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.
Source: Glenwood FB
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.
KZN10.com in the person of one Jono Cook will be bringing you his comments live from pitch-side and you are more than welcome to follow this internationally respected hockey writer (16 countries, 2014 Hockey World Cup) on his Jonathan Cook Facebook page.
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.
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
Maritzburg College versus Pretoria Boys
DHS versus Northwood
Glenwood versus Monument
Clifton College Versus Glenwood
Till next time,
KZN Schoolboy Rugby Results
Some great performances from the KZN10 schools.
Westville Versus Jeppe
Maritzburg College Versus Pretoria Boys
Quite simply an amazing performance from College away from home.
Glenwood versus Monument
DHS versus Northwood
Well done to Northwood going to DHS.
Till Next time,
This weekends KZN schoolboy rugby takes on a feeling of reprising the great trek as Monument and Jeppe head down to Durban to take on Glenwood and Westville respectively whilst Martizburg College head out of Province to take on Pretoria Boys. Northwood take a short trip to take on DHS.
On the U15 front all the Private schools in the KZN10 have sent teams up to the St Benedicts U15 ISRF.
Glenwood versus Monument
This should be a great clash between Monument and Glenwood. Depending on which rankings you follow Glenwood(7) sits three places above Monument(10).
Though Monument come into this clash having lost 2 games already their overall play has been impressive and it seems like Monument have finally got back line players to complement their always beefy pack of forwards.
That their two losses this season have come against Paarl powerhouses Paarl Gim and Paarl Boys and one in the last play of the game at that shows they can hang with the best around. Last weekends victory against Menlopark should fill the men from Krugersdorp with a fair bit of confidence.
No school should be surprised by the other as the coaches from both teams would have had a close look at teach other at the recent World schools festival in Stellenbosch.
What can be said of Glenwood as they remain unbeaten at this stage of the season. This is probably Glenwoods greatest test this season so the result on Saturday will go a long way in gauging just how good this team is. That the teams seem to be very evenly matched this year should make for great rugby but playing at home in front of a expectant, partisan crowd should tilt the game in Glenwoods favour.
In the age groups the advantage should lie with Glenwood as their under 14’,15’s and 16’s all rank considerably higher than Monument. The Glenwood U14 and U16 remain unbeaten this season so far.
Westville versus Jeppe
Jeppe sits 13 places above Westville at 27 whilst the later comes in at 40. Westville should have won last weekend against DHS so the general mood is that the schools are allot closer than the rankings suggest.
Jeppe’s last match a was narrow 19-18 victory at St Johns College last weekend and Westville lost 26-27 to DHS. Westville are due a complete performance, however, and hopefully they have settled on a pack configuration that suits their personnel because they certainly have the play makers to score points.
In the age groups Jeppe does seem to have an advantage at U15 level whist in the U16’s Westville seems to hold the advantage.
Northwood versus DHS
DHS lost a few influential players from last year and it does seem that they are lacking some experienced leaders in their team to make the right decisions at the right time. Their 2nd half performance against Framesby would be a case in point where they shipped almost 50 points in 30 minutes. Perhaps its just highlights just how inspirational Celimpilo Gumede and Phendulani Buthelezi before him were in galvanizing their teams.
The rankings do place Northwood higher than DHS due to their great early season form and some impressive outings at the Grey festival.
The game will be won and lost amongst the forwards though as both Northwood and DHS have skilful, elusive backs that can create chances from no where.
In the age groups DHS should win their matches, of particular note will be their more capable U14 outfit.
Maritzburg College versus Pretoria Boys
From all accounts this is PBHS’ strongest side in a while, though their 41-27 loss last week against KES doesn’t seem to suggest so. Their attacking back line play speared headed by Mikhail Edwards could cause the boys from KZN a few headaches.
As is the case with fixtures against these two schools the margins will surely be tight. Maritzburg College who played with great commitment last weekend against Glenwood, in a 7-15 loss, are due a win and get their season on the road. College will look for Siya Ningiza to continue his play from Glenwood.
At age group levels Maritzburg does seem to have the edge with their unbeaten U15 group leading the charge.
It promises to be a great weekend of rugby action as the teams all seem to be very evenly mathched.
Thats all for now, till next time,
KZN School Rugby and Hockey gets back in to the swing of things.
With the private schools still on holiday the government schools took centre stage this last weekend as DHS hosted Westville and Glenwood hosted Maritzburg College at Rugby and Hockey.
The first team rugby matches were compelling for different reasons as Westville and DHS put on a show of free flowing rugby in a 53 point thriller with DHS pipping Westville 27-26.
Whilst over on the Umbilo side of Durban Glenwood and College engaged in a arm wrestle of sorts to see which defense would crack first with Glenwood eventually running out 15-7 winners.
On the hockey side Westville continued their fine form this season by winning 6-0. Glenwood possibly a little more match sharp as they had competed in the Founders festival the weekend drew 2-2 with Martizburg College.
Here are the full Rugby and Hockey results from this weekend.
|DHS VS Westville Rugby
|DHS VS Westville|
To be fair Westville looked like they could score every time they built up any period of sustained pressure. At times though it seemed that in Westvilles desire to keep the ball alive passes were thrown that didn’t need to be and a hand full of opportunities were squandered by passes either not going to hand, the ball being lost in contact or just simply passing the ball to the opposition player.
Another area that really hurt the Westville cause was the throwing in at the lineout time. Often these came at the most inopportune times with Westville getting a throw in deep in DHS territory and the the jumper would be missed.
DHS on the other hand stuck to their task and scored some tries from sometimes out of the blue. The clip below probably encapsulates what type of game they had. Great flair and great instinct
Video courtesy of DHS tributes.
On the day Westville won more games than DHS on the Hockey and Rugby sides. A positive sign for DHS is that in the Hockey and rugby fixtures their U14’s by and large got the better of their Westville counterparts so the future indeed looks bright DHS.
DHS Vs Westville Full Hockey results
|*Westville 4th team|
Westville played fillers against Maritzburg College and the results were as follows
Glenwood and Maritzburg College Full rugby results
College played fillers against Linpark and Alexandre High school on the Friday afternoon
*1 Linpark 2nd, *2 Alex 1st, *3 Alex U16 A
Glenwood and Martizburg College hockey results(Home team first)
There is also some other rugby being played at the Kingswood 125 festival where KZN has 3 teams participating.
Hilton College continued their unbeaten ways by beating St Georges from Zimbabwe 21-12.
Clifton College lost a heart breaker to Graeme College 27-21 after leading 21-12 at half time.
Kearsney College lost to the hosts Kingswood College 23-15
Thats all from me for the moment.
Till next time,
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.
9 March: Martizburg College
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)
23 March: Selborne College(Grey Festival)
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.
04 March: Port Shepstone
09 March: Richards Bay
13 March: Amanzimtoti High School
16 March: Michaelhouse 2nd
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.
09 March: Hilton College
21 March: Framesby(Grey festival)
23 March: Grey High School(Grey Festival)
9 March: Glenwood
Glenwood Rugby Festival:
Piet Potgieter: 19-12
16 March: Hilton College
23 March: St Charles College
9 March: Westville
21 March: KES(Wynberg Rugby Festival)
Mar 23: San Isidro Rugby Club-Argentina(Wynberg Rugby Festival)
Mar 26: John McGlashan-New Zealand(World Schools Festival)
Highlights from the game, clip is about 10 minutes long
Mar29: Asia Pacific Dragons (World Schools Festival)
9 March: Northwood
23 March: Noord Kaap
16 March: St Charles College
23 March: Hilton College
St Charles College
16 March: Michaelhouse
9 March: DHS
16 March: Kearsney College
23 March: Michaelhouse
27 March: USA Schools XV
30 March: Italian All Stars
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,