The Australian Schools Sports Council once again sent their Boys' and Girls' hockey teams on a tour to South Africa. The tour began in Cape Town, where they played their first 2 practice matches against local Western province teams. Sightseeing in Cape Town included Robben Island and a tour along the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point. The group then departed for KZN where they spent a night at Shakaland followed by 2 nights at Hluhluwe Game Reserve. They then returned to Durban and played their final practice match as well as participated in the Test Series against the South African Schools U/18 Boys’ and Girls’ teams. The group consists of 32 students and 8 staff as well as supporting family members.
Cornwall Hill College sent their U13 cricket boys to the UK in June 2018. They departed on Friday, 22 June 2018 and returned on Saturday, 07 July 2018. The team played 9 matches in total and were hosted by schools. They played matches against Bedford School, Twyford School, Monkton Combe School, Kings Hall School, Whitgift School, Westbourne House School and King Edward XI School. At the end of their tour they spent 2 nights in London and enjoyed the major sights which included a Theatre Show, London Eye, London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds.
Felixton College from Empangeni in Kwa-Zulu Natal sent their U13 cricket boys on tour to the UK in June 2018. The team consisted of 13 boys and 2 staff members. The groups departed on Friday, 08 June 2018 and returned on Friday, 22 June 2018. They played 8 matches in total. The schools they played included Westbourne House School, Hall Grove School, Lochinver House School, Papplewick School, Great Walstead School and Newland House School. During their tour they had some free time to enjoy the beautiful sights of the country which included a tour of the Lords Cricket Ground, Madame Tussauds, London Eye and Thorpe Park.
Grey High School from Port Elizabeth embarked on their tour on the 20 June 2018. 16 boys and 2 staff departed to the UK on a golf tour and had the amazing opportunity of playing some of the most prestigious courses in the country! On arrival in England they were hosted at the King's School, Canterbury for 2 nights where they played a fixture against their golf team at Prince's Golf Club. Following this they headed to Whitgift School and played them at the Addington Golf Course. The team had some free time to explore London before heading off to Liverpool to play the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. They were then hosted at Merchant Taylors' Boys' School for 2 nights and played them at Hillside Golf Club. The next couple of days saw them heading off to Scotland and there they played at Prestwick Golf Club, Royal Troon Golf Club and Kingsbarns Golf Club. They then had a few free days to get a game in at St Andrew's Golf Club. Their final course was certainly one to remember! They played at one of the world's oldest Golf Clubs - Musselburgh Old Course! After enjoying a final evening in Edinburgh they departed the UK to return home on the 04 July 2018.
A tennis team from Hilton College embarked on an exciting tour to the United Kingdom in June. While on tour, the team travelled through England and played matches against local schools such as Wellington College, Blundell’s School, and Bryanston School. After their matches against local schools, the tour proceeded to London where they spent 4 nights. While in London, they visited The London Eye, Madame Tussauds, and watched the famous West End Show, The Lion King. They also used their Hop-on Hop off bus tickets to explore other attractions in London. During their time in London, the boys had an opportunity to attend the opening day of Wimbledon, where tennis legends such as Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were competing for the prestigious trophy. Following a memorable two week tour, the group returned back to Durban.
Hilton College sent their Water Polo team on a tour to Italy. The group departed Johannesburg on 26 June for Venice. On arrival in Venice, the teams transfered to Brescia where they stayed for 5 nights. Set between Milan and Verona at the foot of the Alps, Brescia is the second-largest city in Italy’s northern Lombardy region. During their stay in Brescia, the teams played matches against local teams and training sessions with professional Water Polo coaches. Visits to the Thousand Mile Museum, Iseo Lake and Caneva Water Park are some of the highlights included while in Brescia. Thereafter the group traveled to the Marina Julia Camping Village where they stayed for 7 nights. During their stay at the camp, the boys learnt fundamental attack and defense techniques to improve their water polo skills from members of the Italian National Water Polo team, and played matches against other teams at the camp. Following their time at the camp, the group departed for Venice where they enjoyed a boat ride to Venice Island and enjoyed some sightseeing with a local guide. After an awesome 13 night tour in Italy, the boys returned to Johannesburg.
The Leopards cricket team is made up of a number of top senior cricket players from around South Africa. 15 players are accepted to travel on this tour with 2 accompanying staff members. The team flew out on South African Airways into London's Heathrow airport and transfered directly to their first match. The Leopards team played 9 fixtures in total against some great cricketing schools such as Oratory Preparatory School, Eton College, Harrow School, Wellington College, Worth School, Primrose Cricket Club and Kings' College Taunton to name a few. Amidst all the crciket, some wonderful sightseeing was arranged for the team and they got to enjoy a visit to Lords Cricket Ground, a theatre show in London, the Explorers Voyage Speed Boat on the Thames River, the London Eye, the London Dungeon and of course some free time for shopping. The team travelled from the 21 June 2018 until the 06 July 2018, 16 days in total.
Michaelhouse boys’ school from the beautiful Natal Midlands embarked on a Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka. The group spent 2 nights in Kandy, due to the south west monsoon which brings the rains, the matches were altered slightly which gave the group a chance to rest on the first day. After a good sleep they visited the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage via a spice farm and had lunch overlooking the river. They then visited a famous Buddhist temple in the evening. On Saturday was their first match and due to the weather and preparation of the Pallakelle International Test Venue for the Proteas, they played at the Peradeniya University. Then it was off to Nuwara Eliya where they played the next match at the Radella Cricket Grounds. They travelled to Mt Lavinia the next day and played their third match at the P.Sara Oval. All the matches were 50 overs. With temperatures reaching 30 degrees it was of for a spin bowling clinic with Ajith Ekanayake a top spinning coach. It was a really worthwhile session for the 6 spinners in the group. From there it was of to Waskaduwas for another 2 matches. En route to Hikkaduwa the group went on a boat safari in Bentota and also visited the Turtle Hatchery. In the afternoon they visited the UNESCO world heritage site of Galle and its Dutch Fort Complex. Match 6 was played at the MCC Lords, Hikkaduwa. Match 7 was the final match and they won 5 out of 7 matches. Then it was off for a city tour of Colombo and dinner at the Cricket Club Cafe before heading back to Durban. From Mr Dean Forword – the tour exceeded all expectations!!!
Montrose Primary School from Johannesburg sent their U12 and U13 Netball girls on a tour to Malaysia and Singapore in June 2018. The teams consisted of 19 girls and 4 staff. They departed on Friday, 22 June 2018 and returned on Wednesday, 04 July 2018. Each team played 8 matches in total. 2 matches in Singapore and 6 matches in Malyasia. While on tour they had some time to explore the beautiful sights of both countries. In Singapore they enjoyed a half day City Tour which included visits to Chinatown, Garden by the Bay and Mount Faber. They will had some free time and fun at Sentosa Island & Universal Studios. During their time in Malaysia they did a City Tour of Kuala Lumpur, visited the Batu Caves and went on a Fireflies tour, visited the Lime Stone Caves, Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temples. They ended their tour off with a free day for some last minute shopping and sightseeing.
Pridwin Preparatory School from Johannesburg embarked on their annual 10 day cricket tour of the UK. The U13A team along with 2 accompanying staff members departed from OR Tambo International airport on Virgin Airlines. Once they arrived at London's Heathrow airport, they headed straight to their 1st fixture. Pridwin Preparatory School played a number of reputable UK schools and enjoyed being hosted out with parents or in the schools boarding establishments post match. The team played back to back games and had a total of 6 fixtures. The last day saw them enjoying a tour of the Lords Cricket Ground followed by some free time in London City where they overnighted at the St Giles Hotel. Their last day in London was free for sightseeing and shopping before they flew out back to Johannesburg on Saturday, 30 June 2018.
Rondebosch Boys' High School from Cape Town travelled to the United Kingdom on a cricket tour. They travelled with 14 boys and 2 staff. They played 9 matches in total as well as participating in the Silk Trophy Festival at Shrewsbury School. They spent three nights in London and stayed at St Giles Hotel. Sightseeing included a visit to Lord's Cricket Stadium as well as entry to Windsor Castle.
Trinityhouse Preparatory School from Johannesburg sent their 1st cricket team on a tour to the United Kingdom. The touring team departed Johannesburg on a British Airways flight and they spent 13 nights touring the UK. On arrival in London, the team commenced their journey with a visit to Thorpe Park. While on tour, they played matches against local UK schools including Caldicott School, Feltonfleet and Highfield School. During their stay, they visited Bath where they explored this magnificent, ancient town. After their matches, the team traveled to London where they spent 2 nights in a hotel located close to London's main attractions. The group enjoyed a guided tour of the Lord’s Cricket Stadium, where they had an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of many cricket legends through the Long Room, see the original Ashes Urn and visit the teams change rooms. The group also watched the Royal One Day Cup final at Lords. The boys also enjoyed a spooky visit to the London Dunegon and explored some of London’s famous sights, before heading back to Johannesburg.