Looking back at our back page highlights

Uni-Mil’s Labib Kannemeyer in action for his side against SK Walmer earlier this season.

As the year comes to an end, we look back at some of the sports stories we shared on our pages this year.

Despite not going all the way in Super League A rugby, Union-Milnerton (Uni-Mil) has established itself as one of the powerhouses of club rugby in Cape Town, along with teams such as False Bay RFC and Durbanville-Bellville.

The Isma-eel Dollie-coached side was again a standout performer during the round robin stages and were unfortunate not to make it to the finals.

But looking at how the year proceeded for the side, it gives hope that after the holiday they should be back in their usual dominant mood when the rugby season starts.

Still on the rugby front, locals had an opportunity to watch the young upcoming stars in one of the premier rugby competitions in the world when Rondebosch hosted this year’s Craven Week.

Other youngsters in the Tabletalk catchment area that stood out this year are the BMX stars who made full use of the opening of the BMX track at Zone 7.

The aim of the track is to give local riders an opportunity to keep improving their skills while bringing back the glory years of BMX to Cape Town.

Bothasig Knights baseball club maintained its status as the best club in Cape Town. That success rubs off all the way to the juniors and a number of those players made various South African teams that took part in youth world cups from the under-12s to the under-23s.

Our flag flew high at the IMMAF Youth World Championships in Dubai when a South African took the gold medal for the first time in the history of the event.

Grassy Park’s Nuha Shah, 14, a mixed martial artist, won her finals match via an armbar.

Her coach at the time, Eddie Lallo called the achievement a big deal in South Africa which would do wonders for South African mixed martial arts.

“Maybe she doesn’t understand it yet but eventually she will understand how big of a deal it is to get a gold medal at such a high level.

“Not only for her but for our communities and other girls, she has broken a lot of barriers,” said Lallo.

Cricket fans did not miss out on action as well as the introduction of the Cape Premier League offers amateur cricketers more opportunities to showcase their abilities.

The T20 format has in recent years proven to be a very exciting format for cricket fans and Capetonians have their own version of the famed IPL in CPL.

It is good news for upcoming cricketers as the format also gives them the opportunity to run shoulders with former international players.