Weekend Witness - - Sport -

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.

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