After a 21-month break it was with great anticipation and excitement that College hosted a full round of winter sport fixtures. Hockey and rugby matches were against Sarel CillierS and Clifton with filler games against Glenwood, Voortrekker, Hilton and Greytown.
Feature image: Maritzburg College 1st XV captain Corbin Thunder has just passed under the Nicholson Arch as he leads his team onto the Goldstones ground for the first match in 21 months. Photo Justin Waldman Sports Photography
On the hockey front, we played 15 matches, 11 of which were against Clifton. The #redblackwhite teams dominated winning nine of their games against Clifton with a convincing 2-0 win for the #redarmy 1 st XI.
College fielded 26 rugby teams this weekend, eight of which were against Clifton and five against Sarel Cilliers. Results showed 18 wins, seven losses and one draw.
Highlights were the U16 win against Sarel Cilliers 56-0, our 2 nd XV beating Clifton 1 st XV 31-14 and our 1 st XV win against Sarel Cilliers 1 st XV 83-14.
In the inaugural Wildey Cup Tournament this weekend, our 1st XI soccer team scored A 2-0 vs St Nicholas and a 3-0 vs MCS, while our U16A were rampant with results of 12-1 vs MCS and 5-0 vs St Nicholas, so that both U16A and 1st XI were crowned champions of the event.
College fielded 26 rugby teams this weekend, eight of which were against Clifton and five against Sarel Cilliers. This was the first time we welcomed Sarel Cilliers to Goldstones although the two schools have played each other in a number of friendlies in the past.
Results showed 18 wins, seven losses and one draw. Highlights included our U16 wiN against Sarel Cilliers 56-0, our 2 nd XV beating Clifton 1 st XV 31-14 and our 1 st XV win against Sarel Cilliers 1 st XV 83-14.
1 st XV match report: Cameron Fraser, 1 st XV head coach
On Saturday Maritzburg College took on Sarel Cilliers for their 5th fixture of the season and the first home games after 21 months.
Sarel Cilliers started like a house on fire and managed to get two early tries in the 1 st half. Thereafter it was indeed one way traffic for Maritzburg College and it was a tough afternoon for the young men from Northern-Natal.
College scored a battery of tries and won convincingly 83-14.
One could see how much it meant to the boys of College to once again jog out on their hallowed Goldstones and give it their all for the red, black and white.
Summary of Rugby Results
Played 26, Won 18, Lost 7, Drew 1
vs Sarel Cilliers; Played 5, Won 5
vs Clifton; Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3
Team Opposition Venue Time
1st Sarel Cilliers Goldstones 15:00 Won 83-14
2nd Clifton 1st Goldstones 13:30 Won 31-14
3rd Sarel Cilliers Goldstones 11:00 Won 41-3
4th Clifton 2nd Goldstones 10:00 Lost 5-22
5th Voortrekker 1st Goldstones 09:00 Lost 12-19
6th Glenwood Goldstones 08:00 Drew 7-7
7th Clifton 3rd Nicholsons 12:00 Won 50-10
8th Greytown 2nd Goldstones 16:00 Lost 10-17
9th Greytown 3rd Goldstones 15:00 Won 17-7
16A Sarel Cilliers Goldstones 12:15 Won 56-0
16B Clifton 16A Snows 11:00 Won 37-12
16C Voortrekker 16A Nicholsons 08:00 Won 39-0
16E Glenwood 16D Lamonds 11:00 Lost 5-22
16F Glenwood 16E Lamonds 10:00 Won 28-0
15A Sarel Cilliers Snows 10:00 Won 75-0
15B Clifton 15A Snows 12:00 Lost 10-12
15C Voortrekker 15A Lamonds 09:00 Won 41-5
15D Clifton 15D Nicholsons 11:00 Won 44-12
15E Glenwood 15D Lamonds 08:00 Won 34-0
15F Glenwood 15E Lamonds 12:00 Won 15-5
14A Sarel Cilliers Snows 09:00 Won 66-0
14B Clifton 14A Snows 08:00 Lost 14-17
14C Clifton 14B Leaches 10:00 Won 29-15
14D Glenwood 14C Leaches 11:00 Lost 7-55
14E Glenwood 14E Leaches 08:00 Won 39-5
14F Glenwood 14F Leaches 09:00 Won 17-7
College played 15 hockey matches this weekend winning 11, drawing 1 and losing 3. Eleven of the
games were against Clifton, with nine ending in victory for the #redblackwhite teams.
1 st XI match report: Kyle Emerson, 1 st XI coach
College hosted Clifton College in the first match on Pape’s in just over 21 months.
This fixture was always going to be a tactical battle between two teams who were organised on both offence and defence and the result would be decided by the team who was able to be disciplined in both facets of the game.
Clifton came out firing and asserted themselves with confidence and this was rewarded with an early penalty corner in the second minute. Ross Crookes did well to run down the attempted flick.
Clifton would continue to put pressure on College and accumulated a few circle entries after turning the ball over in their own half but weren’t able to create any meaningful chances.
After a slow start, College started to press better and turned Clifton over higher in the field and were able to test the Clifton goalkeeper who made some great saves.
Thomas Conolly found himself one-one-one with the goalkeeper twice in the first half and was unable to convert either chance. Crookes narrowly missed his diving effort on the far post after Conolly drew the keeper and tried to find his teammate.
College were reduced to ten men after a defender was given a yellow card for a miss-timed tackle in the third quarter, but Clifton were unable to use their numerical advantage and were only able to enter College’s circle once in the third quarter.
The third quarter was when College come into their own and this is when their dominance paid off and they began to make better use of their opportunities.
Clifton were happy to sit deep in their own half and try to catch College on the counterattack. As College moved the ball around with purpose they made it difficult for the Clifton defence to keep them out. The one penalty corner which College earned saw the Clifton defence run down the attempted flick by Conolly.
College continued to threaten the Clifton circle with many chances and in the sixth minute Crookes finished off a good passage of play as he rolled the ball into the goal to finally beat the Clifton goalkeeper.
Less than two minutes later Cameron van der Vliet would excellently stop a clearance from Clifton inside the circle and hit the ball into the goal to make it 2-0.
College had chances to take the game out of Clifton’s reach but were unable to again find the back of the net. Clifton pushed hard for a goal in the fourth quarter and earned a few penalty corners, but the College defence were equal to the task
College shot-stopper Roan Marais made some brilliant saves in goal late in the game to keep a clean sheet.
College would finish the game feeling that they should have done more with the possession and opportunities which they created, but would be happy with the clean sheet.
Summary of Hockey Results
Played: 15, Won: 11, Drew: 1, Lost: 3
Team Opponents Result
1st Clifton Won 2-0
2nd Clifton Drew 1-1
3rd Clifton Won 8-0
4th Clifton Lost 2-3
5th Clifton Won 3-0
16A Clifton Won 1-0
16B Clifton Won 3-0
16F Hilton 16E Lost 0-7
16G Hilton 16F Won 3-0
16H Hilton 16G Won 1-0
14A Clifton Won 3-2
14B Clifton Won 3-1
14C Clifton Won 1-0
14D Clifton Won 2-1
14E Voortrekker 14A Lost 0-9
Mid-week fixtures for our soccer teams saw 5 teams in action, winning 3 of their games and losing 2.
Our 1st XI played Alex winning 1-0 and the U14A side had a dominant win against MCS 10-0.
Team Opposition Score
U14A MCS Won 10-0
U15A Glenwood Lost 1-2
U16A Westville Won 3-0
2nd St Nicholas Lost 2-3
1st Alex Won 1-0
On the weekend, the U16 and 1st XI teams took part in the Wildey Tournament, a St Nicholas initiative, created in memory of the late Melvyn Wildey, former St Nicholas and Ixopo teacher and coach.
Our 1st XI scored 2-0 vs St Nicholas and 3-0 vs MCS, while our U16A were rampant with results of 12-1 vs MCS and 5-0 vs St Nicholas, so that both U16A and 1st XI were crowned champions of the inaugural Wildey Cup Tournament.
Team Opposition Result
U16A MCS Won 12-1
U16A St Nicholas Won 3-0
1st Team Division
Team Opposition Result
1st St Nicholas Won 1-0
1st MCS Won 3-0
Our boys took part in the Burman Bush event in Durban hosted by Savages AC and once again took the top three places in the senior event.
1 st Scott Harvey.