Rugby and netball on the hill
The 19th annual Frans Erasmus U13 rugby and netball tournament, hosted by PJ Olivier, takes place at the school this weekend. The sporting activities begin at 9am today, with Saturday’s action starting at 7.30am. The official opening of the tournament will take place at 7.45am on the school’s main sports field. The official opening has become a tradition over the past years, with the PJ U13 netball and rugby sides kitted up in front of their schoolmates. The event is then opened after words from the headmaster, Joubert Retief and the coaching staff.
This year’s event has been given an international flavour, with Dubai Exiles U13 rugby team from Abu Dhabi, currently in the Eastern Cape on a school tour.
The tournament will include 600 boys and girls from 26 schools, making up the 28 teams. Manie Cronje, tournament convener, said this year’s will be the biggest yet.
Rugby and or netball teams will be representing Oakhill Private School (Knysna), Stulting (Humansdorp), Cradock Primary, Gill Primary (Somerset East), PJ Olivier, St Andrew's Prep, Graeme College (Grahamstown), Port Alfred High School, Fort Beaufort, Handhaaf Primary (Uitenhage), Setlaars Park Primary and Dr Viljoen Primary (Port Elizabeth). The BUCO Coastal XV and the Makana Brick Grahamstown XV will also take part in the tournament, featuring players from previously disadvantaged areas. The tournament is held every year in honour of former Springbok and Eastern Province rugby player Frans Erasmus who coached the PJ Olivier 1st XV. Erasmus died in a car accident just outside Grahamstown in 1988.
Frans Erasmus U13 rugby programme for A Field and B Field Today
9am - PJO vs Dubai Exiles and Ght XV vs Coastal XV 9.35am - Port Alfred vs Oatlands and Future Stars vs Ntaba M 10.10am - Graeme vs Cradock and St Andrew's A vs Setlpark 10.45am - Ntaba Maria vs Gill and Dr Viljoen vs Volkskool 11.20am - PJO vs Grahamstown XV and Handhaaf vs Port Alfred 11.55am - Graeme vs Setlaarspark and St Andr. B vs Coastal XV 12.30pm - Oatlands vs Future Stars and Dubai Exiles vs Ght XV 1.05pm - Handhaaf vs Dr Viljoen and Cradock vs St Andrew's A 1.40pm - Setlaarspark vs Gill and Oakhill vs Volkskool 2.15pm - PJO vs St. Andrews B and Port Alfred vs Future Star 2.50pm - Handhaaf vs Dubai Exiles and Coastal XV vs Gill 3.25pm - Oakhill vs Oatlands and Ntaba M vs St Andrew's B 4pm - Volkskool vs St Andrews A and Dr Viljoen vs Cradock 4.30pm - Oakhill vs Ght XV and Coastal XV vs Future Star
Saturday 25 March
7.30am - PJO vs Volkskool and Oatlands vs Ntaba Maria 8.05am - Kenton vs Ght XV and Cradock vs Setlaarspark 8.40am - Stulting vs Dubai Exiles and Dr Viljoen vs De Vos M 9.15am - Handhaaf vs Hangklip and Port Alfred vs Fort Beaufort 9.50am - PJO vs Cradock and Oatlands vs Volkskool 10.25am Dr. Viljoen vs Fort Beauf and Kenton vs De Vos Malan 11am - Hangklip vs Dubai Exiles and Handhaaf vs Stulting 11.35am - Port Alfred vs Setlaarspark and Fort Beaufort vs Ntaba M 12.10pm - Hangklip vs Stulting and Dr. Viljoen vs Ght. XV 12.45pm - Port Alfr vs Dubai Exiles and De Vos vs Ntaba Maria 1.20pm - PJO vs Kenton and Oatlands vs Ght XV
Frans Erasmus U13 netball programme (time followed by team playing on A court and B court)
11am - Oatlands vs Port Alfred and George Dickerson vs Handhaaf 11:20am - Dr Viljoen vs Gill College and PJ Olivier vs Cradock 11:40am - St Mary’s vs Handhaaf and George Dickerson vs Port Alfred 12pm - Setlaarspark vs Gill College and Ntaba Maria vs P.J Olivier 12:20pm - St. Mary’s vs Oatlands 12:40pm - Port Alfred vs Gill and P.J Olivier vs Setlaarspark 2pm - PJ Olivier vs Dr Viljoen and Oakhill vs Cradock 2.20pm - George Dickerson vs St Mary's and Handhaaf vs Ntaba Maria 2.40pm - Port Alfred vs Setlaarspark 3pm - Ntaba Maria vs Gill and Oatlands vs Cradock 3.20pm - Dr Viljoen vs St. Mary’s and Oakhill vs Port Alfred 3.40pm - Setlaarspark vs Ntaba Maria 4pm - George Dickerson vs Oatlands and Dr Viljoen vs Oakhill
8am - Cradock vs VP and St Mary’s vs Paul Sauer B 8.20am - Paul Sauer A vs Oakhill and Port Alfred vs Fort Beaufort 8.40am - Kenton-on-Sea vs De Vos Malan and Ntaba Maria vs Paul Sauer B 9am - Cradock vs Setlaarspark and Oatlands vs Fort Beaufort 9.20am - PJ Olivier vs De Vos Malan and Port Alfred vs Dr Viljoen 9.40am - Yellowwood vs St. Mary’s and Oakhill vs Hangklip 10am - Stulting vs Kenton-on-Sea and Setlaarspark vs De Vos Malan 10.20am - VP vs Fort Beaufort and Handhaaf vs Paul Sauer B 10.40am - St Mary's vs Ntaba Maria and Paul Sauer A vs Cradock 11am - Handhaaf vs Yellowwood and PJ vs Hangklip 11.20am - Oakhill vs Setlaarspark and Dr Viljoen vs Cradock 11.40am - Handhaaf vs Kenton-on-Sea and Oatlands vs Yellowwood 12pm - Oakhill vs VP and Ntaba Maria vs Stulting 12.20pm - P.J Olivier vs Handhaaf and Port Alfred vs Paul Sauer A 12.40pm - Stulting vs Oatlands and Dr Viljoen vs Hangklip