Mistakes aplenty led to the Kearsney College first XV’s undoing as an alert, more polished Michaelhouse made the most of opportunities to record a welcome 22-9 victory on the 126-year-old midlands school’s Founders Weekend.
Attempting to relieve early pressure in the opening couple of minutes on the splendid Meadows field, Kearsney played into Michaelhouse’s hands and the outcome was a converted try for the hosts as big House eighthman Wandile Mlaba crashed over into in-goal area.
Feature photo caption: Since 1896… Michaelhouse’s current boys commemorate Founders’ Weekend celebrations ahead of the first XV kick-off with many Old Boys of House, Men of House, in attendance around Meadows.
Subsequently, in a rousing House segment of play, the Kearsney defence was put to the test and not found wanting. The visitors regathered in the rugby-friendly conditions and enjoyed some time in the attacking zone but try-time did not materialise and their 6 pre-halftime points came via the penalty-goals brace by scrumhalf Matt Bergset.
To compound the frustration, Kearsney overcooked a lineout throw and House pounced with centre Campbell Ridl finishing off for the home side’s second, much-appreciated, 7-pointer of the half. Hosts Michaelhouse duly went into the changeover with the scoreboard reflecting two converted tries and a penalty goal (17) to Kearsney number 9 Bergset’s set of penalties (6).
Cognisant of the 11-point deficit with half of the match still to play, Kearsney knew they still had plenty of time to win this match. With flanker and captain Jason Brien leading by example, Kearsney proceeded to express themselves, but it was as if the rugby gods were conspiring against them.
More accurately, perhaps, vital passes went astray through poor cohesion, while other attacking forays found fault and the sum total of the admirable determination of the Kearsney side was a lone Bergset penalty goal.
Towards the end of the match a field kick went off-point and extreme pace over 50-plus metres in the form of left wing Kevin Smith burnt away any thought of interference for the third and final Michaelhouse try of the match (22-9).
With many Men of House of yesteryear in attendance, in celebration of Founders’ (1896) Weekend, the Class of 1947 (75 Years) deserving special mention, it was appropriate that the magical KZN midlands conjured up the most special of Autumnal days together with the gorgeous colours which are a signature therein.
It’s always interesting to see what has happened in previous first XV matches of recent times:
On the 8th May 2021 Michaelhouse beat home side Kearsney 26-24 on Stott field; the 2020 match was cancelled due to Covid; the 11 May 2019 match window slipped outside the confines of the Covid nightmare and visitors Kearsney won 23-20 on Meadows; on 10 May 2018 home side Kearsney beat House 27-17; on 29 April 2017 home side Michaelhouse beat Kearsney 26-24; and on 30 April 2016 home side Kearsney beat Michaelhouse 62-22.
So, in the last 6 meetings it’s been 3 wins apiece, both first XVs having once put one over their opponents away from home during this time period – House winning by 2 points at Kearsney in 2022 and Kearsney winning by 3 points at House in 2019.
Long may this wonderful contest continue.
A belated but undiluted congratulations to the Kearsney College U16A basketball team, who won all 7 of their matches on their way to winning the U16 Tournament held at Michaelhouse last month before clinching yet another prestigious tournament a week later.
Feature photo caption: The victorious Kearsney College U16A basketball team at the Michaelhouse tourney.
The following weekend, the Kearsney College U16A side repeated the winning process in Johannesburg.
The St Stithians College U16 basketball tournament saw the Kearsney U16A basketballers beating St Alban’s College of Pretoria 41-35 in the final.
The Kearsney U16A basketball team beat St Stithians College, St Benedict’s, the International School of SA, Westville, St John’s College and Michaelhouse on their way to the finals.
It has been an outstanding first term for the Kearsney U16A basketballers, recording the following results:
21 Jan vs St Charles won 38-13
22 Jan vs Hilton won 38-30
29 Jan vs Claremont won 45-28
The members of the Kearsney U16A team that won the tournament at Michaelhouse were Tshepiso Mokoena, Reabetswe Sithole, Ntsika Mfayela, Matthew Shepherd, Connor Grenfell, Motheo Ramoriting, Gareth Fly, Kemani Mabaso, Luca Borrageiro, Gregor Campbell, Ayanda Jackson and Iviwe Shongwe.
30 Jan vs DHS won 21-18
30 Jan vs Michaelhouse U16B won 29-13
30 Jan vs Maritzburg College drew 23-23
30 Jan vs St Charles won 28-9
30 Jan vs Hilton won 25-12
30 Jan vs Northwood won 23-15
30 Jan vs Maritzburg College won 29-25 (Michaelhouse tournament final)
30 Jan vs Libros Northern Combined won 69-5
5 Feb lost 35-32 to Northwood
The victorious Kearsney U16A basketballers at the St Stithians College tournament were once again Tshepiso Mokoena, Reabetswe Sithole, Ntsika Mfayela, Matthew Shepherd, Connor Grenfell, Motheo Ramoriting, Gareth Fly, Kemani Mabaso, Ayanda Jackson, Luca Borrageiro (capt), Gregor Campbell and Iviwe Shongwe.
11 Feb lost 22-18 to St Stithians
11 Feb vs St Benedict’s won 29-12
12 Feb vs International School of South Africa won 32-15
12 Feb vs Westville won 36-15
12 Feb vs St John’s College won 32-24 (quarter-final)
13 Feb vs Michaelhouse won 33-21 (semi-final)
13 Feb vs St Albans won 41-35 (St Stithians tournament final)
26 Feb vs Westville won 31-19
And one game to go in the first term, at 2.30pm Thursday, 3 March 2022 against Clifton away at Riverside.
Kearsney U16A team vs Clifton
Tshepiso Mokoena, Reabetswe Sithole, Ntsika Mfayela, Matthew Shepherd, Connor Grenfell, Motheo Ramoriting, Gareth Fly, Kemani Mabaso
Coach: A Ntshingila
Well done to the Kearsney U16A basketball players and their coaches.
With the Northwood and Kearsney cricket fixtures a weather no-go, the Kearsney indoor courts were the scene for much of the Saturday sporting action with Northwood.
The Kearsney first team cricketers, though, are due to due to play on Wednesday when they host Clifton first XI from 2.45pm in the 100-Ball competition.
Kearsney College feature photo: There is always something new to learn: Former Proteas captain and leading all-rounder Shaun Pollock conducted a coaching clinic at Kearsney last week. Pictured in-photo are (from left) Kearsney cricket consultant Khaya Zondo, Kearsney director of sport Waylon Murray, 1st XI vice-captain Nhlakanipho Ngubane, Shaun Pollock, captain Bryce Wiggett, 1st XI coach Matt Savage and consultant Jordan Gregory.
Meanwhile, the first quarter in Saturday’s first team basketball match between hosts Kearsney and visitors Northwood was tightly contested with both teams feeling each other out and neither team gaining the ascendancy. However, Northwood edged slightly ahead at 17-15 on the scoreboard.
During the second quarter Northwood began to find offensive rhythm, aided by some deadly outside shooting. Kearsney found the going more difficult and were only able to score eight points during the quarter. At half-time Northwood were comfortably ahead 34-23.
Kearsney played much better defence in the second half, but were unable to make up the earlier deficit, despite shooting with greater precision. Northwood ran out deserving winners 70-58.
Top first team points scorers:
Kearsney – Njabulo Ngcobo 22 points, Lehumo Mhalabana 10, Matthew Campbell 8
Northwood – Lunga Dlungwane 18 points, Jordan Sutherland 12, Chadley Hargreaves 11, Keegan Best 10
The seconds basketball team of Kearsney beat Northwood seconds 38-15 for their third win on the trot, while the thirds also won. The Kearsney U16A team went down by 3 points (35-32) while the B side won 22-10.
At U15 level the Kearsney A side lost to Northwood by 4 points (31-27) while the B side won by 2 points (22-20).
Kearsney U14A basketballers beat Northwood U14A 23-14 while in the B team match Kearsney won 23-6.
The Kearsney first water polo team participated in the annual Pretoria Boys High School festival against other Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal schools. The young Kearsney team did well. There were some outstanding performances, in particular a thrilling 7-6 win against hosts PBHS and a nailbiting 6-6 draw against St Albans.
First team Kearsney water polo results:
Kearsney beat Pretoria Boys High 7-6
Kearsney lost to Affies 7-10
Kearsney lost to David’s Marist Inanda 6-8
Kearsney drew with St Albans 6-6
Kearsney lost to St Stithians 3-11
Kearsney cricketers were honored to have Proteas legend Shaun Pollock conduct a coaching session with them last week. Proteas-capped Dolphins cricketer Khaya Zondo is also working with Kearsney’s High-Performance cricketers across the age groups this season.
The Clifton cricket fixtures at Michaelhouse Saturday, February 5 have already been cancelled but at least the first team basketball under coach S’bu Cele are set for a 2pm start on the main indoor court at House.
The first team water polo match at House is scheduled for 12.10pm.
The Kearsney first team cricket match at Northwood looks in serious doubt of completion Saturday but the first team basketball clash set for 1 pm at Kearsney we hope is all set to take place.
All the basketball matches scheduled at Northwood have already been cancelled.
The Kearsney first water polo side are at the St David’s festival in Johannesburg.
The Kearsney first side are scheduled to play Northwood firsts on 15 February, a Tuesday, at 4pm in Durban North.
Meanwhile, DHS first XI beat Glenwood by 5 wickets in the 100-Ball Coastal competition on Tuesday, Glenwood totalling 147/4 to which School replied with 151/5.
Westville hosting DHS on the cricket field look in serious weather-doubt while the basketball firsts were scheduled for a 5pm start Friday at Westville . The basketball was scheduled for Thursday at 5pm (first team). No result, as yet.
It has been a busy few days for Kearsney College sport with notable successes.
On the cricket front, the Kearsney first XI beat DHS by 50 runs in the T20 format and went down by 33 runs to Glenwood in the longer version of the game. Kearsney U16A beat Glenwood U16A by 6 wickets, the U15A’s won by 48 runs while the U14A’s won by 5 wickets.
The Kearsney U16 basketball team went unbeaten at the Michaelhouse tournament, improving on a 23-23 tie in the Pool stage against Maritzburg College to win 29-25 against the same team in the final.
The Kearsney first basketball team had a close-run three-point defeat at the hands of the Kearsney Old Boys team on Saturday afternoon, the final score 61-58 to the Old Boys. The Kearsney first team basketballers under the guidance of coaches Myles Delport and Mr. K Nzama who took on the Old Boys were: Njabulo Ngcobo, Matthew Campbell (capt), Iviwe Shongwe, Matthew Damons, Lathi Sali, Jamol Langeni, Luca Borrageiro, Robbie Jorgensen, Oliver Brazier, Gregor Campbell, Lehumo Mahlabana and Ayanda Jackson.
The Kearsney second team basketballers beat an Old Boys combination 44-17. The Kearsney third basketball team lost to a KwaMashu U18 selection by 52 points to 35 while the fourths went down 32-14 to the Liv Village U18A side.
The Kearsney swimming team won the Hilton Gala, three points ahead of second-placed Maritzburg College.
The Tennis Doubles League saw victory come the way of both the Kearsney first and second teams. There was also success for the Kearsney first golf and squash teams, a Vodacom Origins golf title for Kearsney College Old Boy Martin Rohwer and an impressive showing by canoeist Ben van Herzeele in the Drak Challenge.
Possibly the performance of the weekend was that of grade 10 boy Bryce Blomquist, who beat a KZN U19 opponent on the squash court.
SELECTED RESULTS IN BRIEF
Kearsney 1st X1 161/3 (Zeiler 35, Coetzee 54)
DHS 1st X1 111/5
Kearsney won by 50 runs in the T20 format
Glenwood 1st X1 201/6
Kearsney 1st X1 168/9 (Bishop 56*, Zeiler 41)
Kearsney lost by 33 runs
Kearsney’s U16 basketball team won the Michaelhouse tournament at the weekend without losing a match. They beat DHS 21-18, Michaelhouse B 29-13, St Charles 28-9 and drew with Maritzburg College 23-23 in the play-offs. In the quarter final they beat Northwood 23-15, beat Hilton 25-12 in the semis and beat Maritzburg College 29-25 in the final.
Kearsney swimmers won the Hilton Gala. Points were Kearsney College 98 points, Maritzburg College 95, Hilton College 87, St Charles 61, Michaelhouse 49.
Kearsney 1st tennis team beat Westville 1st team 3-1 and Kearsney 2nd team beat St Charles 1st team 3-1 in the Tennis Doubles League.
Kearsney 1st golf team beat Clifton 1st team 4,5-3,5.
Meanwhile, the weekend’s Vodacom Origins golf final at the Gary Player Country Club was won by Kearsney old boy Martin Rohwer by two strokes. It was his second Sunshine Tour title.
Despite missing two first team players, Kearsney’s 1st squash team beat Glenwood 7-1. Bryce Blomquist, an U16 Grade 10 who stepped up to the 1st position, scored a memorable victory over his experienced and fancied U19 KZN counterpart.
Kearsney’s Ben van Herzeele placed third in the K2 category and 31st overall in the two-day Drak Challenge over the weekend.
This Saturday, 29 January the Kearsney first XI take on Glenwood at the Botha’s Hill campus’s premier cricket ground, the AH Smith Oval. It’s a 9.30am start.
In the 100-ball match on Wednesday, Kearsney first XI beat DHS by 50 runs. Kearsney compiled 161 for 3 to which DHS replied with 111 for four.
Kearsney first XI vs Glenwood: Matthew Bergset, Hayden Bishop, Otsile Ntsele, Ross Coetzee, Matthew Mendes de Oliveira, Bryce Wiggett (capt), Adam Zeiler, Ross Phillips, Nhlakanipho Ngubane (vice-capt), Asande Nyawose, Tristan Roos.
Coaching staff: Matt Savage and Andre van Zyl
* The Kearsney first team basketballers take on the Kearsney Old Boys at 2pm.
Kearsney College basketball’s first team played two matches over the weekend.
First up was the home match last Friday, the opponents St Charles College.
The feedback from Kearsney follows:
“Kearsney hosted St Charles for the first basketball fixture of 2022 last Friday (21 Jan). They started the game well and were able to score freely whilst limiting St Charles’ scoring opportunities.
“Kearsney had a 15-point lead at half time (30-15). The third and fourth quarters were tightly contested with both teams playing tough defence. However, Kearsney’s 15-point lead from the first half proved too much for St Charles to make up and Kearsney achieved a good win to end 56-36.”
Top points scorers
Kearsney – 13 points apiece to Njabulo Ngcobo and Matthew Damons
St Charles – 9 points by Mnqobi Mbili
“Kearsney then travelled to Hilton on last Saturday for the first full schools’ basketball fixture of the year with 20 teams participating.
“The first quarter was tightly contested with both teams feeling each other out and neither gaining the upper hand.
“In the second quarter Kearsney were unable to make their shots and Hilton capitalised on their defensive lapses for the home team to go into half-time 27-19 up.
“Kearsney played better in the second half and were able to claw their way back into the match.”
Kearsney had a late run, but Hilton – in their first match of the year – made three crucial free throws, which ensured that they finished 52-49 winners.
Kearsney – 21 points by Matthew Campbell and 9 points by Matthew Damons
Hilton – 13 points by Qhawe Soji and 11 points from Roelf van der Merwe
Kearsney first basketball team results so far:
(Home team first)
21 Jan: Kearsney 48 St Charles College 32
22 Jan: Hilton College 52 Kearsney 49
Upcoming on 29 Jan: vs Kearsney Old Boys
The Kearsney first basketball team that played against Hilton:
Njabulo Ngcobo, Matthew Campbell (capt), Matthew Damons, Lathi Sali, Jamol Langeni, Luca Borrageiro, Sifiso Msomi, Andile Nomvete, Robbie Jorgensen, Oliver Brazier, Lehumo Mahlabana, Gregor Campbell
Coaches: Miles Delport and Mr K Nzama
# The Hilton College first basketball team that played against Kearsney:
Michael Fox (vice-capt), Kwame Huyberechts, Kediretswe Mbaakanyi, Chisha Mulenga, Saphiwa Nzimande, Oyisa Pupuma, Qhawe Soji (vice-capt), Nic Thorburn, Roelf van der Merwe (capt), David Tshebi, Tawanda Kugotsi, Tiisano Tisane, Declan Sawyer
Coach: Nhlakanipho Khumalo
# Next up, Hilton play Westville on Saturday, 29 January 2022.
Kearsney lost the toss and were asked to field in a 60/50 declaration game on the Hart-Davis Oval at Hilton College on Saturday, 22 January 2022.
In this format, as I understand it, the team batting first are allotted 60 overs in their innings with the team batting second allotted 50 overs. If the team batting first do not utilise all 60 overs the balance is transferred to the team batting second.
The feedback received from Kearsney hereunder: Information on the outstanding Hilton players in the match would be much appreciated.
“The Hilton track, which was flooded a week ago, was surprisingly batting friendly and the bowlers had to toil for any joy. The strong Hilton side, who bat deep, amassed 259/9 in their allotted 60 overs despite being 120/5 at one stage.
Pick of the Kearsney bowlers were Bryce Wiggett with 3/43 and Hayden Bishop with 3/95. Kearsney’s batting response started disastrously, with the openers back in the hut in the first over, with a solitary run on the board.
However, Hayden Bishop and Ross Coetzee knuckled down and soon utilised the batting conditions to their advantage, despite hostile bowling from the Hilton quicks, and bounce and turn from their very competent spinners.
Bishop (52) and Coetzee (82) ensured the draw with their stoicism and patience, despite a small hiccup in the latter stages where Kearsney lost three quick wickets for 13 runs. Kearsney finished on 160/7 in their allotted 50 overs – an excellent result considering the quality of the opposition on home turf.
Photo caption: Kearsney College’s number 3 batsman Hayden Bishop looks to play the ball through the off-side at Hilton.
It was a treat to see the return of competitive schoolboy cricket in KZN.
1st X1 Hilton 259/9 (B Wiggett 3/43, Bishop 3/95)
1st X1 Kearsney 160/7 (Coetzee 82, Bishop 52)
* The Kearsney College first XI host Durban High School first XI in a 100-ball match on the AH Smith Oval come 3pm this afternoon, 26 January 2022:
Kearsney first XI vs DHS today (3pm)
1 Ross Coetzee
2 Adam Zeller
3 Hayden Bishop
4 Michael de Beer (wk)
5 Bryce Wiggett (capt)
6 Fritz Rheeder
7 Dylan Wiggett
8 Ross Phillips
9 Matthew Bergset
10 Nhlakanipho Ngubane (vice-capt)
11 Asande Nyawose
Coaches: Andre van Zyl and Matt Savage
Kearsney first XI matches so far this year:
* Festival matches at Kearsney
* 10 Jan: vs Michaelhouse
* 11 Jan: Kearsney 137 all out
Dolphins Academy 141 for 5
Dolphins Academy won by 5 wickets
* 12 Jan: Kearsney 177 all out
Maritzburg College 178 for 7
Maritzburg College won by 3 wickets
* 13 Jan: Clifton 129 for 8
Kearsney 130 for 5
Kearsney won by 5 wickets
22 Jan: (Declaration match at Hart-Davis Oval, Hilton College)
Hilton 259 all out
Kearsney 160 for 7
Upcoming on 29 Jan: vs Glenwood first XI at Kearsney
# Hilton College first XI vs Kearsney College: Jake Carstens (vice-capt), Charles Swart, Ivan Lockem, Matthew Stewart, Casey Nicholson, Kristofer Watt (capt), Jarryd Pike, Ross Boast, Matt Wilson (wk), Kieran Kilmartin (vice-capt), Christopher Roy
Coach: Dale Benkenstein
# Other Hilton first XI result: lost a T20 match by 4 wickets away to Bishops on 15 January.
Hilton 135 for 8
Bishops 137 for 6
Bishops won by 4 wickets
# Next up, Hilton play Westville first XI on Thursday in a T20 match at Eston Country Club (3.30pm start) before meeting the same team at Hilton’s Hart-Davis Oval in a declaration match on Saturday, 29 January (9am start).
The Kearsney Old Boys’ (Class of 2013) Du Preez twins, Jean-Luc and Dan, could soon be resuming their Springbok Test match careers after they got the nod in the 46-player Bok squad for the upcoming series of matches that includes the British & Irish Lions tour.
Swapping the Durban-based Sharks by joining their older brother Rob at the Sale Sharks in Manchester has been a revelation over the past 2 years in that the twins’ marked physicality appears to have been added to with a newfound nuance in passing skills and a more calculated temperament.
A huge physical presence, high workrates, big hits and imposing metre-adding carries are being more intelligently applied in their Sale Sharks incarnation and the twins’ (born 5 August 1995) Bok representation 3 years ago, followed by a fallow 2019 in terms of their Rugby World Cup Japan absence, might well get a boost this time round, perhaps even in the famed Springbok Bomb Squad off the replacements’ bench.
Dan has been an explosive, game-breaking factor pretty much exclusively at number 8 alongside his Sale Sharks number 9 (& Springbok World Cup-winning incumbent) scrumhalf Faf de Klerk. There is massive competition for places in this 2021 Boks group but it would be nice to see this 8/9 pair together in action for the Green & Gold at some point.
The more Test-experienced Jean-Luc (13 Bok Tests, 2 Bok Test tries), who followed Dan (4 Bok Tests) up north, has been primarily used by his Manchester club in the second row as well as at number 6 and his lock-flank-8thman versatility could make him a sought-after member to cover these key positions if the Boks’ #RWC2019 policy is continued this year with the 6-2 split instead of the conventional 5 forwards and 3 backs filling the replacements’ bench.
Apart from serious doubts about star Bok number 8 Duane Vermeulen’s fitness, of the 6 named Bok lock specialists, the rugby health of Lood de Jager and RG Snyman is a significant worry for the upcoming international matches.
So, choosing their moments and not flying in willy-nilly, this could be a year to cherish for Kearsney and its 2013 duo of Du Preez, whose time in the school water polo pool and the telepathy synonymous with twin-sets could make for some great interchanges.
# The Boks face Georgia on the Friday nights of July 2 and 9 before tackling the Lions on July 24 and 31, and 7 August. The South Africa A team will also come from the 46-man Bok squad and they take on the pride of Britain and Ireland on 14 July, a Wednesday.
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.
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 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.