A sporting birthday weekend for Umhlali Prep

The Umhlali swimmers are setting the bar high for other schools, as they won the North Durban A Gala for the fifth consecutive year.

Umhlali Preparatory School continued to celebrate their 99th birthday by dominating the results on the cricket pitch and in the pool over the weekend.

The U13A cricket team took part in the Westville High School U13A T20 cricket tournament and, playing in the tournament for the first time, won with flying colours.

The team played outstanding cricket over the two days and played four games, winning all four.

They beat Hillcrest Primary U13A and Atholl Heights U13A in the pool section, and met Highbury U13A in the semi final.

Umhlali won a very exciting match by nine runs. In the final they played against Westville Senior Primary U13A and the Umhlali team put on a clinical display to beat Westville by 57 runs.

At the prize giving Michael De Beer was awarded best batsman and Roan Marais the best bowler of the tournament.

In the pool, Umhlali flew through the water and could not be beaten by any of their opponents.

Lead by swimming coaches Amy Jukes and Janine Malidane the Umhlali Preparatory School boys and girls “A” swim team won the North Durban “A” Gala for the fifth consecutive year, an achievement of which all Umhlalians can be very proud of.

Their boys and girls “B” swim team where determined not to be left out and won the North Durban “B” Gala with the boys winning their section.

All in all, it was a weekend full of sporting birthday presents for the school.

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