It doesn’t happen every day that a KZN10 school gets these results against a fellow, established KZN10 hockey school, yet that is exactly the story of yesterday afternoon and early evening’s matches between hosts Glenwood and visitors Westville on the 3 Schools Turf in south Durban.

The number 5 seemed to have a special meaning if one looks at the results achieved with the Westville lads smacking in 5 goals in each of 5 of these 8 match outcomes.

Feature photo caption: All smiles for captain Randal Govender (front row, extreme left), coach Cam Mackay (5th from right, front row) and Team Westville firsts after beating hosts Glenwood 5-1 on the 3 Schools Turf in Durban last night.

Glenwood, under director of hockey and first team coach Jonty Robinson, have a quality hockey programme and this underscores the fact that on the day it was pretty much all Westville.

The first teams drew at the recent KZN Schools Hockey Festival, as I understand it, so the comprehensive scoreline of 5-1 to Westville this time round is all the more remarkable.

Westville won 7 of the 8 matches with the only win that went Glenwood’s way being the U16C match, which the hosts won 1-0.

Of the top-tier matches, the U14A clash went 5-0 to Westville, while the U16A Westville lads copied their first side with a mirror-image scoreline of 5-1.

It happens like that sometimes, so good on you, Westville first team captain Randal Govender and team-mates, director of hockey and first team coach Cam Mackay and all at Westville Hockey. These days are ones to savour.

I am sure that Glenwood will be back in strong fashion after absorbing the learnings of the day.

Results I have to hand right now are as follows…

1st team: Glenwood 1 Westville 5
2nds: Glenwood 0 Westville 2
3rds: Glenwood 0 Westville 5

U16A: Glenwood 1 Westville 5
U16B: Glenwood 0 Westville 5
U16C: Glenwood 1 Westville 0

U14A: Glenwood 0 Westville 5
U14B: Glenwood 0 Westville 1

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The schools I call the KZN10 have turned out many distinguished alumni and one of the alumna who surely ranks high among this grand group of gentlemen has to be Westville Boys’ High School’s Errol Stewart, who has recently been elected chairman of the board of governors at the iconic Durban Country Club, which celebrates its 100th birthday on 9 December, 2022.

If one were to write a P.G. Wodehouse-type schooldays novel, one could think of few better than Errol Stewart upon which to model one’s central character.

A gentleman’s gentleman, Errol has distinguished himself in a host of fields and endeavours and is a fine example of the principles that Westville Boys’ High School seeks to instil in its learners… resilience, respect, discipline, humility, character and dignity.

 

The wonderful pavilion on Bowdens… one of the many capital projects engineered by the Westville Foundation.

 

Among the many hats he wears, and has previously worn, Errol is one of the founding directors of the WBHS Foundation which, among its signature achievements, successfully engineered the establishment of the boarding house facilities at the school.

Apart from flying aeroplanes when he has a chance, the mind of this UKZN Law School graduate is no doubt well employed in his executive position at one of South Africa’s leading banks, as well as in the various other roles, both official and unofficial, in which he contributes add-value to society.

His academic prowess notwithstanding, this 1987 SA Schools rugby player and cricketer was also the recipient of WBHS honours awards in two other sports in which he gained provincial representative colours, namely hockey and athletics. Those schoolboy sporting achievements alone set Errol apart.

 

THE NEXT 50 DAYS… what a lot we got to look forward to…

 

Post-school, Errol played provincial cricket (wicketkeeper/batsman) and rugby (centre) for Natal as well as being capped for the Proteas, and has another rare distinction to his name – being a member of both the Natal cricket and rugby teams that were the respective Currie Cup champions of South Africa in 1995.

Oh, and not surprisingly Errol plays off a single-figure handicap when he gets time to launch his drive down the fairways of one of the world’s most renowned golf courses… at Durban Country Club.

A man of conviction, Errol retired from top-level cricket in 2003 (a 15-year first-class career) when, on principle, and in the face of much official pressure, he refused to accept the captaincy of the South Africa A team that was selected to tour a deeply troubled and divided Zimbabwe.

 

Bowdens… Home of the Griffin… and the scene of many an epic Westville first XV and first XI match…

 

The griffin is symbolic of WBHS… a mythical being that is part eagle and part lion, blessed with remarkable strength, unfailingly protective instincts and zero-tolerance for evil.

Errol Stewart… a man of many parts… a true WBHS Griffin.

 

Errol Stewart (2nd from left) with some noted Griffins of Westville. See who you can spot…

 

Sources: DCC, WBHS, CricInfo, News24

 

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It has been an encouraging start to the 2021 year for Maritzburg College rugby. The leading players in the age-group teams have, through the recent Fichardtpark festival in Bloemfontein, got to know one another in a series of three matches apiece and the building of team spirit and cohesion is going to stand them in good stead as the domestic season hopefully swings into action without unforeseen outside influences this coming Saturday.

After a 2020 schoolboy rugby year that never was, the very fact that the Maritzburg College boys and their teams have actually been able to go away, bond together, and play actual matches is the biggest winner by far.

 

 

The Maritzburg College U14 group won their 3 matches comfortably; the U15s had 2 close matches that were sure to provide them with much food for thought, plus a comfortable win; the U16s had 2 tight matches winning by 11 points in one match and going down by 9 points in the other, plus a comfortable win (this group have been also given much match evidence to work with).

 

 

The Maritzburg College 2nd XV registered 3 sets of wins over 1st teams, one by 4 points, one by 7 points and the other by 15 points – the implication is that they were thoroughly tested.

The Red Black and White’s first XV (feature pic) earned 2 wins by 18-point margins and the third by 19 points.

 

 

So a thoroughly deserved congratulations to Maritzburg College director of rugby Hein Kriek and his coaches and support staff across the age-groups plus, of course, the boys themselves. Good on you. Very well done guys. It appears that a solid base had been put in place.

Wishing strength to build upon strength across the board as Maritzburg College rugby ventures further into 2021.

 

 

MARITZBURG COLLEGE FICHARDTPARK FESTIVAL RESULTS

Day 1
U14 vs Welkom Gim 40-5
U15 vs Welkom Gim 42-5
U16 vs Grey College 17-26
2nd XV vs Sentraal 1st XV 28-24
1st XV vs Voortrekker Bethlehem 35-17

 

Maritzburg College left wing Josh Munn, son of Wayne, made his 1st XV debut in the Red Black and White premier team’s opening match in Bloem.

 

Day 2
1st XV vs Diamandveld 26-8
2nd XV vs HTS Louis Botha 29-14
U16 vs Noord Kaap 43-17
U15 vs Noord Kaap 17-16
U14 vs Noord Kaap 48-7

 

The Maritzburg College 1st XV jerseys ready and waiting as the team puts in final prep before kick-off.

 

Day 3
1st XV vs Duineveld 24-5
2nd XV vs Fichardtpark 1st XV 31-24
U16 vs Fichardtpark 28-17
U15 vs Grey College 14-17
U14 vs Fichardtpark 66-5

Information sourced from Maritzburg College social media.

 

#RedBlackWhite
#GoCollege

 

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It is amazing how you chance upon a random Facebook feed and find yourself spending a good couple of hours happily lost down Memory Lane.

Thanks Anthony Hall, your post sparked all sorts of happy reminiscences – although I must hasten to add an especially (unfond) uncomfortable afternoon memory too…

See if you recognise these players and the coach/manager etc. If so, please point out who is who amongst this quality group of KZN10 schoolboy cricketers from that early eighties era who as far as I can recall were outstanding as a team at that 1983 Nuffield Week.

 

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I do recall some of the guys almost immediately, although my facts and so on may be more than a little hazy here and there.

I notice the 1983 Maritzburg College and Natal Schools captain, the wicketkeeper/batsman Andrew Brown (front row, third from left); his school teammate, the left-arm seamer and right-hand bat Greg Walsh (back row, third from the right).

And on the far right in the front row, fellow Maritzburg College batsman Richard Delvin, who I think made 2 centuries at the 1983 Nuffield Week but missed out on SA Schools selection – there must have been some seriously in-form batsman at that Nuffield Week.

I think Greg Walsh, who was an outstanding fielder into the bargain, also hit a century at that Nuffield Week.

Not sure who took the bulk of the wickets.

Durban High School’s Robbie May (back row, fourth from the right) was an effective quick bowler so I am not surprised he is in this outstanding team, which I think (as I said) had a superb Nuffield Week.

I think that fifth from the left in the back row is Kearsney College paceman Anthony Hall, who made SA Schools that year as far as I can recall. Ant was seriously quick and uber-aggressive, and had the ability to cut the ball viciously off a reasonably responsive pitch.

 

Anthony Hall and his outstanding son James, the former Junior Springbok scrumhalf whose skill at Stade Francais is making serious waves in French Top 14 Rugby. Ant and James are two of Kearsney College’s finest. I am pleased, too, that Ant’s dad went to Maritzburg College.

 

I was last at school in 1982 and as I type this I vividly recall facing Ant’s right-arm pace and fire – a charging buffalo had nothing on a suitably riled-up Ant Hall – from one end on Kearsney’s splendid AH Smith Oval while the ultra-talented Natal Schools (and further) flyhalf Cameron Oliver (RIP), who was a left-arm quick capable of weaving red-ball magic when the mood took him, was at full-throttle from the other end.

Just to get bat on ball – at all – on that testing fourth term 1982 Saturday afternoon felt like a triumph in itself.

I think that second from the right in the back row is Michaelhouse’s hard-hitting all-rounder Dave Burger, who later finished his schooling at Maritzburg College.

I think that’s Beachwood’s Craig Small in the front row – while I think Craig Beart of Hilton is there as well, alongside Rich Delvin. And the teacher coach in the front row has to be Hilton’s Ant Lovell.

And Dean van der Walt of DHS is there, it might have been Dean’s second year in the side.

Help me out guys.

When the ticks on a ruffled buffalo are biting in all the wrong places it’s no place to be.

 

 

The Maritzburg College hockey season has got off to an exceptional start with 12 wins, two draws and 1 loss for its premier teams in the recent KZN Schools Hockey Festival.

And with six Maritzburg College Old Boys in the current SA men’s Olympic Games squad, the Red Black White hockey flag is flying high. Best wishes to former Maritzburg College captains Matthew Guise-Brown (also head prefect in his year), Taine Paton, Tyson Dlangwana and Tevin Kok, plus Siya Nolutshungu and Nduduzo Peabo Lembethe.

Siya, Peabo and Tyson are currently involved in the five-Test series against Namibia at Northcliffe High School in Johannesburg.

The Maritzburg College first team were treated to a capping ceremony (feature image) ahead of the KZN Schools Hockey Festival and this included a virtual speech from 2018 head prefect and Sharks rugby player Ntuthuko Mchunu, such an inspiration in leading by example.

Then it was the turn of the Red Army Class of 2021 to tackle St Charles College first team in match 1 of the festival. A 2-0 victory was achieved, with the U16A team winning 4-0 and the U14A’s 2-0 against their Saints counterparts.

 

The scene across Maritzburg College’s Papes Astro on the morning of Day 2 of the festival and the Glenwood clash.

 

The morning session on Day 2 of the festival saw College effect another cleansweep across the three age-group tiers, accounting for Glenwood this time, with a 3-0 victory at first team level, the U16A’s winning 5-1 and the U14A’s to the tune of 3-0.

Possibly the most-anticipated round of the festival was the Day 2 afternoon session involving Maritzburg College and Hilton College. The Red Black and White’s first team shaded their Hilton counterparts 2-1; the U16A’s played to a 0-0 draw while the Maritzburg College U14A’s edged their Hilton opponents 3-2.

The morning session on the third and final day of the festival saw an extremely tight round of matches, the Red Army of Maritzburg College first team drawing 1-1 with Northwood; the U16A’s edging the Durban north lads 1-0 in another close affair, while the U14A clash saw another 1-0 win going the way of Maritzburg College.

The last round of festival fixtures for the trio of Maritzburg College teams was against Durban High School (DHS) and one result that really stands out is the DHS U14A side’s 4-0 win over the Red Black and White, while at first team level College won 3-1 with the U16A’s prevailing 1-0.

So the Maritzburg College U16A team came away from the festival with 4 wins and 1 draw; the U14A’s with 4 wins and 1 loss; and the first team with 4 wins and 1 draw.

And as the winter hockey year kicks on to what we all hope will be regular and unfettered matches over the term, it appears to be very clear that Maritzburg College director of hockey Robin Jones and his coaches across the ranks are ticking the right boxes with their players.

 

Maritzburg College director of hockey Robin Jones surveys his Papes Astro domain at a training session a few days ahead of the festival.

 

I apologise for the delay in publicising this but if it helps inform at least one person then it is worth it. The Heads of what I call the KZN10 schools (in alphabetical order) –  Clifton, DHS, Glenwood, Hilton, Kearsney, Maritzburg College, Michaelhouse, Northwood, St Charles and Westville – signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday as to the official protocols that will be in place as schools’ sport resumes in earnest.

Here below is the text in full:

Resumption of school sports fixtures

It is with great excitement that all school sports fixtures have been given the green light to proceed. As a collective of boys’ schools in KZN, we are delighted as we all understand the significant educational value that sport plays in the development of young men.

Furthermore, our strength as boys’ schools is built on the solid foundation of friendly matches that have served us well over the years, as boys gather stories to be told long into their twilight years.

Despite the challenges this pandemic presents us, our collaboration as boys’ schools continues to go from strength to strength and this particular period in our long histories will be remembered for many years to come, we have no doubt.

Importantly, however, this resumption of fixtures comes with a set of Gazetted regulations which are in place to protect all our boys and their families from the still very present threat of COVID-19.

Although we may all hold our own views on these regulations, as schools we understand that the primary goal of having our boys participate and compete is the prize at this time; the euphoria of derby days and all the fun they bring will return in time but this aspect is not our main objective now.

We want our boys to play.

With this in mind, we have agreed that the following will apply at all our schools until further relaxations are allowed:

  1. NO spectators are allowed at matches.
  2. Boys playing AWAY fixtures will leave to return home as soon as possible after their game has been concluded.
  3. No war-cries will be allowed.
  4. Live-streaming of games, where schools have been able to secure equipment to realise this, will be encouraged so that parents can be ‘virtually’ included in watching their sons compete.

    The intention behind returning to sporting fixtures has a few tenets:

  5. a) We need to ensure we avoid creating a throng of people at any of our schools – we aim to “thin the day” through these measures.

    b) School sporting fixtures are primarily about the camaraderie of playing – this first step in our return to sport should be our primary focus.

    Lastly, we need to be vigilant in our collective fight against this pandemic. All of us hope that this permission to proceed with fixtures is not revoked in the light of a further outbreak of COVID-19 or as a result of schools and their communities not adhering to the regulations – this would spoil it for everyone.

As a collective of schools, we ask that everyone adheres to these regulations and the spirit with which we are approaching our return to fixtures.

Signed on 26 April 2021 by the Heads on behalf of the schools below.

Clifton College

Durban High School

Glenwood Boys High School

Hilton College

Kearsney College

Maritzburg College

Michaelhouse

Northwood Boys School

St Charles College

Westville Boys High School

The Glenwood first rugby team take on Monument at 7pm Saturday (24 April) in what is certain to be a fiercely contested affair between these two highly rated South African rugby schools.

It is the occasion of the Krugersdorp-based Monnas’ Centenary Rugby Tournament, sponsored by Blue Ribbon, and is sure to draw much interest from a schoolboy rugby-starved public. The matches will all be livestreamed so be sure to go to www.digitv.co.za and book your seat.

Next Monday, April 26, Glenwood firsts return to the Krugersdorp school’s Ras van Rooyen Field at 4pm in what is sure to be another bruising battle, this time against the Tzaneen, Limpopo-based Ben Vorster’s flagship team.

 

 

The Glenwood U16A side will also be at the Monument Centenary and they face Paarl Boys High at 2pm Saturday on the Jan Lange Field before tackling Monnas U16A at 2.30pm on Monday in the curtain-raiser to their first side’s match vs Ben Vorster.

Feature photo of Reinhard Jonker, Glenwood’s 2018 SA Schools centre. Jonker was the team-mate in that great Glenwood side that playmaker Jaden Hendrikse regularly turned to for on-field advice.

So as we look forward to how Glenwood do at Monnas this weekend, let’s look back to a snippet of my 2018 KZN10.com interview with Glenwood head coach and director of rugby Derek Heiberg who was talking about his outstanding 2018 side.

 

MORE THAN JUST A JOB: Glenwood first XV head coach Derek Heiberg and peers take the time to understand and counsel each player in their care.

 

Derek’s admirable rugby philosophy will hopefully be reflected in the performance of the Glenwood teams over the course of this weekend.

In the interview, I had pointed out to Derek that his 2018 team’s ability to convert territory, pressure and possession into points was most impressive.

Derek’s reply was illuminating: “We always want to play at a high intensity, so there is a huge focus on our conditioning. But the challenge comes in that while you are playing at a high intensity the players’ skill level needs to match the intensity that we want to play at.

“So for us, we have tried to narrow the gap – and as a result we have looked at training methods to ensure that we train at the required intensity to put the players in situations where their skills are under pressure … and then look at how they adapt to the situation and what are the decisions they make. This has aided us in converting more of the chances we create in a game.

 

Glenwood centre Conan le Fleur scores in the 2018 win against HTS Drostdy at Kearsney Easter Fest. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg. 

 

Let us hope that we see more of the same at Monnas over the weekend.

*****

Glenwood and Monument met in April 2019 and it was a tough outing on Dixons for the home side from Durban, who went down 48-11. It came on the back of previous years where Glenwood have held the upper hand in the win stakes.

That 48-11 Monnas win was pivoted around a superb performance from their then grade 11 flyhalf Herschelle Goodman, whose clever running and use of the boot forced Glenwood to place much of their focus on plugging the 10-12 channel, which opened the gaps out wide.

Dear reader, if you could give me the score in the 19 May 2018 match between Glenwood and home side Monument I would appreciate it. Any other results between the two would also be welcome.

And let’s take a look at that fantastic Glenwood first XV from 2018, which was published in KZN10.com on 15 May that year. There may well have been players going to elevated status during the course of the year.

* 2017 representation & current school grade as at May 2018

GLENWOOD FIRST XV

15 Reinard Jonker (Craven Week. Grade 12)
14 Jean Roux (Grade 12)
13 Conan Le Fleur (Craven Week & SA Schools. Grade 12)
12 JC Conradie (Grade 12)
11 Joe Jonas (Grade 11)
10 Dylan Pretorius (Craven Week. Grade 12)
9 Jaden Hendrikse (Craven Week & SA Schools. Grade 12)
8 George Luzolo (Academy Week. Grade 12)
7 Lindo Luthuli (Grade 12)
6 Runako Brynard (captain. Grade 12)
5 Werner Coetzee (Grade 12)
4 Lunga Ncube (Academy Week. Grade 12)
3 Thabiso Mdletshe (Craven Week. Grade 12)
2 Ruan Olivier (Grant Khomo Week. Grade 11)
1 Jordan Clarke (Craven Week & SA Schools. Grade 12)

Two previous Glenwood rugby stories you might be interested in:

 

https://kzn10.com/glenwood-first-xv-the-process-that-leads-to-the-performance/

 

https://kzn10.com/glenwoods-jaden-hendrikse-is-a-special-talent/

 

Playmaker: Glenwood scrumhalf and 2017 SA Schools cap Jaden Hendrikse was outstanding for his school.

 

 

This is for me – and I hope you get value out of it too; on another Monday morning that as usual throws up all manner of ifs when’s and buts. And the Scourge of The Ages. Self-doubt.

There can be no experience more exhilarating and gratifying than creating meaningful change. Let today speak to the agent of change in you, the positor of innovation that does good for our world.

So if you are feeling uncomfortable, awkward and “out” of your inner calm, do not accept the world as it is, especially “your” world – the place that lives inside you daily and takes place around you. That horrible otherworldly thing that says you can’t, you are not good enough, you don’t matter.

Push back gently, take one careful step towards FIXING what is “not right”, and then take another, firmer step. BE utterly truthful with yourself. Explore the emotion, question whether it is real – and then heed its message and take action. Do not think further; TAKE. THE. ACTION.

Yes there are guaranteed to be hiccups and headaches and no-entry signs and all the little bits of nothing that derail us. There will ALWAYS be the keyboard ninjas who will try and suck your energy and focus. Be kind to them – IGNORE THEM.

How to ignore the drainers of all your “positive”? Remind yourself that when the motor car came on the scene at the twilight of the 19th Century, the equivalent of the modern-day keyboard ninjas sneered “Get a Horse”. Ja, the same bunch who thought the World Wide Web was just a flash in the pan that would not stay the distance.

YOUR JOB, YOUR ONLY JOB, is to stay focused, stay “stuff-you” focused on that little voice inside you, that keeps whispering gently, “It can be done”. Nelson Mandela is the rock star of “it can be done”. He said it: “It always SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE… UNTIL IT’S DONE.” (I loved shouting that).

Yes, there are so many uncertainties – and so much “stuff” that cons us into believing we’re wasting our time; so when this happens remind yourself that “this stuff” is nothing. Real stuff is when a friend passes away in the blink of an eye. Here now; next thing no longer. “THAT” IS REAL STUFF.

So get out there, embrace the uncertainty as an absolute, cast-iron certainty; ask the question, do not be afraid of the answer; you cannot take it personally; it is what the other person is living in that moment. They don’t hate you, they don’t despise you; they are just in a place where you cannot reach them in your space.

And please remember this: Teddy Roosevelt said it – and it is a “message golden” for every one of us; a message that I have tinkered and tailored… because I CAN… (shock, horror).

“It is not the critic who counts… No, the credit belongs to the warrior human who is actually in the arena, who is not afraid to get sweaty, dirty; accepts it will be bloody awful at some point; who makes a mistake, then another, and then another, but STILL continues to seek the outcome that is worthy. The warrior human in all of us that yearns to, but is so too often afraid to, “do the work” for fear of some idiot called failure.

The warrior human knows great passion for something; who goes all-in while knowing all-out that failure is possible, but DOES IT ANYWAY. Because it is worth it, because it is better to have dared to try than never to have known.

So DON’T SIT ON THE FENCE. Pick up the tools of your trade, BE FEARLESS, TAKE ACTION. Fall over, GET UP! Fall over again. JUST.GET.UP. Keep on keeping on with the unshakeable determination that, COME WHAT MAY, you are going to build something that makes you PROUD.

ENTER THE ARENA! LAUGH AT THE MONSTER!

Think less; you have done enough thinking to write the most boringly repetitive book ever. Chuck the worst of the “old you” out. Keep the good stuff that is there – AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE. Set yourself free of the junk-thinking and the worry about “what will THEY think”.

THEY, don’t care about you, so THEY are worthless. There are others who DO care. Very much.

Knock that old self down and build the real you from the ground up.

I hope you do. Because every single time you do, it helps make someone else better. IT GIVES HOPE. And hope is all we have.

Faith/Hope/Love. IT.IS.ALL>WE>HAVE

*****

Jono says, “Thanks Steve Case and Teddy R”.

Because I can.

In breaking news, Maritzburg College product Ryan Moon has landed a three-year contract with Swedish premier league club Varberg Bols FC.

The 25-year-old Moon, who is from Woodlands in Pietermaritzburg, leaves his current club Stellenbosch FC and is due to fly out on Thursday. The Sweden premier league, or Allvenskan, kicks off the new season next weekend.

Feature photo: Ryan is presented with a Maritzburg College Old Boys blazer by headmaster Chris Luman at a function in the school’s Alan Paton Hall in mid-2018.

Apart from his distinguished years at Maritzburg College, where he excelled in the Red, Black and White colours, Moon also learnt his trade at the Woodland and Pirates soccer clubs in Pietermaritzburg before making his debut for his local SA premier league club Maritzburg United in 2015.

Hardly a year later his exploits earned a move to traditional SA soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs.

In another local tie-up, Moon’s representative is fellow Maritzburg College Old Boy, the 29-year-old Gauteng-based attorney Modise Sefume, of Giyose Sefume Attorneys, who revealed to News24 today that negotiations have been ongoing in a bid for Ryan to realise his overseas dream.

 

Modise Sefume during his schooldays at Maritzburg College.

 

“We’ve been working on it a couple of months now,” said Modise. “The guy is excited, it is a big opportunity and he really wants to get there, get going and prove himself.”

Ryan leaves with the blessing of Stellenbosch FC and his immediate goal will be to break into the Varbergs starting line-up and help his new club to improve on last year’s 11th-place finish in Sweden’s premier division.

Ryan’s older brother Bryce has, like his younger brother, also played for Bafana Bafana. Their dad, Patrick, was also a prominent footballer.

Read more about Ryan in this earlier KZN10.com article

https://kzn10.com/maritzburg-college-old-boy-soccer-star-ryan-moon-on-pmb-fa-cup/

 

Maritzburg College Old Boy and Bafana Bafana striker Ryan Moon, seen here presenting his Kaizer Chiefs shirt to headmaster Chris Luman in mid-2018.

 

In good news that coincides with the return of inter-school sports matches in South Africa, analysis the British government’s experts on virus transmission have undertaken on rugby matches indicate that Covid-19 is not being spread during the contact situations that occur during a match.

There were no known cluster outbreaks when elite UK rugby and other sports matches returned. Although no spectators will be allowed at inter-school sports matches in SA, this bodes well for our players.

The British government analysis further held that it is in the intermingling of people after the matches have ended that creates the primary risk of transmission.

Professor James Calder is the chairman of the British government’s committee on the return of elite sport.

He said there had also been no known cases of Covid transmission during football matches. This finding is surely heartening for a similar sports code, hockey.

 

 

The British government’s experts have undertaken a series of studies on the risks involved in playing contact sport and the recurring conclusion is that it is not the participation in outdoor sport itself that is the problem.

The actual danger comes from people not following the virus-transmission protocols when it comes to the activity of travelling to matches, changing into match kit for the matches and the socialising that takes place after matches.

Another professor who has been privy to the analysis has gone on record to say that the risks of virus transmission during sports matches played outdoors are extraordinarily low, far lower than the risks faced during the myriad human interactions that occur during the course of a day inside buildings.

Indeed, just the simple act of keeping the windows open (to allow for the air outside) while travelling together in a car or taxi makes a difference in lowering the risk of transmission.

 

 

It is widely held that the three ways of catching Covid come from droplets, surfaces or aerosols.

Professor Mike Weed says that it is becoming more widely acknowledged that it is aerosol (the suspension of liquid droplets in air) which is the most significant transmission method, and the professor said “it is virtually irrelevant outside.

The prof went on to say that in his broader study of how Covid-19 has been spread, there were “very few – almost negligible – examples of outdoor transmission in everyday life”.

Adviser to the Scottish government, Professor Devi Sridhar, said the focus must be on the areas where it has been proven that there is a higher risk of transmission. “We need restrictions where we know transmission occurs more often and less restrictions where it is safer. Outdoor transmission is minimal, we know.”

 

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You probably know this already, but just for the record, the South African government’s department of basic education (DBE) has officially sanctioned the return of inter-school sport. No spectators will be allowed.

Based on the DBE’s directive in the government gazette:

The following activities are permitted and may resume, without any spectators, subject to compliance with hygiene and safety measures to prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 (C19), and with social distancing measures pertaining to gatherings:

school sport matches

physical education

extra-curricular activities

inter-school, district, provincial and national school sport tournaments.

A C19 compliance officer must be appointed for each venue

there must only be one controlled entrance to the venue

all participants must undergo health and temperature screening before warm-up or event

any person who enters the venue must undergo the health and temperature screening

hand sanitisers must be available at the entrance gate and every person who enters the venue must sanitise their hands

participants and officials must sanitise their hands before and after a match or event

a person who leaves the venue temporarily and returns again, must again undergo the process of health and temperature screening, and hand sanitising;

for contact tracing purposes only, a register of all officials and learners from visiting and hosting schools who are attending a school match or event must be kept by the hosting school for at least 21 days and must contain the following information of officials and learners:

Full names

residential address

cell phone number, telephone number or email address

contact details of the person or persons living in the same residence as the person attending training or a school match or event

a digital registration and health screening platform, such as the teacher connect application, may also be used to assist with the administration of the registration process contemplated in paragraph

if a person has C19 symptoms or presents with a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius, that person must be refused access into the venue

the number of persons, including participants, referees, adjudicators, technical officials, volunteers, medical team, media or broadcasting team, and stadium workers, permitted at a venue at any one time is limited to

a maximum of 100 persons, for indoor venues

a maximum of 250 persons, for outdoor venues

if the venue is too small to hold 100 persons indoors or 250 persons outdoors, observing a distance of at least 1,5m from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.

teams, technical officials, volunteers, relevant stadium staff, medical staff and registered members of the media or broadcaster team must leave the venue as soon as their responsibilities are completed

social distancing and the wearing of face masks must always be maintained by persons who are not participating in matches or events;

participants must always wear face masks, except when participating in an event

technical officials must report before the start of any event or competition for a C19 regulations and protocol briefing session and screening

all ablution facilities must be sanitised regularly and kept clean as per C19 protocols

entry to the ablution area will be regulated to adhere to social distancing protocols

all sports equipment must be sanitised before and after use.

 

 

Source: Telegraph, Government Gazette, Stock