St Charles v Maritzburg College T20 derby 4pm today at Varsity Oval

It’s the much-anticipated Saints vs Red Black & White first XI Twenty20 derby 4pm at the Varsity Oval today and the question on  my lips is: Will it be another 97-96 Epic??

The KZN Inland Big 4 Quadrangular – or T20 Big Bash presented by PMB Varsity Cricket Club – is into its second round this week and the two sides that emerged victorious from Round 1 are going head-to-head.

Jono Cook feature image: Maritzburg College’s talented grade 11 batsman Ross Klusener has the proven BMT to score runs when it matters most.

Last time out St Charles edged Michaelhouse by 10 runs while Maritzburg College comfortably dealt with a disappointing Hilton College.

Back to the 97-96 Match.

After the long-awaited SCC v MC 50-over match was cancelled without a ball being bowled due to the inclement weather in the first term, a T20 friendly was hastily arranged for the next mutually accepted gap the following week – and what a classic it turned out to be.

Saints were bundled out for a modest 97 and Maritzburg College were cruising to victory at the back-end of the match before some magic with the ball and out in the field by the celebrated Zim duo of SCC captain and 2019 SA Schools T20 Player of the Year Wes Madhevere and his super-talented countryman Clive Madande pulled the home side’s fortunes out of the fire and spurred them to the narrowest of one-run, last-ball-of-the-match victories.


Saints captain and all-rounder Wes Madhevere collected the SA Schools T20 Cricketer of the Year award recently.


Going into this afternoon’s 4pm Big Bash the Maritzburg College lads had spent some quality time out in the middle during the weekend’s Fasken Cricket Festival hosted by St David’s Marist Inanda in Johannesburg.

But the two sets of two-day double innings matches ain’t quite T20 so it’ll be interesting to see how quickly the men in the red-black-and-white-striped first XI caps adapt to the demands of the truncated form of the game.

Saints enjoyed a comfortable win in a low-scoring 50-over encounter with visitors Northwood on Saturday and are therefore probably more finely-tuned for today’s muscle-up.


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That said, a T20 local derby is anyone’s game so it’ll probably boil down to who of 2019 Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Franchise Finals silver medallists St Charles College or the gutsy well-balanced Maritzburg College squad want victory the most.

We will know for sure in just a few hours’ time.

The food and cooldrinks/coffee/cappuccino catering is good at the Varsity Oval (in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road in Scottsville) while the cricket is sure to deliver.


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Winning the toss and opting to bat could also be a game-breaker as the team batting second has to negotiate the in-between time when the setting sun and the floodlights compete for the batters’ attention.

See you there.

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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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MTN PMB FA Cup soccer outcome impossible to predict

The scene is set for the 8th annual MTN PMB High Schools Football Association Cup, to be held at Howick High from Friday to Sunday this weekend and one can argue with conviction that it’s anyone’s ballgame.

Having watched a number of the teams this year it is a lottery as to who emerge with the trophy.

The strength of the teams in Pietermaritzburg (PMB) and KZN midlands boys’ high school football is so evenly-matched this year.

The unpredictable nature of the outcomes this season means that it’s impossibly hard to determine with any semblance of accuracy, who the finalists will be, come the aftermath of the 3pm trophy match on the Howick High School turf on Sunday.


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What is absolutely dead-certain as we draw close to Friday afternoon’s opening exchanges is that there are 20 schoolboy first teams with gold medals on their mind and nothing else.

Any of the usual big guns could win it, as they have all beaten each other over the course of the season. The tournament kicks off at 1pm on Friday, with the boys’ final scheduled for 3pm on Sunday.

Hilton College are the two-time defending champions and are looking to become the first side to win the trophy three times – 2017 winners, 2018 winners, 2019 winners.

They beat Maritzburg College in an excruciating penalty shootout in last year’s final and the boys of the RedBlackWhite will be pushing to go one better.

It has certainly been a trophy season for the Maritzburg College lads, having already picked up the PMB A League and the Primo League titles in 2019.


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St Charles College – the most dangerous of sides – were one of last year’s semi-finalists.

Saints bowed out to Hilton in yet another agonising penalty shootout, penalties that were so masterfully managed by ace Hilton College keeper Costi Christodoulou, last year’s SA U17 soccer captain and Manchester City trialist.

Haythorne made up the 2018 semi-final quartet. And like the French rugby team, one never knows which Haythorne brand of football will turn up on the day – it can be inspirational stuff that feeds off the moment, or it can be rather disappointing.

Of some of the other teams, Carter are never to be trifled with in Cup football while I personally have a great deal of time for the Michaelhouse team.

Terrific strikers, a solid pair of central defenders, intelligent distributors of the ball – and the most committed of captains in goalkeeper Noah Stanger, the Men of House are, in my opinion, in with a very real chance to wrest the trophy away from their Hilton rivals.


Maritzburg College’s experienced goalkeeperThandolwethu Zondi has been in match-winning form this year. Photo Justin Waldman


Alex have had a rather disappointing season to date and will no doubt be thirsting to prove a point, as will first-time entrants Eastwood, who won the PMB B League this year and will want to show that they thoroughly deserve their promotion to The Big Show.

Last year was my first taste of MTN PMB FA Cup football and it was a fabulous eye-opener.

The Howick High School set-up is great and the organisation of what is an extremely time-pressured schedule by Uraisha Haswell and her team is second to none.


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From humble beginnings, this tournament has become the most popular and most intensely-fought-for accolade in the Pietermaritzburg and KZN midlands region.

This year, there are a total of 36 teams participating: the 20 boys’ teams, as mentioned earlier, and 16 girls’ teams.




In the girls section, Edendale Technical College have ruled the roost of late and are two-time defending champs but they were pushed all the way in last year’s final by hosts Howick, who will be determined to lift the trophy for the first time, on home soil.

Ixopo and Carter will also expect to be in the final stages – or perhaps there could be a surprise from the likes of GHS or from the spirited Kokstad College girls.

It’s been a long wait.


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Now the waiting is over.

It’s time.


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World Cup & more… new St Charles College cricket pro Morne van Wyk talks to the boys

Thinking back on last week’s announcement to a large gathering of Saints boys in the school chapel that St Charles College had appointed Morne van Wyk as Cricket Specialist from the first of July, it set me musing about the Q and A session prior to the announcement and what I – and the boys – had learnt from it.

Jono Cook feature image: Morne van Wyk and St Charles College first XI captain Wesley Madhevere outside the chapel after the announcement.

Saints head of sport Rowan Irons asked a number of interesting questions, among them this vastly experienced cricketer’s thoughts on the Proteas’ chances at the World Cup, and Morne obliged with a set of thought-provoking answers. And I learnt further, this time on Morne’s appointment, in the impromptu video piece Morne did with me shortly afterwards.


Principal of the 5 Schools in 1 College, Allen van Blerk, addresses the boys in the St Charles College school chapel as (from left) the head of St Charles College sport, Rowan Irons, and Morne van Wyk look on. Photo Jono Cook


With the Cricket World Cup on the go right now, as I type, host nation England setting South Africa a target of 312 in the tournament’s opening match at Lord’s, it’s apt to start this piece at the end of the Q&A, when Rowan asked Morne for his opinion on the chances of the Proteas doing something they’ve never done before.


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“I think it is different for the South African team this time, as there are not excessive expectations on them to win it. Dave Miller said to me that the players are not feeling the pressure.

“Another plus is that it is a long tournament and our Proteas can grow into the tournament. What is vital is to peak at the right time.

“It is a very open World Cup; there are 6 or 7 sides that can take it. Sides like Afghanistan can upset the fancied sides and throw the tournament wide open, but getting to the knockout stage is paramount.”



Morne said to the boys in the Saints chapel that he had made his first-class debut for Free State while in Grade 12 at Grey College. “It was a dream come true, a special moment.”

“Another big moment was when I made my debut for South Africa in 2003 at Lord’s, a fantastic memory.”

Rowan then made the point that Morne found a special home in the white-ball format of the game.

“Yes, I remember playing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on a drop-in pitch against India,” said Morne. “I was in-form but still a bit surprised at my call-up. Before I knew it, I had got a nice score, it was a great experience.”


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“My knock against the West Indies in Durban towards the end of my international career – I thought it was my last game for South Africa and after a nervous start in the T20 I got to a comfortable place and made the magical three figures for SA… definitely a highlight.”

Rowan then asked Morne for his thoughts on the early specialisation by a schoolboy in a particular sports code.

Morne first outlined his personal experience.

“I played rugby, cricket and tennis during my Prep School days,” said Morne.

“Then in grade 8 at high school (Grey College) I’d come off two Craven Weeks (Morne played provincial cricket, rugby and tennis during his grade 6 and 7 years) but heard that Jonty Rhodes played hockey.

“As I wanted to emulate Jonty and play cricket for South Africa, I decided to switch to hockey (Morne made the SA U16 squad during his high school years) and to this day I still play hockey.”


Morne van Wyk with the St Charles first XI & head coach Murray Cole-Edwardes (on Morne’s left); and the Saints Prep School 1st XI with coach Chad Barron. Photo Jono Cook


Then, directing his response more specifically towards the predominantly Saints Senior School boys packed into the chapel, Morne said he felt it was important that the boys didn’t choose a particular sport over a group of sports too soon.

“Looking back, I found I was able to adapt aspects of what I had learnt in tennis and hockey and apply them to my cricket, but I think there comes a time when you do naturally lean towards specialising in the particular sport of your choice.”

Not a wicketkeeper from the outset of his cricket journey, Morne’s natural balls skills and multiple sports code experiences at junior level stood him in good stead when called upon to be a gloveman for Free State in his early twenties


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My interpretation of Morne’s words is that the time for a schoolboy to begin focusing on one sport comes about organically; there is a point in your life that it kind of happens on its own – it is not forced, or imposed, or engineered – it just happens through circumstance (like making your first-class cricket debut in matric, the Morne van Wyk sports specialisation path had begun).

For another boy it might be making a KZN Coastal or KZN Inland U18 team in his matric year; that might be the time when the boy’s thoughts should turn to focusing on the sport he has gained the highest recognition for.

Rowan then asked Morne for his viewpoint on the dynamics of a team.


The 5 Wise men of Saints cricket (from left) SCC 1st XI assistant coach Lucky Dladla, head coach Murray Cole-Edwardes, the 5 Schools in 1 College head of sport, Rowan Irons, and SCC Prep 1st XI coach Chad Barron. Photo Jono Cook


“A team is like a school – everyone should feel that they are part of a family,” said Morne. “There must be mutual respect between the older, more experienced players and the young guys – that is non-negotiable.

“Upholding team values trumps sporting victories but if you have the first, often you get the second.”

If one looks at the successes of the Springboks in winning the 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cups, the “team as family” concept appeared to be a major factor in their lifting the William Webb Ellis trophy aloft in Johannesburg and Paris respectively.


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St Charles head of sport Rowan Irons mentioned that Morne played professional cricket for over 20 years, so Jono did a bit of homework.

South Africa, Dolphins, Eagles, Free State, Kolkata Knight Riders, KZN Coastal, Quetta Gladiators… that’s seven first-class cricket teams over two decades.

That’s a lot of cricket contracts – around five, so wicketkeeper batsman Morne knows the feeling of needing to put quality runs on the scoreboard and keep with precision behind the wicket – and lead a side well in his captaincy roles… or else… hard-earned contracts can dissolve pretty quickly.

So what advice could Morne give to schoolboys keen on making it in professional sport?

“It is very much a performance-related environment,” said Morne, who is a youthful 40-year-old. “Often the contracts you sign are for no longer than one or two years so the pressure on you to perform is great.”


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“Just remember that while your career is important, you will do best if you remind yourself that it’s not everything in life. That certainly took the feeling of pressure away from me.”

The Bloemfontein-born Morne is a serving Christian and his faith has been a rock in good times and not-so-good. Once again, my takeaway was that looking at the bigger picture rather than a specific incident is the way to go.


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Morne’s broad advice to Prep and Senior School boys as far as their sport is concerned?

“Do your best, lay strong foundations, forge friendships and have fun.”

Soon after the conclusion of the Q&A, the Principal of the 5 Schools in 1 College, Mr Allen van Blerk, announced that Morne van Wyk had been the unanimous choice of the selection panel as St Charles College’s new Cricket Specialist.

The school and Morne both feel that they have found the right “fit”.


The 2019 St Charles College first XI… Dolphins franchise T20 champions and SA T20 finalists. These Saints talents are sure to learn much from new SCC Cricket Specialist Morne van Wyk.


The St Charles College term “Cricket Specialist” is essentially what other schools describe as the director of cricket.

Among Morne’s more interesting match-ups when the KZN10 cricket season resumes later this year is when Saints take on Northwood, where his younger brother, Divan, is director of cricket.

Mutual respect, cricket as a family, and the bigger picture. wishes Morne van Wyk and St Charles College cricket everything of the best.


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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.

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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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Morne’ van Wyk and St Charles College take the next step

In a massive statement of intent, St Charles College have welcomed cricket legend Mornè van Wyk into the SCC family. The highly celebrated stalwart of the game takes up the position as the schools Cricket Specialist beginning 1 July.

St Charles College continued to strengthen its commitment to developing cricket in the region with its announcement that Mornè van Wyk, former Protea, Dolphins captain and highly respected cricket icon, will join the College as the Cricket Specialist from 1 July 2019.

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In a record that has blown away any ceilings on what is possible, Saints cricket had an exceptional year winning 21 matches in a row – an incredible feat in the sport of cricket. The run included claiming the crown at the Inland and Dolphins T20 championships. Their cricketing skill to took them all the way to the final of the CSA T20 Coca-Cola competition in March this year where they lost to St Stithians College from Gauteng. Their excellent run was built on great coaching, team work-ethic, commitment and respect.

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Mornè’s decision to join the St Charles College family was based on the mutual vision to build strong values in schoolboy sport and to pay attention to sound coaching that leads to growth for each player.

Mornès family values and genuine sincerity made him tailor made for the position and was confirmed as he moved about the St Charles College sports fields. “I am absolutely thrilled to become part of the St Charles family. My interaction and experience with members of staff so far has made it clear that the values and ethos of the College are alive, lived and vibrant.” said Morne’

Mornè’s cricketing credentials in first class cricket and firm personal base made him an overwhelming first choice candidate for the position. Having been team-mates with Dolphins star batsman and St Charles College Old Boy, Sarel Erwee, Mornè has first hand knowledge of the character of men the College seeks to prepare for the world.

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Rowan Irons, Head of St Charles College Sport, endorsed this new relationship: “We welcome Mornè to the Saints family at an exciting point in our school’s history. Right off the bat there has been a solid connection because he aligns fully with our values-based approach. We look forward to having his expertise, passion and leadership at the heart of our cricket programme.”

Principal, Allen van Blerk, expressed quiet excitement referring to the balance that Mornè’s appointment would bring to cricket in the Midlands region.

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This is great news from Harwin rd, and we look forward to seeing St Charles College reach even greater heights in the future.

KZN schoolboy hockey: Clifton coach Keegan Pearce

Clifton School’s hockey director assesses the recent St Charles match

As reported on by Jono Cook, the Clifton College St Charles College first team clash at Riverside was entertainment and drama all in one, in keeping with a couple of KZN10 hockey epics on Saturday 18 May 2019.

Here’s Clifton School director of hockey and first team head coach Keegan Pearce’s take on the match. (Renate Monty Photos feature image)

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The Clifton team vs St Charles at Riverside. Renate Monty Photos


Over to Keegan:

Thanks Jono. St Charles certainly started on the front foot against us and characteristically pressed quite high and were very physical.

“They capitalised off our poor balls into the midfield pockets and baited us into one-v-one contests, which on most days we shy away from.

“With us struggling to connect with our frontrunners, it led to a number of double-turnovers from both teams.


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“St Charles took their opportunities and finished a great 1-2 inside the Clifton circle off a re-awarded penalty corner [PC] to go 1-0 up.

“The second half saw us change our outlet-shape in different phases and our target areas off set-16s changed, which allowed us to play around their congested midfield pressing line.

“This meant we connected better in multiple phases and our ratio of 23 entries – circle entries -increased and we started to put pressure on the St Charles players.

“That pressure lead to a few rash tackles and we capitalised on being a man up, with a few penalty corners. John Munford scored his first [PC drag] flick after an extended injury layoff and we levelled the game [1-1].


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“Another Clifton penalty corner saw Justin Wood score a brilliant second-phase goal and thereafter we weathered a few late counters [SCC attacks] to close out the game 2-1 in our favour.

“I would love to say we had a handful of standout players, but we were quite average throughout the contest on Saturday, although sporadically we saw glimpses of great hockey from a few players.

“Justin Wood is certainly a gamechanger for us and he showed his worth by scoring the second goal and managed the game a lot better in the second half.

“It is always great having the whole school come out and support us, and it creates a great atmosphere for Clifton at Riverside, which is our ‘home away from home’.


The Clifton first team hockey’s support from their schoolmates was exceptional. Renate Monty Photos


“Credit to (St Charles hockey specialist and first team head coach] Matt Coombes on his tactical implementation when pressing us; it challenged our players and we had to adapt to give ourselves a chance of fighting back to win the game.

“And credit to both the St Charles and the Clifton boys for a great hockey game.”

Jono says: Thanks for your insight Keegan.

There’s certainly no rest for Clifton as they take on DHS on both sides’ hockey home at Riverside Saturday.

We hope to hear Keegan’s summation of the Clifton DHS clash next week.



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KZN School Hockey: Clifton vs St Charles match report 

Action aplenty in nail-biting first team clash…

There was much anticipation among the Clifton College and St Charles College supporters ahead of the Saturday 11 May 2019 first team hockey match at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North… And the exciting contest that played out lived up to the expectation.

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“Branson Bertasso of Clifton makes the push-back on the first whistle… St Charles steal possession… Clifton on the back foot…

“The tall, strongly-built Clifton College striker Branson Bertasso quickly reveals that he is an imposing figure in the six-yard box…
Saints striker Selaelo Mashiloane is giving everything up front for the visitors…

“At the Spur Restaurant End, Branson Bertasso has a strong shot blocked at source.


Clifton’s Jonathan Munro was outstanding both as a player and captain in the 2-1 triumph over St Charles at Riverside. Head coach Keegan Pearce is glued to the action from his berth at the Clifton dugout. All images by Renate Monty Photos.


“Byron Kraus and captain Jonathan Munro are building Clifton attacks from the back – and a cracker into the Saints strike zone see the deflection go high but just wide of the post.

“Then it’s an excellent breakdown tackle and distribution by Saints’ left-side defender Kian Channon.

First chukka done in next to no time such is the intensity out there!

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 0
45 match minutes still in the bank.


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Into the second chukka…

“A superb cut-out intercept and layoff by Cam Spangenberg leads to Saints captain Guy Church, who initiates an attacking move up the right and Clifton do well to extinguish the threat.

“Then the attack-minded Kevin Diaz and Selaelo Mashiloane combine to bring the first St Charles College penalty corner…

“Onto the second PC… Jason Login and captain Guy Church execute a slick one-two and Jason Login slaps in the opening goal!

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 1


It was a busy match for the shot-stoppers, not least Clifton College keeper Saurav Rajcoomar. Renate Monty Photos


6 minutes into the second chukka

“Excellent stickwork skills from St Charles College striker Taygen Mollentze sets up a penalty corner… Clifton defence blocks the goalshot.

“Soon after, a sublime Justin Wood flat-stick fence-pass opens space for Clifton College but the St Charles defence is well placed to contain and then disperse the challenge.

“John Munford displays close control under pressure and in a confined space… his skill brings consternation in the St Charles circle.


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“At the other end, possibly the best chance of the first half…

“A great right-to-left cross from Kevin Diaz eludes the outstretched stick of Selaelo Mashiloane by a whisker, with the goalline 4 yards away.

4 minutes to halftime it’s…
Clifton College 0
St Charles College 1

“Clifton College are rewarded for their determined driving and it’s a penalty corner!

“Double castle… It goes to the first and the drag-flick from Clifton College captain Jonathan Munro is well saved by Saints keeper Keegan Crawford.

“Another Clifton College PC soon after…

“Well… An inexplicable halftime whistle goes during the PC…
The PC was meant to be played as it was awarded before the halftime hooter…

Clifton College 0
St Charles College 1

Into the second half… Great Clifton support here.


The Clifton College boys’ support of their first hockey team schoolmates spurred the side to higher levels of intensity in the second half. Renate Monty Photos


“This match is not lacking commitment…

“Clifton great field position… Saints under pressure…

“Clifton trying to unlock tight Saints defence…

“A 40-metre slap pass from Clifton College captain Jonathan Munro knifes through the Saints with surgical precision and finds Matt Strous inside the attacking third, but the striker finds himself a little isolated in terms of support players and Jason Login nullifies the danger.

“Shortly after it’s a Clifton PC… then another… Aaaaaa-aaand it’s a powerful drag-flick from John Munford that balloons the back of the Saints net!

Clifton College 1
St Charles College 1

6 minutes left in the third chukka

39 of 60 minutes gone in the game


Clifton goalkeeper Saurav Rajcoomar and his fellow defenders were put to the test by the Saints penalty corner battery. The Saints’ Jason Login (10) was a major player for the visitors. Renate Monty Photos


“Spurred on by the vociferous support of their schoolmates, Clifton are on fire and Spencer Klue earns a PC!

“A rare triple castle leads to a phenomenal backhand blast by Justin Wood that eludes the Saints defence and the goal sends the onlooking Clifton boys into raptures!

It’s now deep into the third chukka and it’s
Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

“Clifton are almost immediately back in the strike zone from the re-start and only scrambling defence and an excellent Keegan Crawford keeper-save denies Clifton another goal.

End of the third chukka
Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

15 minutes left


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“A minute into the fourth and final 15-minute chukka… and the Clifton College boys have taken their support of the first hockey team to an even higher level!

“Plays swings from goalmouth to goalmouth but

It’s still
Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

“Now just 12 minutes left in this cracker match and at the moment it’s all Clifton…

“St Charles doing their utmost to level the scores… Jason Login prominent…


Both sets of defenders were kept busy throughout this jet-fuelled match. Renate Monty Photos


7 minutes to go

Clifton College 2
St Charles College 1

“Both teams have a player banished to the sin-bin as this pulsating encounter goes into its death throes… both units striving mightily for another goal… Clifton to set up a 2-goal cushion and Saints in search of the elusive equaliser.

1 minute left

Clifton College 2…
St Charles College 1…

Aaaaaa-aaand it’s GAME OVA-AAA!


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“Yes, it’s Clifton College coming back from a 1-0 deficit to run out 2-1 winners.

“Well played to both KZN10 schools’ first hockey teams for your endeavour and skill, and thanks for a morning of great sporting entertainment.


Congrats to the Clifton College first hockey team for their hard-fought 2-1 win over a hard-charging St Charles College at Riverside in Durban North Saturday. Renate Monty Photos



Clifton College 1sts
1 Saurav Rajcoomar
2 Spencer Klue
3 Alex Kerr
4 Byron Kraus
5 Daryl Lotter
6 Branson Bertasso
7 Jonathan Munro (capt)
8 Justin Wood
9 John Munford
10 Brett Anticevich
11 Matt Strous
12 Ryan Gatonby
13 Luke Wilson
14 Ross Montgomery
15 George Tattari

Head coach
Keegan Pearce


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St Charles College 1sts
1 Keegan Crawford
5 Taygen Mollentze
7 Kian Channon
9 Kevin Diaz
4 Guy Church (capt)
6 Cam Spangenberg
17 James Twycross
10 Jason Login
11 Cam Hallowes
13 Tim Login
8 Selaelo Mashiloane

Head coach
Matt Coombes


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KZN school rugby Clifton College vs St Charles College match report

It appeared evident against hosts Clifton College at Riverside on Saturday that the St Charles College first XV’s experience of playing against KZN powerhouse Glenwood last time out has certainly done them a power of good in terms of confidence and energy.

It was the first time in decades that Saints had faced Glenwood – and reports suggest they gave a good account of themselves on Old Orchards.

Duncan Andrew feature image: St Charles College centre Steven Scott was outstanding on attack and in defence.


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And in an entertaining match at Riverside two days ago, the Saints stamped their name on the match very quickly and apart from a late surge by Clifton when the Pietermaritzburg visitors already had an unassailable 30-0 lead, captain and loosehead Jason Robert’s side controlled proceedings.

In taking a look at the game let’s mix and match present- and past-tense, as it unfolded in Jono Cook’s eyes.

“A superb start for St Charles but the final pass goes astray out left with the tryline in sight. Soon after a St Charles College penalty goal by centre Steven Scott makes it

Clifton College firsts 0
St Charles College 3
4 minutes gone


Clifton flyhalf Claudio Lehman did not have the easiest of days dealing with the likes of the on-fire Saints backline duo Zukile Mbuli and Simi Ngubane. Photo Duncan Andrew


“Then a fortuitous bounce of the ball on the edge of Saints’ defensive third of the field sees the alert fullback Simi Ngubane set up a breakaway try by St Charles College right winger Ruben Jacobs. Steven Scott converts and it’s


Clifton College 0
St Charles College 10
8 minutes gone


“And it’s not long before it’s try time again for St Charles College first XV after concerted pressure, scrumhalf JJ Foord the man making the touchdown.


Clifton College 0
St Charles College 15
Midway first half


Saints scrumhalf JJ Foord was at his efficient best linking the backs and forwards at Riverside Saturday. Photo Duncan Andrew


“Then follows a great spell of fast attacking rugby that has both sets of supporters on their feet; quick, clean turnovers opening up space for both sides. Clifton number eight Phin Kalambay and fullback Tim Shangase at the forefront for the home XV with equally good stuff from combative Saints centre Steven Scott and left wing Nate Sisa.


8 minutes to go in the first half
Clifton College 0
St Charles College 15


“A strong home-team finish inspired by Phin Kalambay, powerful hooker Seb Rich, flanker Josh Platford and captain and tighthead Greg Binedell in the death throes of an energetic first half put Clifton in excellent field position inside the Saints 22 with a variety of possible plays at hand. But the tryscoring opportunities are blocked out by determined and courageous Saints defence with strong grade 11 centre Steven Scott never far from the action.


Clifton College 0
St Charles College 15


An example of the accuracy and efficiency of the St Charles College pack in securing quick clean ball for scrumhalf JJ Foord and Co. Photo Duncan Andrew


“As in the first half, an excellent St Charles College start in the second and an inventive backline thrust leads to Saints hooker Alex Patullo powering over in the left-hand corner, towards the Spur restaurant.


Clifton College 0
St Charles College 20
3 minutes into the second half


“Then it’s loosehead and captain Jason Robert who forces his way over in the same Spur restaurant left-hand corner, as did the previous tryscorer, the Saints hooker Alex Patullo.


Clifton College 0
St Charles College 25

24 minutes to go


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“And the St Charles College first XV’s self-confidence leads to the Saints once again crashing through in that selfsame left-hand corner – this time the touchdown from lock forward Scott Haygate… the tight five clearly have a penchant for Spur restaurants.


Clifton College 0
St Charles College 30

15 minutes to go


“The 20-minute sequence from the onset of the second half was the period where St Charles College first XV took the outcome away from the home side, with Clifton trying in vain to get back in the game.

“And it might have got even worse for the home side after the re-start, when a powerful run by tough-as-teak Saints centre Steven Scott sees the midfielder having the ball dislodged from his grasp by a clutch of defenders on his back with the touchdown just a glimpse away.

“And here’s the point.

“In spite of being 30 points down with less than 15 minutes to go and the match to all intents and purposes lost, Clifton never threw in the towel – not even for a moment. To Jono Cook’s mind there was not one Clifton man who figuratively “raised the white flag of surrender”.


Clifton College had their moments (Conna Steadman in possession) but as a rule Saints had their number – until the brace of home-side tries near the end. Photo Duncan Andrew


“This Clifton spirit was perhaps personified by using one example – Tino Mazhinda, who started the match at 12 but moved to 8 and made a set of bullocking runs from the base of the scrum in the second half.

“And after over an hour of toil without the electronic scoreboard reflecting any reward… that never-say-die Clifton College first XV spirit was finally acknowledged in the numbers when it looked like – possibly… I think, I hope – it was centre Conna Steadman who went over (why do this year’s KZN10 first team players persist in scoring at the furthest possible distance from where I am standing lol).


Clifton finally on the scoreboard…
Clifton College 5
St Charles College 30

7 minutes left


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And Clifton continue their strong finish when energetic fullback Tim Shangase crashes over under the posts and flyhalf Claudio Lehman converts.


Clifton College 12
St Charles College 30

And soon after it’s…
Yes, it’s GAME OVA-AAA!


Congratulations to both sides on your skill, teamwork and spirit, which added up to great entertainment for the appreciative crowd, who got on very well as a group, notwithstanding their allegiances.


The Saints were confident from start to finish at Riverside Saturday. Photo Duncan Andrew



1 Mike Bensch
2 Seb Rich
3 Greg Binedell (capt)
5 James Feuilherade
6 Scott Cliff
7 Josh Platford
8 Phin Kalambay
9 Luke Ashton
10 Claudio Lehman
11 Seb Marshall
12 Tino Mazhinda
13 Conna Steadman
14 Jason Nieuwenhuis
15 Tim Shangase


1 Jason Robert (capt)
2 Alex Patullo
3 Erich Ortmann
4 Scott Haygate
5 James Laynes
6 Jacob Queen
7 Justin Cloete
8 Sanele Mdingi
9 JJ Foord
10 Eyethu Majozi
11 Nate Sisa
12 Steven Scott
13 Zukile Mbuli
14 Ruben Jacobs
15 Simi Ngubane


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Match report St Charles College vs Glenwood 11 may

Saturdays fixture against Glenwood and Saint Charles College marked the first time that the teams had met each other in 42 years. That the last meeting ended in a 10-10 draw way back in 1977 makes one wonder what the reason was for the cancellation of the fixture in the first place. If one of our readers could supply the context of what was happening back then we would be appreciative.

The win count for both schools stood at 26 a piece with 5 draws. Its been heart-warming to see old rivalries rekindled

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as schools forge stronger bonds with each other within the KZN10 community.

The venue for the 2019 version was Old Orchards at Saint Charles College. Fittingly the match took place on a field that didn’t even exist 42 years ago so perhaps a harbinger of a new force within the Schools landscape as SCC builds its rugby program.

The Glenwood account was opened when SCC were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck.  A routine 3 pointer from Hendrikse made the score 3-0 to Glenwood after a handful of minutes.

Both teams seemed intent on moving the ball through the hands and with numerous line breaks by both teams it was Glenwood that pushed the edge a bit to far and got penalised for being offside in the midfield after 8 minutes.

The penalty was missed from straight in front of the posts to the disbelief of the Saint Charles faithful. Against Glenwood the home team would need things to go their way and take points when they were on offer. A Hendrikse drop out forced play back into the SCC half and it was from the resultant field position that Glenwood got their first clear cut opportunity to score.

A short line out got Glenwood hooker Nanto some space to run into and the hooker got play up to the SCC 22 meter line on the right touchline. In a flash the ball moved across the field to winger Thinyane on the left with only the try line in front. The pass, unfortunately, was poor and sailed into touch in front of the rangy winger.

SCC again showed their courage and ran the ball out in an attempt to take the game to Glenwood. Inside centre Scott, who had a brilliant game on the day, had just enough bulk and power to always drive his tackler back to get his pack on the front foot.

Another Glenwood indiscretion give SCC a chance to set up a line out 5 metres from the Glenwood line. The throw was not straight and Glenwood escaped via a booming kick from Hendrikse who cleared magnificently to take play up to the

Jordan Hendrikse was a perfect 6 from 6 on the day in a sublime display of kicking. Photo Courtesy of Duncan Andrews

halfway line.

The first try came from out of nowhere. A Glenwood line out on the SCC 10 metre line gave the green machine the necessary platform and, after a powerful run by tight head Golden, the ball went through the hands  and found Mbona who raced to the try line with barely a hand being laid on him. Strange considering that up to this point the defence of Saint Charles College had been tenacious. Hendrikse converted to make the score 10-0 to the visitors after 24 minutes.

SCC were fearless though and went straight back on to the attack. They flew into the rucks with gusto and never allowed the Glenwood forwards any opportunity at the ball. From a line out, and after some strong running from Scott, the ball landed in hands of Ortmann who crashed over the line dragging the Glenwood defenders with him. A Simple tap over by Samuels made scores 10-7 after 28 minutes.

Saints were not done and came right back for more and a straight run from Scott again broke the Glenwood defence.

Saint Charles College inside centre S. Scott had a fantastic outing against Glenwood. Photo Credit Andrew Duncan

His scything run was eventually halted on the Glenwood 22 metre line and, after some great ball retention, the ball got passed wide and into the hands of Jacobs. Showing great balance he stepped off his right foot beating the last defender on the inside. With the try line in touching distance Glenwood Captain Jonas made a telling cross covering tackle to save a certain five pointer. Brilliant work from the full back.

Glenwood were slow to retreat and were penalised for being offside in the midfield and Captain Robert took the option of kicking for the poles. It was valiant play from the SCC boys as they were playing with a degree of self belief and confidence that is needed in these type of fixtures. The penalty kick was again missed making 3 clear cut chances in front of the poles which Saints had squandered in the half.

Glenwood up to this point had been rather scrappy with the ball and lacking the necessary intensity and focus that was needed. Defensively they had missed a number of first time tackles which put their second line of defence under enormous pressure.

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With a few minutes left to half time Glenwood finally clicked into a higher gear and started showing some sort of cohesion between backs and forwards. Sustained pressure forced a penalty in front of the poles and Jonas sensing that his team was playing with greater urgency kicked to touch.

Glenwood retained possession at the line out and from a resultant ruck Glenwood Scrum-half Steyn threw an outrageous dummy which opened up a gap so wide he quite literally walked over the line to score. Hendrikse added the extras to make it 17-7 at the half.

Glenwood struck again straight after the break after a well place box kick from Steyn drove SCC deep into their 22 Metre area. Two further errors from the home team handed possession back to Glenwood on their 22 metre line.

Glenwood again upping the tempo played more direct rugby forcing SCC to commit more numbers to the inside channels. Steyn, who was dictating play beautifully, sent the ball down the blind side and a lovely weighted pass from Hendrikse found Mbona in the clear with one man to beat.

He took the contact and the ball was neatly transferred to replacement wing Cloete to score in the corner. Hendrikse, who was having a great day with the boot, nailed the sideline conversion making the score 24-7 in the 39 minute.

Incisive, simple play from the boys from Umbilo and it looked ever so slightly that the shoulders of the SCC lads had

E Ortmann heads to the try line for SCC’s first try of the day. Photo Credit Juanita Ortmann


Glenwood were now in the ascendancy with Steyn showing all his class as he kicked, ran and passed with the authority of a army general. SCC, for their part, had not had the best start to the half and another fumbled line out and penalty lead to Glenwoods fourth try.

Glenwood, given prime field position to attack, went through the phases and after some smooth handling developed an overlap. The ball was, however, knocked out of Thinyanes hands with the goal line begging, a real let off for the SCC lads. The pressure was still well and truly on the Saint Charles boys with a scrum feed 5 metres from their own line.

Great work by the Glenwood pack though forced a right shoulder at the scrum cramming the space in the in-goal area. In the mad scramble to clear the ball it was hacked up the middle of the field. At first it looked like a decent kick but Thinyane ate up the ground to pick up the ball on the bounce and set off a diagonal run. A great draw and pass from the flier freed Jonas who showed great composure to pop the ball up to Cloete, who dove over to score his second try in 6 minutes. Hendrikse converted to make the score 31-7.

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The green machine had, in a little over 10 minutes, scored 21 unanswered points to really test what this SCC team is all about.

With a comfortable lead Glenwood lost a bit of focus and allowed the Saints boys to run at them.  This was a risky ploy considering the success that SCC has previously had. Saint Charles’ Scott needed no second invitation and his barnstorming runs would often break the first line of defence gaining many metres and much needed front foot ball.

In the 56 minute SCC were rewarded with their second try after some industrious play. A series of penalties pinned Glenwood on their own line and Ortmann again running a beautiful line crashed over with a number of Glenwood defenders draped over him. The conversion was missed making the score 31-12.

Glenwood were shocked into life and put the pedal down once more with that man Steyn again dictating play with his clear decision making. A ruck penalty 5 metres from the SCC line turned into a scrum, and with an inviting blind side, eighth man, Kromhout picked up to score in the corner. Ice man Hendrikse drilled another sideline conversion to make the score 38-12

That would be the last scoring of the match as the two teams took turns trying to set up scoring opportunities. Glenwood would be satisfied with the win against a game SCC team who never gave up. Saints will know that but for a couple of key mistakes at critical times they were more than competitive in this game.

Next up for Saint Charles College is a home fixture against Clifton College, Glenwood make the journey to Bothas Hill to take on Kearsney College.

GLENWOOD: 38 (17)

Tries: Luyanda Mbona, Nico Steyn, Carlo Cloete (2), Dillan Kromhout

Con: Jordan Hendrikse (5)

Pen: Hendrikse


Tries: E. Ortmann(2)

Con: C. Samuels

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