Late Bob Woolmers brainchild bowls learners over

Learners from schools throughout the Cape Peninsula, West Coast, Northern Suburbs and Helderberg regions of the Western Cape gathered to participate in the sixth annual Wynberg Cricket Super Skills competition on Friday 25 February.

The event, which took place at the Jacques Kallis cricket oval at Wynberg Boys High School in association with Sporting Chance and SuperSport Let’s Play, was born from the inspiration of cricket mastermind, the late Bob Woolmer. Woolmer developed the Super Skills concept internationally in order to spread interest in the game.

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According to Wynberg Boys High School Principal Keith Richardson, teams made up of 4 players each played in a round robin tournament. They went head-to-head in a number of challenges to see who can hit the ball the furthest, who is quickest between the wickets and who has the most accurate throw in the game.

“We launched the competition in 2005 to provide a platform for all learners to master the basics of cricket,” says Richardson.  “The competition is a fun exercise that emphasizes the essential aspects of the game of cricket. It’s format entices competition, teamwork and enthusiasm while focusing on the necessity of mastering the key fundamentals of bowling, batting, fielding, catching and throwing. It is a unique and fun adaptation of the conventional game and the testing stations include the Power Drive, Stroke Master, Fine Line and Deadeye.”

Wynberg Boys High School has always been at the forefront of schoolboy cricket and boasts an incredible cricket pedigree. It has been a nurturing ground and launch pad for many cricket careers including one of the world’s greatest cricketers and best all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who proactively supports this initiative. “With fond memories I welcome all the players to my former senior school for the Super Skills competition.  It is a wonderful opportunity to test their skills and it’s about being outdoors and enjoying yourself,” says Kallis.

One of the protégés from the Super Skills competition is current Cape Cobra, Richard Levi. “I honed all the skills and techniques that I use today through the drills and games these boys will be using as they run around the Jacques Kallis Oval.  Enjoy and learn,” advises Levi.

The competition was fierce as the 160 participants were able to express their natural talent and flair in this inter school format. Scores were high and after tightly contested semi-finals and finals the respective age group winners were as follows:

U11: Kirstenhof Primary School

U12: Edgemead Cricket Club A

U13: Wynberg Boys’ Junior School

U14: Wynberg Boys’ High School A

Individual winners (most points over all four (4) disciplines) were:

U11: Matthew De Villiers – Kirstenhof Primary School

U12: Eathan Hendricks – Edgemead Cricket Club A

U13: Donovan Opie – Wynberg Boys’ Junior School

U14: Kyle Verryne – Wynberg Boys’ High School

Thanks to prize donations from Gunn & Moore and goodie bag contributions from SA Cricket magazine, Peninsula Beverages and Sporting Chance none of the participants left empty handed and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.

“We are very proud to be involved with the Wynberg Super Skills competition,” says Brad Bing, MD of Sporting Chance. “It is an innovative approach to cricket and one that has proven to be an exciting way of introducing competitiveness into the finite details of the game. We look forward to continuing to build on this partnership with the WBHS and the Super Skills competition going forward in the future!