Maritzburg College welcomes 4 new members into select group

Maritzburg College, the oldest boys’ school in KZN, continued its annual tradition recently by adding 4 new names for the year 2021 to its custom of honouring and celebrating its “Friends of College”.
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Maritzburg College has welcomed 4 new members into its “Friends of College” ranks. Started in 1994, this group was created to recognise, honour and celebrate people who, in a variety of ways, have given service to the school and to education. To date, there are over 120 members of the “Friends of College”, some of whom were present in the Victoria Hall on Friday evening, 4th June to welcome the newest members.

This year, Maritzburg College paid tribute to Dr Erna de Lange, Dr Lawrence Kriel, Mr Bruce Lesur and Mr Angus MacDonald.

Feature pic (from left to right): Maritzburg College headmaster Mr Chris Luman with the school’s latest ‘Friends of College” – Dr Lawrence Kriel, Dr Erna de Lange, Mr Bruce Lesur and Mr Angus MacDonald.

Dr Erna de Lange has spent a lifetime in education, obtaining her doctorate on the value of structured pre-formal education, which later became the Grade R model currently used in schools. She has served as a principal and later as a lecturer in the field of Education Management, Education Law and Professional Ethics.

Erna has also served as both Trustee and later Provincial Executive Officer of the KZN chapter of the Governing Body Foundation. She is known to be an outspoken advocate, championing and supporting Governing Bodies and principals, as they charter often complicated waters of leadership.

A font of knowledge and advice, an inspirational mentor and a voice of sound, calm reason for many principals, Erna has had a long association with Maritzburg College, providing incredible support and always having the school’s best interests at heart – a true “Friend of College”.

Dr Lawrence Kriel’s journey at Maritzburg College started in 2012 when his son Jared entered 2nd form (grade 8) and he began assisting at the first-aid facility at Goldstones, working with Sister Ann, Ms Greyling, the paramedics, and later Sister Kylie.

From stitching to diagnosing, Lawrence has looked after countless College boys over the years, mainly rugby players, but also sometimes the hockey lads and even a spectator or two, and continued to assist College long after his son matriculated in 2016, right up to 2019, before Covid put an end to school sport.

The high quality of Maritzburg College’s first aid service is the envy of many schools around South Africa and, at times has been the benchmark for many other schools. This is, in part, due to the input of doctors like Lawrence Kriel – a real “Friend of College”.

Angus McDonald arrived at Maritzburg College from Eshowe in January 1996 and, in time, became a prefect, represented the school at athletics and played for the 2nd cricket XI and the 2nd rugby XV.

Having successfully headed up the Zululand Rugby Academy for 4 years, Angus joined the College staff as the Director of Rugby in late 2008, holding the position until the end of 2010, when he returned to Zululand. During his tenure at College, Angus showed himself to be not only endlessly energetic and passionate, but also engaging and compassionate, and was well liked and respected by staff, Old Boys and parents.

Angus has remained a roving Ambassador-at-Large for the school in Zululand, regularly encouraging promising young men to apply to College, and has also been financially very supportive of various boys, as well as of the school’s Skonk Nicholson Rugby Festival – he remains a most worthy “Friend of College”.

Bruce Lesur matriculated from College in 1989 and is currently a farmer in the Umshwathi area, where he lives with his wife Michelle. Their son Gary matriculated from College in 2018 as a 5th generation College Boy. Bruce played 1st team rugby for Maritzburg College in 1989 and was fearsome in both attack and defence – a typical “College boy” trait that his son, Gary, emulated when representing the 1st rugby team himself.

It was during this time that Bruce showed his tremendous ability to lead, and his willingness to give of his time and expertise for College, both as a parent and Old Boy, serving on various committees and eventually as President of the Maritzburg College Old Boys’ Association.

Bruce has continued his involvement in the Association and currently serves as its vice-president. Maritzburg College recognises the loyalty, goodwill and incredible contribution Bruce has made to the school – a true “Friend of College”.

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The perils of press interviews on the young

Grand Slam-winning tennis star Andy Murray’s mother, Judy, makes some telling points in reflecting on how it feels as a parent when watching your child going through a difficult interview with media.

Feature photo: The then 19-year-old Andy Murray a picture of despair during a press interview, having lost at the 2006 French Open. AP

Most young sportspeople of exceptional talent are not necessarily prepared for the spotlight that comes outside the confines – or relative freedom – of the playing field. It is easy to be caught off-guard by an unexpected enquiry.

After all, as a child you first want to play, actually compete, and – hopefully – win. That is your focus; not being asked questions that can be tricky to answer.

And with the overwhelming focus of social media, those unexpected questions can lead to a long tail of comments by persons who (i) may not even know you and/or the circumstances, and/or (ii) do not have sufficient grasp of the issue to be in a position to comment with authority. But comment… some certainly will.

 

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Of the pressures on a young athlete, there is also the age-gap. Often those persons asking the questions or commenting on the responses are considerably older than the person in question (no pun intended). This can also lead to misunderstandings in what the young person being interviewed actually meant.

This Judy Murray passage from her article in this morning’s Telegraph warrants being stated in full:

“When you step into an interview room, there are so many potential pitfalls. If you’ve won, you’re excited and in danger of feeling so relaxed and happy that something slips out and gets you into trouble.

“It’s tougher, though, when you’ve lost. You’re much more likely to become upset or to bristle at a provocative question – and we all know that anger, tears, feuds and gossip make for good stories.

“The whole situation takes me back to when Andy was young and really struggled with the press-conference environment. He wanted to compete in big stadiums in front of huge crowds, not to be asked about whether his shorts were too big, or whether he should get a haircut, have a shave or smile more often.”

Remember, he was still a teenager; he just wanted to win matches. End of.

 

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Judy, who has a lot of experience in tennis as a player and coach herself, arranged for the then 19-year-old Andy to undergo a course in media training

“The idea was to help Andy deal with the attention, the adverse comments, and know which subjects to avoid. You’ve got a coach at that age, teaching you how to hit your shots and plan a match strategy, but few young players can afford a PR consultant as well.”

English media professional Jonathan Overend gave the young Andy (then 19) the best advice, whilst sharing a taxi, says Judy.

“Jonathan… made some great suggestions on how to handle press conferences and interviews,” says Judy.

“Speak about your tactics, how the weather was affecting play, and what the momentum switches were. Do the press conference on your terms. It was common sense but a real light-bulb moment.

“If you don’t want to bring emotions into the picture; then you can be more analytical. Instead of saying, ‘I’m upset because I lost’, say ‘I missed a chance at this moment’, or ‘I need to go away and work on such-and-such.’

“The other thing we [Judy and Andy] did was to watch press conferences of players who handle them really well.

“Andy Roddick and Roger Federer were two of them. They were so good at taking an awkward question and turning it around so that they could get their message across. They also used humour brilliantly. Yes, they were older, but that’s the best way to learn. Study those who do it well.”

Judy goes on to say that more attention should be focused on this aspect of the recognition that comes with sporting success.

“Being comfortable and confident in front of a microphone is so important. It’s just not the sort of thing that a young athlete is thinking about when they’re trying to establish themselves…”

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I didn’t realise quite how distinguished a career and life Sir Andy Murray’s mom has had. Google “Judy Murray tennis” and you will see in Wikipedia that she has done quite a bit. Judy actually wrote the article. Her piece was prompted by the decision of the world’s highest-paid female athlete, Naomi Osaka of tennis fame, to boycott press conferences. If needs be, Google and you will be up-to-speed with this ongoing saga.

DHS Old Boy Hashim Amla scores big for Surrey

London, the last week in April and the last week in May, have been good to the Durban High School Class of 2000’s Hashim Amla.

To close out the month of April, “The Mighty Hash” hit an unbeaten double hundred for Surrey against Hampshire in the County Championship and then wrapped up the month of May with another big score, 173 against Gloucestershire this time, in the same competition .

First up, Hash – who captained the DHS first XI in the year 2000 – compiled an unbeaten 215 in 8 hours and 11 minutes at the crease (367 balls with 22 boundaries) at The [Kia] Oval that helped set up victory for Surrey by an innings and 289 runs over Hampshire.

Hash, who was born on 31 March 1983, eventually retired hurt after conjuring up his 7th double century in first-class cricket over a first-class career that has now spanned 246 matches.

It is the same ground where Hash, now 38, became the first South African to make a triple Test hundred – against England in 2012 – a monumental 13 hour-and-10-minute knock of 311 not out that bore telling testimony to his considerable durability, patience and skill.

 

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Of the Hampshire rout, ESPN cricinfo’s Matt Roller reported that Hash “had managed only 78 runs in his first 3 games of the season, including a pair at Lord’s [the week before] but this innings was a throwback to his heyday, as he punched through cover, steered through third man and whipped through midwicket with a roll of the wrists.

“Amla was thwarted by birds more regularly than by Hampshire bowlers: a back-foot punch through the covers was stopped by a flock of pigeons grazing in the deep, and he backed away moments before a Liam Dawson ball that pegged back his off stump as one flew across his line of vision, resulting in a dead ball.

“Scott Currie, the 19-year-old seamer, induced a couple of false shots and had him dropped at wide slip on 184…” but apart from that it was vintage Hashim Amla, doing what he does best, dictating the course of a match.

 

The DHS first XI of the year 2000 that included names destined to distinguish the school across numerous fields.

 

The DHS Old Boy’s School first XI of 2000 included the likes of fellow Proteas cap and current Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach Imraan Khan, Scott Mathie of DHS (and more) rugby playing & coaching renown, as well as the current headmaster of the independent Lynford School (in Ixopo) Luke Hounsom, and was coached by Alan Norton, the current principal of Durban North College who put 30 years of his teaching and coaching career into “School” as DHS is affectionately known.

Four weeks after his 215 it was another big Amla innings on his home county ground that influenced another big Surrey victory, this time by an innings and 47 runs over County Championship Group 2 high riders Gloucestershire, the men from the West country’s first defeat of the campaign.

 

 

Amla scored 173 this time round, compiled during an 8-hour-and-23-minute marathon out in the middle in which he faced 347 deliveries and hit 16 boundaries for his 54th first-class century.

“If Surrey supporters could name one thing that they missed most about not being able to come to The Oval in recent times, the sight Hashim Amla in full flow would surely have been high on the list,” reported ESPN cricinfo’s Alan Gardner, “… there are few batters in world cricket so unarguably worth the admission fee.”

“Those who made the pilgrimage for Surrey’s encounter with Gloucestershire were duly rewarded. Amla moved serenely to 3 figures during the dying embers of the [second] day, as if to order for those wishing to slip in for a glimpse of greatness on their way home from work.

“Some 2 500 were in the ground, and the majority of them rose to their feet as he stroked his 12th boundary through the covers, then removed his helmet to salute the four corners [of The Oval].

“This was also a captain’s innings, with Amla taking over responsibilities from Test-match bound Rory Burns [the upcoming England vs New Zealand 2-Test series that starts Wednesday].

“Leading with the bat has always come naturally for Amla and, having started well by winning the toss, he coasted up and down through the gears as required to ensure Surrey finished the [second] day ably placed.”

This was a match in which Surrey needed a win over the men from the West country in order to keep their County Championship title hopes alive.

It was Amla’s 3rd County Championship hundred for Surrey.

 

 

Gardner went on to say that Gloucestershire were “pummelled for the best part of two days by Hashim Amla’s velvet-gloved iron fist”.

More of Gardner on the Mighty Hash and this match: “Having spent 5 sessions in the field, the majority of which involved the exquisite torture of watching Amla go about his business at close range on the way to 173 from 347 balls, Gloucestershire’s batters had to gird themselves for an uncomfortable examination under suddenly grouchy south London skies. Surrey had the platform they wanted…”

“… Amla would have to be the ‘Boa Constrictor’, squeezing every ounce out of an innings or situation. He had Gloucestershire trussed up in his coils for almost eight-and-a-half hours, slowly tightening, tightening as Surrey set about making good on the attempt to bat once and bat big, before unleashing their spinners on a wearing surface.”

So, all in all, a thoroughly well-deserved “Well done Hash!”

The DHS Old Boy of the “wristy leg-side flick and serene cover drive” as so aptly described by ESPN cricinfo’s Firdose Moonda, ranks right up there with School’s best.

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Much to look forward to, but…

The naming this week of the KZN Inland boys’ age-group provincial hockey teams was in anticipation of the respective national and regional tournaments that were scheduled to be held in July.

However, it has been decided to postpone all such events.

Martin Ashworth feature photo: St Charles College first team captain Daniel Jacobs is in the KZN Inland U18A team.

The government’s reintroduction of the ban on contact sports to prevent the further spread of the Corona virus cluster outbreaks means that cross-school and cross-provincial-borders interactions are now no longer possible.

It is now hoped that the national and regional tournaments will be held in the October school holidays.

 

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The interprovincial U18A team Hockey Nationals was due to take place in Stellenbosch from July 10 to 14.

If a player was selected for South Africa U18 at that tournament, he would have been required to participate in a High Performance camp in Stellenbosch from July 15 to 17.

Thereafter, the SA U18 team was due to play in a Test series against Namibia U18 from July 18 to 21 in Stellenbosch.

The provincial U16A teams’ Hockey Nationals was due to be held from July 17 to 21 in Stellenbosch so the SA U18 side would have been sure of plenty of support during their Test matches against Namibia.

Meanwhile, the KZN Inland U18B team would have been playing in the U18B Regional Tournament from July 21 to 24 in Johannesburg.

The KZN Inland U16B team would also have been in Johannesburg from July 21 to 24 for their regional tournament, as would the KZN Inland U14A team for their regional tournament.

 

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It is understood that neither the respective KZN Inland provincial girls’ teams nor any of the KZN Coastal provincial boys and girls teams have been named as yet, as the trials had not been completed at the time the ban on school contact sports was reinstituted.

There are 8 Maritzburg College boys in the KZN Inland U18A side with 6 from Hilton College and 1 each from Michaelhouse and St Charles College.

In the KZN Inland U16A team there are 9 players from Hilton College, 4 from Maritzburg College, 2 from St Charles College and 1 from Michaelhouse.

In the KZN Inland U14A team there are 8 boys from Maritzburg College, 4 from Hilton College and 2 from St Charles College.

 

KZN INLAND BOYS’ HOCKEY TEAMS 2021

KZN Inland U18A (shirt number and name): 1. R. Marais; 2. N. Khumalo, 3. C. Osborne, 4. R. Dobeyn, 7. A. Mthalane, 12. J. Jansen, 14. T. Conolly, 16. C. Fulton (all Maritzburg College); K. Watt, 8. D. den Bakker, 9. D. Kitshoff, 10. D. Tshebi, 13. D. Pratt, 15. U. Nowele (all Hilton College); 6. K. Rathepe (Michaelhouse); 11. D. Jacobs (St Charles College).
Coach R. Jones. Assistant coach: D. Kimfley. Manager: C. Andrews.

KZN Inland U18B (shirt number and name): 1. J. Williams, 7. H. Giles, 15. A. Nzimande (all Michaelhouse); 2. M. Rout, 3. G. Armstrong, 11. M. Bray, 14. A. Matsa (all Hilton College); 4. M. Ponter, 6. G. Winlock, 10. R. Crookes, 12. A. Chiliza (all Maritzburg College); 5. O. Mkhabela, 9. T. Adewusi (both St Charles College); 8. S. Myeza, 13. A. Ngema (both CD).
Coach: M. Coombes. Assistant coach:  C. Volminck. Manager: (TBC).

KZN Inland U18 teams’ non-travelling reserves (in no particular order): J. Goodwin, K. Gilson, J. Pike, N. Mntambo, V. Malinga, M. Selane (all Hilton College); J. Lalor, C. McKean, A. Carter (all Maritzburg College); S. Gaston (Grace College).

 

KZN Inland U16A (shirt number and name): 1. M. Barnardo, 4. A. Khumalo, 7. G. Aranky, 9. P. Dlamini (all Maritzburg College); 2. N. Shozi, 3. N. Chantler, 5. G. Bridgeford, 6. M. Diemont, 8. A. Mda, 10. J. Kitto, 14. T. Hove, 15. K. Khoele, 12. W. Liebenberg (all Hilton College); 11. R. Dicken, 13. C. Ryland (both St Charles College); 16. J. Gilson (Michaelhouse).
Coach: D. Kimfley. Assistant coach: R. Jones. Manager: G. von Meyer.

KZN Inland U16B (shirt number and name): 1. N. Holmes, 4. K. Dobeyn, 5. L. Akerman, 6. L. Armstrong, 7. S. Sithembu, 9. I. Mosupye, 11. B. Dlamini, 13. L. Seshemane, 14. A. Sithole, 15. J. Konigkramer, 16. A. Makhanya (all Maritzburg College); 2. P. Nkompela, 3. J. Yeadon (both Michaelhouse); 8. J. Kitshoff, 10. C. Thomson, 12. M. Dakile (all Hilton College).
Coach M. Cele. Assistant coach: R Johnson. Manager: M. Mazibuko.

KZN Inland U16 teams’ non-traveling reserves (in no particular order): J. Julius, M. Lougher-Clarke, D. Herbert (all Hilton College); M. Mashinini, M. Ngobeni (both St Dominics); S. Zulu (Newcastle); J. Lawrence (Michaelhouse); D. Checkly (Howick).

 

KZN Inland U14A (shirt number and name): 1. B. Thornton-Dibb, 2. D. Jackson, 4. K. Botha, 6. A. Mthalane, 9. S. Sithembu, 7. G. Askew, 12. A. Dlamini, 14. K. Jenkins (all Maritzburg College); 3. X. Enslin, 5. M. Thomas, 8. R. Mudau, 11. C. Smith (all Hilton College); 10. M. Moola, 13. A. Qumo (both St Charles College).
Coach M. Fairweather. Assistant coach: P. Gonlag. Manager: C Mbanjwa.

KZN Inland U14 team non-traveling reserves (in no particular order): R. Honiball, 5. R. Adijbuyo (both St Charles College); 2. R. van der Vliet (Maritzburg College); 3. L. Camerer (Michaelhouse); 4. J. Webster (Hilton College).

 

 

MARITZBURG COLLEGE HOCKEY STANDS TALL

Maritzburg College hockey has long produced high numbers of schoolboy provincial players and this year is no exception.

Out of the total of 46 players named in the recently-selected 3 provincial age-group A teams (U14, U16, U18) in the KZN Inland hockey province, no less than 20 (or 43%) are Maritzburg College boys.

In the 2 KZN Inland B teams that have been chosen (in the U16 and U18 age groups) Maritzburg College boys make up 15 (or 48%) of the 31 players selected.

That is a total of 35 Maritzburg College boys (45%) out of the total of 77 boys selected for the KZN Inland provincial teams.

This achievement speaks volumes for the dedication of both the boys and their coaches.

Let us hope that the government will backtrack on the recently introduced ban on school contact sports in time for all the selected KZN Inland boys to experience the challenges of playing for their province in an SA Interprovincial Nationals Hockey Tournament.

 

MARITZBURG COLLEGE’S 2021 PROVINCIAL AGE-GROUP HOCKEY REPRESENTATIVES

KZN INLAND U18A

RF Marais, NL Khumalo, CD Osborne, RW Dobeyn, AT Mthalane, JCR Jansen, CJ Fulton, TS Conolly.
Coach: Robin Jones (Maritzburg College’s director of hockey)

 KZN INLAND U18B

MR Ponter, GD Winlock, RJ Crookes , AT Chiliza,

Non-Travelling reserves: A Carter, J Lalor, C McKean

 KZN INLAND U16A

MJ Barnardo, A Khumalo, GR Aranky, PA Dlamini

KZN INLAND U16B

NI Holmes, KH  Dobeyn, LN Akerman, LD Armstrong, S Sithembu, IG Mosupye, BU Dlamini, L Seshemane, AO Sithole, JH Konigkramer, A Makhanya

KZN INLAND U14A

BJ Thornton-Dibb, DC Jackson, KHB Botha, A Mthalane, GA Askew, S Sithembu, A Dlamini, KR Jenkins

Non-Travelling Reserve: R van der Vliet

 (Missing from the photograph: R Crookes, A Chiliza, G Aranky, L Seshemane, A Sithole, S Sithembu)

 

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2017 GLENWOOD HEAD BOY SETS A GOAL AND REACHES IT

The 2017 Glenwood High School head prefect Herendran Reddy set his immediate post-school sights on working towards a degree in strategic brand communication – and he duly did it.

3 short years later Herendran earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Brand Communication at the renowned Vega School of Brand Leadership in Durban – and this Glenwood Old Boy has just received the paper that proves it.

https://www.vegaschool.com/

 

 

Mr Reddy is now employed at Boxer Superstores, which is a part of the Pick ‘n Pay group, and is currently a marketing co-ordinator within the Logistics and Finance team.

A hearty congrats to you, Herendran.

#Glenwood is much more than just a rugby school.

 

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KEARSNEY NORTHWOOD 1sts HOCKEY MATCH REPORT TEAMS RESULTS

With the mystifying government moratorium on school contact sports, which has no medical science or logic to back it, let’s take a look at the Kearsney College vs Northwood 1st team hockey match 10 days ago – and it may well be the last game of the year, unless the government bows to pressure and fast-shoe shuffles on its mistake.

TEAM LISTS AND THE TEAMS’ 2021 RESULTS AT BOTTOM OF THIS STORY.

On 23 April the two sides met and the outcome was a 2-2 draw. Just 22 days later, the outcome was different.

Kearsney started the game very strongly, dominating possession and creating numerous early chances, said the Kearsney report.

Tracey van den Aardweg feature photo: Kearsney 1st XI captain Manzi Mhlungu in possession against Northwood.

Kearsney’s strikers were receiving great ball in dangerous areas; but Northwood defended those areas well and managed to keep the scores level.

 

Shaun Baker, Northwood first team coach and hockey director, Maritzburg College Old Boy and the 2002 captain of the #RedArmy, and his KZN10.com peers such as Kearsney’s J.J Reed know that hockey’s educational value goes far beyond the white lines and close confines of a hockey Astro. And hats off to Bakes, who has grown the number of hockey teams at Northwood to 23, which is comfortably the most number of hockey teams at any 1 of the KZN10 schools.

 

Northwood took some time to get going and really opened up the game towards the end of the second chukka.

Both teams put on a great display of hockey with some really close chances going both ways.

With the game still at 0-0 going into the final 15 minutes it was going to take something special from either team to take the lead.

Kearsney broke the deadlock with a great goal from striker Daniel de Kock.

 

Kearsney’s Daniel de Kock scored two goals against Northwood. Daniel’s team-mate Jacques Minnaar (9) watches intently. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg

 

Kearsney used the momentum to run in two more goals, one from eventual man of the match Kai Hielckert and the final goal giving Daniel de Kock his second of the game.

Other notable performances came from Campbell Duckworth, who controlled the midfield, and Bryce Wiggett, who controlled Kearsney’s defence.

One assumed that Northwood coach Shaun Baker and Kearsney’s JJ Reed plus Wayne Marsden would have had a tidy number of matches ahead for their players to work on the positives and minuses from this encounter.

But… the government has made short work of that particular assumption.

 

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St Charles College’s new finance manager Brad Robinson misses SA title by millimetres

Brad Robinson, the Maritzburg College Old Boy and new finance manager at St Charles College, came within millimetres of winning the Bowls South Africa National Men’s Singles title in Cape Town over the weekend.

 

The picturesque vista across the bowling greens at Western Province Cricket Club in Cape Town.

 

Feature photo: Brad Robinson in upbeat mood ahead of the singles semi-finals.

This tournament, along with the SA Masters and the SA Interprovincial, is in the top 3 most prestigious events in the country. And in terms of purely Club Bowls, is probably the number 1 event.

 

Brad and Niksa Benguric after the final of the SA singles.

 

Brad, who is a Team Aero player was 18-13 up in the SA singles final on the picturesque Western Province Cricket Club greens.

https://www.aerobowls.co.za/

If he had touched the jack with his next and final shot on that particular end, the necessary 3 points were in the bag to be crowned SA bowls singles champion with a 21-13 victory.

 

Mason Robinson watches his dad Brad being interviewed.

 

When approached by KZN10.com a few hours ago as to how close he got with that final shot, Brad smiled ruefully: “Jono I had to touch the jack for 3 and just missed by a few millimetres.”

Brad’s opponent, Niksa Benguric from Gauteng North bowls province, came back into this tensest of title showdowns… and the scores were locked at 20-20.

 

Just like his brother Mason, Cole Robinson only has eyes for dad.

 

“Niksa saved game a few ends before the end,” says Brad, who predominantly plays out of Lynwood Bowling Club in Pietermaritzburg and represents the KZN Inland province.

“Then on that last head I narrowly missed the jack to win the final,” says Brad, who was also the runner-up in the 2017 SA National Men’s Singles final.

And the outcome was that Niksa won the SA National Men’s Singles title and gold medal on a 21-20 final scoreline with Brad taking the silver.

 

 

Must have been pretty tight out there, Brad?

“Yes Jono, it certainly was a tense game, yet played in a great spirit between old friends. I was relatively calm throughout and was backing myself all the way – even with the last bowl.

“One thing I stand by is that you have to trust your ability,” says Brad, who is a chartered accountant and previously a senior manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers before taking up his new position at St Charles College.

 

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Brad participated in 3 disciplines at Nationals in Cape Town, namely the SA Fours, the SA Pairs and the SA Singles – and it was most definitely a case of near-misses across the board for this Maritzburg College Old Boy of the Class of 2000 .

“In the SA Fours I played with Calvin Hollis [of Maritzburg Bowling Club] and Gerry Baker and Prince Neluonde [of Bryanston Sports Club in Johannesburg].

“We lost in the quarter-finals by 1 shot with the last bowl.”

 

Brad (right) with his SA Fours competition teammates Calvin Hollis (of Maritzburg Bowling Club) and Gerry Baker and Prince Neluonde (of Bryanstan Sports Club in Johannesburg).

 

In the Pairs, again playing alongside Calvin Hollis – a Glenwood Old Boy and owner of the popular Kick & Whistle Family Restaurant and Sports Bar in the KZN capital – the two good friends lost on an extra end in the last 16.

So near, yet so…

You can be sure that Brad will not be giving up his quest for gold anytime soon.

Take a look at this previous KZN10.com feature on Brad.

 

https://kzn10.com/the-red-black-and-whites-brad-robinson-flying-the-flag-high-at-sa-masters-open-bowls-championships/

 

Brad playing for Lynwood.

 

NORTHWOOD vs KEARSNEY RUGBY WRAP

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 1st XV (Knights) after the win over Kearsney on Reece-Edwards Field at Northwood on Saturday.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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

 

MARITZBURG COLLEGE SPORTS WRAP weekend of 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.

 

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Rugby

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

Hockey

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.

 

Ross Crookes in fine form against Clifton. Photo Justin Waldman Sports Photography

 

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

Soccer

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

Summary

Played 5

Won 3

Lost 2

Draw 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.

U16 Division

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

Cross Country

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.

Senior boys:

1 st Scott Harvey.