Four Stanford students represented Limpopo in the Senior-A flyfishing team at the recent South African Fly-Fishing Association Senior A-Nationals competition in Kamberg, KZN. Jason Freestone, Luke Fairhead, Lloyd Lombard and Kade Thompson competed against the best fly-fishing anglers in the country over the 3 day (5 x 3-hour sessions) event. With changing weather conditions as well as fishing in both rivers and dams, our boys stepped up to the challenge and performed very well.
Positions were as follows: Jason – 30th, Luke – 41st, Lloyd – 48th and Kade – 55th. Other highlights: Lloyd caught a monster 52cm rainbow trout during the first session of the competition, 3cm less than the largest fish caught in the tournament. Kade recorded a faultless 5 sessions – catching at least 1 fish per session (no blank). Well done to the boys and good luck with the Youth Nationals in September.
Left to right: Jason Bruin (Captain), Lloyd Lombard, Luke Fairhead, Kade Thompson and Jason Freestone.
On Tuesday, 4th May, five U/16 and eight U/18 rugby players took part in Rugby Trials in Polokwane. It was a tough day out for the boys, playing against pupils from the bigger schools in our province but valuable lessons were learned. Unfortunately, Conor Mulligan fractured his wrist during his match and will be on the side-line for a few weeks. We are delighted to announce that both Willem Vos and David Ramalepe made it through to the next round of trials for the U/16s and Xilombe Ndlopfu made it to the next round for the U/18s.
Sixteen Stanford netball players took part in the Netball District Trials on Tuesday, 4th of May at Ben Vorster. All the girls who went performed to the best of their abilities and we couldn’t be more proud of them. We’re pleased to announce that seven of them have been selected to represent the Mopani District at the Limpopo trials later on this month. Huge congratulations go to Krisha Kanyongolo, Jana Prinsloo and Nsovo Mabila for the U/14s, Nanaki Kgopong and Isabella Alcock for the U/15s and Anja Maree and Masase Mbedzi for the U/18s.
On Thursday, 6th May, the “Fransie” girls from Frans du Toit High School in Phalaborwa arrived by the bus load to take on our girls on the netball courts. There was a buzz in the air as the Stanford girls were excited to play their first matches in more than a year. Although we didn’t get the results we were hoping for, the coaches are extremely proud of the girls because they gave us their all! They showed that they are willing to learn as well as showing a lot of good sportsmanship and resilience. The girls have a lot of work to do for the season ahead but the coaches are confident that are going to grow from strength to strength. Well done ladies!