A level of excitement filled the air whilst sportsmanship and camaraderie prevailed at the annual Utrecht Nashua Sports Week, which took place from March 12 to March 15.
An impressive 15 schools attended the 17th annual sports week, with 14 rugby teams, 9 netball teams and 15 hockey teams (which consisted of 10 girl teams and 5 boy teams.)
With an excellent turnout, this year’s event saw a record-breaking number of teams, players and officials, which were all motivated and ready for the upcoming season over the three days.
During the duration of the tournament, the following learners were awarded for an array of accolades.
Miss Sports Week is Phiwokuhle Ngobese of DJS, while Mr Sports Week goes to Xaxsan Saraiva from Grantham Park.
In the Tug of War, the hockey girls of Grantham Park and the netball girls of Veldenvlei were named winners respectively. Pelham triumphed with great joy in the boys’ division.
Adding to the festivities, the “colour burst” provided a kaleidoscope of beauty and carefree moments; as 25 kilograms of colour powder brightened up the event, bringing that extra something special to the tournament.
The following players were also acknowledged for their performance in the divisions of their respective sports:
Netball: Amahle Mbatha from Veldenvlei and Lesego Mogale of Leandra.
Hockey girls: Andiswa Myoka of Greytown and Rochelle Fuhri from Utrecht.
Hockey boys: Ehsan Amad of Huttenpark and Theo Fakude from T.P. Stratten.
Rugby: Vuyo Ndebele of Greytown and Banele Dlamini from Pelham.
Teams with the most spirit, neatness and discipline are as follows:
Heuwelland (netball), St. Catherine (hockey girls), Richards Bay Primary (hockey boys) and Pelham (rugby).
The results for the tournament are as follows:
Gold and trophy: Veldenvlei
Silver: T.P Stratten
Gold and trophy: Greytown
Bronze: T.P. Stratten
Gold and trophy: T.P. Stratten
Silver: St. Catherines
Gold and trophy: Drakensig
Bronze: Richards Bay Primary
Gold and trophy: NRS
Congratulations to all the schools and players for the outstanding performance during the three-day event.
A massive thank you goes to the main sponsor, Nashua Maluti, whose contribution made an invaluable difference to the event. A big thank you also goes to Trevor Smith Sports for sponsoring the balls, Ulrich Viljoen from Spar Tops and Derrick Solms from Balele Motors. As well as Fickelect PTY (Ltd), Oppie Plaas Lapa, Utrecht Country Club and Utrecht Butchery
The staff at Utrecht High School and the committee who put in months of planning and hard work are also thanked for their dedication to the event.
A thank you also goes to Antoinette Goosen from Bergsig School, Karel Groenewald, Nardus van Niekerk, DJS, DHS, Glencoe Primary and Volksrust High School.