2012 came and now it’s gone. It came along with a great deal of activity and joy. Frontrow came into existence in 2012. We published Our first article on the 10th of May and from then on we have moved from strength to strength.
During the past year we covered a number of sporting events (some live) and as expected in sport some where not very pleasing to Zimbabwe as a nation. Nonetheless participation levels are on the rise and that in its own is a great step towards realizing our sporting goals as a nation. In this article are the top five happenings of the year 2012 in schools sport. Please note these are according to us here at Frontrow, feel free to add yours in the comments section below.
- Stanbic Rugby League – The new league was the highlight of the schools rugby season, with Stanbic bank funding the league. A total of 18 teams participated in the league, 9 teams in the A division and another 9 in the B division. Each team in the A Division had to mentor a team in the B division. This brought quite interesting match-ups, one such match-up was the Prince Edward Tigers taking on their next door rivals Allan Wilson as a mentee. This year’s competition was won by St Georges who had a flawless season. Saints won all their league games including the famous reunion clash against Prince Edward School. The Prince Edward Tigers put on a good show in the league, finishing third, given that they suffered a major set back during their pre-season tour down south. Their tour bus was involved in an accident thus most first team players had to sit out due to injuries.
- CAR U19 Rugby – For the second year running Zimbabwe hosted the CAR U19 Rugby tournament which is used by the IRB as a qualifier for the Junior World Championship. Despite having lost to Namibia, Zimbabwe rugby won as the Zimbabwe Rugby Union was asked to field two teams for the tourney as Uganda could not turn up. The Zimbabwe select side, which was standing in for Uganda performed well registering wins against Zambia and Morocco.
- U19 Cricket World Cup – Malcom Lake’s sterling performance against India gave Zimbabweans something to talk about at last year’s tournament. Lake scored 118 runs off 107 deliveries. India went on to win the tournament for the third time. Zimbabwe coach, former New Zealand international called Lake’s innings a, “magnificent innings.” Overall Zimbabwe came 15th out of 16 teams. We certainly hope that the Zimbabwe Cricket Union has made amends and we can look forward to a better performance at the next outing.
- Harare’s Top Schools – Harare dominated the annual Top Schools basketball tourney. Prince Edward managed to keep their title in a grueling match against Mutare Boys High. The girls section featured an all-Harare final with Roosevelt Girls pitting against old-time rival Girls High with the later being crowned champions. Billy Melusi of Prince Edward was named MVP (Most Valuable Player) for the tourney.
- St Johns T20 Bash – The three-day tournament, sponsored by Bon Marche and Health International, featured 3 teams from neighboring South Africa. Playing on home soil, St John’s College held their own, coming tops despite facing some of the best teams along the way to the championship.
Generally 2012 was a good year for Zimbabwe Schools sport and going into 2013 we will bring more schools sports coverage to you. All the best to you our readers in the new year.