The NWU Puk Cricket Club’s cup is flowing over this year. Not only did the Puk win the 45-overs North-West Premier A league, they also ended second in the 130-overs league and, in so doing, qualified for the National Club Championships by being crowned overall league winners.
Conrad de Swardt.
The Puk’s women’s team won the 20/20 North-West league and Patria defeated Over-de-Voor with seven wickets in the hostel league.
“For us, it was a very good season,” Conrad de Swardt said.
“To me, the highlights were to qualify for the National Club Championships as well as the hostel league final, which we present annually on our fields.”
De Swardt (31) has served as the Puk’s cricket manager since 2007 and was a member of probably the best Puk team ever.
This team swept away everything in their way in 2001 in the MTN Club Championships and produced a considerable number of national players.
According to de Swardt, his club’s success the past season can be attributed to the University’s cooperation with North-West Cricket (NWC).
“It is a huge advantage to work with dynamic people like Jacques (Faul), Basil (Clark) and Heinrich (Strydom).”
Apart from their performances on the field, the NWU Puk Cricket Club also won the bid to present the Standard Bank Pro 20 Schools Tournament and the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola u.18 Cricket Week next year.
“We have provincial teams that use our facilities regularly. Furthermore, we have world-class fields on which we always receive excellent feedback.
“These fields are also situated in a beautiful environment. Our student facilities are undoubtedly of the best in the country.”
Under the leadership of Hendrik de Vos, head coach, and of Jaco Vermaak and Sean Roodt, assistant coaches, players such as Chris Jacobs, Nicky van den Berg, Marchant Genis and Stefan Gericke reached new heights this year.
“Our aim is to build forth on this success. We are also in the process of starting school clinics so that we can exploit the best young talent,” de Swardt said.
• Report by Bertie Jacobs