In this 1st XV match report from Kearsney: The Northwood 1st XV hosted Kearsney College for their annual Classic Clash in Durban North on a steaming hot Saturday afternoon (15 May 2021) with temperatures well above 30 degrees.
Tracey van den Aardweg feature photo: Kearsney 1st XV eighthman Tom Carmody with ball in hand during the loss against home side the Northwood Knights 1st XV on Reece-Edwards Field.
The match got off to a flying start when Northwood’s star flyhalf received a poor midfield kick from Kearsney in an attempt to exit their half from the kick-off.
The Northwood Knights’ number 10 Emmanuel Bahji collected the ball close to the halfway line and ran untouched to score in the right-hand corner. which he converted for a 7-0 lead after 1 minute of play.
Two minutes later, hosts Northwood also failed to exit and Kearsney turned the breakdown – with 8th man Tom Carmody prominent – and winger Trent Coetzee scored an unconverted try, shrinking the deficit to 7-5.
Northwood 1st XV results vs Kearsney the last 8 years.
The next 7 minutes caused some drama with Kearsney losing firstly scrumhalf Matthew Bergset from a late charge, and soon after the inside centre with a suspected concussion.
Kearsney then took the lead 8-7 following a penalty by flyhalf Lethu Gwarube.
NORTHWOOD TEAM vs KEARSNEY 15 MAY 2021
Conditions might have contributed, but both teams were guilty of sloppy skills and below-par defense.
Northwood scored their second try from another poor decision by the Kearsney backs on the counter, to regain the lead 12-8.
In the 25th minute the hosts stretched their lead further to 15-8 with a converted penalty.
Kearsney attacked well during the last 5 minutes of the half and were rewarded with a Coetzee try, which Gwarube converted to take the score to 15-15 at halftime.
Shortly after the break, Kearsney added another Gwarube penalty for an 18-15 lead.
KEARSNEY TEAM vs NORTHWOOD 15 MAY 2021
The visitors played the most constructive rugby in the next 15 minutes, but failed to convert the territory into points, even turning down kickable penalties.
Northwood adopted a kick-and-chase tactic, which led to their next converted try, to regain the lead at 22-18.
Kearsney had a golden opportunity for an all-important 7-pointer but poor handling prevented a sure try.
Kearsney’s morale took a dip, which Northwood capitalised on, to score a converted try, which was also signaled the final score of 29-18.
The first XV match has left Kearsney coaches Barend Steyn and Nico Breedt, and Northwood’s Grant Bashford and Jeremy Mclaren, with much to consider.
ALL THE NORTHWOOD RUGBY RESULTS vs KEARSNEY 15 MAY 2021
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.
The popular Culture@Kearsney art exhibition and photographic competition – part of Kearsney College’s Centenary Year – will be combined at the photographic prizegiving on Tuesday 8 June, allowing artists and photographers to view each other’s talent. The deadline for submitting entries is this Friday, 21 May 2021.
FEATURE IMAGE: South African culture – Photo by Mbali Mkhize
The images published here are from last year’s competition. HIGH SCHOOL AND PRIMARY SCHOOL children are eligible to enter.
Young high and primary school photographers are urged to start submitting their entries in the various categories of Documenting our Lives, as the deadline is this Friday, 21 May.
The SEVEN categories for high school photographers are Wildlife, Objects in Space, People Portrait in black and white, A Moment to Remember, Fashion, Architecture and Dusk to Dawn.
The TWO Categories for primary school photographers are Garden Life and Objects in Space.
There is no limitation on the camera equipment which can be used, as long as it is capable of producing an image of at least 1mb in size.
The competition encourages photographers to use their mobile devices (iPad, tablet, cell phone or Go‐Pro) or DSLR cameras.
All images submitted must be originals and have been taken since 1 August last year (2020).
Rules and details for the competition are available on www.kearsney.com and winners stand a chance of winning great prizes.
The judging panel comprises independent leaders in the visual arts industry who have no affiliation to Kearsney or any school that submits work.
The annual Culture@Kearsney programme is a celebration of the vibrant and dynamic arts scene in KZN schools.
It aims to enrich the development of the arts in all its forms – including one-act plays, poetry, dance and a choral festival.
Jordy Smith is flying the Glenwood flag high as he surfs the World Surf League’s biggest, cleanest and most financially lucrative breaks.
Feature photo: Jordy Smith (at age 20) expertly executing a lightning-fast rodeo clown in the northern summer of 2009, the move invented by the American surfing legend Kelly Slater 10 years earlier at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii. Brian Bielman
The Durban born and bred Glenwood Old Boy and Red Bull athlete…
…is currently lying in 5th place on the WSL Championship Tour and qualified 2 years ago for the first-ever Olympic Games surfing competition; the Covid-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will hopefully still take place this year.
The World Surf League is currently undergoing the Australian leg of this global event and 31-year-old Jordy has ended in second place at the Margaret River Pro, south of Perth.
In 2012 Jordy’s Bending Colours garnered a 2012 Surfer Poll Movie of the Year nomination.
In 2013 Jordy had a year that saw him cement his place as one of the most avant-garde surfers in the world and included the release of Now Now which became a massive YouTube hit.
Watching Now Now it is uncanny how Jordy seems to instinctively feel the wave – the board glued to his feet – WATCH AT 9:25 FOR THE 27-SECOND SEQUENCE and then from 11:40 at Ballito and then the incredible 10-second sequence from 13:00 to 13:10.
Injury plagued Jordy during late 2014 and much of 2015 but came back with a bang in 2016 to gain finish in the runners-up spot on the World Rankings. In 2017 Jordy ended 4th in the world then 5th in 2018.
Just 2 years ago, Jordy was in with a real chance to win his first world champion surfer title but an early exit in the final event (in Hawaii) of the Championship Tour meant he had to settle for 3rd place in the final world standings.
* When the talented Jordy was a young boy in Durban he faced the choice of focusing on either soccer or surfing… and we know the outcome of that decision.
- At the age of 17 Jordy was crowned ASP World Junior Champion and, still in his teens, he qualified for the pinnacle of the sport, the elite ASP World Tour.
- In his rookie year competing with the best of the best surfers on the planet Jordy finished second in the world title race, this when he was barely out of his teens.
Covid ensured that the entire WSL CT was cancelled, so here’s to Jordy and the 2021 year.
This Glenwood Old Boy is very much a family man and describes happiness in the simple yet essential terms one would come to expect from a unique, vital human being who spends so much time with the elemental energies of nature.
“I like to think that I am easy to be with and happiness for me is when I am healthy and with my wife, family and friends.”
Good on you, Jordy, a true Glenwood Legend.
A big @KZN10.com pat on the back of Northwood School Class of 2014’s Duran Krummeck, who has been selected for the Ireland Sevens rugby team to play against the USA and Great Britain teams in an upcoming international tournament in England.
Feature photo: Northwood Old Boy Duran Krummeck looks completely at home in that Ireland national sevens rugby team shirt.
A DURAN MUST-WATCH ON OVERCOMING SETBACKS, MAKING THE JOURNEY AND MORE
These are Tokyo Olympic Games squads, so the future is looking bright for this proud Northwood Knight, who is a prime example of the quality that is produced by the dedicated rugby coaching staff at one of our favourite schools.
I had the privilege of watching live schoolboy sport up close and personal for the first time in 14 months Monday and witnessed the best KZN10 first team soccer match I’ve ever seen. Glenwood were a revelation upfront while home side Westville were more composed in what turned into a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Those close to the sport concurred with my thoughts afterwards; the intensity and quality was top-drawer – and it dawned on me how much these boys were jumping out of their skins to play an actual full-blooded derby after the too-long months of absolutely nothing.
Feature photo: Prodigiously talented Michaelhouse soccer striker Alexander Vermeulen is also the House first XV rugby captain and current fullback, although Alex is an outstanding flyhalf too. We will have to wait until the official soccer term, the third term, to see Alex in action on our KZN10.com soccer fields, as with all the top private school teams.
My gut-feel is that Glenwood firsts are possibly the marquee team to beat in KZN this year, with Westville a close second. If DHS can establish consistency they are always a threat. It’s still very early days, though, and the keynote third school “soccer” term is when the true picture will be unveiled.
Michaelhouse, with their top-class striker Alexander Vermeulen – having swapped his first XV captaincy and rugger fullback boots for his soccer striker togs – is a genuine football prodigy in a good football school. Hilton College, Clifton, St Charles College and Kearsney will also be properly back in the fray, so there is much to look forward to.
Monday was a revelation to me; the spirit of KZN10 schoolboy sport lifted me to a place I haven’t been in 14 long months. Thanks boys, and thank you to the superb organisation of KZN High Schools Football Association that is fast becoming a hallmark of schoolboy soccer in the province.
The Jimmy Bellows soccer grounds at Westville Old Boys Club were alive with the spirit of KZN schoolboy football Monday.
And come 3pm Thursday on the AB Jackson soccer grounds across the road from Harry Gwala (formerly Jan Smuts) Stadium and adjacent to #RedBlackWhite country in Princess Margaret Drive we’ll see the Inland 2nd Term League Big One of the Moment when high-flying Alexandra High firsts take on neighbours Maritzburg College.
It should be a cracking match-up with #MCsoccer Maritzburg College firsts looking to improve on their rather sketchy opening match, which yielded a 1-0 win over plucky Linpark.
Covid issues have unfortunately led to Carter and Haythorne (two traditionally strong soccer schools in the PMB/Inland region) not being present this year but that is offset somewhat by the presence of Hilton College, which is great to see.
* It is worth noting, once again, after the “surprising” 2-0 win by the Maritzburg College 2nds over Hilton last week that it is essentially not a Hilton first team, that is, it is not their premier selection of footballers.
Like the other private schools, Hilton boys are primarily geared towards their hockey or rugby commitments in the second school term, so not all the boys who are up for first team soccer consideration are available for this the second term league.
This is Hilton’s first venture into competitive second term football. An admirable initiative by Hilton.
It is in the third term – the big soccer term – that we will see what the Hilton first side (historically a strong outfit) and the other private schools are really made of, when all their boys are available for soccer selection.
Most of the government schools in the KZN set-up have the numbers to afford the luxury of year-round football squads.
STUFF TO TAKE NOTE OF
KZN U19 RESULTS
WEEK 1 – KZN INLAND STREAM
Wednesday 5 May – U19 League
Alexandra High School 5
[C. Chaba x3, S. Spipo, P. Phumelela]
Maritzburg Christian School (MCS) 1
Maritzburg College 2nds 2
[A. Simelane, T. Latha]
Hilton College Invitational XI 0
St Nicholas 4
(L. Newman ×3, S. Lurwengu)
Thursday 6 May – U19 League
Maritzburg College 1sts 1
WEEK 1 – KZN COASTAL STREAM
Monday 10 May – U19 League
[S. Ndlovu, S. Mzobe]
[B. Nduli, J. Lee]
[own goal, Mdluli]
[Vilakazi, S. Dlamini, Langazane, Buyisa]
Port Shepstone 3
[O. Skhosana x2, A. Ngcobo]
WEEK 2 (this week) FIXTURES – KZN INLAND STREAM
Wednesday 12 May – U19 League
Duzi River Fields (3.15pm)
St. Nicholas vs Maritzburg College 2nds
Zungu Field @ Hilton College (3.30pm)
Hilton College Invitational vs Linpark
Maritzburg Christian School (3pm)
MCS vs Newton
Thursday 13 May – U19 League
AB Jackson (3pm)
Maritzburg College firsts vs Alexandra
Mark Tovey, now 66, is a Northlands Old Boy (now Northwood after the amalgamation of Northlands and Beachwood) who played for Durban City U10 12 and 14 before signing for Durban United aged 16.
At age 23 Mark won the Federation Professional League and Cup Double with one of the great clubs of the segregation era, Durban City. In his second spell at City, Mark won the 1982 and 1983 National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) again under legendary SA coach Clive Barker.
Feature image: Mark Tovey of Northlands Primary and Northlands High School… in the twilight of a remarkable soccer career that culminated in 6 trophies at Kaizer Chiefs.
After joining Bush Bucks, Mark won the first ever National Soccer League (NSL) title (in 1985), once again under Barker, who was known as “The Dog”. In 1987, Player of the Tournament, Mark won the JPS Knockout Cup with Bush Bucks after Bucks won the replay against Orlando Pirates.
Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung had been after the signature of Mark since Tovey’s teenage years and finally secured this now 33-year-old iconic South African footballer to play under the Amakhosi colours in 1988.
Mark Tovey won 6 titles while at Chiefs and it is widely held that this Northlands Old Boy played an instrumental role in the early career of Lucas Radebe, who became a household name with the national team Bafana Bafana and played with great distinction at Leeds United.
Mark Tovey, older brother of another SA star Neil, is a true legend of KZN schoolboy soccer.
The KZN High Schools’ Football Association’s (KZNHSFA) Coastal stream kicks off at Westville Old Boys (WOB) soccer grounds come 3.30pm this afternoon. (SEE ALL FIXTURES BELOW) It’s the opening round of the Coastal U19 2nd Term League – and 4 of the KZN10.com school 1st teams are involved – it’s Northwood vs Hillcrest on WOB 1 at 3.30pm with the KZN10.com derby between Glenwood and Westville on WOB 2 also at 3.30pm. The 4.40pm matches see DHS versus Kloof on WOB 2 while Port Shepstone tackle south coast rivals Kingsway at the same time on WOB 1.
With Westville 1sts taking the hockey honours over hosts Glenwood on the 3 Schools Turf Friday evening and Glenwood 1sts taking the rugby laurels over Westville on Dixons Saturday afternoon, this third leg of the winter sports triumvirate has added spice.
It is wonderful to see the work being put in by the KZNHSFA as there is an equivalent Inland U19 league as well as combined Inland-Coastal U14, U15 and U16 leagues in this the second term.
The U19 (1st team) leagues at Inland and Coastal are the main focus. Both of these leagues have 8 participating teams playing each other once, with the top 4 teams progressing to the semi-finals.
The Inland U19 league kicked off last week and the second round gets underway on Wednesday at the AB Jackson soccer fields adjacent to Harry Gwala Stadium in PMB’s Princess Margaret Drive with the marquee match looking to be that between Maritzburg College firsts and top-of-the-log Alexandra High School firsts.
Covid issues have unfortunately led to Carter and Haythorne (2 traditional strong schools in the PMB/Inland region) not being present this year but that is offset a bit by the presence of Hilton College, which is great to see.
* It is worth noting, after the “surprising” 2-0 win by the Maritzburg College 2nds over Hilton last week that it is essentially not a Hilton first team, that is, it is not their premier selection of footballers.
Hilton boys are primarily geared towards their hockey or rugby commitments in the second school term, so not all the boys who are up for first team soccer consideration are available for the second term league.
It is in the third term that we will see what the Hilton first side (a strong outfit) is really made of, when all their boys are available for soccer selection. Most of the government schools in the KZN set-up have the numbers to afford the luxury of year-round football squads.
After the no-show due to Covid last year, it will be intriguing to see the outcome of today’s Westville Old Boys soccer ground matches, as well as the quality of football at this genesis stage of the season, with football finding its way back –just like the hockey and rugby lads are tentatively doing.
KZN COASTAL U19 2ND TERM LEAGUE FIXTURES
PMB/KZN Inland U19 2ND TERM LEAGUE FIXTURES
COASTAL/INLAND COMBINED LEAGUES
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: DCC, WBHS, CricInfo, News24