Kloofand#039;s Derby Day SUCCESS

2015-06-30 06:00
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Kloof High vs Hillcrest High on Derby Day.

Photo: supplied Kloof High vs Hillcrest High on Derby Day.

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WITH dew still fresh on the turf and courts of Hillcrest High School, the first participants got proceedings under way at the annual­ winter sports Derby Day between Kloof and Hillcrest High on Saturday, 20 June.

The chilly start to the day did little to curb the enthusiasm of pupils and spectators that readied themselves for the annual showcase of talent and determination. The derby would see the two schools go head to head in 21 matches across various winter codes such as chess, hockey, netball and rugby as pupils represented the badge on their chest.

The day’s proceedings got under way at 8am with junior netball, U16 and second team girlsand#039; hockey as well as U16 rugby. The results were swinging both ways, with Kloof High sealing victories in the U14A and U15B netball matches, while Hillcrest took the spoils in the U16A netball and girlsand#039; hockey match-ups. To illustrate how close the day’s competition would be, the early morning fixtures also served up two draws – U16 rugby and second team girls’ hockey.

Through the day most of the netball matches were closely contested, but Hillcrest had the ascendency in the U16 age group winning both matches while all of Kloof’s senior Netball teams and all but one of its junior teams were victorious. The first team match was particularly exciting with the lead changing hands several times, but Kloof eventually closed out the match 29–25 winners. Kloof’s U14 and U15A teams were particularly strong winning 22–10 and 24–11 respectively.

The junior boys’ hockey teams were evenly matched and the games tightly contested. Kloof’s U14 and U16 teams lost narrowly, while Hillcrest won the first team match with a resounding 5–0. Meanwhile the girlsand#039; hockey matches served up one win for Kloof, two for Hillcrest and one draw. Kloof’s U14 hockey girls were 2-0 winners, while Hillcrest’s U16s won a close match 1-0. The second teams played out a 0-0 draw and Hillcrest’s first side edged Kloof 1-0 in a nail-biter.

It was not all brawn out there - the schools’ chess teams brought brains to the table as well. The chess was as hotly contested as any of the codes and in the end the intellectuals drew 4–4.

As always, rugby matches were played with all the passion, blood, sweat and tears you would expect on a derby day. Every team gave it their all and the games were played in good spirit. Hillcrest dominated the junior matches winning the U14 fixture 34–5 and the U15 fixture 21–5 while Kloof had the ascendancy in the open age group winning the second team match 19–7 and the U16s played out their 5–5. As always, the day’s proceedings drew to a close with the first XV Rugby fixture. Kloof was out to defend their title, having won it the last two years and Hillcrest to claim it back. Hillcrest came out of the blocks firing and raced to a 7-0 lead. The Kloof boys clawed their way back with a try of their own 7-7. Hillcrest bounced back soon after to take the lead 14–7, but Kloof would equal that minutes later to make it level­ at half time. If the first half was anything to go by, the second half would see a finish unlike anything seen in the last few years. Kloof scored first in the second half to lead the match for the first time (19-14), but Hillcrest wouldn’t lie down and some flowing phases of play got them within striking distance of the Kloof line where they took their opportunity to tie things up once more. A failed conversion left it 19–19 with just minutes to play. The Kloof Leopards rallied for one final assault on the Hillcrest defense, throwing the ball around in the same enigmatic fashion that has brought them so much success this season. A knock-on saw Hillcrest with the scrum feed on their 22m line, but Kloof managed to conjure up a tight-head, turning the scrum over. The ball moved quickly to Number 10, Phumlani Khumalo, who danced his way to towards the try line, stepping several defenders to score the winning try under the posts. This was duly converted and Kloof clinched the match 26–19 to win their third straight Derby Day and round off a fantastic season. The Kloof first team has been unbeaten in their league this season.

This was an exciting end to a great day’s sporting festivities.

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