Time for juniors to take to the fields

2013-04-04 00:00

AFTER all the excitement at the Maritzburg College 150th Anniversary Rugby Festival and the Kearsney School’s Rugby Festival, the Husqvarna Skonk Nicholson Junior Festival takes place over the next two days at College.

This will be less intense as sides at U16 level and sides at U14 level play tomorrow and on Saturday. There is also an U15 Festival at Hilton as well.

The Skonk Festival, in its fifth year, is the last and final leg of the 150th Winter Sports Festival held over the Easter holidays.

Named after the legendary geography teacher and rugby coach at Maritzburg College, the late James Mervyn (Skonk) Nicholson, the festival normally has three days of action, but this year, with the senior festival finishing only yesterday and state schools’ pupils back in class on Monday, there were only two days available.

There are eight U14 and U16 teams. The schools that have teams in both age groups are the College and Westville (KZN), Trinityhouse (Johannesburg), Marais Viljoen (Alberton) and Hudson Park (East London). Three schools with teams only in the U16 age group are Kearsney, Hilton and KZN Development. The three schools with U14 teams only are Voortrekker, Menlo Park (Pretoria) and Jeppe (Johannesburg).

All U16 matches will be played on the main ground, Goldstones, and the U14 matches on Snows.

Tomorow’s fixtures:

Goldtones U16

10:30 Kearsney vs Trinityhouse; 11:50 Hilton vs Marais Viljoen; 13:10 Westville vs KZN Development; 14:30 Maritzburg College vs Hudson Park

Snows U14

10:30 Voortrekker vs Trinityhouse; 11:50 Hudson Park vs Marais Viljoen; 13:10 Maritzburg College vs Menlo Park 14:30 Westville vs Jeppe

Saturday fixtures:

Goldstones U16

08:30 Westville vs Hudson Park; 09:40 Hilton vs Trinityhouse; 10:50 Kearsney vs Marais Viljoen; 12:00 Maritzburg College vs KZN Development

Snows U14

08:30 Hudson Park vs Menlo Park; 09:40 Voortrekker vs Marais Viljoen; 10:50 Westville vs Trinityhouse; 12:00 Maritzburg College vs Jeppe

Hilton were let down with the withdrawal of one team from their U15 festival, which started yesterday, and have changed the format. It now consists of six 30-minute games over the three days. The 17 schools involved are all independent schools, with hosts Hilton, Michaelhouse, St Charles from the Midlands, Kearsney, Thomas More, Clifton and Ashton from the Durban area, St Andrews from Bloemfontein, St Dunstans, St Davids, Woodhill and St Albans from Gauteng, Kingswood, Woodridge and St Andrews from the Eastern Cape, and Penryn and Uplands from Mpumalanga.

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