Basket Ball at Convent
Basketball, the Oxford dictionary defines it as a team game in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through a netted hoop, BUT over my eight years of playing I have learnt that it is more than that. Scientifically it is an atom of Dominican Convent, one of the smallest units of the element with protons and electrons coming together to form a dynamite.
In simpler terms, it is a place where individuals have come together to make basketball what it is today at Convent, thanks to our sister, mother, and coach Miss Lee (Mrs Smith). On the court athletes are groomed not only to be athletes but leaders, leaders that lead by example. The basketball teams have moved from being teams to being a family, the little Form Ones come into the high school world to be welcomed by their big sisters who groom them to be the future “Panthers”.
Basketball has come a long way at Convent starting at the bottom and steadily rising to be a force to reckon with at a national level. Our U14s won bronze medals at the top schools qualifiers; the U16 girls went back to win what was rightfully theirs, the NMB sponsored shield that they had lost last year after having won it in the previous two years.
The Panthers, our first team, have dominated most of the tournaments that they took part in namely: the Harare International School tournament, the Petra Invitational Tournament that we have won for the seven years running. Sadly, we lost the Peterhouse Tournament which we had successfully defended for the past three years. We are certain that the Peterhouse Tournament silverware will be back in our display cabinet next year.
We ended our season on a high note winning the ATS Top Schools Tournament held in Kwekwe, therefore being rated the Best ATS School in the country. Nomqhele represented the province for the U17 team and yet she is only 14 years old. She played alongside Tanaka Mutakaya, Sophia Kuipa and I (Blessing Samson) her seniors. The Chisz national team selection saw more of our girls being selected, namely: Sophia Kuipa, Blessing Samson, Rukudzwo Matsekwa, Rumbidzai Kabasa, Vimbai Hamandishe and Lubalethu Dube.
I had the privilege alongside Rukudzwo Matsekwa and Rumbidzai Kabasa of being a part of the provincial team that played in the youth games that were hosted in Bulawayo during the second term holidays.
To our outgoing Panthers Rumbidzai, Rukudzwo, Vimbai and Lubalethu, we hope to follow in your footsteps. Viva 2014!