Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the summer season. Cricket at Marist Brothers Linmyer is played during terms 1 and 3. Mini cricket ( soft ball ) practice takes place on a Monday and a Wednesday with matches on a Tuesday at Meredale primary school. Under 9 cricket is the first time players are exposed to hard ball. Practices are also on a Monday and a Wednesday with matches taking place every Tuesday. Our under 10 and under 11 players play in what is known as the Terhorst side. In this age group we have A and B teams as well as a development team. Our under 12 and 13 boys play in what is known as the Commonwealth teams. Here we also have an A, B and development team. Our cricket policy is that our A teams will be chosen on strength and the team will be kept much the same throughout the season. Our B and development squads are rotational giving all players an opportunity to play matches throughout the year.
Swimming has been a major focus of our sport for the last few years. We are blessed to have some amazing swimming facilities. An 8 lane outdoor heated swimming pool is available to swimmers throughout the summer months. The pool has great stands and is now equipped with flood lights. In 2016 the interhouse gala was run under lights for the first time and was an amazing experience. At the beginning of 2016 an indoor learn to swim pool was built. Under the guidance of perfect stroke swimming school PT lessons take place in the indoor pool for grade 1-3 swimmers. This allows us to swim throughout the year. We also run a swimming program for our pre-school on Fridays.
Soccer is the main sport in winter and is the biggest sport in the school as far as numbers are concerned. Our grade 1 and 2 boys play mini soccer and compete in numerous festivals throughout the year. Our under 9 and 10 sides play 7-a-side side and we are able to field 5 sides in both of these age groups. Our under 11- under 13 boys play 11-a-side football and we field an A and B team in all of these age groups. We compete in the East football league and are affiliated to Johannesburg Primary schools football association allowing us to send our older boys through to Gauteng trials. We also have a very big girls soccer section which plays matches on Fridays.
Our netball teams take part in the D13 netball league during term 2 and the opposition is exceptionally strong. We have introduced morning netball practices during term 1 in order to prepare the girls better for the netball season. Our grade 1 and 2 mini netball girls take part in numerous festivals throughout the year. Our under 9 to under 13 netball girls play matches every Thursday afternoon as well as festivals and tournaments on Saturdays.
Tennis takes place in term 1 and 3. Under the guidance of our new tennis company “just tennis” children are taught the basics of the game at a very young age. We have boys and girls tennis from grade 4 to 7 with matches taking place on a Wednesday afternoon. Just tennis also offers balls skills and tennis training to our pre-school.
Basketball has grown over the years and is extremely popular with our pupils. Basketball is an all year sport and takes place in all three terms. A company called advanced sports performace has been looking after the basketball offering coaches that have coached at national level. Matches and festivals take place on Saturdays throughout the year. Basketball is available for both boys and girls.
SQUASH / TOUCH RUGBY AND HOCKEY
Over the last few years we have started to introduce squash, touch rugby and hockey as these sports are played in our high school. Our grade 4 to 7 pupils are allowed to participate in these sports and this serves as an introduction to the sports so the pupils can decide which sports they want to participate in when they get to high school.