PJ host Ntaba Maria

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By MATTHEW JEN­NINGS

It was a glorious day of sport­ing ac­tion on Sat­ur­day 21 July be­tween PJ Olivier and Ntaba Maria who com­peted in net­ball and rugby fix­tures in the early morn­ing. The girls got the net­ball ac­tion off first, be­fore the boys clashed on the rugby field.

The PJ U10 net­ball girls took 12-0 loss in what was the open­ing game of the day, fol­lowed by the U11 girls’ nar­row 6-4 win. The U12 game was thrilling with much end-toend ac­tion, but many missed op­por­tu­ni­ties cost the PJ side who showed re­mark­able re­silience and per­se­ver­ance. Ntaba Maria were re­mark­able and ac­cu­rate as they played well as a team to out­class PJ in a sur­pris­ingly tight 5-1 win for the vis­i­tors. Over­joyed, “We are Ntaba, Ntaba!” was the cry from the thrilled girls.

The U13 teams both had ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­ni­ties and took them well. Both teams piled on the pres­sure yet de­fenses were blinded well to­gether as they pro­tected their 7-7 scores to set­tle for a draw. The U14 and U15 PJ girls did well against Win­ter­berg, win­ning all of their games by very close mar­gins. How­ever, the se­nior teams in the U16 and 1st teams suf­fered losses in yet an­other set of hard-fought games.

On the rugby pitch, the game of the day be­longed to the U12 boys teams who both played phe­nom­e­nal rugby. Ntaba Maria found them­selves 10-0 ahead after ex­cel­lent team play to com­mand a good lead through­out most of the game. Seem­ingly obliv­i­ous to the score line, PJ were cool, calm and col­lected and had fun en­joy­ing ev­ery mo­ment. They crossed the try line twice and con­verted one of the tries to even­tu­ally win 1210. Ntaba Maria were on the PJ try line and very near by, with many penal­ties after PJ gave away pos­ses­sion cheaply. How­ever, PJ hung on and won a very en­ter­tain­ing and well de­served vic­tory.

The day was filled with good sports­man­ship, ca­ma­raderie and very good sport­ing ac­tion and all in­volved had a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing day; one which all pupils and coaches were proud to be a part of.

Photo: Matthew Jen­nings

PJ Olivier’s U13 net­ball team looks to score against Ntaba Maria on Sat­ur­day 21 July.

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