Kearsney launch ‘highly regarded’ Easter Rugby Festival

2014-02-13 00:00

KEARSNEY College launched their seventh annual Easter Rugby Festival at King’s Park on Tuesday, with 12 of the country’s top schools participating.

From its inception in 2008, the festival has become a prime sporting event on KwaZulu-Natal’s Easter weekend sporting calendar, with matches being played on the Thursday, Saturday and Monday.

Speaking at the launch, Kearsney headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said, “This is a festival that is highly regarded among schoolboy rugby players. They yearn to play in the event, in our magnificent surroundings and many have progressed through the Sharks Academy and beyond as they pursue their rugby careers.”

Sharks CEO John Smit echoed these sentiments, recalling his schoolboy days at Pretoria Boys’ High School and playing at Kearsney. “I remember playing in a tournament at Kearsney in 1996 and what a superb environment we played in. A festival like this has a huge impact on the players and shows what we can offer in the province. It’s one of those events that when you leave, you are already planning how you can get back.”

For the second year, Standard Bank are the main sponsors, with Illovo Sugar, Nashua and the Sharks Academy as co-sponsors.

Kearsney old boy and former Springbok player Etienne Fynn is the CEO of the Sharks Academy and as has happened in the past, three players will be selected after the tournament and offered bursaries, which include accommodation, a contract with the academy and tuition. “Last year, we offered a fourth bursary, such was the talent we saw at the tournament,” said Fynn. “To date, we have had more than 100 boys who have played in the Kearsney festival join the Sharks family.”

Sponsors were all privileged to be on board and encouraged people to attend the festival and catch the action on the three days.

Teams playing in the festival are Affies, EG Jansen, Monument, Middelburg (all Gauteng); Grey College, Bloemfontein; Dale College, Framesby, Nico Malan, Selborne (all Eastern Cape) and Westville Boys’ High. Glenwood and Kearsney (KZN). Other than the hosts, Selborne College have played in every festival.

Fixtures

Thursday April 17

9.30 am: Kearsney College v HTS Middleburg

10.45 am: Framesby v Monument

12.00 pm: Westville v Nico Malan

1.15 pm: Selborne College v Affies

2.30 pm: Glenwood v Dale College

3.45 pm: Grey College v EG Jansen

Saturday April 19

9.30 am: Selborne College v Framesby

10.45 am: HTS Middleburg v Nico Malan

12.00 pm: Kearsney College v Dale College

1.15 pm: Glenwood v EG Jansen

2.30 pm: Grey College v Westville

3.45 pm: Affies v Monument

Monday April 21

9.30 am: Nico Malan v Dale College

10.45 am: Glenwood v Framesby

12.00 pm: Westville v Selborne College

1.15 pm: Affies v HTS Middleburg

2.30 pm: Grey College v Monument

3.45 pm: Kearsney College v EG Jansen

5.00 pm: Awarding of Sharks Academy Bursaries.

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