PE look ahead after difficult 2016

HARARE - When a school at one time harbours the country’s next generation of sporting stars, anything churned out from that conveyer belt of talent is bound to arouse interest.  

Unfortunately, 2016 has not been a year when scouts cast their nets at Prince Edward School hoping to spot the next lead player on the sporting scene.

PE are normally judged by the performance of the school’s rugby side but Sean de Souza’s team had a lukewarm season punctuated by defeats to Falcon, Kyle and Churchill.

The Tigers never really got into top gear having started the season as curtain raisers to a promotional game between Super Rugby side’s Blue Bulls and the Cheetahs at the national Sports Stadium and lost 10-7 to old enemy Churchill.

Despite this, PE sports director Tawanda Jimu feels the Tigers’ problems should not overshadow the school’s successes in other minority sports.

“We might have struggled in rugby but we had a fairly outstanding year in many other aspects,” Jimu said.

“You just have to look at the athletics season in which we won the Watershed College Cross Country challenge, the Arundel Cross Country Challenge and the Lomagundi College Challenge to see that we are still a force.

“We also had some great performances in the sprints. Tinotenda Matienga, Abraham Mapiravana and Lovejoy Mapfumo stood out as we won the PE Sprints, the Peterhouse Relays and St Georges Challenge.”

Jimu said the school maintained its dominance on the pitch in the 2016 cricket season which saw their first team ending the year unbeaten bar in T20 tournaments.

The season followed wins over St George’s, Peterhouse and St John’s College.

The side also took part in the St Georges Cabs T20 where they beat South Africa’s St Andrews College by 86 runs before losing in the semi-finals to Churchill.

They made their next stop at the St John’s Ram Slam T20 tournament but struggled to emerge from the group stages.

However, the Under-16 side hosted and won a T20 tournament in August.

The cherry on the cake perhaps came near the end of the year when the first team’s former captain Tarisai Musakanda debuted for the Zimbabwe national team.

The year, however, threatened to be derailed by a forgettable basketball season.

The side failed to progress to the top schools tournament in Mashonaland West.

It was made worse by losing the PE Day and Night tournament and finishing runners up at the Watershed tournament and second at the Blue Bay tournament.

However, a good run in badminton and table tennis seemed to shine the light on the schools minority sport potential.

But the biggest achievement was perhaps in lawn tennis.

“We were champions in the league and champions for a seventh time running at the Mim de Tot Cup,” Jimu said gleefully.

“The road was not easy, we had to face Falcon College at Esigodini in the semis, with the Falcon technical bench comprising of Winnie Black, but the gentlemen managed to humble the blues of Falcon 12-0. The win set up a final berth against St John’s College.”

He added: “It was a nail biting encounter as we took the first singles sets and St John’s settled for all the doubles matches. The final singles matches had to decide the winners and us being at home had to pull big strings before eventually emerging victorious.”

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