This year’s Interkoshuis swimming gala was held on 13 March at the Coetzenburg indoor swimming pool. All men’s and women’s resses were required to enter a team of at least four swimmers to compete in individual events and relays.
Helderberg was once again the favourite to defend the title of no. 1 swimming res in Stellenbosch, entering a strong team with no less than 5 Matie swimmers. Represented by Rubin Cloete; JG Bergenthuin; Vaughn Warren; Luke Herbst and new comer Clayton Prowse ,the Swarra team managed to claim a podium position with at least one swimmer in every event. After comfortably winning both the freestyle and medley relays, leading from start to finish, it came as no surprise that Helderberg won the meet with a massive 65 point lead over Eendrag, with Majuba in 3rd position.
The Swarra swim team would like to thank Brett Wood and Micheal Lesley of Maties Swim for the organisation of the event, and we look forward to defending our title next year.
First Years Hockey
This past Saturday, the Hockey Club had its annual First Years tournament. Having reached the final and failed to win for the past three years, we had high hopes for this year.
The first game was against Metanoia on the Astro turf. The Swarras dominated the whole game, and while serving up a master class of hockey, they easily went past Metanoia, emerging 4-0 victors.
On grass against Majuba for the next game, we looked a bit shaky, but managed to take the lead. They soon equalised but the Swarras immediately struck back and shortly after that scored a third, thus beating Majuba by 3 goals to 1.
For the last pool match we played Academia on grass, and while hardly breaking a sweat, the Swarras walked past them in a 5-0 victory. This meant that we went through the pool stages unbeaten and only conceding one goal, while scoring 12.
Up next was Helshoogte in the semi-final. Here it seemed that Swarras would again cruise to an easy victory after going 2-0 up. But an unfortunate own goal was scored, and the boys needed to dig deep to keep the score at 2-1. But they held on and this meant that our hopes of winning it this year burned brightly. We would face either Medies or Simonsberg in the final, but obviously a victory in a mini-derby match would be so much sweeter. And luckily as it turned out, Simonsberg won their semi-final and they were set to face us in the final.
The final was a tense affair, Bones had heart pulpitations, Brick almost had a stroke and I was gnashing my teeth. As it turned out, our worries were in vain. The boys did us proud, and although 1-0 is never a comfortable victory, these guys made it look easy. Nonetheless, we were utterly relieved and ecstatic when that final whistle blew. We had finally done it!
Afterwards we all celebrated with a nice cold Black Label (it is the beer of champions after all!)
Well done boys, you made us proud!
6-A-Side Soccer Tournament
Helderberg have won their 1st tournament in a few years of taking part and always losing it by narrow margins. The tournament started on Friday the 15th of Feb 2013. Helderberg started their group against Libertas A with a 0-0 result. Another 0-0 against Elsenburg, with a great display on Saturday morning against Olympus and Helshoogte, winning 7-0 and 2-0 convincingly. Top of their group, they took on favourites, Alluminati in the semis and won 2-1. To cap off a replay of the 2011 final, they beat Dagbreek 3-1, playing with a man down as they had a player sent off.
Vanjaar is die eerste jaar wat Helderberg ingesluit is in die Quad Krieket liga wat betsaan het uit Dagbreek, Eendrag, Majuba en Wilgenhof. Helderberg het baie goed begin maar begin om geleidelik swaarder te trek na die einde van die liga toe. Ons was goed oppad om Quadie te wen maar twee verlore teen Dagbreek weg en tuis het ons gekelder. Volgende jaar sal ons weer terug wees en vat wat ons sin behoort te wees. Hier is die finale stand van sake op die log wat die Pro 6 Interkoshuis Quad Krieket liga betref: