KZN teams dominate 2018 Township &
Rural Development Tournament
Hilton - Home teams reigned supreme in both the U15 and U19 categories of
the KZNCU, DSR and Sunfoil Township and Rural Cricket Development Schools’
Tournament, which came to an end at Hilton College this weekend.
In the U15 final, KwaMsane beat Gauteng by eight wickets, whilst
Esikhaleni beat Western Province by six wickets in the U19 final.
SA U19 representative, Andile Mogkakane, who captained the Esikhaleni team
was thrilled with the outcome.
“We set our goals before the tournament and discussed what we wanted to
achieve and what the role of individual players were with our coaches,” he
“Every single person in the tournament was very excited about the win – it
was the first final for some of the guys and winning was a bonus as it
wasn’t an easy game against Western Province, but we knew what had to do
to win – and we stuck to the plans and focussed on our goals.”
Sanelisiwe Kuzwayo, the KZNCU Township and Rural Development manager rated
this year’s tournament as the most successful one ever.
“It went very well and we really achieved the goals we’d set for
ourselves,” she said. “Our boys usually play only twenty overs because of
the lack of facilities in our townships, however, playing at Hilton
College, the Pietermaritzburg Oval and Weston Agricultural College gave us
the opportunity to play a longer format of the game.
"This gave our boys exposure to the national format and gave them the
opportunity to score hundreds and fifties and take more wickets.”
She added that she was extremely grateful to the KZN department of sports
and recreation, the Willowton Group and other sponsors for their ongoing
support of the tournament.
“A highlight for me was having the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture,
Sport and Recreation, Mrs Bongi Sithole-Moloi attend and speak at the
closing ceremony and spend some time with us,” she said. “This hasn’t been
possible until this year, as she has a very busy schedule so it was very
humbling to have her there. It was also great to have representatives from
the Willowton Group at the tournament.”
The tournament ended on a high, with the Sport Development Trust
presenting thousands of rands worth of cricketing equipment to the top
performers, and specialised cricket coaching equipement to coaches from
various rural areas in KZN.
“Our coaches are very passionate about what they do, but they have to deal
with various challenges, one of which is the lack of specialised coaching
equipment – this means so much to them,” said Kuzwayo.
This year saw the inclusion of two new awards, sponsored by the
Durban-based NGO, the Institute for Learning and Motivation – SA (ILM-SA):
a fair play award for the U15 and U19 teams who displayed outstanding
levels of sportsmanship (won by the U15 KwaMsane team and the U19 Gauteng
team), and cash prizes for the top KZNCU township and rural coaches and
assistant coaches (won by Sphephelo Nhlumayo and Philani Caumbe - Folweni
U15; and Lungisani Simelane and Siyabonga Gcumisa, Esikhaleni U19).
Shoaib Moosa, the Chief Commercial Officer of Willowton Group said the
tournament has become a symbol of sporting excellence, with affiliates
Cricket South Africa, and coaches from across the country, using the
performances displayed throughout the tournament as a yardstick to
“We have been really amazed by the undeniable display of raw talent at
this year’s tournament which was a tremendous success,” he said. “The
tournament has grown in leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings in
uMlazi when it featured mainly Durban-based teams. This year we welcomed,
not only provincial representatives, but a national side as well.”
For the Western Province U15 and U19 teams, participating in the
tournament meant undertaking a twenty hour journey by bus to Hilton
College. But it was more than worth it, said Vukile Matakane, the
assistant coach of the U19 team, for whom it was a first time experience.
“Wow – everything was well organised and planned,” he said. “The boys were
well taken care of and I was so impressed by the African talent that I
saw.” Likhona Gxwala, who is part of the under 19 team, has participated
in four consecutive tournaments to date.
“We enjoy it so much and learn from the other players,” he said. “We made
friends from other teams and eat nice food.”
Darryl Govender the head coach of the Chatsworth Hub echoed these
sentiments. “I’m very impressed,” he said. “If you walked in as a neutral
observer, you would not think that this was a rural tournament; you’d
think you were at a national week.”
“It was very well organised, we were well catered for, all our demands
were met – the KZNCU Township and Rural Development Programme can be very
proud of what they have achieved.”
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