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.