The Glenwood and Hilton College 1st hockey teams engaged in an entertaining clash in very hot conditions on the Three Schools’ Trust Turf in Durban on Saturday, reports KZN10.com’s Brad Morgan.
(Due to a lack of numbers to go with the players’ names from one side and numbers that did not align with the players from the other on the team sheets, I am unable to identify the players by name, which is unfortunate.)
The sides started out rather cautiously, with both employing a half-court press. Hilton, though, sent their attackers a little higher and wider up the field, which allowed them to stretch the Glenwood defenders out enough to create slightly more space. This also allowed them to enjoy the majority of the possession in the first half.
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Midfield was a battleground, with both sides doing a good job of closing down the receivers in that area of the field. Both coaches would surely have liked to see a quicker transition of the ball when it reached the middle of the park, but Hilton did manage to muster some opportunities while keeping Glenwood pinned in their half.
In the early going, matters were very tight in the midfield, with both sides putting the other’s ball-carriers under heavy pressure. (All photos: Brad Morgan, KZN10.com)
It took a while, but Hilton, on the balance of play, took a deserved lead, thanks to a swift counter after what until that point was a rare Glenwood attack. They exited from their 16 quickly and let the ball go to the right wing, who, given plenty of open field in which to attack, ran hard at the scrambling Glenwood defence.
Cleverly, as he cut in near the circle, instead of trying to dribble the covering defender, he simply flipped the ball past him, pinned his ears back and chased it. Another Glenwood defender was flying across towards the near-side post, but the Hilton man got there first, diving to knock a square ball across to the striker, who managed to get stick to ball a fraction of a second before the Glenwood ‘keeper, who had laid out to try to reach it.
The ball flew high and sweetly into the back of the net and Hilton were in the lead.
Hilton College score the opening goal as their striker knocks the ball past a despairing dive from the Glenwood goalkeeper.
While it was mostly about Hilton in the opening stanza, Glenwood showed flashes up front on the counter-attack, causing a problem or two for the Hilton defence, which was, for the most part, solid.
The match opened up after the break. Interestingly, Hilton had changed their defensive approach and were pressuring Glenwood higher up the field, which meant the game was no longer as compact as it had been and thus there was more space to work in.
It was similar, though, in the fact that Hilton were enjoying the majority of the ball possession.
But Glenwood then made good use of the more open play. They launched a quick counter down the left wing after turning over possession and were duly rewarded when they found a foot in the Hilton circle.
The home team’s industry at last paid off when they scored off of a drag flick that had some serious heat behind it, making the score 1-1.
Glenwood showed no shortage of skill in the midfield, but a well-organised Hilton team, for the most part, kept them at bay.
They barely had time to celebrate that goal, however, as Hilton hit back quickly. They attacked down the right flank, this time carrying the ball along the baseline, which drew the goalkeeper to cover his post. When the ball was slipped back, the goalie was beaten and the Hilton striker had a tap-in for the second goal of the game.
Goal number two for Hilton was a simple tap-in after a sharp attack down the Glenwood baseline opened up the chance for the striker to grab a brace.
The third goal, which truly broke the contest open, came from a penalty corner awarded to Hilton.
At previous penalty corners, they had come close to adding to their tally off of a couple of variations, but all it took in the end was a straight shot. Rob Haynes let rip and the Glenwood goalie was unable to get his gloves together in time, just to his right, to stop the ball from crossing the line.
Glenwood threw themselves onto the attack as time wound down, asking questions of the Hilton backline, but the boys from the Midlands had the answers they needed and came away with a hard-fought 3-1 win.
After a long 6 years the age-old Glenwood Hilton College rugby rivalry resumes this @KZN10com Super Saturday when the Green Machine first XV tackle the flagship rugger side of Orando et Laborando come 2pm Sat 14 Mar on the Umbilo, Durban school’s fabled Dixons Field.
In this GlenwoodTV brought to you by DigiTV video hear the thoughts of Green Machine first XV captain Nico Steyn and head coach Derek Heiberg on what is sure to be a memorable occasion.
Feature photo: MORE THAN JUST A JOB: Glenwood first XV head coach Derek Heiberg takes the time to understand and counsel each Green Machine player in order to produce balanced young rugby men.
Last time out back in 2014 the Green Machine beat Hilton by 60 points but that ain’t gonna happen Saturday.
Both Glenwood 1st XI coach Brandon Scullard and captain SJ de Klerk agree that the cricket season has finished too soon. In a relatively short season, Glenwood claimed some notable scalps and exceeded expectations for a very young team that featured only three matric boys, writes KZN10.com’s Brad Morgan.
In fact, the results are a step up on the 2019 season, despite that side including five KwaZulu-Natal under-19 players, one of them being SA under-19 pace man, Lifa Ntanzi, who was the quickest schoolboy bowler in the country.
That team also featured three KZN under-17 players and one of them, SJ de Klerk, this year’s 1st team captain, led the provincial side.
A good deal of Glenwood’s success in the first term – including wins over Westville, Saint Charles, Northwood and Maritzburg College – can be attributed to the example set by De Klerk. The story of how he found Glenwood (not the other way around) is fascinating.
He was brought up in Gauteng and attended Laerskool Fairland in Randburg where, he said in a sit down at Glenwood late last week, he learned to work hard and to keep working.
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He was very happy in Johannesburg, but his life changed in a big way when his family chose to move to Ireland. There, SJ did well on the cricket field and was chosen to lead the Irish national under-15 team. Then an opportunity arose for him to return to South Africa.
SJ explained: “You have a transition year. In that year you can play sport or do a culture tour. I had heard of the exchange, so I said I wanted to come to South Africa.
“There were quite a few schools I could pick from. Normally they do it for three months, but I said I wanted to do it for six months, make the most of it, and improve my cricket. I took the opportunity and it was supposed to be three months at Glenwood and three months at Menlo Park.
“After a month or so, Mr Scullard asked if I would consider staying on for the entire six months, so the chat started with my parents. I told them I was absolutely loving it here. We then decided that we would let Menlo Park know that I would be staying at Glenwood for six months.
“Those six months changed my life.”
SJ de Klerk, Glenwood’s captain, is also the 1st XI’s wicketkeeper.
When his time was up, SJ returned to Ireland and went straight back into the cricket season. “But the things I had at Glenwood were better than I had in Ireland. I chatted with my parents over the course of those two months, and then I told them that what I have at Glenwood is better than what I had at home.”
His parents then agreed on SJ continuing his schooling at the Durban school. “It was a big decision. Everything happened within five days. The plane ticket was booked and I was on my way to South Africa.”
Having SJ return to Glenwood was great news for 1st XI coach and Director of Cricket, Brandon Scullard: “Knowing that he was coming back was a big bonus, because I knew that he would be a good leader in this team,” he said.
“He’s a very well-mannered boy and he’s very passionate about the school. For a boy who didn’t start here in grade eight, he has really bought into the tradition and the culture. He ended up being made a school prefect. Just a great boy.”
Besides the better cricket on offer at Glenwood, SJ said being in the hostel had enriched his life. There were the friends he made – “brothers”, he calls them – whom he did not want to leave when it was time to go back to Ireland. And there were also the life skills that hostel life helped him acquire.
“Especially staying here alone, away from my family, has shown me how to become a better person. I am taking that into my cricket too. As I am improving as a person, my cricket seems to be improving as well. I am learning more about myself that I wouldn’t have learnt if I was at home.
“I am also learning how to make my own decisions. With cricket, for example, I can decide to go and train, or I can decide to do nothing. But also on the school side of things, your parents might be pushing you to study. Here I am by myself, so I have to make that decision.”
Rallying the troops: SJ de Klerk encourages the young Glenwood 1st team.
De Klerk enjoys the responsibilities that come with leadership. That love of taking charge began when he was much younger. “As a young boy, I loved being in control and also helping youngsters. It’s a passion of mine. Even now, take the under-14s, for example, I want to leave a legacy with them. They didn’t have a relationship with the first team in the past, but this year we started to implement that. There are things we have introduced into the first team that I want to leave behind too.”
De Klerk’s drive and passion is evident in the tight bond of the 1st cricket side. In 2019, there was a tendency to game plan around the side’s star players, but this year he worked a little differently on the team dynamic, coach Scullard said, and it has produced better results from a side lacking as many big names as it did last season.
“I have seen this year, with me trying to give a bit more contact time to each individual, and specifying their roles within the team, we’re going to have more success just incorporating everyone, making sure that they know they have a purpose in the team and what their job is.
“It might not get the headlines, but players must know they will get the recognition from me, because I know the job they are doing from the side of the field, which allows someone else to shine, and vice versa. On another day that player will shine and the other player will be doing the hard work.”
He added: “Last year, I felt there were guys skating by on talent, because the side I had was more talented than the side I have this year. But the boys this year are workers and I can see a bit more heart in what they’re doing and the manner in which they’re going about their work.”
De Klerk stated: “The team this year is bonding a lot more. They’re very talented, but a very young side. If you look at the players, they fight hard and they fight for the team. They perform for the school and they play for the badge.
“That was my aim at the beginning of the season, because looking at last year the team was fragmented. This year we are playing so nicely together and we’re fighting together. Everything has fallen into place and we’ve improved.”
Top order batsman Chad Laycock, who made the Dolphins’ Cubs side as a grade 10 learner, is a huge talent.
Life is seldom simple and easy, however, and the season began with a heavy defeat for Glenwood at the Grey College Cricket Festival in Bloemfontein, where they went down to Saint Andrew’s School by 97 runs after Saints’ skipper JD Bruwer scored an unbeaten 131 to guide his side to victory. That, however, was the first and last time in the season that Glenwood allowed a batsman to reach fifty.
In fact, in their remaining matches, only Saint Charles College, with 151 all out, made it past 150. In the remaining five games, Glenwood kept the opposition to 120 or less.
They suffered only one more loss, a defeat to Clifton in the semi-finals of the KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Schools T20 competition. It hurt, but it was also the kind of loss from which one can learn valuable lessons.
Batting first, Clifton managed just 120 all out, with their captain Nabeel Jeewa making 35 and the big hitting Josh Platford 23. Leo Moran knocked over 2 for 14 for Glenwood, Russel Heine took 2 for 21, and captain and wicketkeeper, SJ de Klerk, effected two stumpings.
Recalling his team’s reply, Scullard said: “We were cruising at 83 for 2 and an outstanding piece of fielding got Matt Halstead out. He’s our number four batsman and a matric boy, and then they just seemed to build pressure from one end. I wasn’t too happy about that.”
In the end, Glenwood came up five runs shy of Clifton’s total on 115 for 7, with De Klerk having contributed 42. It was a bitter pill to swallow, Scullard conceded.
Besides those two setbacks, though, the first term produced fulfilling cricket and results.
The highlight for both captain and coach was a convincing five-wicket victory over Maritzburg College. It wasn’t their best performance of the season, they acknowledged, but the most meaningful win, which is a compliment to College and their sustained success over so many years.
“The last match we played against College was my favourite of the season,” De Klerk smiled. “It was my first win against College. Last year, playing there, we were hammered. To come and play on Dixon’s and to give them back what we received on Goldstone’s was special.
Scullard weighed in: “Beating Maritzburg College is always a big win. We hadn’t beaten them for a while. I started here in 2017 and we hadn’t beaten them in that time.”
The team’s most eye-opening performance of the season came against Northwood, a team that had beaten Glenwood in the fourth term of 2019. “It was almost faultless,” said Scullard.
“Against Maritzburg College, we dropped a few catches, and we lost two wickets with 20 runs to win. We should have won by seven or eight wickets. But the nine-wicket win against Northwood was a resounding victory against a well-drilled team. Divan van Wyk runs a tight ship there at Northwood.”
Happy together: the 2020 Glenwood 1st XI.
One of the other reasons for the success enjoyed by Glenwood was a change brought about by coach Scullard that was not directly about cricket, but which had an important impact on the cricketers. He explained: “I have been a bit harder on the boys, but about things away from cricket: time in the classroom, discipline in the classroom, discipline in the boarding house, making sure that teachers who are interacting with the boys on a daily basis are happy with their behaviour, with the way in which they represent themselves.
“My message to them is that they represent us as a team and me as a coach. I’ve wanted to put life lessons into things, not just worrying about what they do on the field, but also about what they do away from it.
“I am a strong believer that the people they are away from the field has a big impact on the people they are on the field.”
With picture perfect technique, captain SJ de Klerk goes on the drive.
Scullard, who matriculated at Glenwood in 2008, added: “I am a big believer in the traditions and values that we have here at Glenwood. The boys here have fight and the will to go the extra mile. It runs deep in the boys. You can see it in their eyes and you can see it when they’re on the field.”
Echoing his coach, De Klerk concluded: “I always have that drive to never stop fighting and I want to show that to the rest of the boys as well.”
Saint Andrew’s School 296 for 9 (JD Bruwer 131*, Joe Meyer 31)
Glenwood 199 all out (Russel Heine 50, Christian Els 61*, Richard Barnes 2 for 20, Tristan Wylie 2 for 26, Jayden Davids 2 for 34)
Saint Andrew’s won by 97 runs
Glenwood 133 for 6 (Matt Halstead 42, Chad Laycock 28, Banele Cele 27)
Futura 1st XI 115 for 5
Glenwood won by 18 runs
Westville 97 for 8 (Anthony Dunford 25, Russel Heine 3 for 13, Banele Cele 2 for 13)
Glenwood 98 for 4 (Matt Halstead 38, SJ de Klerk 26, Chad Laycock 22)
Glenwood won by 6 wickets
Glenwood 178 all out (SJ. de Klerk 50, Chad Laycock 29, Matt Halstead 26, Tristan Rossouw 20, Keegan Crawford 3 for 48, Andrew Beyrooti 2 for 19, Hayden Raw 2 for 40, Gordon Hill 2 for 22)
Saint Charles 151 all out (Hayden Raw 26, Leo Moran 2 for 12, Christian Els 4 for 25)
Glenwood won by 28 runs
Clifton 120 all out (Nabeel Jeewa 35, Josh Platford 23, Leo Moran 2 for 14, Russel Heine 2 for 21)
Glenwood 115 for 7 (SJ. de Klerk 42, Ronan Vardaya 3 for 22, Marco Mottura 2 for 17)
Clifton won by 5 runs
Maritzburg College 115 all out (Erik Hartman 3 for 24, Banele Cele 2 for 6, Rasen Naidoo 2 for 22, Russel Heine 2 for 23)
Glenwood 119 for 5 (Russel Heine 25, Chad Laycock 24, SJ de Klerk 25*)
Glenwood won by 5 wickets
Northwood 101 all out (Thulani Chiliza 45, Russel Heine 3 for 13, Luke Bowley 2 for 16, Erik Hartman 2 for 19. Christian Els 3 for 9)
Glenwood 102 for 1 (Chad Laycock 47*)
Glenwood won by 9 wickets
DHS played host to the annual Durban and District Gala on Tuesday afternoon. The event – featuring DHS, Westville, Northwood, Glenwood, Clifton and Kearsney – consisted of the 4 x 50m relay in all strokes in the under-14, under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 age groups and culminated in the 5 x 50m freestyle ladder relay, writes KZN10.com’s Brad Morgan.
Contested late in the afternoon, a decently sized crowd took in some good competition in pleasant conditions, with the powerhouse Westville team, predictably, dominating proceedings. A total of 26 events were contested with the Griffins excelling and capturing the honours in 22 of the 26 relays.
While Westville ruled the roost in the Durban and Districts Gala, DHS shone in the under-15 age group, picking up wins in three of the five relays (All photos: Brad Morgan, KZN10.com)
They impressed with their depth, not only in the various strokes, but also throughout the various age groups. Westville also swept all relays in the under-14, under-16 and under-17 age groups.
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Clifton picked up a very impressive win in the under-19 freestyle relay, which, obviously, meant their time of 1:40.84 was the fastest recorded in any relay on the day. That was the only race Westville didn’t win in the senior age group.
The competition took place in ideal late afternoon conditions, with a nice crowd in attendance.
DHS were especially strong at under-15 level. In fact, they claimed three wins to Westville’s two, with the hosts giving the crowd plenty to cheer with victories in the backstroke, butterfly and medley relays, while Westville reigned supreme in the freestyle and breaststroke races.
A hallmark of the gala, which was very pleasing to witness, was the friendly nature of the competition. It echoed days gone by when winning was not all that mattered and the appreciation of challenging oneself and others was as important as the result itself.
So, well done to all the swimmers and the coaches (and moms and dads); besides the excellence of the performances, the good-natured racing stood out.
From the first event to the last, there was no doubt that Westville would claim the silverware as champions of the Durban and Districts Gala. DHS headmaster Tony Pinheiro presented the winner’s trophy to Westville captain Ian Brijlal.
1st: Westville 152 points
2nd: Clifton 107 points
3rd: DHS 90 points
4th T: Glenwood 69 points
4th T: Kearsney 69 points
6th: Northwood 57 points
Northwood first XI won the toss and opted to bat on Saturday but came up against a Glenwood first XI that were totally in-sync in dismissing the visitors for 101 in 45.3 overs on Dixons and then hauling in the target with just one wicket down for a comprehensive 9-wicket victory, writes Jono Cook.
(Unfortunately due to a technical glitch the many photos KZN10.com took of the match are unable to be used)
Difficulty in building partnerships proved to be the Northwood Knight’s Achilles heel in this 50-over match.
The Northwood Knights lost their first 2 wickets to Glenwood first-change bowler Luke Bowley with the total on 21 and then 22. In-form Knights opener Thulani Chiliza was then fated to stand at the non-striker’s end and watch 7 batsmen back in the hat for a combined 17 runs before he was eighth man out, stumped by Glenwood captain SJ de Klerk for a valiant 45 off 126 balls including just 1 four – an indication of how successful the home side’s bowling attack was in building pressure.
Three Northwood batsmen were out for ducks, while a total of 7 batters failed to reach double figures.
Young Glenwood 1st XI a force to be reckoned with
Glenwood director of cricket and first XI coach Brandon Scullard summed up for KZN10.com his team’s performance in the field:
“Jono, we lost the toss on a good batting surface. I have a lot of praise for the way my bowlers went about their work, and the consistency of their execution. I must say that my spinners were excellent, with my front 3 spinners all completing their 10-over allocations and all going for less than 2 runs per over.
“The spinners built pressure whilst continually picking up wickets and the fielders backed them up well, holding onto any chances Northwood gave up.”
Luke Bowley (6 overs 2 maidens just 16 runs conceded and 2 wickets) got the first 2 wickets before Russell Hein (10-3-13-3) and Erik Hartman (10-1-19-2) dismissed batsmen numbers 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at minimal cost.
Christiaan Els (2.3-1-9-3) then got the prize wicket of opening bat and innings top scorer Thulani Chiliza (45) before mopping up the tail.
Coach Scullard was further impressed by the method in which Glenwood’s top-order batters went about chasing down the target of 102.
“We went about the chase in a positive, yet disciplined manner and proved what a good cricket wicket it was by reaching the Northwood total inside 22 overs.
“Chad Laycock showed his class again, ending on 47* after numerous attempts by the Northwood fielders to get into his head.”
Number 3 Chad Laycock’s unbeaten 47 was scored off 40 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes; his innings coming off a decent 37-run platform laid by openers Banele Cele (19 46b 3×4) and Russell Hein.
Russell (13 not out off 45 balls) was content to rotate the strike and the reward came in his returning victorious to the pavilion alongside Chad after an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 65.
The tall Chad Laycock is an impressive batsman to watch – I recall a Chad Laycock knock at the Jack Hart-Davis Oval in the fourth term last year against arguably the best bowling attack in the country in 2019 – that of Hilton College – (the pace, seam and swing of John Turner, Michael Booth, Matt Boast, Ethan Bain and Tom Dixon; the left-arm orthodox spin of Mike Frost and the leg-spin and googlies of Colby Dyer) in which this top-order batter looked at ease.
It wasn’t about the runs Chad made that day, it was more about his comfort out in the middle against accurate, hostile, clever and artful schoolboy bowling.
Coach Brandon Scullard’s final assessment of his Glenwood side on the day?
“Jono, it was a complete performance that I have been waiting to see from my boys.
“We have a huge amount of talent within our team and I’m happy to see that transferred onto the field.
“We need to aspire to be more consistent in the weeks to come.”
Thanks Brandon, there can be few more satisfying experiences for a coach than when he witnesses a near-flawless all-round effort from his charges.
Glenwood’s Matt Blignaut, Clayton Charles and Jordan Houston of the school’s pistol shooting extra-mural activity were on target during Sunday’s SA Champs.
Five Glenwood boys who are among the school’s pistol shooting enthusiasts and are affiliated to the KZN Pistol Association, competed in the SAPS Pistol Federation Championships.
All five Glenwood boys shot impressive scores and in the 10-metre Air pistol category the top three were Glenwood boys were Matthew Blignaut 512/600, Clayton Charles 494/600 and Jordan Houston 437/600.
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Text & image Kirsten Blignaut
We are just a few days away from the kick off of the Twizza 7’s series and the excitement amongst supporters, players and organisers is palpable.
Glenwood High School marks the launch pad for the 2019 series which will run over the next two months and span the length and breadth of South Africa.
With the support of generous sponsors such as Twizza the tournament has taken a noticeable step forward in 2019. In the brand’s first year associated with rugby 7’s(2018) there were only 11 tournaments but that figure is now up to 18, a clear sign of growth for the format.
The 7’s series forms part of the Komani based companies considerable support for South African school sports, with Twizza being also heavily supportive of both Netball and Athletics.
This year the Glenwood tournament will again include an U15 and U17 competition. From a KZN10 perspective Midlands heavyweights Hilton College, Michaelhouse and St Charles College are not competing in any of the age groups.
The winner will automatically qualify for the Champions Tournament which will be held in 2 months time.
U15 Pools Pitch 2
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|Die Anker||Glenwood 2||Westville||Kearsney|
|HS Vryheid||Pioneer||Clifton||Westville 2|
|Pitch 2 Pool Fixtures Friday 16 August|
|Time||Team A||Team B|
|16h00||Die Anker||vs||HS Vryheid|
|16h40||M College||vs||Westville 2|
|Pitch 2 Pool Fixtures Saturday 17 August|
U17 Pools Pitch 1
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|Glenwood||DHS||Westville 2||Maritzburg College|
|Pioneer||HS Vryheaid||Kenyan Inv||Glenwood 2|
|Pitch 1 Pool Fixtures Friday 16 August|
|Time||Team A||Team B|
|16h20||Westville 2||vs||Kenyan Inv|
|16h40||M College||vs||Glenwood 2|
|Pitch 1 Pool Fixtures Saturday 17 August|
The knock out rounds in both age groups will begin at 09:30 on Saturday morning and end at 14:30 with the Cup Finals. The action should be fast and frenetic as the KZN lads vie for the right to enter the Champions Tournament. All the best for the teams competing.
Saturdays fixture against Glenwood and Saint Charles College marked the first time that the teams had met each other in 42 years. That the last meeting ended in a 10-10 draw way back in 1977 makes one wonder what the reason was for the cancellation of the fixture in the first place. If one of our readers could supply the context of what was happening back then we would be appreciative.
The win count for both schools stood at 26 a piece with 5 draws. Its been heart-warming to see old rivalries rekindled
as schools forge stronger bonds with each other within the KZN10 community.
The venue for the 2019 version was Old Orchards at Saint Charles College. Fittingly the match took place on a field that didn’t even exist 42 years ago so perhaps a harbinger of a new force within the Schools landscape as SCC builds its rugby program.
The Glenwood account was opened when SCC were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck. A routine 3 pointer from Hendrikse made the score 3-0 to Glenwood after a handful of minutes.
Both teams seemed intent on moving the ball through the hands and with numerous line breaks by both teams it was Glenwood that pushed the edge a bit to far and got penalised for being offside in the midfield after 8 minutes.
The penalty was missed from straight in front of the posts to the disbelief of the Saint Charles faithful. Against Glenwood the home team would need things to go their way and take points when they were on offer. A Hendrikse drop out forced play back into the SCC half and it was from the resultant field position that Glenwood got their first clear cut opportunity to score.
A short line out got Glenwood hooker Nanto some space to run into and the hooker got play up to the SCC 22 meter line on the right touchline. In a flash the ball moved across the field to winger Thinyane on the left with only the try line in front. The pass, unfortunately, was poor and sailed into touch in front of the rangy winger.
SCC again showed their courage and ran the ball out in an attempt to take the game to Glenwood. Inside centre Scott, who had a brilliant game on the day, had just enough bulk and power to always drive his tackler back to get his pack on the front foot.
Another Glenwood indiscretion give SCC a chance to set up a line out 5 metres from the Glenwood line. The throw was not straight and Glenwood escaped via a booming kick from Hendrikse who cleared magnificently to take play up to the
The first try came from out of nowhere. A Glenwood line out on the SCC 10 metre line gave the green machine the necessary platform and, after a powerful run by tight head Golden, the ball went through the hands and found Mbona who raced to the try line with barely a hand being laid on him. Strange considering that up to this point the defence of Saint Charles College had been tenacious. Hendrikse converted to make the score 10-0 to the visitors after 24 minutes.
SCC were fearless though and went straight back on to the attack. They flew into the rucks with gusto and never allowed the Glenwood forwards any opportunity at the ball. From a line out, and after some strong running from Scott, the ball landed in hands of Ortmann who crashed over the line dragging the Glenwood defenders with him. A Simple tap over by Samuels made scores 10-7 after 28 minutes.
Saints were not done and came right back for more and a straight run from Scott again broke the Glenwood defence.
His scything run was eventually halted on the Glenwood 22 metre line and, after some great ball retention, the ball got passed wide and into the hands of Jacobs. Showing great balance he stepped off his right foot beating the last defender on the inside. With the try line in touching distance Glenwood Captain Jonas made a telling cross covering tackle to save a certain five pointer. Brilliant work from the full back.
Glenwood were slow to retreat and were penalised for being offside in the midfield and Captain Robert took the option of kicking for the poles. It was valiant play from the SCC boys as they were playing with a degree of self belief and confidence that is needed in these type of fixtures. The penalty kick was again missed making 3 clear cut chances in front of the poles which Saints had squandered in the half.
Glenwood up to this point had been rather scrappy with the ball and lacking the necessary intensity and focus that was needed. Defensively they had missed a number of first time tackles which put their second line of defence under enormous pressure.
With a few minutes left to half time Glenwood finally clicked into a higher gear and started showing some sort of cohesion between backs and forwards. Sustained pressure forced a penalty in front of the poles and Jonas sensing that his team was playing with greater urgency kicked to touch.
Glenwood retained possession at the line out and from a resultant ruck Glenwood Scrum-half Steyn threw an outrageous dummy which opened up a gap so wide he quite literally walked over the line to score. Hendrikse added the extras to make it 17-7 at the half.
Glenwood struck again straight after the break after a well place box kick from Steyn drove SCC deep into their 22 Metre area. Two further errors from the home team handed possession back to Glenwood on their 22 metre line.
Glenwood again upping the tempo played more direct rugby forcing SCC to commit more numbers to the inside channels. Steyn, who was dictating play beautifully, sent the ball down the blind side and a lovely weighted pass from Hendrikse found Mbona in the clear with one man to beat.
He took the contact and the ball was neatly transferred to replacement wing Cloete to score in the corner. Hendrikse, who was having a great day with the boot, nailed the sideline conversion making the score 24-7 in the 39 minute.
Incisive, simple play from the boys from Umbilo and it looked ever so slightly that the shoulders of the SCC lads had
Glenwood were now in the ascendancy with Steyn showing all his class as he kicked, ran and passed with the authority of a army general. SCC, for their part, had not had the best start to the half and another fumbled line out and penalty lead to Glenwoods fourth try.
Glenwood, given prime field position to attack, went through the phases and after some smooth handling developed an overlap. The ball was, however, knocked out of Thinyanes hands with the goal line begging, a real let off for the SCC lads. The pressure was still well and truly on the Saint Charles boys with a scrum feed 5 metres from their own line.
Great work by the Glenwood pack though forced a right shoulder at the scrum cramming the space in the in-goal area. In the mad scramble to clear the ball it was hacked up the middle of the field. At first it looked like a decent kick but Thinyane ate up the ground to pick up the ball on the bounce and set off a diagonal run. A great draw and pass from the flier freed Jonas who showed great composure to pop the ball up to Cloete, who dove over to score his second try in 6 minutes. Hendrikse converted to make the score 31-7.
The green machine had, in a little over 10 minutes, scored 21 unanswered points to really test what this SCC team is all about.
With a comfortable lead Glenwood lost a bit of focus and allowed the Saints boys to run at them. This was a risky ploy considering the success that SCC has previously had. Saint Charles’ Scott needed no second invitation and his barnstorming runs would often break the first line of defence gaining many metres and much needed front foot ball.
In the 56 minute SCC were rewarded with their second try after some industrious play. A series of penalties pinned Glenwood on their own line and Ortmann again running a beautiful line crashed over with a number of Glenwood defenders draped over him. The conversion was missed making the score 31-12.
Glenwood were shocked into life and put the pedal down once more with that man Steyn again dictating play with his clear decision making. A ruck penalty 5 metres from the SCC line turned into a scrum, and with an inviting blind side, eighth man, Kromhout picked up to score in the corner. Ice man Hendrikse drilled another sideline conversion to make the score 38-12
That would be the last scoring of the match as the two teams took turns trying to set up scoring opportunities. Glenwood would be satisfied with the win against a game SCC team who never gave up. Saints will know that but for a couple of key mistakes at critical times they were more than competitive in this game.
Next up for Saint Charles College is a home fixture against Clifton College, Glenwood make the journey to Bothas Hill to take on Kearsney College.
GLENWOOD: 38 (17)
Tries: Luyanda Mbona, Nico Steyn, Carlo Cloete (2), Dillan Kromhout
Con: Jordan Hendrikse (5)
ST. CHARLES COLLEGE: 12 (7)
Tries: E. Ortmann(2)
Con: C. Samuels
Friday’s 7.30pm match-up between hosts St Charles College first hockey team and visitors Glenwood has the makings of a competitive, action- and emotion-charged spectacle.
That the first team clash represents the culmination of a five-match package on Saints Astro it would be fair to assume a good turnout of KZN10.com hockey fans, particularly with the broader Saints staff having gone the extra mile in making the occasion one of add-value entertainment.
The customary scrumptious offering that accompanies an SCC afternoon tea (from 4.30pm to 5.30pm) is augmented by the fact that the convivial Coach House will be open from 4.45pm.
One cannot help surmising that braai fires on the Coach House lawn might well come into play among a posse of enterprising individuals during what is set to be a festive Saints Friday night in the KZN capital.
Erm… back to the hockey.
The main focus will obviously be the battle of skills and wills between the schools’ flagship teams come the 7.30pm push-back.
Preceding that, however, are two attractive clashes between the respective U14A sides at 5.10pm and the U16A’s at 6.15pm so there’s plenty in store.
St Charles College hockey specialist and first team head coach Matt Coombes has impressed this year in moulding his squad and to pick on one match in particular, the unpredicted draw at Kearsney earlier this season caught the eye of many a knowledgeable observer.
That visitors Maritzburg College outlasted Saints 4-2 last time out, one must bear in mind that the SCC boys had come off a week’s recess leading into the local derby.
Glenwood have two or three notably outstanding players – national age-group recognition is no mean feat – and they were most impressive in the 2-2 draw with Maritzburg College on the 3-Schools Astro in Durban last month.
And in London 2012 Olympian (among many other accolades) Jonty Robinson, the lads from Surf City have a first team head coach and director who is one of the most internationally experienced and hockey-savvy mentors in the business.
One could mention first team players taking part in this match but let’s see who puts his hand up to write his own story on the fresh page that is this evening’s tasty offering.
Suffice to say that each of the schools has a proud hockey history (St Charles College’s Springbok hockey wing of the 1950s Mally Beckett comes to mind) and one need look no further than the legendary Madsen brothers during their days in Glenwood colours and after, to understand that every man jack on the turf during this evening’s premier bears the badge of the great players before them.
KZN10.com wishes both teams all of the very best and may the best team win.
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Herschelle Goodman sets Dixons alight
This was always going to be the greatest test of this Glenwood team so far and it was a test that exposed some weaknesses in the Glenwood armour.
Glenwood have had the better of the recent exchanges with Monnas but this version of “Die Wit Bulle’, as they are often referred to, is a different kettle of fish altogether.
In the past Monnas would always have a pack forwards that could match up with any of the top schools in the country. The one part of their game which has limited their position in the annual rankings was their back line play. Perhaps its been due to the past South African obsession with size and running over the man as opposed to actually playing rugby that this is so.
The result was that their backs would be ponderous and devoid of any imagination whatsoever. They have however over the last 7 years been quite successful with this strategy. The fact that their average ranking over this time has been in the 5-6 range is a testament to the sheer raw talent that is available to them. But as has been demonstrated at the senior levels of our rugby this can only take you so far.
To be successful at the pinnacle of school boy rugby it takes a great set of forwards and a play making flyhalf to get the most out of his back line and keep the defense honest.
Enter Grade 11 learner Herschelle Goodman of Monnas. There had been much discussion amongst the Monument coaching staff as to where to play him. In the early part of the season at the World Schools Festival they had been shuffling him between flyhalf and fullback presumably trying to accommodate more senior players in the team. On Saturday he must surely have put the argument to bed when he put on a absolute master-class against Glenwood.
His incisive running and clever use of the boot kept the Glenwood boys on the backfoot for most of the game. The constant threat from Goodman, who scored 2 tries of his own, caused Glenwood to become quite narrow in its defensive lines. X factor players create there own sense of gravity on the field with defenders looking to cover potential gaps. Every time he touched the ball Glenwoods defence would have to hold to protect the 10/12 channel instead of drifting across the field in cover. Consequently over the course of the game this gave the Monnas backs ample space to exploit the tiring defensive lines of Glenwood. Fullback Luan van der Walt was such a player, his strong running from the back bagged him a brace of tries with assists on two others.
Glenwood did try and get things going in the second half but scoreboard pressure caused a number of handling errors as they tried to raise the intensity. As is the case when things are just not clicking frustration grows and so does the potential for ill-discipline something which Glenwood were guilty of. They were, however, rewarded with a try late in the 2nd half by Vian Du Ploy but it was to little to late as Monument scored again to give Glenwood its biggest defeat in a while 48-11.
That the unbeaten tag is finally out of the way could possibly be a good thing as Glenwood head into the Kearsney Easter Rugby festival. How the coaching staff will approach this week is anyone’s guess but possibly a greater emphasis on positional defensive responsibility and kicking out of hand may be the order of the day. This is a good Glenwood side with still lots to play for.