Durban – The Coastal Conquerors, a team made up of young players from the Dolphins Under 19 side and the KZN Inland Under 19 team, will battle it out for Cubs Week honours in Stellenbosch starting on 5 January.
The Conquerors will be hoping to win back the title that they won in 2022 when they head into the week.
At the recently concluded Khaya Majola Week in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, the Conquerors will be without the services of two players selected for the SA Schools side with Kearsney College’s Hayden Bishop and Glenwood’s Nthando Soni both making the national schools team.
In the SA Colts team, the Conquerors will have their two players selected with Ross Boast from Hilton College and St Charles College’s Thabiso Ndlela selected for the Colts side.
The squad was selected following the Khaya Majola Week and the Conquerors side will lean on the Dolphins Under 19 players that made it to the unofficial final of the week where they lost to Gauteng on the final day.
It’s a strong squad assembled for coach Khalipa Cele and he’s looking forward to seeing how the youngsters go on this next stage.
“We’ve got an exciting group of players with some players with Cubs experience which is good to have,” Cele said. “We’re excited to see how we go, and the preparations have been good heading into the week.
“With quite a few players unavailable due to SA Under 19 selection we’re looking forward to seeing how this squad, and we are confident in the group that we’ve assembled.
“We had a few practices because a lot of the guys hadn’t played together, but they have gelled nicely in the short time together and it’s going to be a big week of growth for the players.”
Coastal Conquerors Squad:
Thabiso Ndlela, Ross Boast, Blake Simpson, Murray Baker, Ross Coetzee, Mfanafuthi Shange, Shazaad Perumal, Bandile Mbatha, Dayalan Boyce, Semal Pillay, Roxton Payne, Bayanda Majola.