Momentum Friendship Games takes centre stage in Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein
 

In the third instalment of the 2019/20 season, the Momentum Friendship Games visits Bloemfontein for an exciting T20 contest between the Standard Bank Rocklands Regional Performance Centre (RPC) and Grey College on Monday, 18 November.

The clash will take place at the school’s main cricket oval in Jock Meiring Street, Universitas, with the first ball to be delivered at 14:00.

In the first two matches of the campaign, it was the school sides that claimed the honours, with Paarl Gymnasium and Selborne College claiming convincing victories over the Standard Bank Paarl RPC and the Standard Bank Alice RPC, respectively.

The Friendship Games represent a vision shared by partners, Momentum and Cricket South Africa (CSA), where budding, under-resourced cricketers who are part of CSA’s RPC and Hub structures take on traditional cricketing schools. This initiative is aimed at bridging the gap between communities, encouraging the values of true sportsmanship and providing an increased number of quality matches and exposure for the RPC and Hub players.

Grey College, not to be mistaken with their counterparts in Port Elizabeth, have a proud history of producing sporting heroes and players who have gone on to represent South Africa in various sports. In cricket alone, the famous educational institution, that has state of the art facilities, was the breeding ground for former Standard Bank Proteas greats, such as Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje, Nicky Boje and CSA’s U19 Convener of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang, who became the nation’s youngest ODI debutant in 1999.

Playing on the same field that was once graced by cricketing stars of the past will certainly prove as a source of inspiration for the under-15 side representing the Rocklands community, something CSA Mass Participation Manager, David Mokopanele, believes will only help motivate the RPC outfit.

“We are proud to be bringing the Momentum Friendship Games back to this famous institution, where so many greats have come through,” Mokopanele commented. “Playing this match at Grey Bloem again, after last season’s clash, will only help motivate these youngsters and show them that they are not too far off, skill-wise, despite not being able to access these great facilities regularly.

“This initiative has been in the forefront over the last two years and especially the last month, following successful editions in Paarl and Alice so far this season, as it continues to help foster relationships between players, coaches and staff from different backgrounds, while also affording the RPCs the opportunity to play more matches,” he added.

Ahead of the Bloemfontein leg, Head of Sponsorship and Events, Momentum, Carel Bosman added to Mokopanele’s views and said: “It’s a privilege for Momentum to be involved in development cricket, in partnership with Cricket South Africa. For us it’s about being there, as we say in our slogan, ‘Here for your journey to success’. For these youngsters, this is their journey.

“Success is defined differently by each one of us. We want to be there in their journey to success, at their age, playing in these matches, whatever success might mean for them. So, it’s a big privilege for us to be a part of this initiative and helping these kids dream big,” Bosman concluded.

The third 2019/20 Friendship Games will start at 14:00 on Monday, 18 November, with representatives from CSA and Momentum along with Free State Cricket to show their support for the two sets of players. Entrance is free and family and friends are all encouraged to make their way down to the main oval.

For live scores, visit websports.co.za. Match updates are available on Cricket South Africa’s official Facebook and Twitter pages (Facebook: https://facebook.com/CricketSouthAfrica Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialCSA).