Northwood first XI won the toss and opted to bat on Saturday but came up against a Glenwood first XI that were totally in-sync in dismissing the visitors for 101 in 45.3 overs on Dixons and then hauling in the target with just one wicket down for a comprehensive 9-wicket victory, writes Jono Cook.
(Unfortunately due to a technical glitch the many photos KZN10.com took of the match are unable to be used)
Difficulty in building partnerships proved to be the Northwood Knight’s Achilles heel in this 50-over match.
The Northwood Knights lost their first 2 wickets to Glenwood first-change bowler Luke Bowley with the total on 21 and then 22. In-form Knights opener Thulani Chiliza was then fated to stand at the non-striker’s end and watch 7 batsmen back in the hat for a combined 17 runs before he was eighth man out, stumped by Glenwood captain SJ de Klerk for a valiant 45 off 126 balls including just 1 four – an indication of how successful the home side’s bowling attack was in building pressure.
Three Northwood batsmen were out for ducks, while a total of 7 batters failed to reach double figures.
Glenwood director of cricket and first XI coach Brandon Scullard summed up for KZN10.com his team’s performance in the field:
“Jono, we lost the toss on a good batting surface. I have a lot of praise for the way my bowlers went about their work, and the consistency of their execution. I must say that my spinners were excellent, with my front 3 spinners all completing their 10-over allocations and all going for less than 2 runs per over.
“The spinners built pressure whilst continually picking up wickets and the fielders backed them up well, holding onto any chances Northwood gave up.”
Luke Bowley (6 overs 2 maidens just 16 runs conceded and 2 wickets) got the first 2 wickets before Russell Hein (10-3-13-3) and Erik Hartman (10-1-19-2) dismissed batsmen numbers 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at minimal cost.
Christiaan Els (2.3-1-9-3) then got the prize wicket of opening bat and innings top scorer Thulani Chiliza (45) before mopping up the tail.
Coach Scullard was further impressed by the method in which Glenwood’s top-order batters went about chasing down the target of 102.
“We went about the chase in a positive, yet disciplined manner and proved what a good cricket wicket it was by reaching the Northwood total inside 22 overs.
“Chad Laycock showed his class again, ending on 47* after numerous attempts by the Northwood fielders to get into his head.”
Number 3 Chad Laycock’s unbeaten 47 was scored off 40 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes; his innings coming off a decent 37-run platform laid by openers Banele Cele (19 46b 3×4) and Russell Hein.
Russell (13 not out off 45 balls) was content to rotate the strike and the reward came in his returning victorious to the pavilion alongside Chad after an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 65.
The tall Chad Laycock is an impressive batsman to watch – I recall a Chad Laycock knock at the Jack Hart-Davis Oval in the fourth term last year against arguably the best bowling attack in the country in 2019 – that of Hilton College – (the pace, seam and swing of John Turner, Michael Booth, Matt Boast, Ethan Bain and Tom Dixon; the left-arm orthodox spin of Mike Frost and the leg-spin and googlies of Colby Dyer) in which this top-order batter looked at ease.
It wasn’t about the runs Chad made that day, it was more about his comfort out in the middle against accurate, hostile, clever and artful schoolboy bowling.
Coach Brandon Scullard’s final assessment of his Glenwood side on the day?
“Jono, it was a complete performance that I have been waiting to see from my boys.
“We have a huge amount of talent within our team and I’m happy to see that transferred onto the field.
“We need to aspire to be more consistent in the weeks to come.”
Thanks Brandon, there can be few more satisfying experiences for a coach than when he witnesses a near-flawless all-round effort from his charges.
KZN School Boy Rugby match report – Northwood vs Westville
Featured Picture Credit – Northwood School
In a game that was marked by ferocious froward exchanges Northwood triumphed over a formidable Westville 1st XV. It was a memorable day for the Northwood Knights as they recorded their first win over the Westville Griffons in many a year winning 19-15.
Northwood learnt from last weeks encounter against Hilton College and their play was more varied. With field position being key Northwood elected to kick far more than the week before. The margins at this level are fine and in the process now kicked away far to much handing possession to the dangerous Westville backs.
It was from one of their kicks out of hand, however, that Northwood scored their 1st try. Luke Cornelius spotting space behind the Westville defence opted for a short box kick which Northwood captain Nldovu collected and dotted down for a try. The conversion was missed making the score 5-0 to the Knights.
Exciting Westville talent, Mambo Mkhize, impressed greatly on the day and looks to be settling into his new roll of inside centre. The rampaging centre got over the advantage line almost at will and placed the Northwood defence under tremendous pressure. Regrettably, Westville were not able to capitalise on these and missed all their kicks at the posts in the 1st half.
It wasn’t as if Mkhize had it all his own way, opposite number Tapuwanashe Nyangani had an outstanding game of his own.
His elusive running created a number of opportunities to release centre partner Linamandla Majola to punch further holes in the Westville lines. Northwood will be kicking themselves as their decision making was not of a very high standard and, as was the case last week against Hilton College, would hold onto the ball when a simple pass would be more effective.
Those missed opportunities came back to haunt Northwood as a late Westville try in the 1st
half levelled matters at 5-5.
From the way the two teams started the second half the message in the respective huddles was clear: gain forward supremacy. The minutes after half time were brutal as the front eights from both teams piled into each other as they battled to get over the advantage line.
It was during one of these passages of play that Northwood scored their second try. A neat little chip into space caught Westville a little flat footed and Northwood raced onto the ball. The Knights secured possesion and made towards the line and, after receiving a cracking pass, ever present Mpendu scored under the poles. With the conversion the score was 12-5 to Northwood. Just rewards for Mpendu whose work rate and nose for the ball were marked features of his play.
Westville roared back into life and came straight back on the attack and scored a converted try of their own making the score 12-12 midway through the 2nd half. A few minutes later Westville again scored via penalty kick making the score 15-12 to the visitors marking the first time that they had led in the whole match.
It was going down to the wire as the Northwood faithful urged their team on and with 7 minutes remaining their beloved knights delivered. A Knights scrum created the perfect platform for a set piece move and, with exquisite timing, Nyangani once again stepped up for Northwood as he sliced through the Griffons defence. Showing great awareness he fed the ball to Makhaza who scored under the poles. With the conversion the scores were now 19-15 in Northwoods favour.
Westville were not done, however, and back they came as the searched for a try to win the game. The tension was palpable as the spectators anxiously watched play move up the field.
With a few seconds remaining Northwood spotting the ball carrier run a little upright into contact latched onto the player and attempted to hold him up in the tackle and force a maul. Westville frantically tried to get a knee on the ground to make it a tackle but to no avail as the referee called maul handing the possession back to the Knights much to the elation of the home fans.
With only a few seconds remaining a solid scrum and clearance into touch ushered in the end of the game with the referees shrill blast of his whistle. Game over and a superb 19-15 win for the Knights of Northwood over the Griffons of Westville.
Northwoods fine season continues and this team is certainly leaving its mark as one of the finest to have ever come out of the Durban North School. Next up for Northwood is a home fixture in a schools exchange with Parktown Boys from Johannesburg.
Westville’s up and down away form this season will again be tested as they make a trip up to Tshwane to take on a powerhouse Affies team.
Hilton College beat hosts Northwood 31-15 on a picture perfect day in Durban
Saturday 27 April was a type of day that’s made Durban famous, clear blue skies and an even bluer ocean and a slight South Westerly to keep the temperature down. With the Indian ocean as a breathtaking backdrop, Northwood school hosted Hilton College from the Natal Midlands in an epic inter schools match.
Northwood came into the fixture quietly confident after a successful Easter festival. A late change on Friday though saw influential pivot Juan-Pierre du Preez ruled out because of a stomach bug. In the resultant reshuffle, fullback Ntokozo Makhaza shifted in to cover at flyhalf.
Hilton College started the brighter of the two teams and with what was to become a trend through the afternoon, made much inroads through their forwards.
After working the ball up to the Northwood line the ball was quickly recycled to Michael Booth who, with some deft footwork, spun through a tackle to score under the poles. Wilmans converted putting the visitors up 7-0 after 5 minutes.
Stung by the early pressure, Northwood launched attacking forays of their own and made their way up to the 22 metre, in their attempt to slow Northwood down the Hilton boys were penalised for being offside. Captain Ndlovu elected to kick at the posts and Makhaza stepped up to slot the penalty to make the scores 7-3 after 15 minutes.
After the ensuing kick-off Northwood got pinned in their own half and this gave the Hilton pack the necessary impetus to start taking matters into their own hands. Wave after wave of ball runners in the midfield pushed the Northwood defence further and further back until they were defending for their lives on the goal line. A special mention must be made to the discipline and technique of the Hilton boys during this passage of play, it was something to behold as they marched purposefully up to the Northwood line.
Under the relentless assault on their line Northwood were again caught offside as their midfield scrambled to cover the ever increasing holes in their defence. A shrill blast on the whistle and the referee raised his arm in front of the poles. Northwood thinking that Hilton were going to take the 3 easy points momentarily lost concentration. In a flash SA 7’s player Liteca Nela spotted the Northwood boys out of alignment and taking a quick tap penalty, dived over under the poles. Wilmans Converted to make the scores 14-3. A body blow for Northwood.
Hilton again received the kick-off and after some great tactical kicking from Wilmans saw Hilton pin Northwood in their half again. Hilton College were quite simply on fire at this stage with the cohesion between backs and forwards a marked feature. After another clinical clean out at a ruck, the ball was spun through the hands and as the defence rushed up Nela put a deft dink behind the on rushing defenders. Fullback Thabiso Dlamini, reading the play, showed a great turn of pace to beat the cover defence to score 10 metres for the uprights. Wilmans again converted making it 21-3 to Hilton. Northwood were reeling and not a moment to soon the half-time whistle blew.
It was marked how differently the two teams approached the 1st half of the game. Hilton were quite happy to kick out of hand and on countless occasions moved play 30 metres up field by simply kicking into space and allowing Northwood to run it back. When Hilton did have the ball it seldom passed outside centre preferring rather to keep it close to the forwards.
Northwood on the other hand kicked quite little but instead tried to run the ball at almost every opportunity. Against a team like Hilton you need some variation to keep their defence thinking. There were occasions where Northwood created opportunities to get the ball down the line with an advantage of an overlap or a mismatch. All to often though the ball would either stick too long in the hands when a simple draw and pass would suffice or the ball would be knocked on. Frustrating for players and supporters alike.
Hilton started the 2nd half the same way that they ended the 1st and after receiving the kick-off, worked their way up to the 22 before Northwood were penalised for coming in from the side at ruck time. Captain Armstrong elected to kick for poles and Wilmans obliged to make it 24-3.
Up to this stage Northwood hadn’t had any ball to play with and it was from the resultant kick-off that one could see the change in the Northwood game plan. Where as in the first half they were content to throw the ball around, in the 2nd half they kept the play a lot tighter with the ball seldom going down the line in any expansive back line play.
The strategy immediately paid dividends as Northwood started making inroads into the Hilton defence as the forwards took to their task. They were fierce and fiery in ploughing into the rucks and mauls and ran with purpose and commitment. And it was after Northwoods best passage of play that Hilton were caught offside 5 metres out right in front of the poles. Some quick thinking from Makhaza caught Hilton off guard and the slippery flyhalf dived over to score a try. He converted to make the scores 24-10.
In a almost carbon copy of the first half, Hilton’s forwards again decided to up the tempo and set up a ruck in mid field. Northwood expecting the ball to be taken up close to the ruck, got to narrow in defence and paid for it dearly. The ball was quickly moved left and some slick handling released winger Joshua Cox(Featured image (C)HIlton College).
With nothing between him and the goal line except empty grass the winger pinned his ears back and raced 40 metres down the touchline to score in the corner as the defenders raced to cut him off. Wilmans attempting his most difficult kick of the afternoon lined up the conversion and dissected the up rights from the touchline, 31-10 to Hilton with 14 minutes to play.
A series of penalties pushed Hilton further and further into their half and some smart inter play between the Northwoods backs and forwards forced a line out 5 metres from the Hilton line. The resultant maul was sacked by Hilton but the ball was spun to the back line with Northwood looking like they were about to breach the Hilton defence. Some great work at the breakdown by the Hilton forwards, however, resulted in them stealing the ball and with space spotted on left the ball was again given to Cox to stretch his legs.
In a split second the gap closed and in trying to keep the ball alive a wild pass was thrown which bounced ever so close to the touchline. Mpendu showing great dexterity and skill picked up the ball before it could go out and headed for the try line. As the cross cover defence was about to bundle him in to touch he neatly offloaded to Ndlovu who crashed over to score. Unfortunately Makhaza missed the extras and the score stayed 31-15 to Hilton with 9 minutes to play.
That was the end of the scoring for the day as the action moved between the two 22 metre lines for the remainder of the game. That Northwood won the 2nd half 12-10 is an indicator that the Knights stepped up mightily and showed that the final 31-15 scoreline to Hilton was a little more flattering to the visitors than it should have been.
KZN Schoolboy Hockey results
A busy weekend for the boys, hat tip to Westville, big win against a quality school. KZN schoolboy Hockey is certainly something that we can be proud of.
Westville versus Jeppe
Maritzburg College versus Pretoria Boys
DHS versus Northwood
Glenwood versus Monument
Clifton College Versus Glenwood
Till next time,
KZN Schoolboy Rugby Results
Some great performances from the KZN10 schools.
Westville Versus Jeppe
Maritzburg College Versus Pretoria Boys
Quite simply an amazing performance from College away from home.
Glenwood versus Monument
DHS versus Northwood
Well done to Northwood going to DHS.
Till Next time,
This weekends KZN schoolboy rugby takes on a feeling of reprising the great trek as Monument and Jeppe head down to Durban to take on Glenwood and Westville respectively whilst Martizburg College head out of Province to take on Pretoria Boys. Northwood take a short trip to take on DHS.
On the U15 front all the Private schools in the KZN10 have sent teams up to the St Benedicts U15 ISRF.
Glenwood versus Monument
This should be a great clash between Monument and Glenwood. Depending on which rankings you follow Glenwood(7) sits three places above Monument(10).
Though Monument come into this clash having lost 2 games already their overall play has been impressive and it seems like Monument have finally got back line players to complement their always beefy pack of forwards.
That their two losses this season have come against Paarl powerhouses Paarl Gim and Paarl Boys and one in the last play of the game at that shows they can hang with the best around. Last weekends victory against Menlopark should fill the men from Krugersdorp with a fair bit of confidence.
No school should be surprised by the other as the coaches from both teams would have had a close look at teach other at the recent World schools festival in Stellenbosch.
What can be said of Glenwood as they remain unbeaten at this stage of the season. This is probably Glenwoods greatest test this season so the result on Saturday will go a long way in gauging just how good this team is. That the teams seem to be very evenly matched this year should make for great rugby but playing at home in front of a expectant, partisan crowd should tilt the game in Glenwoods favour.
In the age groups the advantage should lie with Glenwood as their under 14’,15’s and 16’s all rank considerably higher than Monument. The Glenwood U14 and U16 remain unbeaten this season so far.
Westville versus Jeppe
Jeppe sits 13 places above Westville at 27 whilst the later comes in at 40. Westville should have won last weekend against DHS so the general mood is that the schools are allot closer than the rankings suggest.
Jeppe’s last match a was narrow 19-18 victory at St Johns College last weekend and Westville lost 26-27 to DHS. Westville are due a complete performance, however, and hopefully they have settled on a pack configuration that suits their personnel because they certainly have the play makers to score points.
In the age groups Jeppe does seem to have an advantage at U15 level whist in the U16’s Westville seems to hold the advantage.
Northwood versus DHS
DHS lost a few influential players from last year and it does seem that they are lacking some experienced leaders in their team to make the right decisions at the right time. Their 2nd half performance against Framesby would be a case in point where they shipped almost 50 points in 30 minutes. Perhaps its just highlights just how inspirational Celimpilo Gumede and Phendulani Buthelezi before him were in galvanizing their teams.
The rankings do place Northwood higher than DHS due to their great early season form and some impressive outings at the Grey festival.
The game will be won and lost amongst the forwards though as both Northwood and DHS have skilful, elusive backs that can create chances from no where.
In the age groups DHS should win their matches, of particular note will be their more capable U14 outfit.
Maritzburg College versus Pretoria Boys
From all accounts this is PBHS’ strongest side in a while, though their 41-27 loss last week against KES doesn’t seem to suggest so. Their attacking back line play speared headed by Mikhail Edwards could cause the boys from KZN a few headaches.
As is the case with fixtures against these two schools the margins will surely be tight. Maritzburg College who played with great commitment last weekend against Glenwood, in a 7-15 loss, are due a win and get their season on the road. College will look for Siya Ningiza to continue his play from Glenwood.
At age group levels Maritzburg does seem to have the edge with their unbeaten U15 group leading the charge.
It promises to be a great weekend of rugby action as the teams all seem to be very evenly mathched.
Thats all for now, till next time,
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,
|With the myriad of choices available – and new career paths emerging all the time – our high school boys and girls face a daunting task in choosing the correct tertiary education option that is tailor-made for them, personally.
Last year’s (2018) Michaelhouse head boy William Norton faced those same challenges and thanks to a unique career assessment tool, administered by Pivotal Talent, Will is now happily enjoying his first-year studies at the University of Cape Town.
Michaelhouse will always be close to Will’s heart and this likeable young man has already made his mark.
Let’s hear it from Will as to how his initial career-option path unfolded.
KZN10.com’s Jono: Will, in what grade were you at Michaelhouse when you did the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide assessment and what drew you to seek outside help in order to feel comfortable with the course of tertiary study to take?
Will: “Thank you for asking, sir. I was in Grade 12 [last year] and not 100% sure about what I was going to study at university. I needed some guidance and Pivotal Talent helped me realise that being myself and trusting my interests and strengths would lead me to making the right choice.”
Jono: Will, given that you already had your school subject choices and were therefore focused on the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide assessment, if you had known at the relevant time (grade 9) that there was a Pivotal Talent SubjectChoice option as well, as to what subjects to take in grades 10, 11 and 12, would you have considered it?
Will: “I definitely would have considered it – and used it -because of the personal insight it gives to your preferences. Subject choices are a tricky thing and during the course of high school I changed one of my subjects. I’m sure the Pivotal Talent SubjectChoice assessment would have helped me make a more informed decision the first time!”
Jono: Will, as far as your experience of Pivotal Talent is concerned, were the following unique processes helpful:
– that it is online and could complete from anywhere and on any device;
– that you didn’t have to travel anywhere (i.e. you could do at home/school or over a weekend) and
– that your report and findings were automatically generated and sent back to you immediately via e-mail?
Will: “Yes, it made it accessible and took a lot of stress out of the situation because you could to do it in your own time, at your own pace with minimal pressure from anyone.”
Jono: Will, as the 2018 Michaelhouse head boy and now 1st year University of Cape Town student, how important is it in this day and age to know that you are going into something that targets/leverages your core skills and competencies but also your interests and passions?
Will: “I think it’s exactly what the whole of High School gears you up for.
“I thankfully have fallen in love with my degree and I think it is largely thanks to the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide assessment”
“I have begun to realise that studying something you enjoy is essential for your overall happiness. If you are interested in and passionate about your degree, it makes everything fall into place and it allows you to get the most out of your time at university.”
Jono: Will, how did Pivotal Talent assist you in taking the right option with respect to your university degree?
Will: “Well Pivotal Talent assisted me in discovering that I was passionate in learning about the softer skills, and dealing with people rather than the maths and science options.
“Pivotal Talent took into account my passions and skills, and furnished me with a considered report in double-quick time, which is now allowing me to enjoy every day at UCT!
“I almost fell into the trap of following the crowd and doing what everyone else was planning to do, but Pivotal Talent made me realise that being yourself and trusting in your own choices in responding to the questions is the most important part of finding your true career path.”
Jono: Will, what attracted you to the Pivotal Talent CareerGuide method of pinning down the ideal tertiary study path for you – perhaps in contrast to the traditional psychometric methods?
Will: “The thought of being able to do it quickly and easily from wherever you were was something that appealed hugely to me.”
Jono: Will, I find that particular answer very interesting. It says to me that Pivotal Talent takes away the pain and angst of over-dwelling on what can develop into an extremely stressful situation, fraught with what could be costly long-term implications should the wrong decision be made. Hence, one might say, the danger of “following the crowd” rather than forging your own, unique-to-you path?
Will: “Absolutely sir, Pivotal Talent pinpointed the right option for me and cleared up the uncertainty that faces many of us.”
Jono: Will, as you know Pivotal Talent CareerGuide is not only directed at Grade 12s. Would you recommend it to Grade 10s and 11s as well? In getting an early start on pinpointing where their core interests, skills and performance strengths should be steering them?
Will: “Sir, I would recommend it 100%. The earlier you can start grasping what you truly enjoy and what your passions are, the earlier you will be able to start developing those passions into a career path that sees you doing what you love.”
Jono: Will, you might know that Pivotal Talent is a proudly South African product. A powerful, web-based analytics tool intent on accurately & scientifically assisting individuals in predicting their core interests, skills and performance strengths relative to available and evolving career fields. Did you find it to be so?
Will: “Yes I did. It might seem contradictory, considering that it is completely online, but Pivotal Talent really does feel personal in the way that it paints a picture of who you are and where your passions, strengths and weaknesses lie. It seems to know you better than you know yourself!”
Jono: Will, I love that answer! Power to Pivotal Talent!
Jono: So Will, is there anything else you would like to add, with regard to Pivotal Talent? Was it professional and efficient in taking you through the process and to the end result?
Will: “Sir, the entire process was professional and efficient, and at the same time I constantly felt that I was in control of the process. It was slick, and the end result was something that has helped me already – and I know it will continue to help me throughout the rest of my life!”
Jono: Will, coming from you, a young man whom I have got to know and like, a young man with proven integrity, I believe that through your words you have opened the doors for many more of our high school boys and girls to follow the Pivotal Talent SubjectChoice and CareerGuide assessment route.
Finally, if you will indulge me please Will – I know that you are a modest guy who prefers deflecting praise onto your peers – please list your school achievements, accolades and anything else of interest.
Will: “OK sir, if you insist, here goes…”
- Represented KZN Tennis for 7 years
- Selected as the KZN U19A Tennis Captain in 2018
- Selected for a School Exchange to Australia in 2016
- Senior Prefect of Michaelhouse
- Honours for Academics
- Honours for Tennis
- Colours for Cricket
- Achieved 5 Distinctions in Matric and was placed in the top 1% nationally for Economics and Life Orientation
- Own a business called NORTON&HARDIE
- Co-founded and ran the “Our House” social media presence
- Enjoy all ball sports
- Family and friends are extremely important to me
- Currently studying a B.Com PPE at The University of Cape Town
Jono: Phew! That is quite something. Will, once again, thank you for your time. I wish you all of the very best that life has to offer.
Will: “Thank you sir. Likewise.”
* Will was also the first KZN10 head boy from the 2018 year that Jono asked as to what he had learned from his position of leadership at Michaelhouse and what he would advise to the incoming House leadership group of 2019. Check out the link to that widely-read KZN10.com story.
Also: Please read the quotes below to get an idea of the calibre of man that is Will Norton.
Stuart Orwin: “I look forward to seeing the path that Will Norton chooses and how many countless more lives he will have an impact on. No doubt he will cast his light far.”
Barry Haigh: “Will Norton remains one of the most altogether students that I’ve taught. He has always remained consistent and strives to give of his best. Will, everything of the very best for your future – I will be following it closely.”
Jono Cook: “The super-power that Will Norton has, is that he doesn’t have to try anything, do anything, in a group of people to stand out. He simply does – because he is so comfortable in being the William Norton he was always meant to be. Therein lies a lesson for us all.”
Will Norton and Pivotal Talent – leading the way…
With many of the schools in the KZN10 water polo fraternity involved in the big boys galas over the weekend allot of the KZN10 fixtures were rescheduled for during the week.
The eagerly anticipated match-up between Clifton College and Hilton College (featured image) finally took place after Cliftons water polo forays took them out of the province last week.
Northwood vs Michaelhouse
An encouraging sign for Michaelhouse as both U15A and U14A record good victories.
|Win Ratio||33%||67%||Win Ratio|
|Ave Goals||4||6||Ave Goals|
Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College
Maritzburg College sweeps the open age group but Michaelhouses juniors come on strong with some fine performances at home.
|Win Ratio||38%||75%||Win Ratio|
|Ave Goals||5||5||Ave Goals|
Northwood vs Westville Boys
Westville shows its pedigree in scoring twice as many goals as Northwood. Northwood shows some nice depth in the open age group.
|Win Ratio||38%||63%||Win Ratio|
|Ave Goals||8||15||Ave Goals|
Clifton College vs Hilton College/St Charles College
An eagerly anticipated clash. The Hilton College junior teams through down the gauntlet earlier in the week but the Clifton College seniors responded with a well rounded, polished display.
|Clifton College||vs||Hilton College|
|Clifton College||vs||St Charles College|
|Win Ratio||75%||25%||Win Ratio|
|Ave Goals||6||6||Ave Goals|
With midterms coming up for allot of the schools, it means that its tournament time. From The Cape to Joburg and back to Durban our KZN10 boys will be busy flying the flag.
In the last full weekend of schools basketball between the KZN10 schools before the half term breaks there were some clear markers laid down as to supremacy in the KZN10 basketball landscape.
Impressive wins for Michaelhouse in hosting Maritburg College, Kearsney College going to Hilton College and coming away with a well deserved victory.
A win for Glenwood U14’s (featured pic) against DHS is something these boys will remember for a long time..
We have included some midweek fixtures just to give a more fuller picture of what the basketball schools have been up to.
Hilton College vs Grace College
|Hilton College||vs||Grace College|
Martizburg College vs Alex
Maritzburg College had a tough away encounter against a plucky Alex side who showed, that on their home court they have allot of spirit.
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St Charles College vs Hilton College
|St Charles College||vs||Hilton College|
A tough away fixture for Hilton College as they try and get in as many fixtures as possible before the St Johns tournament.
Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College
An epic clash between two schools in a rich vein of form. Michaelhouse again were led by all star performers Kwanele Khumalo and JC Oelofse who, when their team needed crucial baskets, were able to click into a higher gear and maintain the Michaelhouse lead.
Maritzburg College fought manfully the whole afternoon, but crucial defensive lapses at key moments cost them dearly and were never really able to exert enough pressure on the Michaelhouse team to knock them off their stride.
An encouraging sign for the College program was that not one game was lost in the U14 and U15 age groups whilst in the open age groups there seemed to be a great deal of parity.
|Win Ratio||Points for||Ave:|
|Maritzburg College Wins||13||72%||506||28|
Hilton showed a much improved performance against Kearsney at home. Buoyed on by their vociferous fans the Hilton team showed that they are fast developing under the tutelage of Coach Shange.Kearsney again showed the rich pedigree that they have established under Coach Delport. At times it seemed that Hilton were making a run and threatening an upset only to be thwarted by an organized and polished Kearsney team.
|Hilton College||vs||Kearsney College|
|Win Ratio||Points for||Ave:|
|Hilton College Wins||5||36%||319||23|
|Kearsney College Wins||9||64%||409||29|
St Charles College vs Clifton College
St Charles who seem to be hitting their straps this season had a handy victory against Clifton College.
|St Charles College||vs||Cllfton College|
|Win Ratio||Points for||Ave:|
|St Charles College wins||12||80%||474||32|
|Cllfton College wins||3||20%||215||14|
Westville Boys vs Northwood
Westville had an impressive clean sweep of victories when they hosted Northwood on Saturday. Northwoods U15A who has put up some impressive displays this season was again the pick of the Northwood teams.
|Win Ratio||Points for||Ave:|
|Westville Boys wins||14||100%||538||38|
DHS vs Glenwood
In what must be considered an upset, Glenwood U14A (featured picture) beat their DHS U14A counterparts for the first time in many years. Credit must go to the Glenwood coaching staff who haven’t had an easy time of it this season but have soldiered on under difficult circumstances.
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