Three big rugby festivals for Easter hols

2011-03-31 00:00

THE start of the school’s Easter holiday sees three rugby festivals, perhaps the three largest in the country, scheduled to start on Saturday.

For local rugby followers there are the Skonk Nicholson Festival hosted by Maritzburg College and the Vryheid Festival, one of the longest running rugby festivals in the country since 1987.

Six of the top KZN schools, Maritzburg College, Hilton, Westville, DHS, Michaelhouse and Kearsney are playing in the Grey High Festival in Port Elizabeth.

Other schools at the Grey HS Festival are Eastern Cape schools Itembilihle, Nico Malan, St Andrews College, Dale, Queens, Selborne, Graeme and Daniel Pienaar.

The total of 21 competing schools is completed with King Edward, Jeppe and Parktown from Johannesburg, Pretoria Boys’ High, Bishops from Cape Town and HTS Louis Botha from Bloemfontein.

This is the highest number of schools to participate at the festival, although not all the schools participate on all three days of the festival

The fourth annual Skonk Nicholson Festival will be a poignant tribute to the doyen of national schoolboy rugby coaches, particularly at Maritzburg College after Nicholson’s recent passing at the age of 94.

With 38 teams from 20 different schools, it is the largest such festival in the country, with 760 players and 130 officials involved. Fixtures will be published in Saturday’s Weekend Witness.

The Vryheid Festival sees the community working together to promote rugby in northern KZN. There are 28 teams involved.

Matches get under way tomorrow evening. On Monday fixtures are arranged according to results from Saturday. Tuesday’s fixtures culminate in the final match between the two top sides at the tournament.

Fixtures at Grey HS: Sat: Nico Malan vs Itembilihle; KES vs Dale; Parktown vs Kearsney; Louis Botha vs Michaelhouse; Pretoria BHS vs Queens; Maritzburg College vs St Andrews; Westville vs Jeppe; Hilton vs Daniel Pienaar; Grey HS vs DHS

Mon: Louis Botha vs Nico Malan; Kearsney vs Itembilihle; Parktown vs Graeme; DHS vs Dale; KES vs Michaelhouse; Selborne vs Hilton; Westville vs Queens; M College vs Bishops; Pretoria BHS vs Daniel Pienaar; Grey HS vs Jeppe

Wed: DHS vs Louis Botha; Kearsney vs Graeme; M College vs Jeppe; Michaelhouse vs Daniel Pienaar; Westville vs Pretoria BHS; Hilton vs Grey HS

Vryheid fixtures on Fri: Richardsbaai u16 vs Ferrum u16; Ferrum II vs Greytown; Vryheid u16 vs Birchleigh u16; Eshowe vs Vryheid Landbou

Sat: Grenswag u16 vs Piet Retief u16; AHS Kroonstad II vs Menlopark; Maritzburg College III vs HTS Middelburg II; Zastron vs Port Shepstone; Richards Bay Christian vs Christiana; Kuswag vs Parys; AHS Kroonstad vs Richardsbaai; George Campbell vs Ferrum; Sarel Cilliers vs M College II; Pionier vs Hentie Cilliers; Vryheid vs Piet Retief.

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