Magnificent Maritzburg College embellish the Red Black White ethos at Westville

It isn’t always a simple matter to show, in the space of a few hours, what one stands for and what one is made of. But the collective attitude, aspirations, community, culture and spirit that is Maritzburg College could never have been so brightly to the fore than it was this weekend at Westville.

To witness something so vividly and emphatically come to fruition must have been a special treat for those who labour over these ideals while teaching in the classrooms and on the playing fields day in and day out.

With Maritzburg College first XV staging one of the greatest comebacks in its long, proud history and capturing 14 victories overall in 17 matches against Westville, it was a day never to be forgotten for the Red Black White.

Feature photo caption: Maritzburg College number 8 Sphephelo Mbonambi lunges for the try line to score. Photo: Dan Becket

College’s 1st XV were 7-26 down at one stage, before scoring 35 unanswered points in the second half and winning the match 42-26, an outstanding performance.

College first XV head coach Tim Orchard reports on what went down in Westville:

“On Saturday, Bowden’s was the venue of a mouth-watering encounter between Maritzburg College and Westville. Both sides were looking to get a vital win before the end of term, with this being Westville’s last game of the season.

“Westville started the match the much better team and raced away to a comfortable 26-7 lead at halftime with College looking all but dead and buried. The expectant Westville crowd were relishing the opportunity to get one over their rivals from Maritzburg but one must never underestimate a College team with their backs to the wall.

“The first half of the fixture was all Westville as they had the wind at their backs, which allowed them to pin College deep in their own half. This territorial pressure paid off handsomely as Westville were allowed to accumulate points at ease through some very basic College errors.

“College did score a try of their own, when in the 18th minute Sphephelo Mbonambi broke off a rolling maul to score in the corner. The try was converted but that was the only real attacking College had the entire half.

“Westville entered halftime 26-7 up and looking all set to score a big win against their rivals.

“The second half was an exact mirror image of the first, but now with the College team with the wind at their backs, having the ascendency and playing all the rugby.

“In what was to become a famous come-from-behind victory, Liam Prinsloo barged over to get the ball rolling with a wonderful solo effort, which was converted by AJ Knoetze.

“In the 50th minute, Kuhann van der Berg scored the first of his brace of tries to put in motion a juggernaut performance by the College team, who now smelled blood and were dominating proceedings.

“Keagan Goddard scored next after coming on as a second-half replacement to put College in the lead for the first time during the match. The score, incredibly, now stood at 28-26 and College looked set to score more points in the half.

“Kuhann van der Berg scored his second try to further extend the lead now to 35-26, with AJ Knoetze in fine form with the boot. College carried on hammering away at the Westville line with Sphephelo Mbonambi scoring at the death to silence the Westville crowd, to place the score at 42-26 with AJ Knoetze kicking over the conversion to end the match and to bring down the curtains on a fine College second-half performance.”

College won 14 of the 20 rugby matches they played on the weekend, losing 6. Against Westville, College played 17 games and won 14, losing just 3. Apart from the electrifying 1st XV comeback, the College 2nd XV – after being 19-0 down, fought back magnificently to secure a 29-24 victory.

College 42
Tries: Mbonambi x2, Prinsloo, Goddard, and van der Berg x2
Conversions: Knoetze x5

Westville 26


Summary of Scores

Team Opposition Venue Result Score

1st Westville Bowdens 1 Won 42-26

2nd Westville Bowdens 1 Won 29-24

3rd Westville Bowdens 1 Won 31-27

4th Westville Bowdens 1 Won 24-5

5th Westville Bowdens 1 Won 34-5

6th Westville Bowdens 1 Lost 7-8

16A Westville Bowdens 1 Won 25-15

16B Westville Commons 1 Won 6-5

16C Westville Commons 1 Won 29-17

16D vs Michaelhouse 16C Tarpeys Lost 5-28

15A Westville Commons 1 Lost 5-12

15B Westville Commons 1 Won 28-19

15C Westville Commons 1 Lost 12-19

15D Westville Commons 2 Won 50-7

15E vs Michaelhouse 15D Baileys Lost 0-15

14A Westville Commons 2 Won 25-8

14B Westville Commons 2 Won 55-0

14C Westville Commons 2 Won 28-0

14D Westville Commons 2 Won 56-0

14E vs Michaelhouse 14D Far Meadows Lost 0-50

Westville U14A cricket team setting the pace under coach Wayne Scott

With 4 wins from 4 outings the Westville U14A cricket team has enjoyed an enviable run of success in the first school term of 2022.

And their results have not gone unnoticed outside KZN with the team being highly regarded across the country in this particular age group.

You would be hard-pressed to find an U14A coach who has as much experience and know-how as Wayne Scott, who is clearly getting positive responses from his players.

Tyler Trenoworth assists Wayne with the Westville U14A coaching duties and the combination is bearing fruit in the team’s performances and long may this continue in 2022.

This past weekend the Westville U14A side beat Clifton by 7 wickets and prior to that beat Northwood by 7 wickets, Hilton by 11 runs and Maritzburg College by 90 runs.

Westville U14A scores in brief

Clifton 71/6
Westville 73/3 (McGough 35*)
Westville won by 7 wickets

Northwood 176 (De Bruin 55, Searle 53; Lottering 3-36)
Westville 177/3 (McGough 66*, Rasmussen 42)
Westville won by 7 wickets

Westville 112
Hilton 101 (Brooker 3-15)
Westville won by 11 runs

Westville 261 (McGough 56, Delvin 33, Baudach 48)
Maritzburg College 171 (McGough 4-25)
Westville won by 90 runs

Westville firsts basketball beat DHS for first time in 10 years

Last Friday was one to remember for Westville basketball as the first team beat Durban High School for the first time in 10 years – the final score being 76-70 in favour of the Griffins at their Multi Purpose Centre

This followed another notable win for Westville firsts, that being the 78-70 win over Hilton College.

The last two outings came off the back of the 71-56 away defeat to the strong Maritzburg College first team in the PMB school’s Alan Paton Hall on the first Saturday of the new school term.

This certainly seems to be a vibrant sports code at Westville that is going from strength to strength.




Teams in bold have won 3 from 3 matches this year – the U15 age group particularly dominant.

Basketball vs DHS

1st – (W) 76-70
2nd – (W) 37-5
3rd – (L) 13-14
4th – (L) 26-32
5th – *BYE*

16A – (L) 13-23
16B – (W) 27-19
16C – (W) 21-1
16D – (L) 16-17
16E – (L) 8-9 [vs WBHS 15E]



15A – (W) 26-23
15B – (W) 34-28
15C – (W) 27-4
15D – (W) 13-6
15E – (W) 9-8 [vs WBHS 16E]

14A – (L) 7-29
14B – (W) 8-3
14C – (W) 9-0
14D – (L) 3-2 *OT
14E – (W) 6-2

Summary: Played – 17 Won – 11 Lost – 6



Basketball vs Hilton

1st – (W) 78-70
2nd – (W) 38-13
3rd – (L) 24-39
4th – (L) 19-30
5th – (L) 22-23

16A – (W) 28-21
16B – (L) 21-23
16C – (W) 23-11
16D – (W) 26-13
16E – (W) 27-14




15A – (W) 35-24
15B – (W) 34-26
15C – (W) 14-7
15D – (W) 21-7
15E – (W) 46-4

14A – (L) 21-23
14B – (W) 9-6
14C – (L) 6-7
14D – (W) 25-4
14E – (W) 9-2

P – 20 W – 14 L – 6



Basketball vs Maritzburg College

1st – (L) 71-56
2nd – (W) 39-24
3rd – (W) 27-18
4th – (W) 27-19

16A – (L) 15-28
16B – (L) 15-27
16C – (W) 27-19
16D – (W) 20-19

15A – (W) 30-28
15B – (W) 25-20
15C – (W) 28-18
15D – (L) 15-18
15E – (W) 23-2

14A – (L) 8-20
14B – (L) 5-21
14C – (L) 5-22
14D – (L) 4-18
14E – (L) 9-25
P – 18 W – 9 L – 9

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The weekend of 5 February 2022 weather besmirched

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.

Westville dominate on the basketball courts versus Hilton

Results in the 29 January 2022 basketball matches between Westville and Hilton College:

Westville took a 5 from 5 clean-sweep in the U15 age group as well as winning 3 of the  4 premier age-group matches.

Westville Basketball Results vs Hilton

1st – (W) 78-70

2nd – (W) 38-13

3rd – (L) 24-39

4th – (L) 19-30

5th – (L) 22-23

16A – (W) 28-21

16B – (L) 21-23

16C – (W) 23-11

16D – (W) 26-13

16E – (W) 27-14


15A – (W) 35-24

15B – (W) 34-26

15C – (W) 14-7

15D – (W) 21-7

15E – (W) 46-4


14A – (L) 21-23

14B – (W) 9-6

14C – (L) 6-7

14D – (W) 25-4

14E – (W) 9-2

* Of the 20 matches played, Westville won 14 and Hilton 6

Hilton College first XI cricket beat Westville

Home side the Hilton College first XI were able to run down the 153-run target set them by Westville to leave the Hart-Davis Oval with a six-wicket victory on Saturday, 29 January 2022.

Jake Carstens (3-46) and Kieran Kilmartin (4-36) did the damage with the ball for Hilton firsts while Messrs Pillay (50) and Doorgapersadh (40) were the mainstays with the bat in the Westville innings of 151 all out.

Hilton got home by a comfortable 6-wicket margin with Ivan Lockem ending on an unbeaten 51 and Charles Swart weighing in with a 43.

Two days earlier it had been another convincing Hilton first XI win over Westville, this time by 8 wickets in a T20 match, Westville scoring 102 for 8 in their 20 overs to which Hilton responded with 103 for 2.

* Hilton first XI are fixtured to play the Tuskers Academy Thursday afternoon in a T20 at the Hart-Davis.

Other Hilton/Westville cricket results

WB 2nds vs HC 2nds
HC 168/10 Lotter 34, Westoby 4/32
WB 144/10 Rout 5/27, Dukandar 50*
WB lost by 24 runs

WB 3rds Vs Hilton 3rds
WBHS 146/4, Burns (48), Wells 34
Hilton 147/8, Omar 3/23
WB lost by 2 wickets

WB 123/8, Robertson 42, Kistna 30
HC 124/5, Bridgeford 46*, Shangase 3/21
WB lost by 5 wickets

WB U16B vs HC U16B
HC 71/10, Van Breda 5/6
WB 76/5, Albon 31*, Snijman 3/17
WB won by 5 wickets

WB U15A vs HC U15A
WB 271/6. Holman 106
HC 213/10. Hockley 36, Olivier 43. Payne 4/32.
WB won by 58 runs

WB U15B vs HC U15B
HC 200/10, Johnson 54, Grant 44*, Moola 4/25
WB 132/9
HC won by 68 runs

WB U14A vs Hilton U14A
WB 112/10
HIlton 101/10, Brooker 3 /15
WB won by 11 runs

WB U14B vs HC U14B
WB 144/10, Naicker 63, Steyn 3/26, Evans 3/18, Hove 3/13
HC 148 / 7
Hilton won by 3 wickets

Hilton won 9 and Westville 3 of the 12 matches played

Maritzburg College squash team win at Westville

Maritzburg College’s master in charge of squash Alan McGuigan reports that the school’s Top 8 squash team had to dig deep against hosts Westville last Friday.

It was College’s first fixture of the year and no easy task against the competitive Westville squad.

“Our boys put in a noteworthy team effort to run out 5-3 winners.,” says Alan.

“Matt Mason, William Galliers and Veer Premchund recorded impressive 3-0 victories in their respective matches while Nikhiel Moodley and Thomas Pratt were involved in crunch contests that would ultimately decide the fixture, both boys digging deep to record crucial 3-2 wins.”

Congratulations to both teams for what they brought to this fixture.

Westville outshine Maritzburg College in the pool

There were 8 water polo matches on Saturday with visitors Westville winning 6 and hosts Maritzburg College 2.

The first team match saw Westville come away with a 12-goal winning margin while the U16A encounter was Westville’s by 8 goals to 3. There was much satisfaction for the Red Black and White’s water polo community in seeing the new College boys clinch a 7-4 victory in their first game for their new school.

In total over the 8 matches, Westville netted 65 goals at the Dudley Forde Aquatics Centre to Maritzburg College’s 32.

Maritzburg College director of aquatics Darren Sherriff said the first team match was a tough contest.

“Westville managed to take an early 3-goal lead in the 1st chukka,” Darren says. “College fought hard in the 2nd chukka and managed to pull back 2 goals but Westville were able to extend their lead to 6-2.”



Westville came out firing in the 3rd chukka and added a further 3 goals to their tally in taking a commanding 9-2 lead.

“Going into the last chukka, Westville were just too accurate and strong for the College side and came out the victors (15-3).”

(Westville score first)
U14B drew 7-7; U14A lost 4-7: U15B won 7-1; U15A won 8-3; 4th lost 7-8; 3rds won 7-2; 2nds won 10-3; 1sts won 15-3.

Second team defeat spurs on College firsts basketball

The Alan Paton Hall was busy on Saturday as the players and spectators from hosts Maritzburg College and visitors Westville enjoyed the competitive basketball.

No less than 18 matches were played, which is a tremendous collective effort of all those involved. Of the 18 matches, College won 10 and Westville 8. Of the 4 “premier category” matches, College won 3 (1sts, U16A and U14A) while Westville won 1 (U15A).

College first team coach Zinhle Cele reports that the long-time rivalry with Westville provided a good start to the season.

“Shaking the cobwebs off, College won a number of the day’s  junior games, which set a nice pace for the open teams.”

Zinhle said the College second team suffered a disappointing loss (39-24) which made the first team more determined than ever to work towards a welcome victory.

The teams were evenly matched in the opening exchanges with neither side able at that stage to pull away significantly from their opponents on the scoreboard .

“No side held the lead for too long in the first quarter and it looked for a while as though it would be a close final score.”

Into the second quarter of the match Maritzburg started to pull away.

“With an impressive defensive play by Mbonambi and Mthimkhulu, and hard-to-stop fast breaks from the likes of Sithole and Janse van Rensburg, Maritzburg College were able to establish a promising lead,” said Zinhle.

And once College’s rising star Henman got into the swing of things it became clear that the home side were not going to falter.

Henman added a hefty 17 points from the scoring opportunities that came his way.

(from the Maritzburg College perspective)
1sts won 71-56; 2nd lost 24-39; 3rd lost 20-27; 4th lost 19-27.
U16A won 24-18; U16B won 27-15; U16C lost 18-26; U16D lost 19-20.
U15A lost 28-30; U15B lost 20-25; U15C lost 18-28; U15D won 18-15; U15E won 27-2.
U14A won 20-8; U14B won 21-4; U14C won 22-6; U14D won 18-6; U14E won 31-6.
* College won 1 out of 4 of the senior age group matches.
* College won 2 and lost 2 of the U16 matches.
* College won 2 out and lost 3 of the U15 matches.
* College 5 of the 5 matches in the U14 category.


Westville first XI notch win on Goldstones

Westville and Maritzburg College were involved in a heartening 15 cricket fixtures on Saturday and while College won 11 of those matches it was the Westville first XI who took the honours on Goldstones.

The visiting Westville skipper won the toss and put the College first team in to bat on their home turf in the KZN capital.

Feature pic: After their win on Goldstones the Westville first XI went to Snows to support their U14A team to victory.

“College were not able to put together any meaningful partnerships up front and the Westville bowling attack was able to restrict College to 52 for 4 at tea,” said College coach Robbie Coutts.

Westville were able to pin the College batsmen down and runs were scarce. The solitary substantial partnership was that between Luc Jacobs (61) and Bryn Brokensha (27). With wickets falling at crucial times College weren’t able to kick on and the outcome was a total of 151 for 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

In contrast, Westville got off to a flier with 30 runs on the board after the first 3 overs and at the start of over 16 the opening batsmen were still together. Cayden Hohls then managed to break up the openers but at afternoon tea Westville were in a strong position at 105 for two.


Maritzburg College’s Luc Jacobs, running in from the Princess Margaret Drive End, launches into his delivery stride.
Credit: Justin Waldman Sports Photography


Westville navigated the home stretch well and reached their winning target for the loss of 3 wickets and with more than 50 balls to spare.

There was an outstanding 77-run win for the Maritzburg College U16A team against the strong Westville side at Collegians Club while College won the U15A match by 7 seven runs and Westville U14A were comprehensive 90-run winners.

First XI: Maritzburg College 151/9 (Jacobs 59; Ngugi 3-28, Mahomed 3-31) Westville 152/3 (Gopalan 52, Pillay 48*, Simpson 33) Westville won by 7 wickets.
Second XI: Westville 217/9 (Thandar 60, Maxwell 37) Maritzburg College 218/6 (Quin 52, Woolridge 40, Currie 34, Armstrong 30) College won by 4 wkts.
Thirds: Westville 131/8 (Young 38) MC 134/3 (Thompson 50) College won by 7 wkts.
Fourths: Westville 75 (Stead 4-14, McIlrath 3-7, Lawrence 3-12) MC 76/8 won by 2 wkts.
U16A: College 223/7 (De Costa 60, Miller 50, Hosking 37) Westville 146 (Robertson 32, Jordaan 30, De Costa 3-17) MC won by 77 runs.
U16B: College 69 (Hughes 5-17, Bremer 3-23) Westville 70/1 won by 9 wickets.
U16C: Westville 146/6 (Madison 31, Paverd 31; Samuel 3-30) MC 147/6 (Bernstein 80*; Maseko 3-27) MC won by 4 wkts.
U15A: College 155 (Bester 38; Pillay 3-26) Westville 148. MC won by 7 runs.
U15B: College 122 (Mitchell 3-9) Westville 91 (Sutcliffe 33; Van der Vliet 4-15, Clark 3-3). MC won by 31 runs.
U15C: Westville 128/6 and MC 122/7. Westville won by 6 runs.
U14A: Westville 261 (McGough 56, Delvin 33, Baudach 48; Gasa 3-47) College 171 (De Bruyn 39, Du Toit 34; McGough 4-25). Westville won by 90 runs.
U14B: Westville 85 and MC 90/3 for MC to win by 7 wkts.
U14C: Westville 35 and MC 36/3 for MC to win by 7 wkts.
U14D: Westville 86/9 (Ncula 4-14) MC 89/2 (Maud 42) MC won by 8 wkts.
U14E: MC 118/5 and Westville 101/5 (Lee 46) MC won by 17 runs.