Another exciting line-up of teams from around the country will make for a memorable two days of schoolboy rugby when the annual Standard Bank Grey High Rugby Festival takes place on March 21 and 23.
A total of 25 first teams from as far afield as Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban will take part in the two-day sporting extravaganza and a total of 80 matches will be played on seven fields during the festival.
Besides the Grey fields – Phillip, Pyott, Gordon and Pollock – games will also be played at the Old Grey, Crusaders and Police fields. The festival also features matches in the age-group divisions, from U14 to U16.
The festival includes top Eastern Cape schools, with St Andrew’s, Selborne, Brandwag and Framesby all in the mix. Brandwag, however, will only be in action on the second day when they take on St Benedict’s on the Pollock Oval.
The host school have lined themselves up for two interesting fixtures against Durban opponents. They will open their programme against Northwood, the school that produced Proteas cricket allrounder Shaun Pollock, and then take on Durban High School in the festival’s final fixture.
The second game will be a repeat of the closing match of the 2016 programme when Grey defeated DHS 16-7 in a fiercely contested encounter.
The Durban side had a lean patch a few years ago but they have emerged as one of the prominent KwaZulu-Natal rugby schools recently and it should make for another entertaining climax to the festival.
As the hosts, Grey will have a target on their backs and they know they will have to be at their best to get the better of their Durban rivals.
DHS is in for a testing festival because they face highly rated PE school Framesby on the opening day, while Northwood will also have their credentials examined in their second game against Selborne, of East London.
Another highlight of the opening day should be the clash between Selborne and Jeppe, two schools with strong rugby traditions. They are perennially among the top sides in their respective regions and their clash as day one’s main curtain-raiser should be a cracking affair.
There will be not much respite for the Jeppe lads because they take on another top Eastern Cape school in St Andrew’s on the opening day.
The first teams participating are: Grey High, Framesby, Woodridge, Ithembelihle, Andrew Rabie (all PE); Hudson Park, Selborne, Stirling (all East London); St Benedict’s, St John’s, St Stithians, Jeppe, St David’s, Parktown (all Johannesburg); St Alban’s (Pretoria), Graeme, St Andrew’s, Kingswood (all Grahamstown); DHS, Northwood (both Durban); Queen’s (Queenstown); Marlow (Cradock); Dale (Kingwilliamstown); Muir, Brandwag (both Uitenhage).
Thursday, 21 March 2019
|Philip Field||Pollock Oval|
|08:00||Hudson Park||vs||St Benedict's College||08:00||Woodridge||vs||St David's Marist Inanda|
|09:10||St Alban's College||vs||Graeme College||09:10||Stirling||vs||Marlow Landbou|
|10:20||Framesby||vs||Durban High School||10:20||Itembelihle||vs||Grey High Unicorns|
|11:40||St Andrew's College||vs||St John's College||11:40||Dale College||vs||Muir College|
|12:50||Queen's College||vs||St Stithians College||12:50||Grey High u16||vs||Northwood u16|
|14:00||Selborne College||vs||Jeppe High School||14:00||Grey High u15||vs||Northwood u15|
|15:20||Grey High School||vs||Northwood||15:20||Kingswood College||vs||Parktown Boys' High|
Saturday, 23 March 2019
|Philip Field||Pollock Oval|
|08:00||Queen's College||vs||St David's Marist Inanda||08:00||St Alban's College||vs||Muir College|
|09:10||Stirling||vs||St Stithians College||08:00||Brandwag (Uitenhage)||vs||St Benedict's College|
|10:20||Dale College||vs||Parktown Boys' High||10:20||Graeme College||vs||Marlow Landbou|
|11:40||Kingswood College||vs||St John's College||11:40||Grey High u16||vs||Jeppe u16|
|12:50||Jeppe High School||vs||St Andrews College||12:50||Grey High Unicorns||vs||Andrew Rabie|
|14:00||Selborne College||vs||Northwood||14:00||Hudson Park||vs||Framesby|
|15:20||Grey High School||vs||Durban High School||15:20||Woodridge College||vs||Itembilehle|