It was a rewarding sporting weekend for the Men of House.
The action was as hot as the weather at the Maritzburg College Nashua Sevens Festival where, with a well-balanced formula of skill, determination, fitness and luck, Michaelhouse again made their way through to the final.
Having comfortably beaten the St Charles U18B side (31-14) and Carter High (53-5), Michaelhouse had to haul the equaliser out of the hat after the hooter against the hosts to clinch a 17-17 draw to finish the pool stages.
Martin Ashworth feature image: Mark Grant of Michaelhouse in attacking mood on Goldstones.
Michaelhouse then cruised past Northwood (31-7) in the quarter-finals before producing more magic to clinch another last gasp 17-17 draw, this time against Glenwood. By virtue of scoring first in the semi-final, Michaelhouse progressed to the final where they again met Westville.
It was Westville’s day in the blazing sun on Goldstones as they emerged with a solid 24-12 win to take yet another Sevens title in.
Despite losing 6 of the 10 open fixtures, Michaelhouse’s 2-1win in the first team match rounded off a good day for the Men of House, winning 14 and drawing one of the 28 clashes; scoring 68 and conceding 59 goals in the process.
Best wishes to captain Noah Stanger and the Men of House’s first soccer team at the 8th edition of the MTN PMB FA Cup football tournament that runs from Friday, 30 August to Sunday’s 1 September playoff matches.
I have a very good feeling about this Michaelhouse side.
Michaelhouse were again able to send a veritable army of soccer teams into the fray, pitting 28 teams against Kearsney College on the weekend.
Kearsney’s U16 age group enjoyed a dominant day in drawing one and winning three of the five games, including a 1-0 win in the A team fixture.
In turn, Michaelhouse’s U15 and U14 teams enjoyed the lion’s share of their age-groups’ results, despite a disappointing 5-2 loss for the House U15A boys.
War stories describing the U15E and U14G teams’ respective 10-0 and 8-1 wins will no doubt be dusted off and regaled for years to come.
Michaelhouse’s cricketers who were not involved in other third-quarter sporting commitments enjoyed a pre-season warm-up match against Kearsney College in glorious conditions in Balgowan.
The seasoned grade 11 first team cricketer Jared Meiring assumed the captaincy and, winning the toss, sent the visitors in to bat.
Coming in as the first-change bowler, Oyama Ntshona made the most of the spin-friendly conditions on Hannah’s to lay waste to Kearsney’s batting line-up, bagging 5-23 in his first match at this level. The visitors were reduced to 186 all out, failing to bat out their 40 overs.
Meiring (72*) then anchored the run chase, with Ryan Stringer – coming in at number 4 – weighing in with a 70 as the Boys from Balgowan cantered home for a comfortable 6-wicket victory.