College managed to hold out for a 10-8 victory.
From a result perspective, this is a good win, but much work lies ahead to eliminate basic errors and poor decision making. The team is looking forward to a better performance against Hudson Park this weekend at the Graeme College Rugby Day. – Report by Scott Jackson, the team manager.