The game marks the partners’ efforts for uplifting CSA’s development program by arranging matches between Hubs/RPC’s and recognised and well-established cricket schools.
Gelvandale is based in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth and has given SA cricket the likes of former Proteas Ashwell Prince, Robin Peterson and current national team coach Russell Domingo, to name a few.
David Mokopanele, CSA’s mass participation manager said: “These games are not about winning or losing. CSA and Momentum are hoping that the youngsters establish enduring friendships. The friendship matches are a great opportunity. They bring together teams that wouldn’t normally play against each other.”
Donavan May, Eastern Province Cricket president said: “Games like this give youngsters an opportunity to showcase their talent and that is what we want to see. We are putting money into programmes like this, to develop talented cricketers from all walks of life. We are bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and communities and I am very proud of this initiative.”
Robin du Plessis, Gelvandale Hub coach said: “If you ask many of these boys which school they want to attend, the majority of them will say Grey High School. To have Grey High School here playing on our own field was not only an honour, but a true dream come true.
“These Friendship Matches are a great opportunity for the Gelvandale hub team. It is such an honour for them to be able to play a sport they love on their own ground and in front of their own community and families.”
Neil Bielby, coach of Grey High said: “The exposure for the hub is crucial; people that are involved with cricket are aware of the hubs, but the general public don’t know much about them. So these friendship matches will definitely open doors.”
The next Momentum Friendship Match will be played in Bloemfontein on 10th March 2017, when Grey College hosts the Rocklands Hub.