Graeme College will host their sixteenth Rugby Day on Friday 21 March 2014. This is a unique one-day schoolboy rugby festival, bringing together eighteen 1st XV teams from the Eastern Cape and Border regions. The Graeme College Rugby Day continues to grow in excellence and we expect to witness great talent on the fields, as well as provide an opportunity for all participants to enjoy the special camaraderie and fellowship that goes with a rugby contest played in the right spirit.
Much time, dedication and hard work goes into organising a rugby festival of this magnitude and Mr Peter Reed, Graeme College Headmaster, would like to take this opportunity to commend the organising committee, under the enthusiastic leadership of our Head of Sport, Nico van der Meulen on what is sure to be another outstanding day. A special welcome and warm Graemian gratitude is extended to Pam Golding (Grahamstown) for their enormous contribution and organisation of sponsorship. Thank you, Daphne Timm, and Pam Golding! In addition, Graeme College has a special guest referee officiating the game between host Graeme College and Dale College. Mr Jonathan Kaplan, a former international rugby union referee, holds the record for the most international matches (sixty-eight) as referee has kindly agreed to assist Graeme College.
Mr Kaplan began refereeing in 1984, while still a high school student, and made his first-class debut in 1991. He was appointed to South Africa’s national panel of referees in 1993 and on 4 May 1996 he made his international debut in a match between Namibia and Zimbabwe in Harare. Mr Kaplan was appointed as a touch judge for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, and as a referee for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia – where he took charge of three pool games and the quarter-final between France and Ireland – and was one of the twelve referees appointed to officiate at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France – taking charge of four pool games and the semi-final between England and France – becoming the first South African to officiate at three World Cups.
Some of Mr Kaplan’s other notable games in charge include the first ever game in the Six Nations Championship, between Italy and Scotland in 2000, the second test between the British and Irish Lions and Australia in 2001 and the third test between the Lions and New Zealand in 2005. In October 2008 he took charge of the final of South Africa’s premier domestic competition, the Currie Cup, for the fourth time, and was the referee again for the 2009 final. On 12 February 2013, Mr Kaplan announced his retirement from refereeing.
A comment from Mr Reed: “On behalf of all at Graeme College, I extend a hearty welcome to all players, officials, supporters, spectators and friends, and I hope that you will leave Graeme with only happy memories.”
A comment from Daphne Timm, Pam Golding Properties, Grahamstown: “We are extremely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work so closely with Graeme College, putting this popular rugby Derby together. Being the 16th year that schools from Eastern Cape will be attending, we are excited and look forward to seeing and meeting many old and new faces. We would like to thank all the other sponsors for their generous support, without which a day like this cannot happen. We are especially delighted to have Pam Golding Properties East London, Port Elizabeth, Jeffries Bay and Uitenhage all on board with the sponsorship of schools in their home towns, for this big day. Friday 21 March promises to be an action-packed day, do come and join all from our office and support Graeme College on this day.”
Grey Boys’ High School vs. Marlow Landbou at
Grey Boys’ High School: 15 Keanu Vers, 14 Athi Mayinje, 13 Richie Bryant, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Dylan Vermaak, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Brody van Goevreden, 8 Lamond Bouwer, 7 Josh Mudrovcic, 6 Johann van Niekerk (captain), 5 Junior Pokomela, 4 Michael de Marco, 3 Keegan Branford, 2 Robin Stevens, 1 Matthew Howes.
Marlow Landbou: 15 Hannes Botha, 14 Hendrik Venter, 13 Tiaan Smit, 12 Gerhard Potgieter, 11 Dewald de Ridder, 10 Jayden Lourens, 9 Jordaan Schoeman, 8 Luigy van Jaarsveld, 7 Lourens Oosthuizen, 6 Nelius van Heerden (captain), 5 Jandre van Niekerk, 4 Hannes Viljoen, 3 MJ Oosthuizen, 2 Arno le Roux, 1 Martin Ferreira.
Selborne College vs. Framesby at
Selborne College: 15 Liam McLoughlin, 14 Milani Lubelwana, 13 Jacinto da Silva, 12 David Brits, 11 Tristian Coetzer, 10 Morgan Steyn, 9 Ryan Boy, 8 Jason Steyn, 7 Skye Bawden, 6 Adrian Greig, 5 Robert Lyons, 4 Daniel Froneman, 3 Daniel Voigt, 2 Grant Venter, 1 Tango Balekile.
Framesby: 15 Rikus Zaayman, 14 Dillon Carr, 13 Tiaan Goosen, 12 Malan Marais, 11 Mfundo Ndawo, 10 Tiaan Stander, 9 Rouche Nel, 8 Neal Brophy, 7 Ruben Pretorius, 6 SF Nieuwoudt, 5 Wihan Coetzer, 4 Ludwig Liebenberg, 3 Roche van Zyl, 2 Gerhard van As, 1 Wessel Strydom.
Brandwag (Uitenhage) vs. St. Andrew’s College at
Brandwag (Uitenhage): 15 Jeandre van Ghent, 14 Davian Swanepoel, 13 Derick du Toit, 12 Wian Engelbrecht, 11 Brandon Fouche, 10 Shevan Hendricks, 9 Brandon O’Neill, 8 Bernardus Coetzee, 7 Stefan Janse van Vuuren, 6 Morney Moos, 5 Rio Kriel, 4 Frankie Fourie, 3 Erich de Jager, 2 Dandre Delport, 1 Kaden Prince.
St. Andrew’s College: 15 Courtney Archer, 14 Grant Dixie, 13 Ben Dovey, 12 Robert Ball (captain), 11 Brendan Owen, 10 Hugo de la Fargue, 9 Camran MacFarlane, 8 Matt Andrews, 7 Gordon Everard, 6 Peter Kroon, 5 Jono More, 4 Zach Melvill, 3 Adrian Parsons, 2 Brian Ferguson, 1 Michael Strever.
Graeme College vs. Dale College at
Graeme College: 15 Bradley Christian, 14 Fabio Mapaling, 13 Siyamthanda Siaw, 12 Josiah Twum-Boafo, 11 Yiva Ndwandwa, 10 Siphosethu Pinini (captain), 9 Craig Williams, 8 Odwa Xonxa, 7 Lwazi Baleni, 6 Ryan Calitz, 5 Heino Gaiser, 4 Robert Pearson, 3 Justin Danckwerts, 2 Siyamthanda Zita, 1 Xandre Vos.
Dale College: 15 Justerino Davids, 14 Luyolo Khuse, 13 Yamkela Nyalambisa, 12 Siyamthanda Mgubo, 11 Luzuko Mase, 10 Courtney Winnaar, 9 Sibusiso Ngcokovane (captain), 8 Ronald Jiri, 7 Bunono Sindi, 6 Buntu Ponono, 5 Lwazi Poswayo, 4 Johan Loubser, 3 Zimi Ngqongqwana, 2 Sange Mtotywa, 1 Kuhle Mohkoabane.