Book celebrates 50 years of Cricket at Westlake Boys
A second comprehensive sporting book has been published to coincide with the Westlake Boys High School 50th Jubilee. Earlier this year “Westlake Rugby – the first 50 years”, written by Westlake Boys teacher Tony Vinicombe, was published. Now a second book “Westlake Cricket – The first half century” written by Westlake Boys Deputy Headmaster Joe Cachopa was launched at a function held at the school on Friday November 30th.
The 240 page perfect bound book is a very comprehensive record of Westlake Boys cricket that has taken Joe Cachopa – the father of leading cricketers and Westlake old boys Brad, Carl and Craig – hundreds of hours to put together. There are over 120 pages of colour in the book that’s illustrated with lots of great photos from the past and present.
A highlight of the launch night was the naming of the Westlake Boys “Golden Jubilee First XI”. There high profile of many of the names demonstrates that careers of some very good cricketers have started at Westlake. This was: 1. Peter Meads 2. Bradley Cachopa 3. Justin Vaughan 4. Alex O’Dowd (captain) 5. Lou Vincent 6. Craig Cachopa
7. Carl Cachopa 8. Martyn Kimber 9. Paul Kelly 10. Paul Hitchcock 11. Andre Adams 12. Willie Watson 13. James Fuller 14. Keith Cullum 15. John Little 16. Robert O’Donnell.
Joe Cachopa immigrated to New Zealand in July 2002 with his family from his native South Africa, and resumed his teaching career at Westlake Boys as a History teacher. He took over as the 1st XI Manager in 2002 and built on the solid foundations and fine traditions of Westlake Cricket over the last decade. He was also the Master in charge of cricket for six years before he was appointed Deputy Headmaster, a position he currently holds.
Both the rugby and cricket jubilee books were designed and printed in New Zealand by local company Benefitz, publishers of Channel Magazine.
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