Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The swimming pool is looking good.

With all the problems experienced last year with the pool, it is great to see Old Edwardian Society's pool looking so good.

Certainly the boys from KEPS and KES enjoyed taking to the waters for some good water polo training.

A fun time was had by all.

All members should note that the pool may be used by any fully-paid-up Society member.

Please contact the office on 011 728 7335 for more details.

Week's special - 24 October 2017

Now that's good eating!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Old Edwardian Water Polo Tournament - 5 - 9 October 2017

OJ Eagles - 2016 victors

The annual water polo tournament will take place at the King Edward VII school pool from 5-9 October and this year has been elevated to a new height.
At the request of the SA Universities, the tournament will also encompass the SA Universities tournament so an increase in the number of universities will be seen. This will be run as a separate tournament within the main event.
Play starts on the Thursday in the evening for those local teams and from Friday play will start at 07H00 on the remaining days. The finals are expected to be held from 14H00 on the Sunday afternoon.
OJ Eagles (pictured) will again be the team to beat. They have won the tournament eight years in a row now and nine times in the last ten years.
Hot food, coffee and Waffles will be on sale as well as drinks. On the Saturday evening the South Africa/All Blacks rugby will be shown so come along see some outstanding water polo and enjoy the vibe at the tournament.

Inter Sub Club Bowls Competition

Guest Speaker - Margaret Rawicz on "Walking the Exodus"

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Jason Batzofin (IeSF's Athletes' Commission) meets with AeSF's Players' Representative.

Frederico Alexandre Dos Santos Rosario (AeSF's Players' Representatives) and Jason Batzofin (IeSF's Athletes' Commission)  
The Asian Electronic Sports Federation's (AeSF) Annual General Meeting held at Hilton Al Ain on 15 September 2017 saw AeSF induct its Player's Representative.

Under the watchful eye of  His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, the General Meeting unanimously elected Frederico Alexandre Dos Santos Rosario (of Macau) as its Players' Representative.

International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has a policy of 'Protect the Player', through which IeSF is working to improve the basi
c conditions of esports athletes

As soon as he was elected to the position Jason Batzofin (Chairman of IeSFs' Athletes' Commission) welcomed Frederico to his newly elected position.

Readers should note that AeSF is without doubt the largest member based continental confederation for esports in the world. In fact, its size of membership is only dwarfed by IeSF itself. Affiliated to International e-Sports Federation, AeSF enjoys the spotlight of being the premier Continental Confederation for esports.

There is no doubt that AeSF shall become a major 'mover and skaker' in the world of esports as esports as a fully accredited sporting code continues to grow and develop.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Guest Speaker - Douglas Gibson

2017 City of Johannesburg Championships - 9 & 10 September 2017


11 Ninth Avenue, LOWER HOUGHTON, 2198
Tel: 011 728 7335


As one of the oldest mind sports clubs in South Africa, having been established in 1989, Old Eds (to which it is lovingly referred) has remained at the forefront of promoting all the various disciplines.

The club has produced no less than five (5) world champions, and also is actively involved in the administration of the sport at national and international levels.

The club too also is the only club in Johannesburg that has hosted City of Johannesburg Regional Championships.

Such championships have produced the following winners:

2016AncientsTie: Jason Batzofin &
Terence Allwright
St John's College
Old Edwardian Wargames Club

MorabarabaDion Du PreezWitbank

2015AncientsColin WebsterOld Edwardian Wargames Club

FIFA ‘15Rowan BatzofinWits University
Blair HambergerSt Andrews
MorabarabaSimphiwe MaphumulpoZola Checkers Club
Boitemulo MakoNafeng Primary School
2014AncientsDr Renier van HeerdenKnights Mind Sports Club
Elishia RetiefOld Edwardian Wargames Club
MorabarabaMerlin LoveSt John’s college

Thus OEWC will be hosting the 2017 City of Johannesburg Championships on 9 & 10 September 2017.
The championship also counts as a qualifier for the MSSA's National Team Trials as according to MSSA's rules, the winner of a Regional Championship automatically is invited to such National Team Trials.

Entries will close at 18H00 on 4 September 2017. Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may register as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the City of Johannesburg Regional Championships is an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:
Hosting Club: Old Edwardian Wargames Club (OEWC)
Venue:                   Blue Room, Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg
Date:                      9 & 10 September 2017
Game Entry Fees:R60.00 per Registered Player per Period
R80.00 per non Registered Player
Entries:                  Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
Non registered players must contact Terry Allwright on: tj.allwright@gmail.com 
Food & refreshments:Highly reasonable prices
The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday – 9/9/2017
Sunday – 10/9/2017
AncientsFIFA ‘17
Round 110H00-10H45
Round 211H00 - 11H45
11H00 – 12H3010H30
Round 314H00 -14H45
14H00 – 15H3012H00
Round 415H00 - 15H45
16H00 – 17H3014H00
Round 516H00 - 16H45

Awards shall be awarded immediately after play has ceased.

Rules and Regulations: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the LAN Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact MSSA who will take all comments into account.
The following Medals may be awarded at the MSSA's 2017 City of Johannesburg Regional Championship:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in both categories as above.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • Regional Colours: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall be awarded Regional Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials in such division. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship.
Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Old Edwardian Society is to host online test match between South Africa and Namibia.

The National Colours Boards in the main entrance showing the names of all members who had earned Springbok and/or Protea Colours.
South Africa (as  represented by MSSA) shall be playing an online test match against Namibia (NeSA) in FIFA '17 on aturday,  29 July 2017 at 12:00 WAT / 13:00 SAST.

The test match forms part  of a greater vision held to further develop  esports throughout all of Africa.

By establishing non-profit national federations throughout Africa, CAeS and its member federations are paving the way for esports to eventually be accepted into the All African Games.

Thus, MSSA's oldest member club - the Old Edwardian Wargames Club - which was founded in 1989 has  taken it upon its shoulders to host the online test match.

The South African  National Team shall play from the  King's Tavern, a venue that houses a great deal of the Society's sporting memorabilia.

The match shall be filmed and shown on MSSA's channel on TULUNTULU.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


  • All bookings of fixtures (practice days, match days, and hiring) to be done by the Society's office.
  • Only the Society's office may issue an invoice for the hire of fields.
  • All monies for the hire of fields are the property of the Society.
  • Should a Sub club wish to have a portion of the income earned from the hire of fields, such Sub Club shall make written representation to the Society's Executive. Any such grant is at the discretion of the Society's Executive.
  • Any person/persons/organisations on the fields/greens/pool when not booked in accordance with the above shall be evicted from the premises.
  • All catering requirements must be in accordance with the Catering Manager.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Quiz night - 18 May 2017

Old Edwardian inducted as a provincial umpire.

Terence Allwright
Terence Allwright started his long association with Mind Sports South Africa almost 19 years ago when he first joined the Old Edwardian Wargames Club.

Through the years, Terence has always maintained his interest in wargames and history, however, it was not until 2017 that Terence not only earned his Gauteng Provincial Colours as well as volunteering for umpiring duties.

Without efficient and knowledgeable umpires, events fail.

Terence's trial by fire was in MSSA's 2017 Online Provincial Championship where he proved to be a more than effective umpire.

Monday, 30 January 2017

A tribute to Sylvia Webster

Sylvia Webster held high by fellow team mates (from the left) Butinyana Mothibedi, Don Malambe, Samuel Pule, Petrus Mqoshekile, and Gregory Kupczyk in the Crown Room.
The memorial service for Sylvia Webster was held in the Round Table Room, Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton on Saturday, 28 January 2017 at 14H00. Many of the Society's faithful ere there such as Celia Niederhoffer, Richard McEvoy, Neil Darroch, Pat Cotter, Peter Haydock, Tutty Faber, Gareth 'Tails' Taylor, Aidan Smale, Jason Batzofin, David Webster and Colin Webster.
The catering was exceptional and the event indeed was a celebration of Sylvia's life.

Sylvia Webster was one of the great unsung heroes of Mind Sports South Africa and an Old Edwardian since 1984.

Few knew that Sylvia, was part of the first Morabaraba team to ever officially represent South Africa. Such team attended TAFISA's 2nd World Sport for All Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. The team was one of the most successful teams ever having won gold.

The team also turned heads and attracted huge amounts  of supporters when the team demonstrated the game and handed out free samples of the game. Such was the interest shown, that extra police had  to be deployed to control the crowds.

Yet Sylvia was not deterred.

Even though Sylvia was diminutive in stature, Sylvia had the heart of a lioness.

Little, if anything scared her.

Even though Sylvia was a formidable Morabaraba player (which Sylvia credited to her degree in Mathematics), Sylvia was drawn into helping administrate MSSA itself.

However, Sylvia never sought elected position. Sylvia was ever happy to work behind the scenes ensuring that events went off smoothly.

Without Sylvia's help and expertise, MSSA would never have been able to have hosted 5 out of the 6 world championships hosted by MSSA. Such championships in which Sylvia was involved were those held in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2007, and 2012.

Sylvia's contribution to the Checkers test match between Hugh Devlin (of Ireland) and Lubabalo Kondlo (of South Africa) in May 2001 was truly phenomenal. Little, if anything, was too much trouble.

Sylvia too threw her heart-and-soul into SK Gaming's visit in 2008. Nothing was too good for 'her' Swedes and she treated them royally.

Through her efforts, Sylvia built up a world-wide network of friends, all of whom she loved dearly.

Sylvia tackled all her problems head-on in her quiet unassuming manner. She kept all her successes and hardships private. All except for her ultimate joy in life, her son, his wife and their son. David, Kelly, and Cooper were her life. Of them, Sylvia would  speak often and with much love.

With Sylvia's passing the world has become colder place, but her spirit will remain as bright and cheerful as ever, and Sylvia, although having gone too soon, will remain forever young.

Sylvia Webster at IWF's 1999 World Championships Award Dinner in The Castle, Cape Town.


Monday, 23 January 2017

Meschede displays wonderful stroke play.

SA1 team just failed by 12 runs to beat Marks park in their first match of the second half of the season. Marks park, batting first, scored at a healthy rate courtesy of a fair amount of luck, despite losing wickets. Some excellent fielding and catching by Romeo Kasawayo and Mark Patterson saw the Parks end on 290 all out.
It was never going to be easy to chase down the score and we lost a wicket to the first ball. Craig Meschede (103) and Don Glover rebuilt the innings with Meschede displaying wonderful stroke play rarely seen at this level. Despite wickets falling around him he continued to carve the bowling with his 100 coming off just 53 balls. John Neilsen took over when he departed to score 79 off 36 balls and Patterson made a healthy 32. The end was tense but we could not get over the line failing by 12 runs.
Congrats to Meschede on his 100 as well as Rys Daniel for his 5 wicket haul.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

KES boy earns National Federation Colours

Aidan Smale
Mind Sports South Africa witnessed the birth of a new National Champion for the StarCraft II title at the SA National Championships held on 4 December 2016.

The new champion is none other than Aidan Smale who plays for the Old Edwardian Wargames Club.

Not only did Aidan walk away with the title of South African National Champion, Aidan too was awarded National Federation Colours for his efforts.

Aidan Smale is thus the second Old Edwardian to receive National Federation Colours for esports. The first being Jason Batzofin, who represented South Africa at IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta.