Kearsney’s Josh Steytler has an Olympic dream

Josh Steytler, who won gold at the recent 2019 South African and African Duathlon Championships held in Cape Town, has just signed a 12-month contract to run for Hillcrest Villagers’ Athletic Club’s Elite running team.

The Grade 11 learner from Kearsney College will represent HVAC in the Junior Men’s category at running events until mid-2020.

Josh has been actively involved in competitive sports from a young age, playing club rugby (Hillcrest Villagers’ Rugby Club) and club soccer (Westville Soccer Club) from the age of seven, and made a KZN soccer age-group team at 12, when they won the SAFU League Championship.


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His passion for road running saw him win the U19 junior Men’s category at the Forest Hills Spar 10km road race last month in a time of 35:03.  He finished 11th overall.



But triathlons are his first love, so Josh stopped playing club rugby and soccer this year, in order to compete seriously in triathlons and duathlons.

Josh’s dream is to compete in triathlon at the Olympic Games. Last year he was awarded full provincial colours in both duathlon and triathlon and was the HVAC Junior Runner of the Year.



Earlier this year he won silver at the SA and Africa Triathlon Champs in Durban, before winning gold at the SA and Africa Duathlon Champs in Cape Town.

At these Duathlon Champs in Cape Town, Josh competed in the sprint class – a 5km run, a 20km cycle and a final 2,5km run – which he did in 16:47, 31:06 and 09:26 respectively, recording the fastest 5km run time in the U17 and U19 male categories.


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Mpumelelo Mhlongo’s Tokyo 2020 dream

The unfolding journey of Kearsney College old boy Mpumelelo Mhlongo and his Tokyo 2020 dream has many rooting for the young man from Durban.

Being born with amniotic band syndrome left him with a shorter right leg, a deformed club foot and several deformed fingers.

For many with such disabilities on the African continent the future would indeed look bleak. Stigmatisation and exclusion from many societal norms dooms many to a life of poverty and lack of opportunity.

Told he would never walk by the medical fraternity Mhlongo defied all the odds by taking his first steps at 6 years old and has been moving since.

Out of great tragedy comes new life.

His records bear testament to the work that he has put in.

He is currently the South African 100m and 200m champion and the All-Africa record holder in the 100m, 200m, long and high jump for my para athletic category.

He is also the world record holder for the T44 men’s 200m and long jump, and pending ratification will also hold the 100m world record.

The opportunities he has received has left Mpumelelo with deep sense of gratitude and a desire to give back to the community that is so dear to his heart.

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One of those opportunities was receiving a scholarship at Kearsney College where he eventually rose to the level of Captaining his more able bodied school mates. It was during this time that he developed his great drive for sports.

He is presently completing his Phd at the University of Cape Town whilst also pursuing his Tokyo 2020 dream. It seems that everything he touches turns to gold as he has won undergrade Sportsperson of the Year, for an unprecedented, four years in a row.

Mpumi now aims to use his story, journey and eventual success in Tokyo, to put a deserved global spotlight on Africa’s indomitable para athletic talent.

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes.

Truer have never been spoken and we wish Mpumelelo well as he reaches for his dream.



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Westville Boys vs Kearsney College Hockey match report

In their final match of the 2019 hockey season Westville Boys took on Kearsney College on old boys day. In a fixture which saw the hosts seldom troubled for any extended period of time, a totally dominant display, lead to a 3-1 victory for the home team.

Kearsney started off the game at a frenetic pace as they harried and hassled the Westville players into unusual mistakes in the opening minutes.

The strategy seemed a good one as Westville play a slow, deliberate, possession based game which forces their opponents to cover allot of ground to cover passing lanes as the move the ball from side to side.

Kearsney, for their part, were successful in halting any Westville flow as they tore round the 3 schools astro.

For all their endeavour, though, they couldn’t quite get enough of the ball to create goal scoring chances of their own.

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The quality of the Westville team soon started to show, however, as Ethan Matkovich and Wynand Steynberg gained control of the tempo of the game.

Their passing and great linking with Luke Allen and Randal Govender pushed Kearsney further and further back until the visitors were well and truly pinned in their half for large portions of the 1st half.

The first opportunity for a goal came in the 5th minute as a strong drive by Govender earned Westville a PC. A Luke Allen drag flick flashed past the left upright of Christopher Kiggen, a warning shot to the boys from Kearsney that this wasn’t going to be an easy afternoon.

With 3 seconds left in the 1st chukka a driving run from Govender earned the griffins another PC. The resultant save by Hayden De Kock must go do as one of the stops of the season. A Matkovich drag flick missile was incredibly swatted away on the goal line a few inches from De Kocks face.

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The 2nd chukka had a familiar pattern to it as Westville’s calm, measured, approach eventually lead to a passing lane for the ball to get up field.

In the 23rd minute came their next chance as some great individual work from Joshua Davies created a little space for Joshua Korte to fire over the Kearsney crossbar.

That the half ended at 0-0 doesn’t reflect the total control that Westville had on the match at this stage. But, to Kearsneys credit, they had defended manfully up to this point in keeping Westville at bay.

The Griffins dominance was rewarded, however, shortly after the break, as a great run from Korte earned Westville a PC in the 31st minute. A simple push out to the 1st castle and a Allen drag flick found the back of the goal. 1-0 to the hosts.

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Kearsney College, who had been content on sitting fairly deep on defence, immediately sprang into life and starting pressing little a bit higher up the field in search of a equaliser. Westville who had been in total control of the tempo of the match got a bit to casual in possession and were disposed deep in their half giving Calvin Davis a chance to shoot just wide.

Kearsney, sensing that Westville had lost a little concentration, continued to play with a lot more aggression and hunger. It was during one of the brighter passages of play from Kearsney that a brilliant 40 metre slap stick pass from Chase Kelly found James Maguire open on the edge of the D. With only the keeper to beat the striker unfortunately scuffed his shot.

In the 48th minute Kearsney were rewarded for their efforts with a goal of their own after some great work in the D by Menzi Mhlungu earned Kearsney a PC.

If there is anyone who has been a rock for the Kearsney team this season it has to be captain, Chase Kelly. The PC specialist has a bullet drag flick and has phenomenal strike rate at short corners.

Chase Kelly scores against Westville boys. Photo – Kearsney College

With another one of his thunderbolts crashing into the back of the goal he levelled the scores at 1-1. Great rewards for the Kearsney boys as they came out with a great deal of intent after the Westville score.

With Kearsney playing such a high line in search of goals it left acres of space in the midfield and it was only a matter of time until the Westville passing game clicked into gear.

In the 52 minute a breakout lead by Korte headed up the field with Randal Govender and Mazwi Meyiwa in support. Korte bounced through the defence like a pinball as would be defenders were summarily dispatched as he sped determinedly up field.

Just as he was about to be enveloped a by a swarm of defenders he deftly passed to an unmarked Govender to his left.

The midfielder, showing a great degree of poise, pirouetted away from the advancing goalkeeper before rolling a simple pass to Meyiwa who tapped the ball into the empty goal making the score 2-1 to the hosts.

Credit must go to Kearsney who, in spite of conceding a goal, continued to press a high line in search of an equaliser. The Westville midfield and backs were just to calm and controlled though.

They picked their way through the Kearsney pressure with Govender, Davies and Korte being simply outstanding in this stanza as they moved purposefully up field.

It was the another midfielder, Jarrod Slanely who earned the PC for the 3rd goal in the 55th minute after a great lay off from Davies.

A drag out to the 1st castle set the table for Matkovich to drill a powerful drag flick to the keepers left making the score 3-1 to the hosts.

The remainder of the game turned into a bit of a procession as the Westville boys relished the last 5 minutes of their school hockey careers.

That this team finished undefeated is a testament to the quality of this bunch of boys and the work of Cameron Mackay, the names of Matkovitch, Steynberg, Allen, Govender, Korte and Davies will be forever remembered as being part of one of Westvilles finest 1st XI hockey sides.

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KZN schoolboy hockey Michaelhouse Kearsney thriller

Looking ahead to Saturday by taking a look at last week’s epic

With Michaelhouse first hockey team at Northwood 11.45am on Super Saturday and Kearsney hosting Glenwood 11.15am on their Founders Day, let’s look at the MHS/KC epic that took place on Aitken’s Astro in Balgowan last time out.

An epic it was, a fitting contest for Michaelhouse Old Boys Day:

Tracey van den Aardweg feature image caption: Menzi Mhlungo on the attack for Kearsney in the remarkable 4-2 win over Michaelhouse at Aitken’s Astro in Blagowan last Saturday.

Michaelhouse took an early 2-0 lead that could have been 3-0 and even 4-0 before halftime on another day. Instead, the halftime winning margin was a gettable two goals and Kearsney knew it. A purple patch in the third quarter duly turned this clash on its head.

Here’s Jono Cook’s match report.

Kearsney pull it out of the fire to emerge victorious at Michaelhouse

After early Kearsney pressure it was Michaelhouse who brought the first save from the visitors’ shot-stopper Chris Kiggen. At the other end soon after it was Michaelhouse keeper Jason who was Williams called into action.


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A great goalshot from Kearsney vice-captain Chase Kelly earned the visitors their first penalty corner and Kelly induced a Top Gun save by Michaelhouse keeper Jason Williams!

Both sets of supporters were chanting and singing with the drum rolls ringing out across Aitken’s Astro.

A PC followed but the trap from the corner injection was untidy and danger was averted.

Prior to this clash, in the last 5 meetings, Kearsney had won 2 including the last 2 matches while Michaelhouse had won 2 and one match was drawn.

And 7 minutes into the match Michaelhouse captain Ben Rebeck showed customary skill and his trademark calm presence of mind to pick his spot, although it must be said that the Kearsney defenders didn’t engage him in an effort to close down the space and perhaps force a hurried shot.

Michaelhouse 1
Kearsney College 0


This was the one of four Ben Rebeck goals in the remarkable win over Hilton 5 May 2018. It looked like Ben was going to do it again.


A Michaelhouse penalty corner evolved shortly after and up steps Ben Rebeck… Mugabi Lubinga traps the corner injection and Ben flashes his drag-flick into the Kearsney net!

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 0 

10 minutes gone

At the other end Kearsney poured on the pressure in an effort to pull one back but an excellent flat-stick tackle by Michaelhouse central defender Ethan Hartwell extinguished the threat. Then it was Kearsney striker Gontse Machaba who came close to opening the visitors’ account.

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Undaunted, Michaelhouse earn a PC soon after and keeper Chris Kiggen saves – and another PC is awarded… Michaelhouse on fire… the Kearsney College boys behind the goals are hushed… It’s a Ben Rebeck drag-flick and a Chris Kiggen glove save.

Yet another Michaelhouse PC… The danger is contained and Kearsney break out fast from deep but the dangerous move is cut short just outside the strike zone. At the other end in this high-tempo game a Ben Rebeck power shot brings calls for a penalty stroke but the umpires are having nothing of it despite the Michaelhouse protestations.

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End of an action-packed first of four 15-minute chukkas it’s

Michaelhouse 2 (Ben Rebeck)

Kearsney College 0


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Into the second chukka and a Mugabi Lubinga through-ball earns the 2018 SA U16 Interprovincial Nationals’ Most Valuable Player a penalty corner. The Ben Rebeck shot is defended very well by the Kearsney PC defence.

Meanwhile, Michaelhouse vice-captain Rorke Melville is marshalling his defence well in the face of Kearsney pressure. It’s tempestuous out there on Aitkens Astro.

Then it’s that perpetual energy machine Jacques Minnaar of Kearsney College who gets in a backhand goalshot! Followed by a super backhand shot by Kearsney livewire Jacques Minnaar that crashes into the side-netting!

A weaving run by Michaelhouse forward Michael Christodoulou looked likely to bring further damage to Kearsney but a great tackle by Kearsney College defender Calvin Davis restores order for the visitors.


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And then – before halftime… It was an “Ooooo my WORD O-ooooh!” moment. A Mugabi Lubinga pass threaded through the Kearsney defensive screen was latched on to by the lateral-running Michaelhouse speed merchant striker Thabo Dlamini and the upshot was a Luke Gammie volley from inside the six-yard box that smashed into the Kearsney College crossbar like no other crossbar blast I have ever seen!

So, with a bit of luck Michaelhouse would have been 4-0 up at halftime and it can be argued that Kearsney would have found it extremely difficult to come back.

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 0

30 of 60 minutes gone
Two 15-minute chukkas to go


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Into the third chukka (or quarter) and Michaelhouse are not done yet, earning a penalty corner but the trap is untidy and the goalshot opportunity goes a-begging.

(As mentioned, the 2-0 deficit that might on another have been 4 was still well within this quality Kearsney side’s grasp if they turned up the heat. Another factor is that Kearsney appeared to be the fitter side and that certainly appeared the case in the second half, when Kearsney made it look easy in cutting out a loose Michaelhouse midfield and were thus able to fire the ball from deep straight to their high-hanging strikers).

But as the Goddess Hockey would have it the Kearsney boys break from deep and it looks like vice-captain Chase Kelly, according to the programme, who fires home the penalty corner!

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 1

Then a minute or two later it’s a Kearsney College penalty stroke and Chase Kelly makes it 2-2 with 5 minutes gone in the third quarter.

Aaaaaa-aaand what an amazing turnaround!  What an amazing Kearsney College third quarter! David Hudson makes it 3-2 to Kearsney College!


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Kearsney’s Cam Duckworth and James Maguire are a box of tricks.

Now just 5 minutes to go in the third quarter
40 pulsating minutes of 60 gone in this cracker of a match!

The action continues in both strike zones at the end of the third of four quarters.

So, at the end of the third quarter it’s

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 3

15 minutes to go

And just inside the final chukka it’s a wonderful goal by Cam Davis that takes Kearsney into a 4-2 lead with 13 minutes to go!

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 4

47 minutes gone
13 minutes left


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The drum rolls and chanting of the Michaelhouse boys reaches new heights as they call on their first hockey team to somehow pull it out of the fire. From an early 2-0 lead that could have been 3-0 and then 4-0 before halftime…

It’s now

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 4


Going into the closing minutes in this cracker of a clash the Michaelhouse lads strive to close the deficit but time is running out and Kearsney College have wrapped this up.
Another great Kearsney goalshot further underlines their second-half dominance, although the scoreline remains unchanged at

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 4

Aaaaaa-aaand it’s GAME OVA-AAA!

Well done Kearsney College first hockey team for the fantastic comeback.

Hard lines Michaelhouse after such a great start.


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1 Jason Williams
2 Oliver Morgan
3 Hilton Giles
4 Kenton Melville
5 Chris Christodoulou
6 Mugabi Lubinga
7 Michael Christodoulou
8 Rorke Melville (vc)
9 Thabo Dlamini
10 Ben Rebeck (c)
11 Luke Gammie
12 Chris Maartens
13 Ethan Hartwell
14 Michael Ross
15 Chris Brand
Head coach Richard Snowden

Kearsney College
1 Chris Kiggen
2 Calvin Davis
3 Hayden de Kock (c)
4 Chase Kelly (vc)
5 Tom Constable
6 Josh Barrett
7 Cam Duckworth
8 Menzi Mhlungu
9 James Maguire
10 Jacques Minnaar
11 David Hudson
12 Ronan Farquharson
13 Dylan Thompson
14 Gontse Machaba
Head coach JJ Reed


*A last-minute goal saw Kearsney College seconds draw 2-2 with hosts Michaelhouse

Michaelhouse 2
Kearsney College 1


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KZN10 Hockey Match Report – Kearsney College vs Maritzburg College


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On a damp morning Kearsney College hosted Maritzburg College at the Masons Astro. Both teams have played quality hockey in patches this season so it was all set up for a great clash.

Kearsney immediately went onto the attack and spent most of the 1st and 2nd chukkas camped in the Maritzburg College half. It was down to two things, primarily, that stopped Maritzburg from gaining any rhythm: (i) Maritzburg conceding turnovers and (ii) some aggressive, tough-as-nails play from Ronan Farquarson and Jacques Minnaar of Kearsney.

Martizburg spent most of the 1st half on the back foot and Kearsney, relishing the unusual tentativeness of the Maritzburg lads, applied enormous pressure. The first opportunity came when an aggressive run by David Hudson opened up space for Campbell Duckworth to shoot – just wide. The signs were there that Kearsney would, sooner or later, make the breakthrough.

With all the sustained pressure it seemed just a matter of time till Kearsney would earn its first penalty corner. The PC set-up didn’t flow fluidly but enough room was created for James Maguire to fire past the right post.

Maguire and team mates celebrate the opening goal. Photo Credit – Kearsney College

It was from another College turnover that the first goal of the match was scored… a neat interchange between Duckworth and Farquarson opened up a passing lane to Maguire who, with just enough space, punched the ball into the  bottom-left corner from top of the D.

A fitting reward for Kearsney, who had bossed proceedings up to this point.

Maritzburg were reduced to trying to catch Kearsney on the counter-attack but livewire Minnaar was an absolute pest, as his relentless workrate stifled much of Maritzburg’s attacking play.

His over-zealousness did earn him a green in the last moments of the half but the nuggety midfielder had certainly played his part in helping Kearsney dominate the 1st half.

Livewire Jacques Minnaar looks to get play going. Photo Credit – Kearsney College

The 2nd half was a complete reversal of the first and now it was College’s turn to spend large portions of the 3rd and 4th chukkas pressuring the Kearsney goal.

There was a sense of urgency about the College play which was surprisingly absent in the 1st half. Bruyns was tireless in running into space as he dragged the Kearsney defenders to and fro across the field. The passing was crisp and the movement decisive as Mthalane and Ngcobo probed down the left-hand side.

As Minnaar and Farquarson had done for Kearsney in the 1st half, it was now Maritzburg’s Prinsloo who entered centre stage in the midfield battles. It was a direct result of his energy and drive that Martizburg were awarded a penalty corner.

Martizburg’s timing was also off and In the ensuing scramble Kearsney were adjudged to have deliberately hit down on a Maritzburg stick and a penalty flick was awarded. Up stepped captain Pio for Maritzburg and he coolly tucked the flick away in the top-right corner.

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Play continued with the scores locked at 1-1 until deep into the 4th chukka… and there perhaps came the defining point in the fixture. Prinsloo, who had been so influential in controlling the midfield for Martizburg, received a green card and was sent off the field. With the space now afforded to him, it was that man Farquarson (featured image. Photo Credit – Kearsney College) who took matters into his own hands – and it was after one of his telling drives and resultant pass to Maguire that Maritzburg conceded a short corner with a slender, but sufficiently meaty, 90 seconds left on the clock.

The penalty corner wasn’t the smoothest you will ever see, but there was just enough variation to give Chase Kelly time and space to smash the ball into the bottom-right corner, much to the delight of the Kearsney players and fans. It was now 2-1 to Kearsney with but a handful of seconds left.

The resultant Maritzburg possession didn’t amount to much, and the final whistle duly sounded. The jubilation of the Kearsney players at the whistle reflected just how much they wanted this – and what it means to topple the Red Army’s hard-earned reputation gained over the decades as one of the most potent forces in South African schools hockey.

And full credit must go the way of the Kearsney lads for the manner and forethought with which they went about their task.

Just 4 points separated Kearsney and DHS

As we look forward to a Super Saturday featuring Kearsney College hosting Maritzburg College and DHS travelling to Michaelhouse, let’s look back on the recent match-up between the fine young men from Botha’s Hill and the worthy lads from School.

Kearsney hosted DHS for a great Saturday afternoon’s running rugby in which neither team disappointed.

Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: Kearsney fullback Derick Marshall in possession during the win against DHS on Stott Field last Saturday

The visitors got the scoreboard rolling with a penalty in the 12th minute from a breakdown infringement in the Kearsney half.

The hosts responded quickly and scored a classic counter-attack try through fullback Derick Marshall, 8th man Massimo Fierro and winger Luke Dudley doing some good work before passing to scrumhalf Jordan Bamber who outsprinted the cover defence to score under the posts.

The versatile Bamber converted his own try for a 7-3 Kearsney lead.


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The lads who stand by the motto Carpe Diem then scored from a trademark pick-and- go via prop Bradley Taylor after sustained pressure to stretch the lead to 12-3.

DHS responded well, scoring a converted try by captain and lock Taariq Kruger from a quickly-taken tap penalty, to reduce the deficit to 10-12.

Kearsney had the last say in the half with a spectacular try by fullback Derick Marshall after excellent play by centre Connor de Bruyn.

Half-time score 17-10 for the hosts.


It was a productive Saturday afternoon on Stott Field for Kearsney College centre Connor de Bruyn. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg


Kearsney started the second half at high pace but unfortunately the good work was undone with a handling error in close quarters.

DHS clawed their way back into the game, scoring a deserved converted try to level the scores at 17-17.

Kearsney, in coming back, played good rugby and were rewarded with a converted lineout-maul try by hooker Reid Stuart to restore the lead again at 24-17.

DHS responded with a penalty to close the score at 24-20 to the hosts.


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The hosts showed solid, resolute defence while DHS displayed exciting attacking skills.

With the try count reading 4-2, Kearsney were worthy winners.

Outstanding players for Kearsney were Marshall, Dudley, De Bruyn, Bamber, Fierro and captain Ox Carmody.

The win gives the Kearsney squad and coaches Barend Steyn and Nico Breedt momentum leading into Saturday’s much-looked-forward-to match with the Maritzburg College first XV on Stott Field.


Number 8 Massimo Fierro linked well with the backs during the first Kearsney try. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg


Let’s hope Kearsney physio Scott Munroe has had a quiet week leading into this KZN10 Super Saturday muscle-up.

From the Durban High School perspective there is much in the way of good stuff for the team and coaches Ronnie Uys and Ruan Lombard to take away from the Kearsney clash ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Michaelhouse on Meadows – and a couple of finer points to iron out – perhaps from a defence perspective.

Again, hopes that DHS physio Marc Colia has enjoyed a quiet week.

* Meat of the text supplied by Kearsney – Jono mixed and matched, added bits and pieces here and there.


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Boss Rugga – The Glenwood Green Machine wrap it up in style

Glenwood continued their outstanding form with a comprehensive win on the third and final day of yet another highly successful Standard Bank Easter Rugby Festival, hosted so professionally (as always) by Kearsney College, but the two other KZN10 school first teams – Kearsney and DHS – ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

Glenwood (31) 38 Transvalia (7) 7

With rain falling steadily, the conditions were not conducive to running rugby and yet Glenwood’s handling was barely affected.

Mistakes in the wet by Transvalia cost them points as the Glenwood boys were quick to counter-attack, which led to tries against the run of play.

Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: Glenwood wing Carlo Cloete en route to touchdown time against Transvalia.

Transvalia scored in the first five minutes following a maul, hooker Bernard du Plessis breaking from the back to dive over, for a converted try by Shaun Christie (7-0).


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A penalty by Glenwood ace Jordan Hendrikse made it 3-7. Glenwood, more adept in the wet, scored their first try when centre Martino van Wyk sliced through; again converted by Hendrikse.

The lead changed hands in the Green Machine’s favour (10-7).

Then a kick, chase and gather saw Green Machine winger Carlo Cloete race away from the defence to score in the corner.

Once again the prolific Hendrikse boot spliced the uprights – this fine young talent seems to revel in the challenges placed on him by touchline conversions (17-7).

Two further converted tries, first by flanker Ethan Smit and the second by hooker Sikholisa Nanto saw Glenwood into a comfortable 31-7 lead at the changeover.


Transvalia flank Tiaan Visser contends Glenwood and the mist. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg


When play restarted, the mist was billowing in and conditions worsened. The rugby, however, continued to enthrall, with good running and good defence.

Glenwood scored again through fullback Steven Gibb and, with the conversion, the Durban lads went into an unassailable 38-7 lead.

Glenwood: Tries: Smit, Cloete, Van Wyk, Nanto, Gibb; Conversions Hendrikse (5); Penalty Hendrikse
Drostdy: Try Du Plessis; Conversion Christie


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Kearsney College (3) 8 Welkom Gim (7) 21

The final game of the 12th Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival was between hosts Kearsney College and Welkom Gim.

The prevailing conditions were not good.

Kearsney opened the scoring with an early penalty by Jordan Bamber. The Welkom Gim backs battled to employ their trademark running style, so knock-ons and losing their footing was all-too prevalent.

Welkom Gim lock forward Christo Steyn forced his way over for Welkom’s opening try; converted by Marchall Andrews, for the Free State side to lead 7-3.

The rest of the half saw Welkom coming close, but they could not add to their tally, leaving the halftime score 7-3.


Connor de Bruyn of Kearsney outwits the Welkom Gim defence. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg


With conditions darkening and thick mist coming in again, the rugby was a forwards game.

Kearsney stood up to the challenge and eighthman Massimo Fierro opened the scoring in the second half, going over in a flurry of bodies in the corner.

This put the hosts 8-7 in front with 20 minutes remaining.

Welkom were awarded a penalty and Andrews added the three points to put his side into a 10-8 lead; with the mist making it difficult to see across the field at this stage.

This lead was increased when Andrews converted his second penalty and Welkom led 13-8 with 13 minutes remaining.


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A try was scored in the far corner by Welkom wing Morne Maastriet, which increased the lead to 18-8.

Andrews was deadly with his boot even in these conditions, and he added his third penalty for Welkom Gim to lead 21-8.

Kearsney pressed for the last few minutes but could not get over the line, leaving Welkom deserved winners by 21-8.

Point scorers:
Welkom: Tries Steyn, Maastriet; Conversion: Andrews; Penalties: Andrews (3)
Kearsney: Try Fierro; Penalty: Bamber


The packed grandstand witnesses HTS Drostdy lock Rob Adshade securing clean lineout ball vs DHS. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg


DHS (12) 19 HTS Drostdy (20) 27

The first of the KZN10 sides to play on Day 3, DHS, muscled up against the Western Cape’s HTS Drostdy from the Western Cape.

The latter had won their first game against Middelburg, but lost their second match to Welkom Gim. DHS were looking for their first victory, having lost to Transvalia and EG Jansen.

Drostdy opened the scoring with a penalty by flyhalf Carlton Pietersen after just five minutes.

DHS scrumhalf Jayden Cederos then chipped ahead for Sim Ngcobo to dot down ahead of the defence, to take a 7-3 lead after a successful conversion by Ngobani Dlamini.

Drostdy’s Pietersen converted his second penalty to narrow the gap to one point (7-6).


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Centre Roann Jansen picked up the ball after a kick ahead to score under the poles and, with Pietersen converting, the lead changed to Drostdy (13-7).

Shortly thereafter Brian Dosemba went over in a flurry of bodies to narrow the gap to 12-13 and then a break by Pietersen fed fullback Keane Galant, who scored, leaving an easy conversion for Pietersen to make the half-time score 20-12 to Drostdy.

DHS were the first to score in the second half when Kaid O’Neill went over, converted by Ngobani Dlamini to again make it a one-point game (19-20).

The Cape boys increased their lead when flank Wynand du Plessis scored again, converted by Pietersen, for a 27-19 lead.

Rain started falling, which made handling more difficult. Both teams came close to scoring again, but the board remained 27-19 to Drostdy, giving them their second win of the festival.

Point scorers:
DHS: Tries Dosember, O’Neill, Ngcobo; Conversions Dlamini (2)
Drostdy: Tries Jansen, Du Plessis, Galant; Conversions Pietersen (3); Penalties Pietersen (2)


BIG UNIT: Drostdy prop Diaan Hoffman looks for a gap in the DHS defence. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg



Other results: Selborne 20 Framesby 14; HTS Middelburg 32 PBHS 27; Noord Kaap 24 EG Jansen 21

* The 20-14 Selborne win was their second of the festival, this after Saturday’s fixture against Glenwood was abandoned due to lightning… with the outcome still very much in the balance.


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Kearsney Easter Rugby Fest marquee Day 2 match cut short by lightning

What looked to be a thriller in the making was sadly extinguished when lightning forced the Glenwood vs Selborne match to be abandoned. Of the other KZN10 teams, hosts Kearsney went down by 5 points to Framesby while EG Jansen had too much in the tank for Durban High School.


Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: A panoramic view of a DHS vs EG Jansen lineout at the Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Festival.

Glenwood 10 Selborne 15 (match abandoned – lightning)

The game many were anticipating between Glenwood and Selborne, last played in 2013, was the final game of the second day. Both teams had been victorious in earlier matches, Glenwood snatching a win against EG Jansen in the final seconds, whilst Selborne won comfortably against Noord-Kaap.

An early penalty in the game by Warrick Day put Selborne into a 3-0 lead. JP van Zyl on the wing scored a try a little while later, to increase the lead to 8-0.  Lock Grant Pretorius stormed over midway in the half, converted by Day, for Selborne to lead 15-0.

Glenwood then scored a typical Glenwood try; when the ball passed through a number of hands ending with prop Blaine Golden scoring, converted by Jordan Hendrikse. Glenwood were back in the game 7-15 down at halftime.

Shortly after the break in dark conditions, Hendrikse narrowed the gap to 10-15 when he converted a long penalty from close to the touchline.

With lightning in the vicinity and the alarm sounding, the match was sadly suspended, and it was later decided the game should be abandoned.

Point scorers:
Selborne 15 Tries Van Zyl, Pretorius; Conversion Day; Penalty Day
Glenwood 10 Try Golden; Conversion Hendrikse; Penalty Hendrikse


Kearsney College 21 Framesby 26

The third match of the day saw hosts Kearsney College taking on Hoërskool Framesby, a well-conditioned unit from Port Elizabeth.

Framesby opened the score with a try by eighthman Ruan Claassen, converted by Juandre Liebenberg, for a 7-point lead after two minutes.

Kearsney came back with a try from a penalty close to the try-line, when fullback Derick Marshall burst over and, with the successful conversion by Cade Carmichael, the scores were level 7-7.


Kearsney scrumhalf Jordan Bamber sets his backs away against Framesby. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg


With Framesby winning the lion’s share of the ball, two further tries were scored, the first by flank Christo Grobler and the second by fullback Sebastian Brandt.

This time Liebenberg converted to give Framesby a 19-7 lead, which they held until the break.

Early in the second half hooker William Moffat ran 30m after forwards had dominated, to score under the uprights. Liebenberg converted once again for Framesby to lead 26-7.

With 10 minutes remaining Kearsney fullback Marshall broke through a number of tackles and, from a subsequent ruck, the ball went to centre Luke Wilson who sniped through, scoring under the crossbar.

Jordan Bamber converted and Kearsney had narrowed the gap to 14-26.

In an entertaining finish Kearsney kept the pressure on Framesby and centre Connor de Bruyn scored, converted by Bamber, to bring their points to 21-26.

Point scorers:
Framesby: Tries Brandt, Claassen, Grobler, Moffat; Conversions Liebenberg (3)
Kearsney: Tries Wilson, Marshall, De Bruyn; Conversions Carmichael, Bamber (2)


DHS 12 EG Jansen 39

After a full day of running rugby and a darkening sky, two jerseys, both navy and yellow, made it difficult for the referee and spectators alike. EG Jansen did have a yellow stripe over the shoulders which helped slightly.


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The visitors to KZN went into a 3-0 lead after five minutes when Kyle Potgieter converted a penalty. This was increased five minutes later, when flank Jandre Odendaal showed pace and strength to dot down, but the conversion was inside, leaving EG Jansen 8-0 up.

With DHS defending and EG running with the ball, an intercept by Brian Dosemba led to an 80m dash to score under the poles, which Shakur la Douce converted, bringing the score to 7-8 which remained until the halftime whistle.

Early in the second half, a mistake by the DHS defence saw a pop kick land in the hands of Odendaal who strolled over for his second try, converted by Potgieter, for a 15-7 lead.

EG Jansen eighthman Franco Enslin beat the defence to score and increase their lead to 20-7.

With DHS’ heads beginning to sag, prop Brandon Pienaar forced his way over, this time converted by Jason Edward, for the Boksburg boys to lead 27-7.

DHS responded when centre Macneil Jenner scored after a move down the left flank to increase their score to 12.


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EG Jansen were not finished though, and flyhalf Leshley October dotted down to increase their lead to 32-12. With time up on the clock, Duane Bloem scored the final try, converted by Edwards, for a 39-12 win.

Point scorers:
EG Jansen: Tries Odendaal (2), Enslin, Pienaar, October, Bloem; Conversions Potgieter, Edwards (2); Penalty Potgieter
DHS: Tries Dosember, Jenner; Conversion La Douce


Other results
Welkom Gim 32 HTS Drostdy 16; Transvalia 17 PBHS 22; Noordkaap 27 HTS Middelburg 21


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Kearsney College Easter Rugby Fest Day 1: Glenwood top the KZN10 charts

A thrilling 1-point Glenwood first XV win highlighted the action. The Green Machine prevailed 27-26 over Dr EG Jansen in scoring the match-clincher in the dying seconds.

The two other KZN10 teams Durban High School and Kearsney gave their opponents a thing or three to think about but came up on the wrong side of the points’ margin.


Feature image Travis Nightingale: Flyhalf vs Flyhalf – Glenwood’s matchwinner JordaHendrikse and EG Jansen’s Kyle Potgieter.


GLENWOOD (7) 27 EG JANSEN (14) 26

It was a bruising battle between the EG Jansen boys from Boksburg and their Durban counterparts. In the match-deciding last quarter, Glenwood went into a 1-point lead for a brief period before EG Jansen snatched it back.  Glenwood did not give up and scored in the final seconds to win the nail-biter.

The first half was 3 minutes old when EG Jansen centre Duane Bloem burst through. Flyhalf Kyle Potgieter’s conversion put the Boksburg Bombers 7-0 up. EG extended their lead midway through the half when Potgieter carved open the defence for his converted try (14-0).

Glenwood hit back in the last seconds of the half when centre Lehlohonolo Litabe flew over, converted by number 10 Jordan Hendrikse for a 7-14 score at half-time.

The game was played at a fast pace, and the tackles ferocious, which led to handling mistakes.  A kick-ahead by EG Jansen led to an error in the red zone and 125kg prop forward Brandon Pienaar powered over (19-7).

Glenwood employed quick hands for centre Martino van Wyk to breach the whitewash. Hendrikse added the conversion and struck a penalty goal soon after to ensure that EG Jansen’s healthy 12-point lead was suddenly whittled down to a shaky 2.

And Hendrikse was not done yet. A 40-metre penalty goal put Glenwood into a 20-19 lead. It was the first time the never-say-never Green Machine had taken the lead – and with just 5 minutes remaining.

EG Jansen came storming back when hooker Kyle Pepler ran 40m down the touchline to score a converted try in the corner, and with that the lead changed back to EG Jansen 26-20.

With time up on the clock the Green Machine fed the ball left and Steven Gibb went over in the corner. The BMT that is Jordan Hendrikse threaded the needle from the touchline to give the game to Glenwood 27-26 win in an intense, super-charged finish.

Point scorers:
EG Jansen:
Potgieter (11), Pepler (5), Pienaar (5), Bloem (5)
Glenwood: Van Wyk (5), Litabe (5), Gibb (5), Hendrikse (12)



Kearsney traditionally open their Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival and this year, the 12th, it was against Pretoria Boys. Kearsney had the better of the first half, but it was all PBHS in the second half for a 27-11 win.


Kearsney lock Max Immelman looks to find a hole in the PBHS defence. Photo Travis Nightingale


It was Pretoria who scored first when winger Tim Glatthaar beat the cover defence to score in the corner (5-0).

The Kearsney forwards began dominating and after 17 minutes it was prop forward Bradley Taylor who opened their scoring with a try, after the forwards had advanced 15m with pick-and-go driving. 5-5 became 8-5 when KC scrummie Jordan Bamber slotted a penalty.

Boys High rallied for Glatthaar to go over for his second try following broken play in the Kearsney red zone. Flyhalf Justin Cross’s two-pointer took PBHS to 12-8 but Bamber banged over a penalty on the stroke of half-time to leave the Pretoria lads hanging on to the lead at 12-11.

The second half saw a change with Pretoria exerting most of the pressure. Early in the half scrumhalf Jaden Collaros ran 20m through the defence to score and Cross’s conversion saw Pretoria increasing their lead to 19-11. A long-range penalty by Cross increased it further to 22-11.

Aidan Bristow, PBHS captain and flank, scored the final try which was converted for the 27-11 final outcome.

Point scorers:
: J Glatthaar (10), J Collaros (5), A Bristow (5), J Cross (7)
Kearsney: B Taylor (5), J Bamber (6)



It was a case of “if only” for DHS, who made too many mistakes and these were capitalised on by the boys from Vanderbijlpark.


DHS flyer Brian Dosemba outstrips the Transvalia cover defence. Photo Travis Nightingale


Transvalia scored 3 tries in the first half.  It took 19 minutes before flank Christiaan Burger dotted down. Lock forward Marno Swanepoel showed good skills 4 minutes later in going over the tryline and flyhalf Shaun Christie converted.  He also converted the next try, scored by lock Gareth Graham to take Transvalia into a 19-0 lead at the break.

From the kick-off flank Brian Dosemba stormed 50m, breaking two tackles to open the scoring for DHS.

Transvalia, looking the more accomplished with ball in hand, scored again when prop Anrich Botes stormed over. A few minutes later centre Ronan Elhers beat the defence to dot down. Neither touchdown was converted, leaving Transvalia 29-5 ahead.

With conditions becoming fairly dark, the DHS handling seemed to improve. Transvalia had, however, added to their try tally when fullback Marnus Theunissen touched down. With the scoreboard shining brightly, DHS centre Nhlakanipho Nene rounded the defence to score under the poles, converted by Ngobeni Dlamini for the final score of 12-34.

Try scorers:

Transvalia: Burger (5), Ehlers (5), Swanepoel (5), Botes (5), Graham (5), Theunissen (5), Christie (4)
DHS: Nene (5), Dosemba (5), Dlamini (2)


HTS Middelburg 14 HTS Drostdy 19; Selborne College 29 Noord Kaap 10; Welkom Gimnasium 25 Framesby 25