Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival
21 - 24 February 2019
Cricket is intricately woven into the very fabric of St Alban’s College: the founding Headmaster, Anton Murray, was a Springbok Cricketer and the founder of this Festival, the late Gerry van Wyk, played in the 1963 SA Schools Cricket side alongside the likes of Barry Richards and Mike Proctor when they toured England. This SA Schools side happened to play Hampshire on their tour and Gerry van Wyk came up against Bob Caple who would later be the cricket professional at St Alban’s for more than 15 years. The scoreboard on the Oval is dedicated to his service to the school.
The Independent Schools Cricket Festival has been around for over 30 years and it is a pleasure to welcome all the schools participating. There is a legacy of camaraderie, sportsmanship and positive interaction over a long period of time and it is, once again, a privilege to welcome old friends, staff, parents and boys to the 2019 event.
St Alban’s has a proud sporting tradition dating back to 1963 and cricket continues to be one of our flagship sports. We continue with our festival format for this event, rather than a tournament, to encourage young men who participate in playing competitive cricket in an environment that promotes collegiality, friendship and camaraderie.
We are delighted that many parents have travelled from around the country to join their sons and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy all the capital city has to offer. Please take advantage of our hospitality, relax and enjoy yourselves and take in the surrounds of the city and the campus. Do not hesitate to ask our staff or boys should you have any queries or require any assistance.
The fact that our grounds are in such good shape is a tribute to our Sports Facilities Manager, John Nkuna, who himself played in this Festival on two occasions while a school boy here over a decade ago. Our thanks also go to Krinesan Moodley (Director of Sport), and Greg Smith (Director of Cricket) for their passion and hard work towards this event. I offer my thanks to our partner schools for hosting many of the matches.
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Craig Hoyer who started off his career at St Alban’s as the Director of Cricket where he has been instrumental in building our Cricket Club over the last decade and has been dedicated to cricket in the province over a long period of time. He was then promoted to Director of Sport and now finishes off his time with us as the Director of Marketing where he has made a significant difference. This Festival runs in his blood and his presence will be missed in the future but his legacy will live on and we thank him for all he has done for St Alban’s College over the years. We wish him every blessing as he takes up his new position as Director of Sport at Cowan House in Kwazulu-Natal.
I trust that this Festival experience will be an enjoyable one! To the players, enjoy the competitiveness on the field and the relationships and friendships you build with players from other schools and most of all ensure that you revel in the Festival atmosphere.