Michaelhouse edge Maritzburg College in basketball thriller

“There was much hype in the build-up to the first team game between home side Maritzburg College and visitors Michaelhouse as College had never managed a win against this ’House side,” says the Red Black and White’s head of basketball Jenny Orchard.

No less than 24 Maritzburg College basketball matches were due to be played on the Saturday; however the inclement weather put paid to 11 of them on the outside courts. This, coupled with the cancellation of all cricket matches ensured that the Alan Paton Hall was packed throughout the day.

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“With quality players like captain JC Oelofse and his deputy Banele Sithole in the Michaelhouse side, College knew that it would be a tough encounter,” says Jenny.

“All in all it was a low-scoring match, the first period ending with College 6-2 ahead. It was in the second quarter that Michaelhouse gained a narrow lead of 4 points.

“The low score was the result of a tight defence by the College outfit with Caleb Janse van Rensburg and Qalakahle Mkhize rebounding very effectively.

“The final whistle drew an end to the match with the contest tied at 27-27. This resulted in the game going into a 5-minute overtime and it was in this period where the College offense and decision making was lacking.


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“With both sides on team fouls, the match outcome could go either way. Michaelhouse remained calm and managed to seal the game by beating College 34-38.”

The score is not entirely what the game will be remembered for; it was the incredible spirit and camaraderie shown between the two schools that will surely stir the memory.

“The drum-off at halftime between the two schools entertained the spectators and typified the vibrant nature of a basketball match,” says Jenny.

“At the end of the day it was basketball that was victorious.”


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Team Opposition Score Result
1st Michaelhouse 1st 34 – 38 Lost
2nd Michaelhouse 2nd 26 – 13 Won
3rd Michaelhouse 3rd 16 – 26 Lost
4th Michaelhouse 4th 20 – 36 Lost
5th Michaelhouse 5th 29 – 12 Won
6th Michaelhouse 6th 13 – 30 Lost
7th Michaelhouse 7th 0 – 0 Cancelled
2nd St Nicholas Diocesan School 1st 38 – 30 Won
U16A Michaelhouse U16A 36 – 27 Won
U16B Michaelhouse U16B 41 – 15 Won
U16C Michaelhouse U16c 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U16D Michaelhouse U16d 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U16E Michaelhouse U16e 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U15A St Nicholas Diocesan School U15a 32 – 19 Won
U15A Michaelhouse U15A 16 – 23 Lost
U15B Michaelhouse U15B 42 – 14 Won
U15C Michaelhouse U15C 28 – 16 Won
U15d Michaelhouse U15d 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U15e Michaelhouse U15e 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U15f Kearsney College U15f 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14b St Nicholas Diocesan School U14a 29 – 5 Won
U14d St Nicholas Diocesan School U14b 37 – 7 Won
U14A Michaelhouse U14A 43 – 28 Won
U14B Michaelhouse U14B 13 – 14 Lost
U14c Michaelhouse U14c 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14d Michaelhouse U14d 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14e Michaelhouse U14e 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14f Kearsney College U14f 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
Overall Summary
Played 17
Won 11
Lost 6
Draw 0


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Michaelhouse 8 Feb 2020 sports round-up vs Maritzburg College

Not even aquatic sports were spared by the weather on the 8 Feb 2020 weekend with dangerously high water levels scuppering the interschools’ Bushman’s River canoe race and a 3rd of the 9 scheduled water polo fixtures against Maritzburg College abandoned because of the inclement conditions.

Michaelhouse enjoyed a good day out in the grandstand events in the Dudley Forde Pool at Maritzburg College, winning the 1st team (9-8), U15A (7-4) and U14A (7-5) clashes.


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A mixed junior Michaelhouse team also came away with a tight 9-7 win, but the second (2-8) and fifth teams (7-8) were not as fortunate.

With all 14 cricket matches against Maritzburg College called off, it was up to the basketballers to provide the sporting entertainment, despite 9 matches on the outdoor courts having to be scrapped.

With five consecutive wins over College, the Boys from Balgowan went into the first team clash in a confident frame of mind.


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The previous week’s slip-up against DHS under similar circumstances, though, would have provided a little tension to the Men of House’s minds.

In the end, it was a narrow, low-scoring affair with Michaelhouse coming the beneficiaries of a hard-won 38-34 victory.

Of the remaining 5 Open age group fixtures, Michaelhouse were able to record wins by the 3rd, 4th and 6th teams.


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House’s U16A lads continued to battle with their rhythm, going down 27-36, with the B side also capitulating in the only other match contested in the age group.

Michaelhouse’s U15A boys made it 5 from 5 in 2020 with their 23-16 win, while the House B and C sides came out on the losing side of the scoreline.

College clinched the U14A contest 28-18, while House were able to hold their nerve in the B team match for a 14-13 win.


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Men of House weekend sports wrap

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.


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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.


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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.


Tim Evans of Michaelhouse U15C helping his side to a 9-wicket victory over Hilton College U15C on Saturday. Photo Ian Crawford


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.


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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.


Michaelhouse vs Hilton basketball results on Saturday. Source Sunday Tribune

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.


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Michaelhouse vs Hilton water polo results on Saturday. Source Sunday Tribune

Saints & House kick off Schools T20 Big Bash today

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.

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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).


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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!


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Michaelhouse weekend sports round-up 24 8 19

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.


James Murray in full flight with Tom Nel in support during the Nashua Sevens on Goldstones. Photo Martin Ashworth


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.

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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.

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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.


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Weekend Soccer Results 11 August

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

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


Results vs Michaelhouse


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


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

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


St Davids Marist Inanda Challenge Cup Results


Hilton College 1st

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

Hilton College U15A

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


Michaelhouse 1st

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

Michaelhouse U15A

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


Clifton School 1st

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

Clifton School U15A

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


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Michaelhouse and College play to a draw

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.

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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.

Maritizburg College 1st team against Michaelhouse.

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)


Team Lists

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

Head coach
Daniel Haswell

The Michaelhouse Hilton College hockey derby

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.


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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…

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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.


A taste of last year. The Aitkens Asto hockey arena at Michaelhouse was chock-a-block with supporters. Tomorrow will be no different. (Martin Ashworth image)


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.


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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.


Hilton College vice-captain, midfield playmaker and penalty corner drag-flicker Cameron Pearce and Michaelhouse captain, striker and PC ace Ben Rebeck will be key elements for their teams tomorrow.


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.


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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.

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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.


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3 from 3: Captain Ben Parham tells how the Michaelhouse 1st XV’s of 1996/97 beat Hilton 3 times in succession

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’.


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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.”


Skipper and flank forward Ben Parham and his Michaelhouse first XV of 1996 had a massive psychological barrier to overcome against a Hilton that had prevailed for far too long (if one was in the House supporters’ club, that is).


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.


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“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.


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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


Michaelhouse number 8 Barry Jacobsz shone in both matches in 1997.


“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 Michaelhouse flanker and captain in 1996 and 97 Ben Parham led his side to victory in all 3 derbies against Hilton College during that time.


“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’!


The victorious Michaelhouse 1997 first XV players on Hilton’s Gilfillan Field are 12 Attie Geldenhuys 14 James Le Cordeur 7 Ben Parham 13 Simon Greyvensteyn 9 John Harris and 6 Angus Martyn.


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.


Michaelhouse flyhalf James Carmichael was in top form with the boot in The 24-5 Match in front of a very big crowd at Hilton’s Gilfillan Field.


“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.


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“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.


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KZN school hockey match report Michaelhouse vs St Charles

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.


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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
Michaelhouse 4


Michael Christodoulou, seen here in the 10-2 Michaelhouse vs DHS, notched a hat-trick at St Charles yesterday. Another Martin Ashworth image.


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.

Final score

St Charles College (1) 2
Michaelhouse (4) 5


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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.


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“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.”


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