The Cachopa family name is well recognised and held in high regards at Westlake Boys High School. Proud father, Joe Cachopa is the school’s Deputy Headmaster and mother Margie is a Guidance Councillor and E-Sol teacher at our school. Since their immigration from South Africa to New Zealand in 2002 the Cachopa brothers Carl, Brad and Craig have all attended Westlake and have each made their mark in the wider Westlakers community both through sports and academic achievements.
Oldest brother Carl was at Westlake from 2002-2004 and played 1st XI Cricket during those years. He was captain of the 2004 Auckland Two Day Champions team and as well as being a talented cricket player, Carl played 1st XI Hockey during his years at school. He was selected for New Zealand U19’s and made his debut for Auckland Aces in 2005 where played two seasons earning the ACA Young Cricketer of the Year Award. During this time he played Premier Club cricket for Takapuna and spend his winters overseas playing for Derbyshire and Yorkshire as well as Tracy Village in Darwin, Australia. During the next three seasons, he played in Adelaide for West Torrens club and South Australia A. On return to New Zealand in 2010 Carl teamed up with Central Districts as a batting allrounder and won the Club Cricketer of the Year award playing for Cornwall club in Hastings. He was called up for the New Zealand A team that played against England earlier this year after scoring six Ton’s from eight matches and will tour India/Sri Lanka later this year. Combining cricket and studies, Carl qualified as an Accountant, works part time for RSM Prince Accountants and is married to Debbie who is a teacher at Westlake Girls.
Bradley was at Westlake from 2003-2006 and played both 1st XI Cricket and 1st XI Hockey for 4 years He captained the 2006 Auckland Two Day Champions/Marrayatt Cup Winners and played New Zealand U16 Hockey. After playing cricket for New Zealand U19, Brad followed Carl to Australia where he played for Tracy Village and received the Club Cricketer of the Year Award. He moved on to West Torrens in Adelaide for three seasons as a wicket keeper/Batsman, where he received the South Australian Wicketkeeper of the Year Award. Brad also played in Yorkshire and Devon for Premier Clubs and on his return to New Zealand played for Takapuna and Auckland Aces from 2010-11 receiving the ACA Young Cricketer of the Year Award. Brad is currently playing for Canterbury and has completed a Bachelor of Accounting degree at Massey University.
As the youngest of three, Craig was at Westlake from 2006-2009 where he followed in the footsteps of his two brothers. He represented the 1st XI Cricket for four years and captained the 2009 Auckland Gillette Cup Winning team. He played 1st XI Hockey for 3 years and after captaining the New Zealand U19 Cricket team at the ICC U19 World Cup tournament in Christchurch in 2010, Craig also played at Tracy Village for two seasons, receiving Club Cricketer of the Year award. He played one season for Wellington in 2011, before returning to play for Auckland, where he received ACA Young Cricketer of the Year Award and Club Cricketer of the Year award, playing for Takapuna. Craig is currently completing Bachelor of Business degree at Massey University.
Westlakers and Westlake Boys High School wish the hugely talented Cachopa brothers all the best for their upcoming cricket seasons. If you hear any news about Westlake Old Boys or former staff or if you are interested in supporting Westlakers events and activities, please contact Christine O’Dowd at school on 09 410 8667 or by email [email protected]