Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Randall-John Davids from Hendrik Louw Primary
The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in schools closing and students learning from home, ultimately leaving no room for sport. One has to feel for the Grade 7’s and 12’s in their last year of primary and high school. The boys and girls worked hard on their pre-season training and looked forward to a year full of excitement, recognition and new experiences, but have now missed out on certain opportunities in 2020. AWSUM would like to give them some recognition as they will never be able to turn back the clock and write their own bit of school history in a year that was to be the biggest in their school career.
AWSUM spoke to Randall-John Davids from Hendrik Louw Primary School’s 1st rugby, hockey and cricket team. In rugby he plays eightman, hockey left link, and cricket all rounder.
This is a difficult year for the Grade 7’s of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and girls. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard? (RUGBY) I am upset and was looking for a great end of my primary school rugby career. I was looking forward to competing in the inter school tournament, and the WP trials for Craven Week. This would have been the last year that a Craven week team was capped in the iconic Newlands rugby stadium. The 7’s trials for WP were also cancelled and I was hoping to compete. We had a lot of tours cancelled, including our annual Mosselbay tour, the Upington tour, duine in die Weg, and Wynberg rugby Festival just to name a few. The one thing my father said is that this year he will miss his two sons playing together in one team for the first and maybe the last time, due to high school choices in the future. (HOCKEY) It is sad that I could not strengthen my hockey skills and perhaps beat all our rivals. We did not even have a chance to play one match this year, and we could have been a good well balanced team that gave other teams a run for their money. We started the indoor season with a bang and were in the semi-finals. (CRICKET) This COVID 19 outbreak had me very disappointed, We have likely completed our first season at the end of February, but I was still competing In WP trials. I was lucky to be selected every time for the trials team until the last trials that took place the last Sunday before lockdown. The lockdown came and we did not hear any announcement of the u/13 WP team selection. The tournament will take place in December 2020(not cancelled yet), I am still crossing my fingers and hoping for a place in the team. All of my hard work and dedication surely must pay off if not this year, then next year.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? To go for the U13 Craven week trials and for WP sevens teams. Our hockey school tours, Helderberg trials and WP trials. The cricket WP-team selection and our last season of cricket including a couple of tours for school and SWCC Club.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? Oteniqua Primary School in George for rugby – they normally have the most SWD Craven Week players and have good tactics and fast sprinters. De Hoop Primary School for hockey – They have a great and well balanced team with lots of talented players. Beaumont was our toughest cricket opposition and we beat them in the first season.
Any outstanding players in your teams (in your opinion) that the public missed out on seeing play this year? Cayden Davids (my Brother), Clayton October and Jordan Soloman, Heinrich Bezuidenhoud, and Abduragmaan Abels.
What makes it special to play for the first team of Hendrik Louw Primary? It is an honour to be recognised as part of the first team, due to hard work and dedication, through my primary years to put that jersey over my head and then run on the field with the whole school cheering and supporting us. It is a privilege to be chosen out of all the players to represent your school’s first team. This comes with hard work and determination.
What is your best memory on the rugby, hockey and cricket field thus far? Rugby – Running out for Western Province in 2019 and then coming back on the same field and drawing against Outeniqua in the Oakdale Rugby Tournament 2020. Beating Beaumont for the first time in 20 years. Last time we beat them our coach Etienne Dekker and Steven Kitshoff were part of the first team. Hockey – Playing for the Helderberg team at Hartleyvale Hockey stadium and preventing our Opponent from scoring the winning goal. Cricket – Beating Beaumont for the first time in 20 years, last time beaten our Coach Etienne Dekker and Steven Kitshoff part of the first team.
Why would you recommend Hendrik Louw Primary to future scholars? It is a great school, excellent academic teachers, amazing coaches for all sports codes, great support staff, safe environment for education, friendly parents and everybody is hardworking. Our school motto is “always our best for every child” and this says it all.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? Complete my Grade 7 school year and pass with good grades.
Which high school are you going to in 2021? Rondebosch Boys’ High School.
A message to your teammates of 2020: Keep on training at home, this will keep your mind and body well focused, until we can return perhaps for one last time this year. Stay positive, keep to the golden rules and we can get through this pandemic.