THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
THERE are 19 schools in total at the Maritzburg College 150th Winter Sports Festival. College, Grey HS and Jeppe will be taking part Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Rugby) — Affies has long been recognised as one of the country’s top rugby schools. Having produced many Springboks over the years including Wynanad Olivier, Pierre Spies and Fourie du Preez, Affies’ presence at the festival contributes massively to the standard of rugby that will be on offer. Hoërskool Monument (Rugby) — Seven Monument old boys have played for South Africa, and the biggest recent achievement was when three of them — Willem Alberts, Jaco Taute and Heinke van der Merwe — played against Ireland on the end-of-year tour in 2012. St John’s College (Hockey) — St John’s is regularly one of the main contenders for the annual Aitken & Boden tournament, which is regarded as the largest schoolboy tournament in South Africa. St John’s has consistently finished in the top four in both these divisions for the past 10 years. King Edward VII School (Hockey) — Hockey was first played at King Edward VII School in 1959. With names such as Gregg Clark to boast, KES regularly produces a large portion of Southerns Schools’ provincial teams and regular representatives of SA Schools team. Selborne College (Hockey) — The school has established a record over the years which gives it a strong claim to be regarded as one of the leading hockey schools in SA. The coaching staff includes a former men’s national coach and an ex-national player. in both rugby and hockey, while a special mention must be made of Millfield School’s hockey boys, who join us from the UK. Hoërskool Noord Kaap (Rugby) — Today, Hoërskool Noord Kaap has grown into a prominent school in the Northern Cape and beyond. The school has had its fair share of national representatives in various age groups. Jeppe High School for Boys (Rugby and hockey) — Jeppe High is nearly as old as Johannesburg itself. It has a proud rugby tradition known for excelling at junior level. On the hockey front, Jeppe has produced 15 international players. Wynberg Boys’ High School (Hockey) — Without doubt, the single most significant factor in the development of hockey at the school was the commissioning of an artificial turf, which went down in 1998. Michaelhouse (Hockey) — Michaelhouse has produced 15 national hockey players, with Clinton Panther being the latest representative in the national side. The current national women’s coach, Giles Bonnet, is also a Michaelhouse Old Boy. St Andrew’s College (Hockey) - Also celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013, St Andrews has a rich hockey history that dates back to 1947. The 2012 season was particularly memorable, with Saints performing superbly in the Bloemfontein league winning all eight encounters and going on to win the 3 games in the Free State Cup to become Free State U18 champions.
The established pedigrees of the schools taking part in both sporting disciplines this Easter period suggests that the quality on offer Dale College (Rugby) — The Eastern Cape school was established in 1861. When rugby was first played at the school in 1880, it fell behind soccer in terms of popularity. By 1911, rugby was firmly established at a school that would go on to produce Boks such as Keegan Daniel and Bjorn Basson. Grey High School (Rugby and hockey) — Grey presently has 870 boys in the high school, which fields an average of 22 teams each Saturday in winter. Their hockey has produced no less than 53 SA Schools’ or SA U18 players over the years. Rondebosch Boys’ High (Rugby) — A major force in the Western Cape, the golden years of Rondebosch rugby were undoubtedly the 1960s, when three teams (1960, 1964 and 1967) were unbeaten. Millfield School (UK, hockey) — Although Millfield may be well known for its sport, pupils have gone on to excel in a wide range of areas. Today, Millfield, along with its Preparatory School, has some 1 700 pupils and over 600 employees. should make for some highly entertaining viewing. Here’s a brief look at the schools that are joining College‘s 150th year celebrations. Maritzburg College (Rugby and hockey) — College, in a special year for the school, has an outstanding record on both the rugby and hockey field. The list of international players in both sports is too long to even attempt here, and it is a major part of what has lead to this week’s celebrations for a school that has stood the test of time. Queen’s College Boys High School (Rugby) — Queens celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008. The 1984 1st XV coached by Louis Prinsloo is regarded by the “critics” as being possibly the finest team produced by the school. Pretoria Boys High School (Hockey) — Hockey was introduced to the school in 1949 when it was recognised as an official school sport. Facilities include six pristine grass hockey fields and a waterbased artificial astroturf. On any given Saturday, Boys High will field around 20 teams. • Durban High School were due to take part in the Maritzburg College 150th Winter Festival, but due to the death of one of their pupils, they were forced to abandon their attendance yesterday. Their place on the rugby field will now be taken by a KZN Development XV side. The deepest sympathies of the Weekend Witness, Maritzburg College and all of those involved in the organisation of the Winter Festival go out to those affected by this tragedy.