Busy year on the sports front

Ace... Cape Town doubles specialist, Raven Klaasen, impressed at this years Wimbledon, going all the way to the finals with partner Michael Venus. The two put on a brave fight but eventually lost to American duo Mike Bryant and Jack Sock.

This was a busy year for our sports people, clubs and schools. And, as always, the Atlantic Sun was there, capturing the action from the Green Point Track to Stephan Oval, Camps Bay and beyond.

There was no shortage of drama, and the spectators enjoyed every moment.

The year started off on an interesting note for football supporters as prominent sports administrator Bennett Bailey was elected Safa Cape Town’s new president, at the organisation’s elective congress, at the Cape Town Civic Centre.

His new executive committee includes vice presidents Linda Pistoli, Andrew Bothman and Nomonde Ndyoko as well as general secretary Elton Lotriet and treasurer Wayne Weitz.

We had a one-on-one interview with the Heideveld-born Bailey as he outlined his plans for the future of Cape Town football.

Our first on-field coverage of the year took us to the Track as neighbours United and Green Point cricket clubs locked horns in a highly anticipated Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) Premier Division derby of the year.

Matches between the two rivals are always intense and this one was no different.

What makes this derby even more interesting is that past form, or current position on the league standings, count for nothing come matchday.

The players are extra motivated. This rivalry is, after all, more than just points on the board, it is also about bragging rights.

This particular match lived up to those expectations but, despite that, we had to have a winner. Green Point emerged victorious, recording a convincing 183-run win against the then unbeaten, and table-topping, Bo-Kaap outfit.

That was, of course, just before the season was prematurely cut short due to the drought that hit our shores.

Even though it was still off-season, we still brought you rugby news, in the form of an interview with Zaheer Ali. The versatile 20-year-old from Bo-Kaap, who played centre and wing for the SK Walmer’s under-20 side, had just received an opportunity of a lifetime as he was getting ready to join the Sharks Academy in Durban.

In road running, Atlantic and Bo-Kaap Athletic clubs were well represented in a number of races that took place within the city and beyond.

We also brought you news from the rugby field as SK Walmer and Hamiltons continued to fly the flag on club rugby’s highest level, the Western Province Rugby Football Union Super League A.

We also hit the boxing ring and spoke to Sea Point-based trainer, Christien “Lightning” Mugisho, who runs the Ring Reloaded boxing gym at the Artem Centre, in Main Road.

Atlantic Sun dropped in at Mugisho’s home away from home to chat to him about the Charity Reloaded boxing tournament he was about to host.