During the school holidays, the boys of Maritzburg College participated in a series of sporting events and tournaments.
These included Oppenheimer Michaelmas Week at the College, U14A and U15A Cricket Festivals, Kearsney Basketball Tournament, U16 Water Polo, Fish River Canoe Marathon and Schools SA Interprovincial Golf Championship.
62nd Oppenheimer Michaelmas Cricket Week
Maritzburg College hosted 19 schools for the 62nd Oppenheimer Michaelmas Cricket Week on our campus.
Despite weather conditions ranging from a scorching hot 38 degrees to a cold wet 12 degrees, there was plenty of excellent cricket action. The College’s four games were against some of the best cricket teams in the country, with the 1st XI losing three games at 50 and winning the tie at 20.
The College’s 1st basketball team competed in the Kearsney ISBT. After winning all of their matches, they advanced to the quarter-finals where they defeated Gray 78-33. In the semi-final they played against PBHS and won their match 47-34 which led them to the final against KES which they won 53-45.
According to Suwi Siwila, director of basketball, College faced strong opposition from Cape Town and Johannesburg in the early rounds, and did very well in winning all of their pool and play-off games. The team met KES in the final, having met them in the Round Robin section in a close match.
The match started with both teams coming out hot from the blocks.
The lead shifted throughout the first half with neither team in full control, before opening up in the final quarter when College rallied as a team and stretched in front to ultimately win the game . Special mention should be given to the following players for playing consistently at a high level throughout the weekend: L Dlamini, I Masinga, T Crawford, L Coetze and K Mthimkhulu.
Middle schoolers, old boys and staff competed in the SA River Championships at the Fish River Marathon.
OC Andy Birkett won the men’s K1 event, with OC Dave Evans finishing in 6th place and OC Scott Little in 7th. College paddling coach and Olympian Bridgitte Hartley won the women’s event, successfully defending her K1 title.
College students who placed included:
U18 — K1: Joshua Glyn-Cuthbert — 2nd, James
Sharpe – 3rd, Ian Hemingway – 4th
U18 — K2: James Goble and Luke O’Connor — 5th
Three College boys were selected for KZN golf teams participating in the SA Schools Inter-Provincial Tournament. The KZNA team, which included L Akerman and J Truter, won the event, while the KZNB team came second and included C Newman.
Four College boys have been selected for the KZN U19A team that lifted the Friendship Cup in Johannesburg this weekend, winning all eight of their games.
Summary of results:
vs. Jhb Metro Central – won 5-1
vs. Gladiators FC won – 4-0
vs Sporting CP Jhb B — won 2-1
vs. Cape Town North District A – won 2-1
vs Bedfordview CC FC won – 3-0
Quarter-final against KZN U19B – won 1-0
Semi-final against Reitvlei Soccer School – won 2-0
Final against Sporting CP Jhb A — won 2-0
The College U16A team competed in the DHS Water Polo Tournament over the holidays and finished 12th.
• Sally Upfold is Marketing Manager at Maritzburg College.