Saturday: Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College – Memories in the making
AT 3pm Saturday, 2 June 2018 the Michaelhouse first XV face Maritzburg College on Meadows.
KZN10.com asked Will Hardie to dig deep in the fog-enshrouded mists of time about his match.
“Hi Jono, the score was 25-6 on Goldstones back in 1985. Old BoysDay on Goldstones at College.
The Michaelhouse loonies (didn’t ask Will if that was a typo on his part but I asked myself: ‘Self, why you want to tamper with such an appropriate term for a loose forward trio? It is so appropriate for the DHS loose trio – Chris Farrant, Shaun Cross et al – who terrorised you (me) back in the day.”
Featured image: The 1985 Michaelhouse first XV
Ahem, enough of that… Let’s get back to Will’s tale:
“The Michaelhouse loonies were number 8 Rich Firth, flanks Simon Camerer and Wayne Witherspoon (capt and head boy). I had moved to lock for the ’85 season. Our packs were actually similar size – their captain was lock Arve Arntzen – but the difference was the Maritzburg College backline – Joel Stransky, Shaun Glover, Jem Thompson, Kevin Smith, Vos … Except we did have flyhalf/fullback Victor Anderson (Natal Schools ‘84 and ‘85) and scrumhalf James Wilson (also Nat Schools ‘84 – and ‘85, I think) which did help our cause a little.”
* Will’s son Chris, the regular House inside centre and first XI top-order batsman, hurt his back last week and will miss out on a match that every MHS matric boy wishes to play in, in his last school year.
The Michaelhouse first XV of 1985 played 18 won 11 lost 7 points for 263 against 222. “The closing games involved more of the consistency we were looking for. It was great fun,” says Will.
“This great bunch is now spread far and wide,” says Victor Anderson – a brilliant schoolboy sportsman. “Gordon Paterson – he was our legendary rugby coach in U14A and 1st team – incidentally, who started his coaching/teaching career at Maritzburg College and was a bit of a chip off the old block of the now legendary Skonk Nicholson) and Rich Pithey are in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand), I am in London and the rest, as far as I know, are all over South Africa.”
Mike Jeffery, Kurt Paetzold and Nick Van Beeck are sadly no longer with us but will no doubt be watching the match action on Meadows from up above with great nostalgia and memories of special times with special mates.
Thanks Will, Victor, Sean… Great memories.
For the House first XV Class of 2018 the memories of tomorrow’s match will, just like those of their 85 predecessors, linger for 33 years and longer. In the Year 20051 they’ll no doubt remember tomorrow’s match with the same clarity as Will and Co recall the happening of 1985.
That is the true magic of KZN10 schoolboy sport.
Date: 2 June 2018
Michaelhouse first XV vs Maritzburg College
- Andrew Holt
- Mpho Mthethwa
- Brandon Jewell
- Dan Dillon
- Seun Afolayan
- Christian Opperman (capt)
- Torin Mecklenborg
- James Kiln
- Lance Reynolds
- Luc Pousson
- Toby Versfeld
- Thamsanqa Zakwe
- Dane Fisher (vice-capt)
- Michael Gomes
- Michael Brownlee
- Matthew Holt (sub)
- Liam Friend (sub)
- Luke Taylor (sub)
- James Armstrong (sub)
- Andrew Daly (sub)
- Liam England (sub)
- Philip Thomas (sub)