The Michaelhouse Canoe Club have been crowned provincial inter-schools’ league champions despite being pipped into second place in Saturday’s Gotcha Dice at Camps Drift, writes Michaelhouse director of marketing Murray Witherspoon.
Ross Leslie was placed second overall in the U18 category while Reuben Baldry finished in overall third position in the U16s. The future of Michaelhouse canoeing looks good with Rob Butcher, Peter Hein, and Rupert Henderson dominating all their podium places in the U14 age group on the league table.
It was a mixed bag of first team summer sport results against old rivals Hilton College over the weekend.
First team basketball made it three from three against Hilton in 2019 with a commanding 82-65 win. In turn, Hilton College were as imperious in the pool enjoying a 9-4 win; and on the pitch, cantering to an 8-wicket victory on the Jack Hart-Davis Oval.
Depth in the open age groups is a feature of cricket at Michaelhouse with the second, third and fourth XIs recording good wins over Hilton.
The U15A clash was one of just three fixtures hampered by damp conditions on the weekend but the U15B (3 runs) and U15C (9 wickets) results both went the way of Michaelhouse. Hilton chalked up wins in both U14 age group games.
Hilton applied pressure on Michaelhouse’s basketball teams, winning three of the seven open fixtures, including a 44-21 win over Michaelhouse in the second team clash.
Hilton bagged wins in all four of the U15 matches including avenging their first-quarter loss in the U15A encounter. The House U14A lads were the only team in that age group to come away with a win (56-21) win over Hilton on the day.
This year’s Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Franchise finalists St Charles College take on Michaelhouse: UKZN PMB Varsity Cricket Club’s Schools T20 Big Bash kicks off at 4pm on the PMB Varsity Cricket Oval in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road in Scottsville this afternoon.
Let’s hope the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road draws plenty of support from the two schools’ Old Boys, parents, boys and staff – plus you the school sports enthusiast – as we’ll be basking under the Varsity Oval floodlights on a beautiful Spring evening in just a few hours’ time.
@kirstyspix feature image: Michaelhouse and KZN Inland 17 batsman Jared Meiring hits a massive six for his Zulu Kings franchise during a recent Dolphins Premier League T18 match at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg.
Tomorrow’s 4pm Big Bash start sees 2018 Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Franchise finalists Hilton College up against long-standing rivals Maritzburg College – another schoolboy cricket clash to savour.
Several of the cricketers in today’s clash have already spent fruitful time in the middle – be it for the KZN Inland U17 squad versus Zimbabwe, for their respective teams in the Dolphins Premier League or during pre-season friendlies for their school first teams.
The 4pm Big Bash Twenty20 action continues next week – this time on the Tuesday and the Thursday – when Saints tackle Maritzburg College (4pm on 10 September) before Hilton cross swords with the busy Saints (4pm on 12 September).
Then there is a 20-day break until play resumes when Maritzburg College meet Michaelhouse (4pm on 2 October) followed by Michaelhouse vs Hilton 24 hours later (4pm on 3 October).
The third/fourth place playoff is the following week (8 October) before the grand finale title match 2 days later (10 October).
See you there!
It was a rewarding sporting weekend for the Men of House.
The action was as hot as the weather at the Maritzburg College Nashua Sevens Festival where, with a well-balanced formula of skill, determination, fitness and luck, Michaelhouse again made their way through to the final.
Having comfortably beaten the St Charles U18B side (31-14) and Carter High (53-5), Michaelhouse had to haul the equaliser out of the hat after the hooter against the hosts to clinch a 17-17 draw to finish the pool stages.
Martin Ashworth feature image: Mark Grant of Michaelhouse in attacking mood on Goldstones.
Michaelhouse then cruised past Northwood (31-7) in the quarter-finals before producing more magic to clinch another last gasp 17-17 draw, this time against Glenwood. By virtue of scoring first in the semi-final, Michaelhouse progressed to the final where they again met Westville.
It was Westville’s day in the blazing sun on Goldstones as they emerged with a solid 24-12 win to take yet another Sevens title in.
Despite losing 6 of the 10 open fixtures, Michaelhouse’s 2-1win in the first team match rounded off a good day for the Men of House, winning 14 and drawing one of the 28 clashes; scoring 68 and conceding 59 goals in the process.
Best wishes to captain Noah Stanger and the Men of House’s first soccer team at the 8th edition of the MTN PMB FA Cup football tournament that runs from Friday, 30 August to Sunday’s 1 September playoff matches.
I have a very good feeling about this Michaelhouse side.
Michaelhouse were again able to send a veritable army of soccer teams into the fray, pitting 28 teams against Kearsney College on the weekend.
Kearsney’s U16 age group enjoyed a dominant day in drawing one and winning three of the five games, including a 1-0 win in the A team fixture.
In turn, Michaelhouse’s U15 and U14 teams enjoyed the lion’s share of their age-groups’ results, despite a disappointing 5-2 loss for the House U15A boys.
War stories describing the U15E and U14G teams’ respective 10-0 and 8-1 wins will no doubt be dusted off and regaled for years to come.
Michaelhouse’s cricketers who were not involved in other third-quarter sporting commitments enjoyed a pre-season warm-up match against Kearsney College in glorious conditions in Balgowan.
The seasoned grade 11 first team cricketer Jared Meiring assumed the captaincy and, winning the toss, sent the visitors in to bat.
Coming in as the first-change bowler, Oyama Ntshona made the most of the spin-friendly conditions on Hannah’s to lay waste to Kearsney’s batting line-up, bagging 5-23 in his first match at this level. The visitors were reduced to 186 all out, failing to bat out their 40 overs.
Meiring (72*) then anchored the run chase, with Ryan Stringer – coming in at number 4 – weighing in with a 70 as the Boys from Balgowan cantered home for a comfortable 6-wicket victory.
Soccer season has been in full flow as most KZN10 schools have played a number of inter schools fixtures.
This weekend however was a midterm break of sorts as only Michaelhouse and Hilton College competed against each other.
Results vs Michaelhouse
KZN10 also had 3 school head to St Davids Marist Inanda for their 17th annual challenge cup namely Hilton College, Clifton School and Michaelhouse.
There were mixed results over the weekend as the 1st and U15A teams competed. The stand out performance came from the Hilton College U15A who came a credible 4th out of 16 teams.
St Davids Marist Inanda Challenge Cup Results
Hilton College 1st
Hilton College U15A
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|St Davids Marist||0||~||1|
|St Peters College||2||~||1|
|St Stithians Coollege||2||~||1|
Clifton School 1st
Clifton School U15A
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Michaelhouse and Maritzburg College clashed in a inter schools fixture which resulted in teams playing to a pulsating 1-1 draw.
College came into the fixture on a great run of form having beaten highly fancied Kingsway of Amanzimtoti the day before. The absence of inspirational keeper, Thandolwethu Zondi, and talismanic striker, Tariq Whiteman, could slow down the visitors.
Michaelhouse started the game like a house on fire and immediately stamped their authority on proceedings. Luc Pousson being instrumental as he bossed the midfield in the opening stages as James Gush had two great scoring opportunities in the opening quarter. Shortly after College keeper, Luyanda Mawela, again saved College by blocking a Thabo Dlamini shot.
After being totally outplayed for most of the half the visitors finally strung some passes together resulting in their best chance of the match as a Monty Dorlly effort crashed in to the cross bar. In a flash the ball was moved up field for fleet-of-foot Thabo Dlamini to coolly slot the opening goal away. 1-0 to the hosts and well deserved for their dominant 1st half performace.
College needed to raise the tempo in the second half, and that they did, as they pressured the Michaelhouse midfield. A sustained period resulted in College Striker, Nhlakanipho Khubeka, being brought down in the area. Captain Cool, Lwazi Zondi, wasted no time in slotting the penalty passed Michaelhouse keeper, Noah Stanger making the scores 1-1.
It was game on as the teams entered the last quarter of the match with the action being fast and frenetic as the teams moved up and down the pitch. Both goalmouths witnessed mad scrambled clearances as the two teams searched for the winner.
The game ended in a stalemate as the ref blew his whistle on a thoroughly entertaining match. Credit to College for the way they played particularly after they were reduced to 10 men after a sending off of one of their players.
Michaelhouse next head to the St Davids challenge cup with a nicely balanced team anchored by their man at the back Noah Stanger. College can finally have a break after a busy last few weeks
Michaelhouse: 1 (Thabo Dlamini)
Maritzburg College 1 (Lwazi Zondi)
Michaelhouse: 1 Noah Stanger (c), 3 Luc Pousson, 8 Nick Crampton, 5 Michael Bradford, 6 Mugabi Lubinga, 2 James Gush, 7 Gareth Kemp, 4 Michael Ross, 13 Alex Vermeulen, 9 Thabo Dlamini (vc)
18 Matthew Craigie-Stevenson
Head coach Ryan van Wyk
College: 16 Luyanda Mawela, 2 Monty Dorlly, 12 Zusiphe Gxarisa, 3 Nhlakanipho Phenyane, 5 Nqululeko Zondo, 13 Theo Hlatswayo,8 Bayanda Gumbi, 10 Lwazi Zondi (c), 14 Chad Desplace, 7 Nhlakanipho Khubeka (vc), 11 Nqibelelo Msiya
4 Riley Naidoo
9 Billy Brooks
The stage is set for yet another thrilling chapter in the long history of Michaelhouse/Hilton College hockey derbies. Come Saturday’s 11.20am push-back, the Aitkens Astro arena will be jam-packed.
Chanting, cheering Hilton and Michaelhouse boys supporting their schoolmates as well as scores of moms dads brothers sisters grandparents aunties and uncles – and hundreds of Old Boys of these two exceptional education institutions – will have their eyes glued to the turf.
This Martin Ashworth feature photo shows 2018 Michaelhouse captain Mubeezi Lubinga (left) first to congratulate 4-goal Ben (10) Rebeck in last year’s Aitkens Astro fixture.
The Aitkens Astro match in early May last year will go down as one of the most exciting and extraordinary encounters yet seen.
Hilton were the favourites – and proved as much in the opening chukka, during which they were all over the Men of House.
Yet the consequent Hilton College reward that should have reflected on the electronic scoreboard didn’t materialise…
Hilton could have been 2 or even 3 goals to the good in those fateful first 15 minutes – and that might have blown Men of House captain Mubeezi Lubinga and Co. out the ballpark…
If Hilton go 2 or 3 goals up, it is very seldom in modern times that the Boys in Black and White afford an opponent the privilege of getting even a foothold back into the game.
Then followed, on that Magical 2018 May-the-5th Day, one of those extraordinary sporting sequences that every schoolboy dreams of.
Michaelhouse’s grade 11 striker and penalty corner drag-flick ace Ben Rebeck flashed four goals into the back of the Hilton net…
The 4-2 Michaelhouse win had turned into the classic scenario of the underdogs upsetting the fancied in a head-to-head one-off battle where previous form and reputation means very little on the day.
Hilton duly won the return match last year – and once more in the first match this year.
And once again Hilton will be strongly favoured to emerge victorious come 12.30pm or so tomorrow when the last sound of the siren rings out after what is sure to 60 action-packed minutes of KZN10 schoolboy hockey.
Ben Rebeck is captain of Michaelhouse this year, while his KZN Inland team-mate of this year and last year, John Turner, leads Hilton from his goalkeeper position.
Of concern to the supporters of Michaelhouse is that their first team have proved to be vulnerable in the midfield at times this year.
There was no better evidence than in the crazy Kearsney College turnaround in the Aitkens Astro match earlier this season when a three-goal blitz in the second half owed much to the fact that the Men of House had lost control of the middle of the park.
Hilton have a very good midfield, with playmaker Cameron Pearce of immense value to his side.
Blessed with great vision – and skilful in retaining possession when under pressure – Pearce is able to hold up the ball in order to give his team-mates time to pour through, or release it quickly and accurately when the chance is on.
In Cameron Pearce and Ben Rebeck, Hilton and Michaelhouse have two outstanding exponents of the penalty corner drag-flick.
But the set-piece strike success or not depends to a marked degree on the speed and accuracy of the corner injection pass as well as the skill of the trapper in “teeing up” the ideal vantage point for the ace flickers to best display their net-busting & backboard-slamming prowess .
Both sides aim to play fast, attacking hockey while also paying due respect to the defensive element to the game.
The respective game plans devised by the coaches Devon van der Merwe and Darryn Gallagher (Hilton) and Richard Snowden and Grant von Mayer (Michaelhouse) will also be fascinating to witness.
The team who best understand what is required of them tactically will be best-placed to make the correct decisions in the various areas of the pitch.
A top KZN10 schoolboy hockey match is an exceptionally fast-paced, exciting spectacle in which defence can turn into counter-attack in the blink of an eye.
Who reads the game best over the 60 minutes on KZN10.com Super Saturday and who creates the higher percentage of quality space for their team-mates will likely take the best options in the moment.
Let’s hope that it’s going to be a free-flowing game where flair and the opportunistic moment is well-rewarded.
See you there.
It’s Michaelhouse vs Hilton College on Saturday – here are the 1996/97 matches in the words of 96/97 Michaelhouse head boy first XV flank and captain Ben Parham, when Men of House won 3 from 3. Hopefully many of you will share this with like-minded friends.
Feature image: Captain Ben Parham and the magnificent Michaelhouse first XV of 1997.
“Jono, it’s good to hear from you after many years… and what a privilege it is to be asked to reminisce about such a special and influential time of my life.
“Andy Vincent (Vinno) took over the first team coaching role in 1995. And was a fierce competitor and expected the same of his squad.
“Vinno played in-form players over historical performance, and was not afraid to let you know if your game was not up to scratch.
“He created a squad that would do absolutely anything for each other… He created ‘brothers-in-arms’.
“1996 was the Michaelhouse centenary year, and the boys were tasked with making it a highlight in the school’s history.
“Rugby was the showpony, and the pressure was on House to overturn a record 6 straight defeats against Hilton College, spanning from 1993-1995.
“If there is one rule about the Hilton/Michaelhouse sporting derbies, it is that there is no such thing as an underdog.
“Names on paper mean absolutely nothing on this occasion, because love, passion and a desire to be swamped by 500 like-minded ‘brothers’ is far stronger than a player with exceptional skill and flair.”
1996 Michaelhouse first XV
1) Henk Diederichs
2) Luke Flemington
3) Mike Fell
4) Wayne Lister-James
5) Brian Dalton
6) Richard Parks
7) Ben Parham
8) Gary Laue
9) JP Coppez
10) Andrew Caldwell
11) Simon Bridges / Euan Dixon-Smith
12) Justin Sage / Simon Bothner
13) Dino Papadopoulos
14) James Le Cordeur
15) Choppies (Emile) Marais
“In June 1996, Michaelhouse were the form team, coming into the match at Hilton’s Gilfillan Field on the back of 18 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss… However, three of our most experienced players were not available for selection, but as mentioned, during a derby, history and form mean nothing.
“It was a day of big boots and tough forward battles in what was a hard-fought match, and neither team managed to open a gap on the scoreboard.
“The flyhalves, Andrew Caldwell (MHS) and Grant Gove (Hilton) used their big boots to alleviate the pressure as soon as one team charged into the other team’s 22-metre area.
“Hilton took an 8-3 lead into half-time and Vinno didn’t need to say too much to us. We knew we had a mountain to climb, but we knew what to do. The forward pack, from prop to number 8, covered the pitch and rumbled forward.
“Mike Fell, steered by Wayne Lister-James, crossed the line from a maul. Justin Sage converted to give Michaelhouse a slender 10-8 lead with 20 minutes to play.
“Each team took advantage of a penalty and even though Hilton pressed hard for a try in the dying moments, Michaelhouse narrowly held out for a 13-11 victory… and the hoodoo was broken.
“It was game-on for the August return match at Meadows. Unfortunately the match was never to be… Hilton came down with a very serious flu bug which affected most of the school and the return derby was cancelled.
1997 Michaelhouse first XV
1) Marc Larsen / Gavin Erasmus
2) Thomas Modinger
3) Alex Akron
4) Guy Slater
5) John Delport
6) Angus Martyn
7) Ben Parham
8) Barry Jacobsz
9) John Harris
10) James Carmichael
11) Jackal Tshikosi
12) Attie Geldenhuys
13) Simon Greyvensteyn
14) James Le Cordeur
15) Jason McCormick
“The Michaelhouse 1997 team grabbed the baton from day one.
“This team ‘gelled’ like no other team that I had been part of. These were big characters and with some incredible individual skill.
“We came into the first Hilton Michaelhouse match on Meadows in a confident mood – on the back of 19 wins and 1 very narrow loss (19-20) away against Maritzburg College.
“We had scored over 700 points and only conceded 220 points. This team did not need to ask for directions to the try-line.
“The first match in 1997 was an open game.
“Both teams spread the ball wide and it was beautiful open running rugby. John Harris, Jackal Tshikosi, Barry Jacobsz and Simon Greyvensteyn all shone, and Michaelhouse grabbed a 32-24 victory.
“The August return match was at Hilton’s Gilfillan Field. There was a buzz around the school all week as this the first-ever televised Hilton Michaelhouse derby.
The spirit in the camp was high and confidence was reaching complacency levels. There was a very large crowd engulfing Gilfillan. It was a quiet first 10 minutes with too many errors.
“Hilton’s left wing, Muzi Tembe, scored the opener after flying around the outside; this after fullback Andrew Richmond joined the line and created an overlap.
“I pulled the team together but did not have to say much.
“Just a quiet reminder about how much this meant. It was our very last match in the Red & White… selfishly; this one was for ‘us’!
Soon after that, fullback Jason McCormick took a gap created by outside centre Simon Greyvensteyn. McCormick let winger James Le Cordeur loose down the right and he popped it back inside for flanker Angus Martyn to score.
James Carmichael popped it over for a slender 7-5 half time lead. We knew we had a lot left in the tank. The final 30 minutes of our Michaelhouse rugby careers was memorable.
We scored another two tries, myself and James Le Cordeur going over in the right-hand corner, both very well converted by James Carmichael.
“Our flyhalf Carmichael added another penalty and Michaelhouse closed out the match 24-5.
“The Hilton Michaelhouse derby days were not easy.
“The Hilton and Michaelhouse players spent a lot of time together at several events and became good friends off the field, but on the field, with pride at stake, those friendships were put on hold.
“To this day I still have some very close friends who wore the Fleur de Lys while we donned the St Michael’s cross with equal pride.
“I’m still in contact with most of my team-mates from those days. I still treasure my Michaelhouse days like no other period of my life. The bonds and friendships forged during that time are life-long.
“I may not chat to my school friends on a weekly basis as I live in Abu Dhabi, but I have regular contact with them via social media and I see them when we visit South Africa.
“There is something so powerful about the friendship and support bonds forged at an all-boys boarding school, which are almost totally unexplainable to someone who has never experienced it.
“Spending every waking moment together makes you open your mind and heart to the needs of those around you.
“With that bond comes the passion displayed across all events in which the boys represent the school, be it sport, music, academics or stage productions… and Michaelhouse was certainly no exception.”
Thanks Ben. I felt like I was at the matches! Your detailed memory of those matches all of 22 and 23 years ago is quite remarkable.
It is what I have noticed when asking similar questions to Old Boys of the KZN10 schools. And such detail pays homage to the fortunate few who are so privileged to be part of something so special.
Wonderful to hear from you and may the best team win on Meadows Saturday, the arena of which you have so many unforgettable memories.
It’s a Rebeck-Christodoulou two-three
With half-term a day away, the postponed St Charles College first hockey team Michaelhouse fixture took place yesterday – and it turned into a 7-goal fest.
Martin Ashworth feature image: SA age-group rated striker and penalty corner drag-flicker Ben Rebeck is increasing his goal tally in 2019 and another 4-goal-1-match Ben10 performance like this one vs Hilton last year appears to be just a matter of time. Ben, who wears the number 10 shirt, hence his hockey nickname, got a brace in the first chukka at St Charles yesterday.
Michaelhouse were good to start, captain Ben Rebeck influential from the outset in his centre striker berth and the visitors’ press worked well, turned over a lot of ball and the Men of House took their chances.
A pair of Ben Rebeck 2 penalty corner drag-flicks and a brace of Michael Christodoulou field goals were offset by a Jason Login penalty corner goal to leave the half-time scores
St Charles College 1
Michael Christodoulou added another strike after the changeover while Saints frontrunner Taygen Mollentze netted for Saints after intercepting a Michaelhouse outlet and skilfully rounding the keeper before tapping the ball in.
St Charles College (1) 2
Michaelhouse (4) 5
Here’s a look from the Michaelhouse perspective on the recent Saturday hockey vs Northwood in Durban North.
“A motivated Northwood capitalised on their home turf, drawing 3 and winning 10 fixtures.
“Despite creating a few great scoring opportunities in the first quarter, Michaelhouse’s firsts found themselves 2-0 down by the end of the first stanza.
“This pattern continued in the second quarter as Northwood took advantage of chances in the circle and were 5-0 up at the half-time whistle.
“A resurgent Michaelhouse netted 3 goals in the second half but Northwood’s strong finishing had wreaked enough havoc to ensure the win in a high scoring game which finished 7-3 in favour of the Knights.”
Looking ahead to Saturday by taking a look at last week’s epic
With Michaelhouse first hockey team at Northwood 11.45am on KZN10.com 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.
(The published shirt numbers didn’t always correlate with all the player names, so please excuse me if occasionally the wrong player name is used, but I would say most are correct).
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.
Kearsney College 0
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!
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.
Let’s mix and match present- and past-tense in describing the rest of the match –
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.
Here’s the video
End of an action-packed first of four 15-minute chukkas it’s
Michaelhouse 2 (Ben Rebeck)
Kearsney College 0
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.
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.
Kearsney College 0
30 of 60 minutes gone
Two 15-minute chukkas to go
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!
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!
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 KZN10.com 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
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!
Kearsney College 4
47 minutes gone
13 minutes left
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…
Kearsney College 4
Going into the closing minutes in this cracker of a KZN10.com 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
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.
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
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
Kearsney College 1
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,