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Weekend Soccer Results 11 August

Soccer season has been in full flow as most KZN10 schools have played a number of inter schools fixtures.

This weekend however was a midterm break of sorts as only Michaelhouse and Hilton College competed against each other.

 

Results vs Michaelhouse

 

2nd       3rd       4th       5th
1 ~ 2       0 ~ 1       1 ~ 3       3 ~ 3
6th       7th       8th
4 ~ 0       3 ~ 1       0 ~ 0
U16A       U16B       U16C       U14E
1 ~ 3       3 ~ 2       0 ~ 2       0 ~ 1
U15B       U15C       U15D       U15E
2 ~ 0       3 ~ 1       2 ~ 0       0 ~ 5
U14A       U14B       U14C       U14D
2 ~ 0       1 ~ 0       3 ~ 0       2 ~ 2
Played Won Draw Lost
19 9 3 7

 

KZN10 also had 3 school head to St Davids Marist Inanda for their 17th annual challenge cup namely Hilton College, Clifton School and Michaelhouse.

There were mixed results over the weekend as the 1st and U15A teams competed. The stand out performance came from the Hilton College U15A who came a credible 4th out of 16 teams.

 

St Davids Marist Inanda Challenge Cup Results

 

Hilton College 1st

Prestidge College 3 ~ 2
KES 0 ~ 3
Clifton School 1 ~ 1
Sutherland 1 ~ 1
St Stithians 1 ~ 1
St Benedicts 2 ~ 1

Hilton College U15A

Grey College 1 ~ 1
St Benedicts 1 ~ 0
St Stithians 6 ~ 0
St Johns College 1 ~ 0
KES 0 ~ 1
Grey College 0 ~ 1

 

Michaelhouse 1st

Parktown Boys 1 ~ 2
St Davids Marist 0 ~ 1
Sutherland 0 ~ 1
Clifton School 2 ~ 0
St Peters College 2 ~ 1
Waterstone College 3 ~ 2

Michaelhouse U15A

Sutherland 2 ~ 2
Norkem Park 1 ~ 5
KES 0 ~ 1
Clifton School 1 ~ 2
Prestige College 2 ~ 2
St Stithians Coollege 2 ~ 1

 

Clifton School 1st

KES 0 ~ 6
Prestige College 1 ~ 4
Hilton College 1 ~ 1
Michaelhouse 0 ~ 2
Waterstone 2 ~ 1
St Peters 2 ~ 1

Clifton School U15A

Jeppe 0 ~ 6
St Johns College 0 ~ 4
St Peters 2 ~ 2
Michaelhouse 2 ~ 1
St Stithians 0 ~ 3
Prestige College 1 ~ 2

 

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Clifton all set for end of season ISRF-Fixtures

With what will be the curtain call on the 2019 rugby season for the schools competing, Clifton College have pulled out all the stops to put together a awesome end of season rugby bonanza in hosting the 2019 Independent Schools Rugby Festival from the 26 June – 1 July.

 

 

The picturesque Riverside sports complex will provide an awesome backdrop to what should be a intriguing couple of days of rugby. With many sides going for a round 2 of sorts,  it will be telling as to how some schools adjust to new combinations with the call ups to the various Craven and Academy week sides affecting selection.

 

 

Competing Schools:

KZN Schools Eastern Cape
Michaelhouse St Andrews College
St Charles College Kingswood College
Hilton College Gauteng
Clifton College St Davids Marist
Kearsney College Free State
South Coast Barbarians St Andrews School

 

The South Coast Barbarians are an invitational team made up of players from Kuswag, Amanzimtoti High and Kingsway High.

 

Fixtures:

 

27 June Field
13 : 00 Michaelhouse Kingswood College A
14 : 15 St Charles College St Davids Marist A
15 : 30 St Andrews School South Coast Barbarians A
16 : 45 Hilton College St Andrews College A
18 : 00 Kearsney College Clifton College A

 

Good match ups here, especially the Hilton College vs St Andrews College game. The boys from the Eastern Cape are the only team to have beaten Hilton this year in a comprehensive 43-27 win at the Kingswood 125th rugby festival.

Both schools have their fair share of players in provincials sides so the depth of both schools will be tested. St Charles College have made steady progress this year as they take a step up in their rugby programme and against  St Davids they certainly look the favourites.

 

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29 June Field
13 : 00 St Andrews College St Davids Marist A
14 : 15 Clifton College St Andrews School A
15 : 30 Kearsney College Kingswood College A
16 : 45 Michaelhouse South Coast Barbarians A
18 : 00 Hilton College St Charles College A

 

A rematch for Clifton College and St Andrews School. the boys from Durban prevailed in their fixture in the rarefied air of the free State earlier in the season, 24-13, so they should enter the fixture fully aware of what needs to be done. Kearsney College would look to avenge an early season loss to to Kingswood College.

Hilton College and St Charles College finally get to play their fixture after a postponement earlier in the season.

 

01 July Field
09 : 00 Hilton College St Davids Marist A
09 : 00 Kingswood College St Charles College B
10 : 15 St Andrews College Michaelhouse A
10 : 15 Kearsney College St Andrews School B
11 : 30 Clifton College South Coast Barbarians A

 

It all looks set for a great couple of days, so if you are in and around Durban head down to Riverside for some great games.

 

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More from Clifton coach Keegan Pearce on the 7-goal thriller-win at Hilton

There have been a number of exciting KZN10 schools’ first team hockey matches this season, but the Clifton College 4-3 at Hilton stakes a big claim to be the pick of the bunch.

RenateMonty feature photo: Clifton first team and title-winning KZN Coastal mentor Keegan Pearce is a tactician of note.

Here is Clifton head coach Keegan Pearce’s thoughts on the match, a match which I personally would never have predicted could go the Durban team’s way.

“Coming into Saturday’s fixture with Hilton, Jono, it certainly was daunting playing away against such a well-structured and tactically astute Hilton College team.

 

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“The odds were certainly against us and we needed a good start to give ourselves an opportunity to win. The first 20 minutes seemed like a whirlwind. We scored 3 goals inside the first 15 minutes.

“We targeted the counter-attacks, and a key part of our game was to move the ball on early.

“We capitalised on what, at times, was loose marking and we connected passes superbly to get behind the defensive line almost every attacking play. This allowed us to gain entry into the attacking 23-metre area and also make circle entries, and 3 goals was the result.”

A combination of turnovers and counter-attacks from deep plus space in the Hilton midfield led to field goals by Clifton’s Justin Wood, Spencer Klue and Luke Wilson. But could underdogs Clifton maintain such incredible momentum?

Yes indeed. Here’s Keegan:

“We scored a 4th goal in the 2nd chukka to go 4-0 up and that really cemented our lead in the second half.”

With a Hilton player on the receiving end of an umpire’s green card at a point during the second chukka, Clifton pocketed their second deflection goal, Daryl Lotter emulating the same scoring manner of Justin Wood’s opening goal in this high-octane clash.

Remarkably, the rampant Clifton combination nearly went 5-0 up just 5 minutes from halftime after sterling work by John Munford, but the Daryl Lotter effort shaved the wrong side of the left post.

Back to Clifton head coach Keegan Pearce:

“Then we were complacent and conceded a penalty corner in the last 10 seconds of the 2nd chukka.”

 

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The penalty corner stemmed from an inspired drive and Hilton College’s skilful playmaker and drag-flick king Cameron Pearce made no error in flashing the ball into the left side of the goals.

Despite Clifton being a remarkable 4-1 up going into the second half, this match was by no means over, as the classy Hilton College team had a good 30 minutes in which to overhaul the Durban side’s impressive, but not unbeatable, 3-goal margin.

Here’s Clifton coach Keegan Pearce:

“With nothing to lose, Hilton put everything they had into the last 30 minutes and pressed us so well that the cracks started to show!

“We defended deep for long periods, and naturally but unfortunately we adopted a defend-at-all-costs mindset. It meant our build-up was rushed and too direct, and Hilton capitalised on that to win a few penalty corners and scored a great goal from a strong flick.”

As KZN10.com reporter at pitch-side, ZekeO, commented in his match report, “Up stepped that man (Cameron) Pearce whose drag flick exploded the back of the Clifton net… 4-2 is how the (third) chukka ended.”

Back to Clifton mentor Keegan Pearce:

“We played out to a 4-2 lead until the last few minutes, when again some great pressing and brilliant intercepting from Hilton saw them score to make it 4-3.”

As KZN10.com reporter Zeke put it: “In the 59th minute (Stephan) Liebenberg guided a bullet cross into the back of the net, making the score 4-3. With a minute to go the tension was palpable as the Clifton boys tried to hold onto the ball.”

 

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Clifton coach Keegan Pearce praised his boys for hanging on so well in that emotion-charged final minute to seal a memorable 4-3 victory.

Head coach Devon van der Merwe’s Hilton College lads will be looking to end off their successful season on a high note when they visit Aitken’s Astro in Balgowan this Saturday morning and a match-up with captain Ben Rebeck’s buoyant Michaelhouse side, who on Pape’s Astro last Saturday were the first Men of House in 19 years to beat Maritzburg College in their own backyard.

Hilton won this year’s first encounter with Michaelhouse in what was an at-times acrimonious affair, so let’s hope that the 15 June KZN10.com Super Saturday Feature Match will be free of undue tension and full of sparkling schoolboy hockey.

In 2018 the annual two-match Hilton/Michaelhouse series was shared 1 apiece, the Aitken’s Astro match a personal triumph for Ben Rebeck who nailed all 4 of the Men of House’s goals in the Michaelhouse victory.

 

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Clifton College vs Hilton College hockey match report

Hilton College entered their match against Clifton College as clear favourites as they hosted the boys from Durban on a crisp but clear winters day. An inspired 1st half of hockey from the visitors was just enough to beat a 2nd half revival from the hosts, 4-3.

The match started with Hilton playing their customary brand of attacking hockey whilst employing an aggressive man to man in defence.

Clifton absorbed all the early pressure and were the first team to score. A Hilton turnover led to a breakout and a speculative cross was met by Justin Wood to score a deflected goal in the 6 minute. 1-0,  and a dream start to Clifton.

Matt Strauss was simply sublime in the first half as his neat touches had him involved in almost all the goals. Photo – Renate Montgomery

In the 9th minute things got even better, another breakout from Clifton, and a brilliant timed deflected pass from Matt Strauss found Spencer Klue open in the D, who calmly slid the ball past the Hilton keeper, John Turner, to make the score 2-0.

The visitors weren’t done, either. Hilton were guilty of leaving far to much space in the midfield, space which the Clifton links and forwards ruthlessly exploited. A surging counter attack had Clifton again bearing down on the Hilton goal and some slick movement between Lotter and Stauss found Luke Wilson open to neatly tuck the ball in the goal. 3-0 in the 13th minute.

That ended a whirlwind chukka with many in the stands scarcely believing what they had just witnessed but all very aware that there was still 45 minutes of hockey ahead.

Branson Bertasso had an epic match up with Hilton Colleges, Cameron Pearce. Photo – Renate Montgomery

The 2nd chukka had more of a settled pattern of play as the midfield battle intensified between Cameron Pearce and Branson Bertasso, as each took opportunities to try and impose their will on the game. Pearce was his usual self as it sometimes took multiple defenders to halt his forward progress.

Hilton continued pressing up the field in man to man coverage leaving space for Bertasso, Munford and Strauss to work as they ran onto passes from the back.

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Cliftons 4th goal in the 23rd minute came after a Hilton green card and a change in defensive formation. With a man down there was just a little more space for Jonathan Munro to smash a ball at goal from the top of the D. Through the crowd of bodies and hockey sticks the ball somehow found the end of Daryl Lotters stick who deflected the ball past Turner. 4-0 to the visitors it couldn’t get any better, could it?

In  the 25th minute it almost was. Clifton had a great opportunity to make it 5 in the half, and surely seal the game in 2 chukkas, as a strong Munford breakout opened up space for Lotter. Turner did a great job of closing down the angle for Lotter whose push shot rolled agonisingly past the left upright.

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The question was with time running down could Clifton keep a clean sheet or could Hilton, at least, get 1 goal back before the half? With time running down a lively run by Hiltons, Stephan Liebenberg, caused panic in the Clifton defence.

In the scramble Clifton were penalised for deliberately pushing the ball over the back line. PC to Hilton with 20 seconds remaining in the half. Pearce who had already had one of his efforts saved made no mistake this time as he beat keeper, Rajcoomar, to his left ending the 1st half 4-1 to the visitors.

After the game Keegan Pearce, coach of the Clifton College 1st side, had this to say regarding the opening half.

‘I  think that what we were very good at was playing on the counter. They committed to many numbers at times, just because its their attacking style, and we just set up some great combination passes and got behind their lines which ultimately led to us scoring 4 goals in 25 minutes which was brilliant.’

Devon van der Merwe speaks to his troops. Photo- Renate Montgomery

Brilliant indeed and with only 30 minutes to play Hilton College Coach, Devon Van der Merwe, needed to make some adjustments.

The 2nd half a decidedly different feel to it as Hilton committed more numbers into the midfield and crammed the passing lanes. Keegan breaks it down for us.

’From an out letting perspective, they pushed extra numbers on the overload and we struggled to adapt.’

At times Clifton were guilty of just trying to be to clever with the ball when the the more prudent option would be to get the ball out of the red zone by any means necessary.

Hilton were camped in the Clifton third and in the 34th minute a strike from Liebenberg was well saved by Rajcoomar. Suubi Mugerwa-Sekawabe started putting his mark on the game as he directed the Hilton attack down the left and right channels as sprayed passes to eager runners.

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Clifton defended valiantly as they threw themselves across the astro keeping the skilful Hilton players at bay. In the 42nd minute it seemed that the dam wall may be showing a few cracks. A racking slap stick pass from Sekwawabe earned Hilton a PC.

Up stepped that man Pearce whose drag flick exploded the back of the Clifton net making it a brace for the burly midfielder. 4-2 is how the chukka ended, but Hilton were quite clearly in the drivers seat at this stage.

Saurav Rajcoomar making one of his many stops on Saturday as he kept Clifton College in the game. Photo – Renate Monty Photos

With the the start of the 4th chukka Hilton ,again, increased the pressure by man marking the Clifton players. With the Clifton midfield and strikers seeming to tire a little there just didn’t seem to be the same kind of space for the backs and midfielders to operate in.

In the 49th minute came another Hilton PC with Pearce once again taking the flick forcing a great save from Rajcoomar. It was all Hilton as the probed and prodded trying to get to the by line. In the 53rd minute Rajcoomar was again the Clifton saviour as the keeper first saved a shot from Pearce and the follow up from Liebenberg.

The pressure on the Clifton goal seemed relentless, but just it looked like they would break the Clifton boys would rally and clear the danger.

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Clifton escaped up field and in the 55th minute and earned a precious PC of their own. Munford, showing great strength on the ball, was dragged to the ground buy a Hilton defender far outside the D. The PC didn’t yield any fruits but it had moved play into the Hilton defensive third.

A Strauss reverse stick strike beat Turner to the left to make it 5-2 to the visitors? No, the umpire blew his whistle for an third party obstruction on Clifton. That certainly would have sealed it, but on we played as the time continued ticking down.

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Back came Hilton as they searched desperately for their third goal and in the 59th minute Leibenberg guided a bullet cross into the back of the net making the score 4-3. With a minute to go the tension was palpable as the Clifton boys tried to hold onto the ball. Mercifully time ran out with the Clifton in control and, more importantly, holding a 4-3 advantage over the top ranked school in the country.

Keegan had this to say,

‘in the last chukka they went 10 v 10 against us which made it very hard for us to get connections which is what we thrived on in the 1st half. They were great interceptors and won some proper balls so it was tough for us to get forward.’

Keegan Pearce was masterful as he organised his troops on Saturday. Photo – Renate Montgomery

When asked about the season as a whole and his teams performance on Saturday.

‘I think our biggest problem is that we have so many junior boys, so we have only 3 matrics, so its very hard to find consistency as boys have up and down games as teenagers do… I think we have gotten better and better which is to be expected if the boys put in the hard work.

I just think today we just capitalised and scored the goals where in the first five our six games we just didn’t score enough goals. If you not going to score goals you not going to win matches.’

Thank you Keegan for your time and what a great way for Clifton to end their 2019 season with a win over Hilton College away from home. Next up for Hilton is a trip to frenemies, Michaelhouse.

 

Hilton College 3(1)

Goals: Cameron Pearce x 2, Stephan Liebenberg

 

Clifton College 4(4)

Goals: Spencer Klue, Luke Wilson, Justin Wood, Daryl Lotter

KZN schoolboy hockey: Clifton coach Keegan Pearce

Clifton School’s hockey director assesses the recent St Charles match

As reported on KZN10.com by Jono Cook, the Clifton College St Charles College first team clash at Riverside was entertainment and drama all in one, in keeping with a couple of KZN10 hockey epics on Saturday 18 May 2019.

Here’s Clifton School director of hockey and first team head coach Keegan Pearce’s take on the match. (Renate Monty Photos feature image)

Keegan piloted KZN Coastal to the SA U18 Interprovincial Nationals hockey title on Pape’s Astro mid-2018 so this is insight from a scholar of the game.

 

The Clifton team vs St Charles at Riverside. Renate Monty Photos

 

Over to Keegan:

Thanks Jono. St Charles certainly started on the front foot against us and characteristically pressed quite high and were very physical.

“They capitalised off our poor balls into the midfield pockets and baited us into one-v-one contests, which on most days we shy away from.

“With us struggling to connect with our frontrunners, it led to a number of double-turnovers from both teams.

 

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“St Charles took their opportunities and finished a great 1-2 inside the Clifton circle off a re-awarded penalty corner [PC] to go 1-0 up.

“The second half saw us change our outlet-shape in different phases and our target areas off set-16s changed, which allowed us to play around their congested midfield pressing line.

“This meant we connected better in multiple phases and our ratio of 23 entries – circle entries -increased and we started to put pressure on the St Charles players.

“That pressure lead to a few rash tackles and we capitalised on being a man up, with a few penalty corners. John Munford scored his first [PC drag] flick after an extended injury layoff and we levelled the game [1-1].

 

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“Another Clifton penalty corner saw Justin Wood score a brilliant second-phase goal and thereafter we weathered a few late counters [SCC attacks] to close out the game 2-1 in our favour.

“I would love to say we had a handful of standout players, but we were quite average throughout the contest on Saturday, although sporadically we saw glimpses of great hockey from a few players.

“Justin Wood is certainly a gamechanger for us and he showed his worth by scoring the second goal and managed the game a lot better in the second half.

“It is always great having the whole school come out and support us, and it creates a great atmosphere for Clifton at Riverside, which is our ‘home away from home’.

 

The Clifton first team hockey’s support from their schoolmates was exceptional. Renate Monty Photos

 

“Credit to (St Charles hockey specialist and first team head coach] Matt Coombes on his tactical implementation when pressing us; it challenged our players and we had to adapt to give ourselves a chance of fighting back to win the game.

“And credit to both the St Charles and the Clifton boys for a great hockey game.”

Jono says: Thanks for your insight Keegan.

There’s certainly no rest for Clifton as they take on DHS on both sides’ hockey home at Riverside Saturday.

We hope to hear Keegan’s summation of the Clifton DHS clash next week.

 

 

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KZN School Hockey: Clifton vs St Charles match report 

Action aplenty in nail-biting first team clash…

There was much anticipation among the Clifton College and St Charles College supporters ahead of the Saturday 11 May 2019 first team hockey match at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North… And the exciting contest that played out lived up to the expectation.

Let’s hear Jono Cook’s match interpretation from pitch-side in present- and past-tense…

Here goes!

“Branson Bertasso of Clifton makes the push-back on the first whistle… St Charles steal possession… Clifton on the back foot…

“The tall, strongly-built Clifton College striker Branson Bertasso quickly reveals that he is an imposing figure in the six-yard box…
Saints striker Selaelo Mashiloane is giving everything up front for the visitors…

“At the Spur Restaurant End, Branson Bertasso has a strong shot blocked at source.

 

Clifton’s Jonathan Munro was outstanding both as a player and captain in the 2-1 triumph over St Charles at Riverside. Head coach Keegan Pearce is glued to the action from his berth at the Clifton dugout. All images by Renate Monty Photos.

 

“Byron Kraus and captain Jonathan Munro are building Clifton attacks from the back – and a cracker into the Saints strike zone see the deflection go high but just wide of the post.

“Then it’s an excellent breakdown tackle and distribution by Saints’ left-side defender Kian Channon.

First chukka done in next to no time such is the intensity out there!

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 0
45 match minutes still in the bank.

 

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Into the second chukka…

“A superb cut-out intercept and layoff by Cam Spangenberg leads to Saints captain Guy Church, who initiates an attacking move up the right and Clifton do well to extinguish the threat.

“Then the attack-minded Kevin Diaz and Selaelo Mashiloane combine to bring the first St Charles College penalty corner…

“Onto the second PC… Jason Login and captain Guy Church execute a slick one-two and Jason Login slaps in the opening goal!

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 1

 

It was a busy match for the shot-stoppers, not least Clifton College keeper Saurav Rajcoomar. Renate Monty Photos

 

6 minutes into the second chukka

“Excellent stickwork skills from St Charles College striker Taygen Mollentze sets up a penalty corner… Clifton defence blocks the goalshot.

“Soon after, a sublime Justin Wood flat-stick fence-pass opens space for Clifton College but the St Charles defence is well placed to contain and then disperse the challenge.

“John Munford displays close control under pressure and in a confined space… his skill brings consternation in the St Charles circle.

 

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“At the other end, possibly the best chance of the first half…

“A great right-to-left cross from Kevin Diaz eludes the outstretched stick of Selaelo Mashiloane by a whisker, with the goalline 4 yards away.

4 minutes to halftime it’s…
Clifton College 0
St Charles College 1

“Clifton College are rewarded for their determined driving and it’s a penalty corner!

“Double castle… It goes to the first and the drag-flick from Clifton College captain Jonathan Munro is well saved by Saints keeper Keegan Crawford.

“Another Clifton College PC soon after…

“Well… An inexplicable halftime whistle goes during the PC…
The PC was meant to be played as it was awarded before the halftime hooter…

Halftime
Clifton College 0
St Charles College 1

Into the second half… Great Clifton support here.

 

The Clifton College boys’ support of their first hockey team schoolmates spurred the side to higher levels of intensity in the second half. Renate Monty Photos

 

“This match is not lacking commitment…

“Clifton great field position… Saints under pressure…

“Clifton trying to unlock tight Saints defence…

“A 40-metre slap pass from Clifton College captain Jonathan Munro knifes through the Saints with surgical precision and finds Matt Strous inside the attacking third, but the striker finds himself a little isolated in terms of support players and Jason Login nullifies the danger.

“Shortly after it’s a Clifton PC… then another… Aaaaaa-aaand it’s a powerful drag-flick from John Munford that balloons the back of the Saints net!

Clifton College 1
St Charles College 1

6 minutes left in the third chukka

39 of 60 minutes gone in the game

 

Clifton goalkeeper Saurav Rajcoomar and his fellow defenders were put to the test by the Saints penalty corner battery. The Saints’ Jason Login (10) was a major player for the visitors. Renate Monty Photos

 

“Spurred on by the vociferous support of their schoolmates, Clifton are on fire and Spencer Klue earns a PC!

“A rare triple castle leads to a phenomenal backhand blast by Justin Wood that eludes the Saints defence and the goal sends the onlooking Clifton boys into raptures!

It’s now deep into the third chukka and it’s
Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

“Clifton are almost immediately back in the strike zone from the re-start and only scrambling defence and an excellent Keegan Crawford keeper-save denies Clifton another goal.

End of the third chukka
Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

15 minutes left

 

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“A minute into the fourth and final 15-minute chukka… and the Clifton College boys have taken their support of the first hockey team to an even higher level!

“Plays swings from goalmouth to goalmouth but

It’s still
Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

“Now just 12 minutes left in this cracker match and at the moment it’s all Clifton…

“St Charles doing their utmost to level the scores… Jason Login prominent…

 

Both sets of defenders were kept busy throughout this jet-fuelled match. Renate Monty Photos

 

7 minutes to go

Still
Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

“Both teams have a player banished to the sin-bin as this pulsating encounter goes into its death throes… both units striving mightily for another goal… Clifton to set up a 2-goal cushion and Saints in search of the elusive equaliser.

1 minute left

Still…
Clifton College 2…
St Charles College 1…

Aaaaaa-aaand it’s GAME OVA-AAA!

 

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“Yes, it’s Clifton College coming back from a 1-0 deficit to run out 2-1 winners.

“Well played to both KZN10 schools’ first hockey teams for your endeavour and skill, and thanks for a morning of great sporting entertainment.

 

Congrats to the Clifton College first hockey team for their hard-fought 2-1 win over a hard-charging St Charles College at Riverside in Durban North Saturday. Renate Monty Photos

 

TEAMS

Clifton College 1sts
1 Saurav Rajcoomar
2 Spencer Klue
3 Alex Kerr
4 Byron Kraus
5 Daryl Lotter
6 Branson Bertasso
7 Jonathan Munro (capt)
8 Justin Wood
9 John Munford
10 Brett Anticevich
11 Matt Strous
12 Ryan Gatonby
13 Luke Wilson
14 Ross Montgomery
15 George Tattari

Head coach
Keegan Pearce

 

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St Charles College 1sts
1 Keegan Crawford
5 Taygen Mollentze
7 Kian Channon
9 Kevin Diaz
4 Guy Church (capt)
6 Cam Spangenberg
17 James Twycross
10 Jason Login
11 Cam Hallowes
13 Tim Login
8 Selaelo Mashiloane

Head coach
Matt Coombes

 

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KZN school rugby Clifton College vs St Charles College match report

It appeared evident against hosts Clifton College at Riverside on Saturday that the St Charles College first XV’s experience of playing against KZN powerhouse Glenwood last time out has certainly done them a power of good in terms of confidence and energy.

It was the first time in decades that Saints had faced Glenwood – and reports suggest they gave a good account of themselves on Old Orchards.

Duncan Andrew feature image: St Charles College centre Steven Scott was outstanding on attack and in defence.

 

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And in an entertaining match at Riverside two days ago, the Saints stamped their name on the match very quickly and apart from a late surge by Clifton when the Pietermaritzburg visitors already had an unassailable 30-0 lead, captain and loosehead Jason Robert’s side controlled proceedings.

In taking a look at the game let’s mix and match present- and past-tense, as it unfolded in Jono Cook’s eyes.

“A superb start for St Charles but the final pass goes astray out left with the tryline in sight. Soon after a St Charles College penalty goal by centre Steven Scott makes it

Clifton College firsts 0
St Charles College 3
4 minutes gone

 

Clifton flyhalf Claudio Lehman did not have the easiest of days dealing with the likes of the on-fire Saints backline duo Zukile Mbuli and Simi Ngubane. Photo Duncan Andrew

 

“Then a fortuitous bounce of the ball on the edge of Saints’ defensive third of the field sees the alert fullback Simi Ngubane set up a breakaway try by St Charles College right winger Ruben Jacobs. Steven Scott converts and it’s

 

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 10
8 minutes gone

 

“And it’s not long before it’s try time again for St Charles College first XV after concerted pressure, scrumhalf JJ Foord the man making the touchdown.

 

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 15
Midway first half

 

Saints scrumhalf JJ Foord was at his efficient best linking the backs and forwards at Riverside Saturday. Photo Duncan Andrew

 

“Then follows a great spell of fast attacking rugby that has both sets of supporters on their feet; quick, clean turnovers opening up space for both sides. Clifton number eight Phin Kalambay and fullback Tim Shangase at the forefront for the home XV with equally good stuff from combative Saints centre Steven Scott and left wing Nate Sisa.

 

8 minutes to go in the first half
Clifton College 0
St Charles College 15

 

“A strong home-team finish inspired by Phin Kalambay, powerful hooker Seb Rich, flanker Josh Platford and captain and tighthead Greg Binedell in the death throes of an energetic first half put Clifton in excellent field position inside the Saints 22 with a variety of possible plays at hand. But the tryscoring opportunities are blocked out by determined and courageous Saints defence with strong grade 11 centre Steven Scott never far from the action.

 

Halftime
Clifton College 0
St Charles College 15

 

An example of the accuracy and efficiency of the St Charles College pack in securing quick clean ball for scrumhalf JJ Foord and Co. Photo Duncan Andrew

 

“As in the first half, an excellent St Charles College start in the second and an inventive backline thrust leads to Saints hooker Alex Patullo powering over in the left-hand corner, towards the Spur restaurant.

 

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 20
3 minutes into the second half

 

“Then it’s loosehead and captain Jason Robert who forces his way over in the same Spur restaurant left-hand corner, as did the previous tryscorer, the Saints hooker Alex Patullo.

 

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 25

24 minutes to go

 

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“And the St Charles College first XV’s self-confidence leads to the Saints once again crashing through in that selfsame left-hand corner – this time the touchdown from lock forward Scott Haygate… the tight five clearly have a penchant for Spur restaurants.

 

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 30

15 minutes to go

 

“The 20-minute sequence from the onset of the second half was the period where St Charles College first XV took the outcome away from the home side, with Clifton trying in vain to get back in the game.

“And it might have got even worse for the home side after the re-start, when a powerful run by tough-as-teak Saints centre Steven Scott sees the midfielder having the ball dislodged from his grasp by a clutch of defenders on his back with the touchdown just a glimpse away.

“And here’s the point.

“In spite of being 30 points down with less than 15 minutes to go and the match to all intents and purposes lost, Clifton never threw in the towel – not even for a moment. To Jono Cook’s mind there was not one Clifton man who figuratively “raised the white flag of surrender”.

 

Clifton College had their moments (Conna Steadman in possession) but as a rule Saints had their number – until the brace of home-side tries near the end. Photo Duncan Andrew

 

“This Clifton spirit was perhaps personified by using one example – Tino Mazhinda, who started the match at 12 but moved to 8 and made a set of bullocking runs from the base of the scrum in the second half.

“And after over an hour of toil without the electronic scoreboard reflecting any reward… that never-say-die Clifton College first XV spirit was finally acknowledged in the numbers when it looked like – possibly… I think, I hope – it was centre Conna Steadman who went over (why do this year’s KZN10 first team players persist in scoring at the furthest possible distance from where I am standing lol).

 

So
Clifton finally on the scoreboard…
It’s
Clifton College 5
St Charles College 30

7 minutes left

 

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And Clifton continue their strong finish when energetic fullback Tim Shangase crashes over under the posts and flyhalf Claudio Lehman converts.

 

Clifton College 12
St Charles College 30

And soon after it’s…
Yes, it’s GAME OVA-AAA!

 

Congratulations to both sides on your skill, teamwork and spirit, which added up to great entertainment for the appreciative crowd, who got on very well as a group, notwithstanding their allegiances.

 

The Saints were confident from start to finish at Riverside Saturday. Photo Duncan Andrew

 

1ST XV STARTING LINE-UPS

CLIFTON
1 Mike Bensch
2 Seb Rich
3 Greg Binedell (capt)
5 James Feuilherade
6 Scott Cliff
7 Josh Platford
8 Phin Kalambay
9 Luke Ashton
10 Claudio Lehman
11 Seb Marshall
12 Tino Mazhinda
13 Conna Steadman
14 Jason Nieuwenhuis
15 Tim Shangase

 

ST CHARLES COLLEGE
1 Jason Robert (capt)
2 Alex Patullo
3 Erich Ortmann
4 Scott Haygate
5 James Laynes
6 Jacob Queen
7 Justin Cloete
8 Sanele Mdingi
9 JJ Foord
10 Eyethu Majozi
11 Nate Sisa
12 Steven Scott
13 Zukile Mbuli
14 Ruben Jacobs
15 Simi Ngubane

 

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KZN Schoolboy Hockey Results – kzn10 13 April

KZN Schoolboy Hockey results

 

A busy weekend for the boys, hat tip to Westville, big win against a quality school. KZN schoolboy Hockey is certainly something that we can be proud of.

 

Westville versus Jeppe

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
3 ~ 2 0 ~ 6 1 ~ 1 4 ~ 3 1 ~ 6
U16A U16B U16C U16D U16E U16F
1 ~ 0 1 ~ 2       2 ~ 1       0 ~ 1 0 ~ 0 0 ~ 1
U14A U14B U14C U14D
3 ~ 5 1 ~ 0 0 ~ 0 0 ~ 1
Played Win Draw Loss
15 5 3 7

 

Maritzburg College versus Pretoria Boys

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1 ~ 1 2 ~ 1 0 ~ 0 4 ~ 1 0 ~ 0
U16A U16B U16C U16D U16E U16F
1 ~ 0 1 ~ 1 3 ~ 0 0 ~ 1 1 ~ 0       4 ~ 0
U14A U14B U14C U14D U14E U14F
2 ~ 1       4 ~ 2       5 ~ 0       1 ~ 0 1 ~ 3 3 ~ 1
Played Win Draw Loss
17 11 4 2

 

DHS versus Northwood

 

1st 2nd
1 ~ 3       0 ~ 9
U16A U16B U16C
0 ~ 3       0 ~ 2       1 ~ 5
U14A U14B U14C U14D
2 ~ 2 0 ~ 0 1 ~ 1 3 ~ 0
Played Won Draw Loss
9 1 3 5

 

Glenwood versus Monument

 

1st 2nd U16A U14A
5 ~ 0       10 ~ 0 2 ~ 1 5 ~ 0
Played Won
4 4

 

Clifton College Versus Glenwood

 

1st 2nd 3rd
3 ~ 0       2 ~ 1 0 ~ 1
U16A U16B U16C
1 ~ 0       2 ~ 1       3 ~ 0
U14A U14B U14C U14D
3 ~ 0       3 ~ 2       3 ~ 0       1 ~ 0
Played Win Draw Loss
10 9 0 1

 

Till next time,

Zeke

 

And so it begins…well not really.

Rugby takes center stage

 

Yesterday marked the start of the 2nd term for the government schools and would traditionally have signaled the beginning of the winter sports season with rugby boots getting the full on Dubbin Treatment and jerseys readied.

Of course much has changed over the last 20 odd years, but with the calendars of the private and government schools being particularly at odds with each other this year, much rugby has already been played. One notable observation has been that Hilton College’s and Glenwood’s 1st teams have played 5 matches already as opposed to Maritzburg College’s 2.

It has, nonetheless, been a busy holiday overall with many of the KZN10 schools taking part in festivals all over the country from U14 all the way up to 1st team with some really encouraging performances from the schools. And to think the Easter festivals are still 2 weeks away! Its no wonder preseason starts in September.

With that said, most of you would have probably been kept up to date on your schools latest results but here at KZN10 we like to know whats happening in all the schools.  So just to get everyone up to speed as to what has happened in the last month I’ll post a summary of the results of the KZN10 schools 1st teams.

Northwood:

9 March: Martizburg College

Score: 30-26

For the casual observer this may have come as a shock, but the Knights were organized, executed their game plan effectively and made the most of their opportunities.

21 March: Grey High School(Grey Festival)

Score: 12-38

23 March: Selborne College(Grey Festival)

Score: 26-28

An absolute heart breaker for the Knights as they lost in the last movement of the game. Credit must go to the Selborne kicker as he nailed a tricky conversion to win the game. Tough going Knights! See the sequence below.

 

Incidentally the player who scored the winning try for Selborne, Jarrod Taylor, is a awesome player who should be in the reckoning for a SA Schools cap. At the recent World Schools Festival he was simply outstanding.

 

Clifton School:

04 March: Port Shepstone

Score: 38-12

09 March: Richards Bay

Score: 31-0

13 March: Amanzimtoti High School

Score: 64-5

16 March: Michaelhouse 2nd

Score: 26-24

An encouraging sign for Clifton is that on this day their lower age group A teams played the Michaelhouse B teams on stagger and won their matches fairly comfortably.

 

DHS:

09 March: Hilton College

Score: 3-20

21 March: Framesby(Grey festival)

Score: 10-54

23 March: Grey High School(Grey Festival)

Score: 14-33

 

Westville:

9 March: Glenwood

Score: 7-22

Glenwood Rugby Festival:

Wesvalia: 38-21

Montana: 31-10

Piet Potgieter: 19-12

 

Kearsney College:

16 March: Hilton College

Score: 14-14

23 March: St Charles College

Score: 36-7

 

Glenwood:

9 March: Westville

Score: 22-7

21 March: KES(Wynberg Rugby Festival)

Score: 48-36

Mar 23: San Isidro Rugby Club-Argentina(Wynberg Rugby Festival)

Score: 33-31

Mar 26: John McGlashan-New Zealand(World Schools Festival)

Score: 32-17

Highlights from the game, clip is about 10 minutes long

 

Mar29: Asia Pacific Dragons (World Schools Festival)

Score:33-10

 

Maritzburg College

9 March: Northwood

Score: 26-30

23 March: Noord Kaap

Score: 24-34

 

Michaelhouse:

16 March: St Charles College

Score: 27-7

23 March: Hilton College

Score: 10-20

 

St Charles College

16 March: Michaelhouse

Score: 7-27

23 March

7-36

 

Hilton College

9 March: DHS

Score: 20-3

16 March: Kearsney College

Score: 14-14

23 March: Michaelhouse

Score: 20-10

27 March: USA Schools XV

Score: 41-00

30 March: Italian All Stars

Score: 34-15

 

This weekend promises to be an action packed one with Glenwood hosting Maritzburg College on Dixons and DHS hosting Westville on Van Heerdens. Both DHS and Glenwood have made these compulsory fixtures for their boys so the atmosphere should be electric at both venues. For those that can’t make the Glenwood/Maritzburg College game it will be televised live on Supersport as part of their Premier Schools coverage, kick off is 13:55.

With the private schools still on holiday 3 of them will be heading down to the Kingswood 125th festival. There are some potentially good match ups for our KZN10 schools particularly against St Andrews College who will play both Hilton and Kearsney. Clifton round out the trio of schools and should have a stern test from Graeme College.

St Andrews had a good set of results at the Grey High Festival so we will definitely keep an eye out as to how our schools fair.

So if you are in and around the Durban go and support the boys.

Thats all from me till next time,

Zeke

How Pivotal Talent changed Michaelhouse head boy Will Norton’s game

With the myriad of choices available – and new career paths emerging all the time – our high school boys and girls face a daunting task in choosing the correct tertiary education option that is tailor-made for them, personally.

Last year’s (2018) Michaelhouse head boy William Norton faced those same challenges and thanks to a unique career assessment tool, administered by Pivotal Talent, Will is now happily enjoying his first-year studies at the University of Cape Town.

Michaelhouse will always be close to Will’s heart and this likeable young man has already made his mark.

 

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Let’s hear it from Will as to how his initial career-option path unfolded.

KZN10.com’s Jono:  Will, in what grade were you at Michaelhouse when you did the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide assessment and what drew you to seek outside help in order to feel comfortable with the course of tertiary study to take?

 

Will: “Thank you for asking, sir. I was in Grade 12 [last year] and not 100% sure about what I was going to study at university. I needed some guidance and Pivotal Talent helped me realise that being myself and trusting my interests and strengths would lead me to making the right choice.”

Jono: Will, given that you already had your school subject choices and were therefore focused on the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide assessment, if you had known at the relevant time (grade 9) that there was a Pivotal Talent SubjectChoice option as well, as to what subjects to take in grades 10, 11 and 12, would you have considered it?

Will: “I definitely would have considered it – and used it -because of the personal insight it gives to your preferences. Subject choices are a tricky thing and during the course of high school I changed one of my subjects. I’m sure the Pivotal Talent SubjectChoice assessment would have helped me make a more informed decision the first time!”

 

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Jono: Will, as far as your experience of Pivotal Talent is concerned, were the following unique processes helpful:

– that it is online and could complete from anywhere and on any device;

that you didn’t have to travel anywhere (i.e. you could do at home/school or over a weekend) and

that your report and findings were automatically generated and sent back to you immediately via e-mail?

Will: “Yes, it made it accessible and took a lot of stress out of the situation because you could to do it in your own time, at your own pace with minimal pressure from anyone.”

 

Michaelhouse Senior Prefect 2018 William Norton stands on House’s beloved Meadows with his War Cry Leader Nzuzo Tshili. Will has fond memories of the House boys’ spirit and support, especially against Hilton College.

 

Jono: Will, as the 2018 Michaelhouse head boy and now 1st year University of Cape Town student, how important is it in this day and age to know that you are going into something that targets/leverages your core skills and competencies but also your interests and passions?

Will: “I think it’s exactly what the whole of High School gears you up for.

“I thankfully have fallen in love with my degree and I think it is largely thanks to the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide assessment”

“I have begun to realise that studying something you enjoy is essential for your overall happiness. If you are interested in and passionate about your degree, it makes everything fall into place and it allows you to get the most out of your time at university.”

Jono: Will, how did Pivotal Talent assist you in taking the right option with respect to your university degree?

Will: “Well Pivotal Talent assisted me in discovering that I was passionate in learning about the softer skills, and dealing with people rather than the maths and science options.

Pivotal Talent took into account my passions and skills, and furnished me with a considered report in double-quick time, which is now allowing me to enjoy every day at UCT!

“I almost fell into the trap of following the crowd and doing what everyone else was planning to do, but Pivotal Talent made me realise that being yourself and trusting in your own choices in responding to the questions is the most important part of finding your true career path.”

 

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Jono: Will, what attracted you to the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide method of pinning down the ideal tertiary study path for you – perhaps in contrast to the traditional psychometric methods?

Will: “The thought of being able to do it quickly and easily from wherever you were was something that appealed hugely to me.”

Jono: Will, I find that particular answer very interesting. It says to me that Pivotal Talent takes away the pain and angst of over-dwelling on what can develop into an extremely stressful situation, fraught with what could be costly long-term implications should the wrong decision be made.  Hence, one might say, the danger of “following the crowd” rather than forging your own, unique-to-you path?

Will: “Absolutely sir, Pivotal Talent pinpointed the right option for me and cleared up the uncertainty that faces many of us.”

 

FRIENDS for LIFE: Michaelhouse 2018 senior prefect Will Norton and the 2018 Michaelhouse 1st XV & 1st XI’s Liam England. School is definitely over!

 

Jono: Will, as you know Pivotal Talent CareerGuide is not only directed at Grade 12s. Would you recommend it to Grade 10s and 11s as well? In getting an early start on pinpointing where their core interests, skills and performance strengths should be steering them?

Will: “Sir, I would recommend it 100%. The earlier you can start grasping what you truly enjoy and what your passions are, the earlier you will be able to start developing those passions into a career path that sees you doing what you love.”

 

Chris Hardie, Will Norton (centre of image) & Michaelhouse mates at what looks like Inter-House Athletics Day 2018.

 

Jono: Will, you might know that Pivotal Talent is a proudly South African product. A powerful, web-based analytics tool intent on accurately & scientifically assisting individuals in predicting their core interests, skills and performance strengths relative to available and evolving career fields. Did you find it to be so?

Will: “Yes I did. It might seem contradictory, considering that it is completely online, but Pivotal Talent really does feel personal in the way that it paints a picture of who you are and where your passions, strengths and weaknesses lie. It seems to know you better than you know yourself!”

Jono: Will, I love that answer! Power to Pivotal Talent!

 

FRIENDS for LIFE: 2018 Michaelhouse first XI cricketers Will Norton (left) and Tom Trotter sharing the moment during their last match for the school, against Hilton College on Roy Gathorne Oval in Balgowan. Photo Martin Ashworth

 

Jono: So Will, is there anything else you would like to add, with regard to Pivotal Talent? Was it professional and efficient in taking you through the process and to the end result?

Will: “Sir, the entire process was professional and efficient, and at the same time I constantly felt that I was in control of the process. It was slick, and the end result was something that has helped me already – and I know it will continue to help me throughout the rest of my life!”

Jono: Will, coming from you, a young man whom I have got to know and like, a young man with proven integrity, I believe that through your words you have opened the doors for many more of our high school boys and girls to follow the Pivotal Talent SubjectChoice and CareerGuide assessment route.

 

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Finally, if you will indulge me please Will – I know that you are a modest guy who prefers deflecting praise onto your peers – please list your school achievements, accolades and anything else of interest.

Will: “OK sir, if you insist, here goes…”

  • Represented KZN Tennis for 7 years
  • Selected as the KZN U19A Tennis Captain in 2018
  • Selected for a School Exchange to Australia in 2016
  • Senior Prefect of Michaelhouse
  • Honours for Academics
  • Honours for Tennis
  • Colours for Cricket
  • Achieved 5 Distinctions in Matric and was placed in the top 1% nationally for Economics and Life Orientation
  • Own a business called NORTON&HARDIE
  • Co-founded and ran the “Our House” social media presence
  • Enjoy all ball sports
  • Family and friends are extremely important to me
  • Currently studying a B.Com PPE at The University of Cape Town

 

Men of House! Thomas Trotter and Will Norton enjoying a Varsity moment.

 

Jono: Phew! That is quite something. Will, once again, thank you for your time. I wish you all of the very best that life has to offer.

Will: “Thank you sir. Likewise.”

* Will was also the first KZN10 head boy from the 2018 year that Jono asked as to what he had learned from his position of leadership at Michaelhouse and what he would advise to the incoming House leadership group of 2019. Check out the link to that widely-read KZN10.com story.

http://kzn10.com/michaelhouse-senior-prefect-will-norton-reflects-on-the-year/

 

Also: Please read the quotes below to get an idea of the calibre of man that is Will Norton.

Stuart Orwin:I look forward to seeing the path that Will Norton chooses and how many countless more lives he will have an impact on. No doubt he will cast his light far.

Barry Haigh: Will Norton remains one of the most altogether students that I’ve taught. He has always remained consistent and strives to give of his best. Will, everything of the very best for your future – I will be following it closely.”

Jono Cook: “The super-power that Will Norton has, is that he doesn’t have to try anything, do anything, in a group of people to stand out. He simply does – because he is so comfortable in being the William Norton he was always meant to be. Therein lies a lesson for us all.”

 

Will Norton and Pivotal Talent – leading the way…