About the Nomads Festival
IN 2013, the school’s sesquicentennial year, Maritzburg College is proud to host the sixth Nomads Hockey Festival, which features top-tier schoolboy first teams from around the country. The participating first hockey teams at the festival this year are eight of the nine core Nomads schools, plus four invited guest schools.
We are delighted to host our old friends from Michaelhouse, St John’s College and St Andrew’s (Bloemfontein), and especially pleased to be able to welcome the UK’s Millfield, with whom Maritzburg College has enjoyed a healthy — and very keen — rivalry in hockey and cricket over a number of years.
For the record, the nine core Nomads hockey schools are Maritzburg College, Grey College, Grey High School, Hilton College, Jeppe High School for Boys, King Edward VII School (KES), Selborne College, Pretoria Boys High School (PBHS) and Wynberg Boys’ High School, with only Grey College not attending this year.
The Nomads movement arose out of the desire of schools that had participated in the old Ascension Festivals (north and south) to create a new festival of a more national character. It was felt by some that the existing events had lost some of their lustre and needed a boost and re-structuring.
The catalyst for change was a period during which a number of one-off festivals were hosted by schools celebrating anniversaries: Grey College in 2005, Grey High School in 2006, and Selborne College in 2007. These events were attended by most of the top hockey schools in the country and produced competition at a higher level than was being seen at Ascension festivals.
During the 2007 festival at Selborne, eight of these schools took a decision to form a new event — Nomads — to be held not only at first team level (U18), but for U16 and U14 agegroups as well.
Each year, three member schools would host one of the three Nomads festivals. All Nomads festivals consist of either 10 or 12 teams, depending on the facilities available, and the host school has the right to invite schools of their choice as guests to make up the full complement of teams. Previous U18 Nomads festivals have been held at KES in 2008, PBHS in 2009, Grey College in 2010, Grey High School in 2011 and Selborne in 2012. — Supplied.